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Jabaay/Jabaaij

Posted: 18 Oct 2000 5:11PM GMT
Edited: 15 Sep 2002 5:59PM GMT
Dear Ank,

It was really good to hear from you. For a long time I have wanted to communicate with some of my family in the Netherlands.

My family emigrated from a town in South Holland by the name of Strijen. I am told that there are no Jabaays left in Strijen, but that there are some listed in the S'Gravensdeel telephone book.

My great-grandfather Peter came the the United States in 1854 when he moved to Roseland, which was just south of Chicago, Illinois. Then in 1855 his father Dingaman and his 2 brothers, Leendert, and Arie, homesteaded in Munster, Indiana; where they built a small home and they raised vegetables.

I was raised in Munster, Indiana. My father told me that the town got its name from Munster, who was the town's first postmaster.

There is a lot more about the Jabaay family that I could tell you if you wanted to know more. I would also like to know more about the Jabaays in the Netherlands. I don't know what the name Jabaay means. I am told that the Jabaays were Hugenots who came from France. I have heard that story from other Jabaays that I have met.

I hope to hear from you again.

Don Jabaay

Jabaaij and or Jabaay

Posted: 31 Oct 2000 10:15AM GMT
Edited: 9 Mar 2006 9:57AM GMT
Dear Don,
Thank you for your response. I was glad to hear from you. Sorry for not answering earlier, my computer was out of order. The Jabaaijen have lived in the Netherlands for more than four centuries. They were mostly farmers and lived in the Hoeksche Waard, in the province Zuid (South) Holland. There are no more Jabaaijen living in Strijen, but there are still about 20 families left. Some live in Puttershoek, Ridderkerk, 's-Gravendeel and Dordrecht. My father told me that the family came from France and that they were Hugenotes. When my father was young, the farm in Maasdam burned downd and with it the familytree. I traced our roots back to 1550. The name Jabaaij is sometimes spelled Jabaij, Jabaay, or Labay. Some say it was originally "de la Baye", Baye being a village somewhere in France. So far I have not found any proof, but I keep looking. In my files I have a Pieter Jabaaij, born in Strijen on January 6, 1827, son of Dingeman Jabaaij and Maaike Steenbergen. Dingeman and Maaike produced 16 children, of whom 6 died at a very young age. Pieter did have a brother Leendert, born in Strijen november 16, 1819 and another brother Arie, born in Strijen october 10, 1818, who married Sara Dekker. In the Chicago Tribune of July 13, 1988 there was an article published about the Dutch settlers, who shaped Munsterm with a photo of a Martin and Gertrude Jabaay. Munster Indiana has a village profile on the internet, in which Jabaay is mentioned. I hope to hear from you again. Greetings from Holland. Ank Jabaaij

Jabaay/Jabaaij

Posted: 20 Nov 2000 12:54PM GMT
Edited: 15 Sep 2002 5:59PM GMT
Dear Ank,
Thank you so much for your information about our family. For so many years I was out in the dark about the Jabaays in the Netherlands. Several years ago, when I was in Grand Rapids, I met two men from the Netherlands, who saw my name tag and they told me that there was a member of the Dutch Parliament by the name of Winnie Jabaay. They said that she died about 1994. Do you know of her or any other prominent Jabaays in Holland? My family members were mostly vegetable farmers, but we did have several pastors, one who wrote two books, a few town board members and a mayor in Munster, Indiana, and there is the Wing and Jabaay Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tell me more about the Jabaays in the Netherlands! If you have any questions about the Jabaays in America, I would be happy to try to help you.
Could you tell me something about yourself?
Is the name Ank, male or female?
Hope to hear from you again.
Don Jabaay

Jabaaij and or Jabaay

Posted: 21 Nov 2000 4:57AM GMT
Edited: 9 Mar 2006 9:57AM GMT
Dear Don, Thanks for your response dated november 20, 2000. My full name is Johanna, My parents called me Anneke, Ank or Anky, I had three sisters, one of them was WIJNIE (not Winnie) Jabaaij, member of parliament for ten years. Wijnie got Multiple Sclerosis, her body slowly became completely paralised, but not her mind, she was clear till the end. She died june 7, 1995, at the age of 56. I was a civil servant till march 1997, now retired. My husband is an anthropologist, who studied at the University of Chicago. We have four sons and a daugther. I would like to hear from you directly, My emailadress is:
I hope to hear from you again.
Ank Jabaaij

