Saturday, July 05, 2014

Surname Saturday: WOLT or WOLD

WOLT, sometimes spelled WOLD is apparently the Frisian form of wâld, which means forest. It is one of my maternal step-grandfather's surnames.

Stories and History:

The earliest WOLD ancestors I can find originated in the province of Groningen, in the villages of Westeremden and Bierum.

(I use the letter "C" to differentiate between my biological family tree and my step-family tree. Similarly, I use the letter "B" to mark my paternal grandmother's adoptive family tree.)

Ahnentafel #440C - Hindrik (dates unknown)

Ahnentafel #220C - Jan Hindriks WOLD (dates unknown) - married Anje Sierts (dates unknown)

Ahnentafel #110C - Siert Jans WOLD (b. 1804) - born in Westeremden, Groningen the Netherlands; married Antje Alberts van DIJKEN (b. 1802) at Bierum, Groningen in 1824.

Ahnentafel #55C - Anje WOLT (b. 1829) - born in Bierum; married Klaas ZIGTERMAN at Bierum in 1854; six known children. At least two of their children, Trientje ("Catherine") and Zigert ("Silas") immigrated to Western Michigan.

Ahnentafel #27C - Trientje "Catherine" ZIGTERMAN (1856 - 1835) - born in Bierum, she married Melle "Millard" BOS there in 1877. They immigrated to Western Michigan in 1879 and had three children. The first was born in the Netherlands, the second in Missauke Co., Michigan, and the third in Ottawa Co., Michigan. After Melle's death c. 1888, Trientje married Pieter BARSEMA in 1889 in Ottawa County and had four more children. She died in Grand Rapids Twp., Kent Co., Michigan.

Ahnentafel #13C - Johanna BOS (a.k.a. Josephine BUSH) (1885 - 1946); m. 1911 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan to Jarig Egbert Binnes DeVRIES (a.k.a. George Edward Benjamin DeVRIES)

Ahnentafel # 6C - Adrian "Ed" DeVRIES (1916 - 2007) - my beloved maternal (step) grandfather, greatly missed; m. 1947 in Wyoming Twp., Kent Co., Michigan to Ruth Lillian (HOEKSTRA) VALK (1919 - 2001)

Ahnentafel #3 - My mother (living)

Ahnentafel #1 - myself

More About the WOLD Family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): WOLD ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Posts about WOLD ancestors and relatives on this blog

My WOLD Immigration Trail:

Westeremden, Groningen, the Netherlands > Delfzijl, Groningen, the Netherlands > Missaukee Co., MI > Ottawa Co., MI > Kent Co., MI > AK > Stevens Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA

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