Johannes Byl

Brief Life History of Johannes

When Johannes Byl was born on 8 May 1877, in Nieuwe-Tonge, Goeree-Overflakkee, South Holland, Netherlands, his father, Peter "Byl" Bijl, was 42 and his mother, Adriaantje Lodder, was 40. He married Jacomijntje Dijkgraaf on 4 May 1897, in Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Passaic, New Jersey, United States in 1920 and Elmwood Park Borough, Bergen, New Jersey, United States for about 10 years. He died on 8 June 1952, in Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Fair Lawn, Bergen, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

Johannes Byl
Jacomijntje Dijkgraaf
Marriage: 4 May 1897
Peter Byl
Ida Byl
Cornelius Byl
Phillip Byl
Adrianna Byl

Sources (8)

  • John Byl, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Johannes Byl, "New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985"
  • John Byl, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

World Events (8)


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1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

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1898 · War with the Spanish

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Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Dutch Aart, Dirk, Laurens.

Dutch: variant, archaic (or Americanized) and Flemish, of Bijl .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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John Byl, 75, husband of Minnie De Graff Byl, of 236 North Sixth St., Prospect Park, died yesterday in his home after a long illness. He was a retired foreman for the National Silk Dyeing Co. Born i …

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