re: SIMON ROELFS
A brief rundown on what I have on Simon Roelfs (I have seen also that there might be JAN as a part of the name).
Simon born Aug. 1796, married Ma(r)garetha Christian Ede Smith Oct 2 1824,(no location) and died Jan 16, 1882. Children, Ede Roelfs,b 10 06 1825; Tido (Tydo) Roelfs, b. 08 18 1831, m. Neeska Look, 04 28 1855, died 09 22 1920; Totje Roelfs, b.01 04 1836, married Gerd (george) Menniga, died 10 07 1927; John Roelfs, b. 08 03 1841,
never married, died 08 16 1935;.
My great-grandfather was Tido, his children: Simon T. Roelfs, b 1856 died 1857; Bonne, no dates, but did get a picture of his headstone, waiting for processing; Simon
T.Roelfs, b 11 07 1860, married Magretha (Mary) Cremer 04 21 1887, died 1212 1936; (my grandfather); John A. Roelfs, b. 05 22 1863, died 08 09 1869; Martin C. Roelfs, b. 02 22 1866, married Ellena Van Hove, died 08 09 1961; Trienka C. Roelfs, b. 01 06 1869, married George Carsten, 07 12 1894, died 07 18 1961; John H. T. Roelfs, b. 10 24 1871, married Norah Eugenia Pembleton, died 01 22 1953; Margaretha C. T. Roelfs, b. 01 01 1875, died 05 16 1875; another child died at birth.
I understand that the original Simon emigrated from the Hamburg area of Germany, landing in New Orleans, in 1854, with their four children, all born in Goothusen, East Freisland, province of Hamburg, Germany.
I am getting a fairlygood family tree of my grandfather Simon, and have questioneers out to most of Martins family, also Trienka (Carsten) Roelfs family.
We are planning to hold a ROELFS family reunion here in St. Francis, KS next June 1 and 2.
I tried www.switchboard.com, for names of Roelfs, and found about eighty names, along with some names that I do know, I have a list of over one hundred to mail
out very shortly. But in the process of looking, I am fairly certain that the oriiginal Simon has other brothers and sisters. Also my branch comes from northern Germany, and there seems to be a number of Roelfs in the Bushton, Ks area that their (greats) came from near the Czechoslovakia border, (might theirs be another part of Jan Roelfs?)
It is quite interesting to dig into this family history thing.
THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE.ROWLAND B. ROELFS
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