William Jan Willemssen

27 February 1872–2 August 1951 (Age 79)
Shiloh Township, Grundy, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Jan

When William Jan Willemssen was born on 27 February 1872, in Shiloh Township, Grundy, Iowa, United States, his father, Jan Hinderk "John" Willemssen, was 46 and his mother, Peterke Muntenga, was 32. He married Gepke Jacobus "Abbie" Johnson on 23 February 1895. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Reeve, Franklin, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Norway Township, Wright, Iowa, United States in 1920. He died on 2 August 1951, in Kanawha, Hancock, Iowa, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Amsterdam Township, Hancock, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Jan Willemssen
Gepke Jacobus "Abbie" Johnson
Marriage: 23 February 1895
Peterke Willemssen
Wiert W. Willemssen
Peterke "Pearl" W Willemssen

Spouse and Children

23 February 1895


Parents and Siblings



    Mareka "Mary" Willemssen






    Harm J. Willemssen


    Wopke Willemssen


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 12

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 24

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

North German, Dutch, and Danish: patronymic from Wilhelm .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Willem G Willemssen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William J Willemssen in household of John H Brower, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Williamson in household of John K Brower, "United States Census, 1880"

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