52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #7 – Jan Minnes Westra

Relationship: Great-grandfather
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Meet Jan Minnes Westra. He is my maternal great-grandfather. He was born 23 Nov 1863 in Dronjirp, Friesland, Netherlands and lived his life

Jan Minnes Westra

Jan Minnes Westra

in the Netherlands. Jan married Magdalena Terpstra in Menaldum, Menaldumadeel, Friesland, Netherlands on 20 May 1886.[1]

Jan and Magdalena had the following children: Herman J. Westra (born 30 Nov 1902 in Dronrijp, Menaldumadeel, Friesland, Netherlands, died 29 Sep 1957 in the United States); Albert Westra, my grandfather (born 13 Mar 1908 in Dronjirp, Friesland, Netherlands, died 20 Mar 1995 in Newton, Sussex, New Jersey); Ella Harke Westra; Mine Westra; and Reintje Westra.

His children Herman, Albert and Ella all made their way to the United States where they settled in to raise families.

Jan passed away 08 Dec 1932 in Aldaar, Netherlands. His children erected a beautiful tombstone in his honor.[1]Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 8.03.39 PM

The tombstone is a gorgeous, tall stone with the inscription of “RUSTPLAATS VAN ONZE GEFIEFDE OUDERS” at the top. This translates to English as “resting place of our beloved parents.”

[1] “Genlias.”  Database. Jan Westra and Magdalena Terpstra. Genlias.nl. http://www. genlias.nl : 1999.
[2] Jan M. Westra and Magdalena Terpstra marker; photo supplied by Westra family member, March 2010


One thought on “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #7 – Jan Minnes Westra

  1. my grandmotjher harmke westra is also a daughter of jan and magdalena She was marries with sjoerd sybes bontekoe living in berlikum


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