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"Certificate of Marriage. This is to certify that Jannes van den Belt of Holland Ottawa aged 22 years and Jantje Busscher of Fillmore Allegan, Mich aged 20 years were joined in matrimonij by me in the place of public worship at Holland on the 25 Maij in the year of our Lord 1851 in the presence of A. de Weerd en J. Labots of Town Holland. Holland 26 Maij 1851. A. C. Van Raalte, minister of the gospel."




Holland, 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.

Certificate of Marriage Between James Van Den Belt and Janjte Busscher