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Black and white photograph showing Jacobs family home at 24 East 18th in Holland, MI. ca. 1921.

Jacobs/Dekker Family History

Jacob J. Jacobs was born on 5-4-1890 in Lake City, MI. to Jan J. Jacobs (1861-1926) and Hinderkien "Hattie" Groenewold (1864-1933). Jan and Hattie had the following children: Jacob (1890-1954); Bert (1894-1967); Lewis (1896-1980); Jennie (1899-1965); Arie (1901-1923); and, Bertha (1904-1935).

Nellie M. Dekker was born in Illinois on 7-14-1893 to Gerbrand Dekker (1857-1928) and Lena Caauwe (1864-1966). Gerbrand and Lena had the following children: Nellie (1893-1974); Marie (1902-1994); and, Edward (1907-1977). Lena was born in the Netherlands, lived to the age of 102 and was a resident of the Holland, MI area for 60 years (1910, 1920 US Census, 1945, 1954 and 1956 city directories).

On 4-4-1917 Jacob married Nellie in Holland, MI. The US Census from 1920 through 1950 shows that Jacob and Nellie lived in the Holland, MI area during this time. In 1921 they lived at 24 East 18th Street. In 1924 and 1929 they lived at 82 East 14th Street. By 1934 they were living at 205 East 9th Street.
Jacob and Nellie had the following children: Walter A. (1918-1995); George (1919-1997); Robert (1925-2006); and, Leon (1928-2015).

Jacob passed away in a hospital in East Grand Rapids on 2-17-1954. Nellie passed away in Holland, MI on 11-14-1974.

Wally married Dorothy Winks in Grandville, MI on 5-12-1939. George Jacobs married Annetta Havinga in Holland, MI on 6-10-1941. Robert Jacobs married Faye Piers in Holland, MI on 8-31-1947.
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Cajka, Barb