Meet Jan Minnes Westra. He is my maternal great-grandfather. He was born 23 Nov 1863 in Dronjirp, Friesland, Netherlands and lived his life
in the Netherlands. Jan married Magdalena Terpstra in Menaldum, Menaldumadeel, Friesland, Netherlands on 20 May 1886.
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.
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.”
 “Genlias.” Database. Jan Westra and Magdalena Terpstra. Genlias.nl. http://www. genlias.nl : 1999.
 Jan M. Westra and Magdalena Terpstra marker; photo supplied by Westra family member, March 2010