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H88-0112. Oggel Family. Papers, 1841-1981. 1.50 linear ft. PARTIALLY RESTRICTED

 Collection
Identifier: H88-0112

Scope and Contents

The major part of the Oggel Family collection and all of the Dutch Immigrant Collection (Wisconsin) were donated by Mr. Dingeman J. Oggel, Axel, Zeeland, the Netherlands, in 1975. Some of the material in the Oggel Family collection was donated by Dr. Eugene Scholten of Holland, Michigan, in 1980.

The Oggel Family Collection consists mainly of the "American" letters of the eight children of Johannes Pieter Oggel and his wife Adriana de Pree Oggel: Johannes P. Oggel, (1828-1914), Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, (1829-1869), Dirk C. Oggel, (1832-1900), Marinus J. Oggel, (1838-1910), Dena Maria Oggel Welle, (1840-1930), Rev. Engelbert C. Oggel, (1841-1910), Hendrik P. Oggel, (1844-1926), and Jacobus M. Oggel, (1839-1926). Johannes, Dirk, Marinus, and Hendrik left for America on April 28, 1855, and Pieter, Jacobus, Dena, and Engelbert departed on April 29, 1856. The letters are written to their stepmother, Krina van Zuinjen Oggel; to their half-brother, Dingeman Jacobus; and half-sister, Maria, who married J. M. Wieland, both of whom remained in the home village of Axel, Zeeland, the Netherlands. The father, Johannes Pieter Oggel, died in 1856. Almost all of the letters are in Dutch, but English translations are included in the collection. Some of the other correspondents with the Oggel family in Axel were relatives of the family, e.g. Jan and Dirk de Pree. Two key correspondents with Johannes Pieter Oggel, were the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and the Rev. Cornelius Vander Meulen, leading ministers in the Afscheiding movement which Oggel had joined.

Other correspondents are: L. de Linn, J. H. Donner, Jennie M. Welle, Dirk C. De Pree, Mrs. E. C. Oggel, Eleanor van Bruggen, Mrs. H. P. Oggel, D. Minderhout, Jan de Pree, Mrs. A. de Pree, F. van Driele, Ary van Driele, Jan den Herder, James Ossewaarde, P. Marijs, and H. G. Keppel.

The material donated by Dr. Scholten consists of wedding announcements and invitations, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and a genealogy of the Oggel and De Pree family.

The Dutch Immigrant Collection (Wisconsin) consists of copies of letters in Dutch by settlers in Wisconsin to relatives in the Netherlands. Mr. Dingeman J. Oggel of Axel, Zeeland, The Netherlands, made these copies from originals in the archives of the Axel town hall. Because the letters are in longhand and rather difficult to decipher, Mr. Oggel supplied typed transcripts for most of them. Most of these letters were written by Pieter van Ouwerkerk of Holland Township, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, and by Abraham Pieter Brill of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to relatives in Zuidzande and other towns in Province Zeeland, Kingdom of Holland (Netherlands).

Dates

  • 1841 - 1981

Creator

History

The eight children of Johannes Pieter Oggel and Adriana de Pree Oggel were Johannes P. (1828-1914), Pieter J. (1829-1869), Dirk C. (1832-1900), Marinus J. (1838-1910), Jacobus M. (1839-1926), Dena Maria Oggel Welle (1840-1930), Engelbert C. (1841-1910), and Hendrik P. (1844-1926). Johannes, Dirk, Marinus, and Hendrik left for America on April 28, 1855, and Pieter, Dena, Jacobus, and Engelbert departed on April 29, 1856. After Adriana’s death in 1845, Johannes married Krina van Zuijen, and many of the letters are addressed to her, to a half-brother (Dingeman Jacobus), or a half-sister (Maria, who married J. M. Wieland), both of whom remained in the home village of Axel, Zeeland, the Netherlands. The father, Johannes, died in 1856.

Both Engelbert and Pieter became pastors in the RCA. Pieter served churches in Grand Haven, Michigan, and Pella, Iowa, before becoming a professor at Hope College, where he worked until his death in 1869. Engelbert served churches in various locations as well as being editor of De Hope and treasurer at Hope College.

Extent

1.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Dutch; Flemish

Abstract

The collection consists mainly of the "American" letters of the eight children of Johannes Pieter Oggel and his wife Adriana de Pree Oggel, who immigrated to America in 1855 and 1856: Johannes P. Oggel (1828-1914), Rev. Pieter J. Oggel (1829-1869), Dirk C. Oggel (1832-1900), Marinus J. Oggel (1838-1910), Dena Maria Oggel Welle (1840-1930), Rev. Engelbert C. Oggel (1841-1910), Hendrik P. Oggel (1844-1926), and Jacobus M. Oggel (1839-1926). Johannes, Dirk, Marinus and Hendrik left for America on April 28, 1855, and Pieter, Jacobus, Dena and Engelbert departed on April 29, 1856, for America. The letters are written to their stepmother, Krina van Zuinjen Oggel who was married to their father, Johannes P. Oggel, after the death of their mother, Adrianna (1845); to their half-brother, Dingeman Jacobus; or half-sister, Maria, who married J. M. Wieland, both of whom remained in the home village of Axel, Zeeland, the Netherlands. The father, Johannes Pieter Oggel, died in 1856. Almost all of the letters are in Dutch; translations have been made (2 copies). Dutch Immigrant Collection (Wisconsin). Copies of letters in Dutch, by settlers in Wisconsin to relatives in the Netherlands. (Dutch/English) Detailed Collection Register available.

Provenance

Oggel Family

Photographs

50 images

Creator

Source

Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Joint Archives of Holland Repository

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