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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.
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"The Obituary of Cornelius De Wit Was Published in The Holland City News On This Date" (1872). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 131.