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The obituary of Cornelius De Wit was published in The Holland City News on this date. Mr. De Wit had died on the 6th of November. De Wit had been in the Dutch army for many years. He emigrated to America in 1847 and served as sexton at the "old log church in this place during the first five years of the colony. The city donated him a house and Dr. Van Raalte, a lot." His age was 92 at the time of his death. His biography had been written but the manuscript was destroyed the previous year in the Holland Fire.




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.

The Obituary of Cornelius De Wit Was Published in The Holland City News On This Date