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About the Tanis surname

My 2nd great grandfather

Maarten Tanis was born in the Old country, Holland. Whe he was 16 year of age, he with his mother Mrs. Krina Tanis and three sisters embarked for America then settled in the State of Michigan.

Maarten married Grietje Viergever in Vriesland, Michigan in June 1856. They were parents of 7 children- three dying in infancy. He came to Kansas in 1873. He bought 160 acres for his new home on Oak Creek, Section 24, Township 5, Range 11. He also had an adjoining 160 acres on the west on which he planted his grove of trees, consisting of Oak, mulberry and ash. This grove was was planted approximately 1882.

Maarten was born on 31 Aug 1832 as son of jan Maartense Tanis and Krientje Ruigentuin[

My 2nd great grandmother

Today, the 20th March 1912 passed away in Rotterdam, Kan., Mrs. Martin Tanis, at the advanced age of 79 years, two months and four days. Grietje Viergever was born in Zeeland, Nederland on the 16th January 1833. In the year 1856 she married Martin Tanis in Vriesland, Mich., where she was resident up to the year 1874. After that she lived in Rotterdam, Kan. Besides her elderly husband she leaves behinbd three children, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Grateful for the rich blessing we bestowed on us by her and having faith that redeemed from all sin she now serves the Lord perfectly, we can now be worshiping silent. On behalf of the family, Mr. Martin Tanis, Mrs. P. Folger-Tanis, Mrs. J. Renken-Tanis, Mrs. D. Vegter-Tanis.

The book: Srapebook Memories of Oak Creek School, By Bonnie- Hurd, tells of the Netherland people coming to America and settling. Most in the book are my relatives