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A marriage record: "This is to certify, that Jan Pauels of Holland Ottawa Michigan aged 28 years, and Maaike Schaap of Fillemore [sic] Allegan Michigan aged 24 years, were joined in matrimonij bij me at mij house in [the] Presence of Otto Schaap of Fillmore Allegan and Cornelis van Herwijnen of Holland on the 16 Julij 1849. Holland Ottawa Michigan 16 Julij 1849 A. C. Van Raalte Minister of the gospel"[.]




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.

Marriage Record Between Jan Pauels and Maaike Schaap