Maybe you thought that the furthest back I could find photos were for Richard DeKorn and his wife Alice Paak DeKorn, my great-great-grandparents. Nope. I have a photo of Richard’s father, Boudewijn de Korne. He was born on June 11, 1816 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
He was a laborer in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands, as of May 31, 1847. On 21 Aug 1851 he was a “arbeider,” or laborer, still in Kapelle.
In 1856, Boudewijn emigrated with his wife, Joanna Reminse, and two children; his reason was “amelioration of existence.” At that point he was still a laborer.
Johanna was born July 15, 1817 in Kapelle. On May 21, 1847, she was a laborer in Kapelle. On August 21, 1851, she was known as Janna Remijnse.
Johanna died in 1864, at the age of 47, in Kalamazoo. Boudewijn (Boudewin) died in 1873 at the age of 57 in Kalamazoo.
These are their three children born in the Netherlands (note that research shows he emigrated with 2 children, but then see that Geertruit died in infancy):
Richard: Dirk de Korne, born 21 Aug 1851, Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands; died 26 Jan 1930, Kalamazoo,
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.
Geertruit de Korne was born on 28 Aug 1848 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands. She died on 6
May 1849 at the age of 0 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
Mary: Maria Catharina de Korne was born on 4 Jan 1855 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.
At least one more child was born in the United States. In the 1860 U.S. census, the DeKornes had a one-year-old daughter Adriana. Also, according to family accounts there was a daughter Jennie. Was Jennie the same person as Adriana or were there at least two children born after the family emigrated to Michigan?