Jabaay/Jabaaij

Posted: 23 Nov 2000 1:19PM GMT
Edited: 15 Sep 2002 5:59PM GMT
Dear Ank,
I read your latest message and I was surprised to learn that Wijnie Jabaay was your sister!
It is also interesting that your name is Johanna. My dad's sister was named Johanna. May dad (Andrew) and his brothers often called her Hanna. Dad also had an aunt whom he called Auntie Hann. I believe her real name also was Johanna.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, our children are over for a turkey dinner with cranberry sauce and potatoes and pumpkin pie. It's a sunny day and the temprature in Cedar is about 50 degrees farenheit. All of the crops in the fields are harvested by now. Usually there is some snow on the ground by now, but we have only had a few flakes of snow.
Some of our family's dutch holiday desserts are Banket and Jan Hagel cookies. We also ate Snet (dutch pea soup) with Metwerst, Meuse (kale and potatoes), Ruggenbrodt with caraway seed cheese (lekke!), and Ole Wiven Kook (A dutch anise cake). Gramma Ritsema would make soup and brie, I never ate it because I hated the smell of it.
What are some of your favorite foods?
Are there special foods that you eat during certain holidays?
I hope you will excuse my dutch spelling, because I have never taken the Dutch language. I only know some words, phrases, sayings and songs. My mother sang dutch songs like the famous Pete Hane.
Thanks for telling me about you and your family. I was born in 1948 and am married to June Dunker. We have been married for almost 28 years and have 3 children. Steven Dirk is the oldest, next is Lori Ann and our youngest is Timothy Edward, who is 15 years old. We have a one year old grandson whose name is Jamie.
I am a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and June is the bulletin secretary for the church. Steve works for VerMeer Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa (a Dutch town), Lori works for Ulrecht Meat Market, and Tim is a student at Pella Christian High School.
I hope you and your family are in good health and I hope to hear from you again.
On your last e-mail, there was a blank space where your e-mail address should have been, so that is why I am not using it. Please try to send it again.
Sincerely, Don Jabaay

Jabaaij and or Jabaay

Posted: 23 Nov 2000 2:32PM GMT
Edited: 9 Mar 2006 9:57AM GMT
Dear Don,
Thank you for your quick answer. I will try to send you my emailadress again. It is: Johanna Jawad-Jabaaij . I hope you can read it this time. All the best and I will write you soon. Ank Jabaaij
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Posted: 1 May 2001 9:39AM GMT
Edited: 4 Jul 2001 8:23PM GMT
I am looking for info. on Leonard JaBaay and Catherine Patz. They were my great-grandparents. My mother is the daughter of their son, John. Feel free to contact me at: LDAlfont@yahoo.com. Thank you.
Posted: 1 May 2001 10:40AM GMT
Edited: 15 Sep 2002 5:59PM GMT
Sorry Diane, but I don't know anything about your great grandparents. My grandfather was a Leonard Jabaay, but he was married to Trinje Meeter. The only Patz that I ever knew was Charlie Patz, who opperated a barber shop in Roseland.

Don Jabaay
Posted: 1 May 2001 10:40AM GMT
Edited: 15 Sep 2002 5:59PM GMT
Sorry Diane, but I don't know anything about your great grandparents. My grandfather was a Leonard Jabaay, but he was married to Trinje Meeter. The only Patz that I ever knew was Charlie Patz, who opperated a barber shop in Roseland.

Don Jabaay
Posted: 1 May 2001 10:41AM GMT
Edited: 15 Sep 2002 5:59PM GMT
Sorry Diane, but I don't know anything about your great grandparents. My grandfather was a Leonard Jabaay, but he was married to Trinje Meeter. The only Patz that I ever knew was Charlie Patz, who opperated a barber shop in Roseland.

Don Jabaay
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