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MICH and more.... Whipple/Dehart-Popma/Hoezee-Snyder/Dedert

Updated September 21, 2012

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The Whipple's appear to have come from NY/Penn. At this point I know they came to Michigan around 1840 and settled mostly in Wayne Co. My ancestors then came to Ottawa Co. about 1850. They were farmers.The Dehart's came from NY/Ontario,Canada/Wisconsin. My ancestors were from Canada first, then went to Wisconsin, and then came to Ottawa Co. MI. They were skilled laborers/stone masons. This particular Dehart line descends back to Peter Stuyvesant, 1st Gov. of NY.
The Popma's came from the Netherlands to the Grand Rapids area about 1870. They were cigar makers and father was a city inspector. One brother went to CA to farm prunes & walnuts. The Hoezee's also came to Ottawa Co. (Hudsonville) from the Netherlands around 1880, although spouse's family in MI about 1850 or so. They were farmers.
The Snyder's came to Grand Rapids from the Netherlands about 1867. They were laborers, and one son became a Grand Rapids policeman while others went into farming.
The Dedert's also came from the Netherlands to Grand Rapids area about 1880. They were woodworkers.
The Grand Rapids, MI area was a popular place to emmigrate to for the Popma's, Snyder's, Hoezee's, and Dedert's because of the large Dutch population in Kent and Ottawa counties.
I also believe all of the farming families, especially the Whipple's and Dehart's, purchased land through U.S. land grants available. Farming was good, and lumbering was a top occupation as well in the area, especially Ottawa county.
I am attempting to trace back each family as far back as possible. I have had success with the Dehart's because of a surname website I found. I need more time and help with the other families.

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