Matilda “Tillie” Janssen Gronewold

19 March 1868–10 March 1949 (Age 81)
Voßkuhlen, Aurich-Oldendorf, Aurich, Hanover, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Matilda “Tillie” Janssen

When Matilda “Tillie” Janssen Gronewold was born on 19 March 1868, in Voßkuhlen, Aurich-Oldendorf, Aurich, Hanover, Prussia, Germany, her father, John Eden Gronewold, was 35 and her mother, Gretje Ulferts Ideus, was 32. She married "Henry"Hinrich Eden Duden on 9 March 1890, in Gifford, Champaign, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Sherman Township, Calhoun, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Butler Township, Calhoun, Iowa, United States in 1920. She died on 10 March 1949, in Pomeroy, Calhoun, Iowa, United States, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

"Henry"Hinrich Eden Duden
Matilda “Tillie” Janssen Gronewold
Marriage: 9 March 1890
Edward Duden
John Duden
Anna H. Duden
Grace Duden
George Duden
Hilda Johanna Duden
Matilda Duden
Alfred Duden
Minnie Charlotte Duden
Child Duden
Emma Duden
Henry Duden

Spouse and Children

9 March 1890
Gifford, Champaign, Illinois, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    John Eden Gronewold


    Gretje Ulferts Ideus




    Gretje Ulferts Gronewold


    Trintje Janssen Gronewold


    Marieke Janssen Groenewold



    Ede Janssen Gronewold


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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 2

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 16

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.

Age 22

Young William (Wilhelm) II dismisses Bismarck.

Name Meaning

North German (also Grönewold): topographic name for someone who lived by a verdant forest, from Middle Low German grōne ‘green’ + wald ‘woods’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example Grönwohld near Trittau.

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

Sources (3)

  • Tutter Dudin in household of Henry Dudin, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Tillie Duden in household of Henry Duden, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lutter J Gronewold, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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