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A letter of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Mr. Henry Griffin, Ottawa County Clerk, apologizing that he had not followed the laws to register the marriages he had performed. Van Raalte's communication with Griffin records the following marriages: Lambert Floris, 27, and Jantjen Meijerink, 28, July 25, 1847. Van Raalte adds that the wedding took place "in the great temple of Gods creation in the Woods of Michigan near the Village of Holland." Hendrik Grijpmoet Michmershuizen, 30, and Hendrika Johanna Rosendom, 28, August 8, 1847; Harmen Jan Slag, 26, and Fran Siena Wend, 27, August 22, 1847; Jannis van de Luijster, 29, and Cornelia Maaike van Malsen, 29, September 11, 1847; Hendrik Oldemeier, 38, and Hendrina Schutmaat, 22, October 31, 1847; Wilhelmus Johannes Notting, 35, and Jennigje Lasker, 41, October 31, 1847; Pieter Boven, 28, and Zwaantje Ensink, 25, February 13, 1848; Jan Strabbink, 40, and Jantje Hiddink, 33, March 19, 1848; Evert Haverkate, 41, and Widow Berendina van Goor, 33, April 2, 1848; Wolter van der Haar, 29, and Widow Hendrikje Scholmaker, 21, May 7, 1848; 25 Teunis Keppel, and Geertruida Bloemers, 17, May 7, 1848; Jan Berend Oonk, 37, and Martina Hoogersteeger, 35, May 14, 1848; Gerrit Jan Hekhuis, 41, and Widow Jantje Strabbink, 33, July 23, 1848; Aalt Kamper, 38, and Widow Grietje Bosch, 39, August 6, 1848; Hendrik Manting, 22, and Willemina Stegeman, 23, May 18, 1848




Holland Ottawa Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the Holland Museum.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Holland Museum.

Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Mr. Henry Griffin Where He Records the Marriages That He Performed