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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

John and Katie Tryntje (Edel) Kuiper, 6 South 48 West



Cornelis Edel, 37 years old, born in Wijde Wormer, widower of Reinoutje Krabbe, son of Cornelis Edel and Neeltje van Twisk, marries on 15.5.1889 in Haarlemmermeer with Anna Kant van den Heuvel, 21 years old, born in Haarlemmermeer, daughter of Dirk Jan van den Heuvel and Maria van Dalen.

In 1895 Lake Prairie, Iowa, Tryntje is 2, born in Holland.

In 1900 Jasper County, Iowa, Cornelius Edel born March 1852, married eleven years to Anna June 1878, have Mary, Feb 1890, Katie Feb 1891, Lettie C. Oct 1892- all born in Holland, then Lena Josie May 1895, Dirk Sept 1896, Jessie Feb 1898 - these three in Iowa. Son Engel May 1880 and his wife Nellie May 1882 both born in Holland are with them.

One tree said that Cornelius' first wife Reinoutje Knibbe 1853-1886 died in Haarlemmermeer.

Cornelius and Annie are in Graham County, Kansas in 1910, with Marie 20, TRINTSE 19, Dirk J. 13, Adrian 12, Herbuert 9, and Annie 6.

Cornelius 1852-1924 is buried in Smith County, Kansas # 25593693. So is Anna Kant (Vandenheuvel) Edel 1868-1928 # 25593710.

John KUIPER is buried in the Prairie View cemetery. He died July 2, 1894 at 57 yrs of age.
He's likely the Jan Kuiper arriving in New York in 1873, age 36, with wife Maarta 36, son Gerrit 9, daughters Geurtje 3 and Grietje 6.

Guurtje "Gertrude" Kuiper Holterman died 1921, buried in Phillips County, with Dr. Adrian Holterman 1844-1904.

"Kuiper, John, Farmer, S. 14, T. 6, R. 48 P. O. Vona. Mr. Kuiper was born in Holland in 1878, settled in the County in 1911, and married Katie Edell. They have two children. "
John claimed two quarters in 14, 6S, 48W in 1917.

John Kuiper and Trintje Edel married in Phillips County, Kansas on October 11, 1917.

He registered for WWI with a Vona, Colorado address, farming, born May 10, 1878.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, John is 41, immigrating in 1885, naturalized in 1916. "Hattie" 28, immigrating in 1893, naturalized in 1916. John K. is six months old.


In 1930 John and Katie are farming in Phillips County, Kansas. He immigrated in 1905, Katie in 1894. John 11 and Cornelius 10 were born in Colorado.

John registered for WWII with an address of Prairie View, Phillips County, Kansas, born at Spahorst, Netherlands.
In 1960 John and Katie are living at 2168 S. Birch in Denver - that's in southeast Denver, near the Univeristy of Denver.
John C. (Irene) works for Shwayder Bros, living at 2176 S. Birch.

John 1878-1960 is buried in Littleton, Colorado # 141010289, with Katie 1891-1968 # 141010301.

"JOHN C. KUIPER, 81, of Denver died Feb. 10, 2001. Services were Feb. 15, with burial at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mr. Kuiper was born in Vona on March 11, 1919. He married Irene Kroonenberg, 1952. He was a factory worker. He was a member of Third Christian Reformed Church. Survivors include his wife; sons John and Dan; brother Cornelius Kuiper; two grandchildren. "
SSDI has John born in Prairie View Kansas, but this is not likely.

John and Irene celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on November 21, 1992 in Denver.

Irene D. Kuiper 1926-2009 is buried in Chapel Hill # 48971389. "Irene D. Kuiper 83, passed away June 19, 2009. Irene is survived by her sons John and Dan Kuiper; her granddaughters Johanna and Esther and her two sisters Jennie Bultman and Johanna Ham. "

Jennie Kroonenberg is 8 in 1930 Minnesota, Johanna 1., Irene 4, with parents Joseph C. 34 and Dorothy 31.



When Vernon Schelhaas died in 2002, John Kuiper wrote July 09, 2002 from Sunnyvale, CA " I fondly remember my visits over the the house. I will not forget how scary my first motorcycle ride was with Uncle Vernwas. "
John wrote "I am John Alan Kuiper from Denver, Colorado. I currently live in Sunnyvale, California. My grandparents are John (Jan) Kuiper and Tryntje Edel. Their two boys were John Cornelius and Cornelius(Corny). John's two boys are John Alan and Daniel Keith. Corny had 6 children Edward, Cathy, Robert, Gary, Richard and Betty."


Nellie Schelhaas 1929-1993 is buried in Denver # 3370246.


Wausau, Wisconsin "Martin Bultman, 76, Delavan, formerly of the Birnamwood area, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at his home. He was a dairy farmer and cattle dealer in Birnamwood area, and retired from Sta-Rite Industries in Delavan. Survivors include his wife, Jennie (Kroonenberg) Bultman, Delavan; eight daughters, Barbara (Carl) Keyzer, Mundelein, Ill., Beverly (George) Buchholz, Darien, Wis., Dorothy (Lincoln) Norby, Janesville, Marlene (Duane) Voss, Elkhorn, Gloria (Uwe) Niemetscheck, Williams kBay, Wis., Deborah (Ray) Radtke, Delavan, Marcia (John) Greydanus, Ship Rock, N.M., and Tammie (Gregory) Mueller, Clinton, Wis.; 22 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gerrit Bultman Jr., Dick Bultman, Arthur and Kobus Bultman; and six sisters, Jennie Smit, Gertrude Pruim, Marie Bauch, Alberta Hubler, Cordelia Thomas and Alice Englishman. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christian Reform Church, Delavan. Burial will be in Roselawn Memory Gardens, Delavan. Visitation will be at Monroe Funeral Home, Delavan."

"Jennie Bultman went to be with her Savior on December 29, 2016.  She was born on January 16, 1922 in Ellsworth, MN to Johannes and Dorothea Kroonenberg.  She was united in marriage to Martin Bultman on August 28, 1941 in Denver, CO.  Jennie was a devoted and loving Christian wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She was a long time member of the Delavan Christian Reformed Church.  Jennie loved to sing, cook, bake, crochet, and spend time with her family.  She touched many lives and will be dearly missed.
Jennie is survived by her eight daughters; Barbara (Carl) Keyzer, Beverly (George) Buchholz, Dorothy Norby, Marlene (Duane) Voss, Gloria (Uwe) Niemetscheck, Deborah (Ray) Radtke, Marcia (John) Greydanus, and Tammie (Greg) Mueller, 23 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Bultman, her parents,  her sisters, Anna Hogan, Tena Hoevenaar, Irene Kuiper, Johanna Ham, Dorothy Rutgers, Nellie Schelhaas,  her brother, Clarence Kroonenberg, her son-in-law, Lincoln Norby, her granddaughter, Angela Cook, and  her great grandson, Josh Cook."


Her father is likely Johannes C. Kroonenberg 1896-1956 buried in Chapel Hill # 140987849.
A step-mother is Myrtle W. Kroonenberg 1894-1971 buried in Chapel Hill # 140987862.

May 5, 2016 "Johanna Dorothy Kroonenberg and her twin sister, Dorothy Johanna, were born to Johannes and Dorathea July 16, 1928.  When Johanna was 3, her father moved from Minnesota to Denver with the family of 7 girls and 1 boy after the death of their mother.  In Denver they were closer to other family members, and her father was part of the family business, Kroonenberg Lumber on South Broadway.  Their home church was First Christian Reformed Church.  Church was an important part of their lives, and Johanna met her husband Alexander Thomas Ham at a hymn sing at the church.  They married in 1950, and had 4 children by 1958.  Johanna stayed busy raising those children and being a support for Alex who frequently suffered from depression. She still managed to help others as much as possible.  She and another lady from the church helped with housecleaning for many people in the South Denver area.  She also helped her neighbors, most notably Catherine Hurlbutt, "the bird lady of Denver".  She first helped take care of Catherine's mother so that Catherine could work, but quickly the work also involved caring for birds, not only feeding them, but teaching many of them to talk.  Picklepus, the cockatoo, loved to sit on her shoulder and whisper in her ear "Come on, let's dance" as he bobbed up and down.  Edgar, the Raven, who did actually say "Nevermore", would bat his eyes at her and lower his beak below a claw so she could scratch his head.  He allowed no one else that privilege.  Many baby birds survived because of Johanna's tender loving feedings.  Catherine had injured birds in a cage in the backyard, as well as ducks, geese, chickens, you name it, roaming in the backyard, and Johanna helped feed all of them! Johanna's home also showed her love of animals.  The family usually had a dog, but she also welcomed hamsters, gerbils, birds, and even cats which her daughter Karen would often bring home with her from Kansas City, where she taught school for 30 years.  At Julia Temple where she resided the past 11 months she was a favorite for the therapy dogs and also a therapy cat.  They would go to her room first because she always kept some treats by her bedside, and sometimes the animals even stayed with her for a bit while their owners attended to other business. Johanna loved people, and other residents at Julia Temple could often be found in her room.  She loved the CNA, RN, and other staff greatly, and she had so much fun joking around with them.  She also loved her hospice staff from Suncrest Hospice, who daily helped attend to her needs. Johanna loved her LORD and her church family, who surrounded her the past 11 months with prayers, tender loving care, and support. Johanna was preceded in death by her husband, Alex, and two sons, Marv and Jim.  She is survived by her children Joal and Karen, her daughter-in-law Brenda, her only grandchild Jamie, one sister Jennie (93) in Wisconsin, and many nieces and nephews. After her experiences of the past 11 months, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Julia Temple Healthcare Center or Suncrest Hospice. Visitation will be at the mortuary Tuesday, May 10, 5-7 PM, and the memorial service will be at First Christian Reformed Church, Wednesday, May 11, at 11 AM."


Cornelius Kuiper 1920-2002 is buried in Chapel Hill # 141010269, with Angenita 1920-2007 # 141010274.


One tree says that Katie's sister Anne (Ebel) Englerth married John Englerth in 1900, and is buried in Smithton, Illinois 1876-1928 # 105319457.

A half-sister Catalena J. Black 1895-1978 is buried in Jewell County # 39793056.

Half-sister Adrienna Wichers 1898-1991 is buried in Everett, Washington # 37792025, with Henry John Wichers 1893-1979.
Half-brother Hibert J. Edell 1901-1968 is buried in Smith County, Kansas # 113213794.

Half-sister Anna M. Edell Berry 1903-1990 is buried in Osborne County, Kansas # 138280424.

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Jan Kuiper is likely a relative - both were in Phillips County, Kansas.

Jan Kuiper, 36, arrived in New York in 1873, with wife Maarta 36, Gerret 9, Geurtje 3, and Grietje 6.

In 1900 Phillips County, Kansas, Mary Kuiper is widowed, born Feb 1837 in Holland, with son Garrett 36 and his wife Maggie 34 born in Holland.
"Martha" is in O'Brien County, Iowa in 1920, 82, living with Garrett 56 and his four kids.

In 1900 Phillips County, Kansas, Dirk Kuiper born Sept 1874 in Illinois, and Victoria 20 Kansas, have John Dec 1898 Kansas.
Dick Kuiper 1874-1942 is buried in O'Brien County, Iowa, with Victoria 1879-1972.


John D. Kuiper married Emma M. Sallee in Phillips County on February 12, 1919.
John D. Kuiper 1898-1978 is buried in O'Brien County, Iowa # 10802492, with Emma M. 1897-1970.



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