Person:Jan Rabbers (1)

Jan Geerts Rabbers
  1. Jan Geerts Rabbers1811 - 1860
m. 16 May 1836
  1. Geert Jans Rabbers1837 - 1838
  2. Jantje Rabbers1838 - 1864
  3. Trientien Jans Rabbers1841 - 1844
  4. Geert Jans Rabbers1844 - 1846
m. 6 Mar 1848
  1. Gerrit RabbersAbt 1849 - 1919
  2. Rynye RabbersAbt 1853 -
  3. Grada RabbersAbt 1857 -
  4. Jane Rabbers1858 -
  5. Grietje RabbersAbt 1860 -
Facts and Events
Name Jan Geerts Rabbers
Gender Male
Birth? 2 Feb 1811 Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands
Marriage 16 May 1836 Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlandsto Grietje Lamberts Zwiers
Emigration[1] 13 Oct 1846 Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Immigration[1] 19 Dec 1846 ship: Isabella Bath
Living? 1847 New Groningen, Ottawa, Michigan, United States
Marriage 6 Mar 1848 Drenthe, Ottawa, Michigan, United Statesto Cornelia Kolvoord
Census? 1850 Holland, Ottawa, Michigan, United States
Death? 12 Aug 1860 New Groningen, Ottawa, Michigan, United States


Jan Rabbers Jan Rabbers, the leader of a colony at Groningen and New Groningen, left Drenthe, the Netherlands, in 1846 with immigrants from Utrecht, Friesland and Overijsel. They planned to join Albertus Van Raalte in Holland, Michigan. After arriving in New York aboard the Isabella Bath, the group went to Albany to await instructions from Van Raalte. According to tradition, in 1847 Rabbers and fourteen others walked from Buffalo to Detroit. Believing the Black River to be a likely trade route, Rabbers established Groningen about one mile south of here where the river appeared to be navigable. When the bridge washed out in 1856, the settlers relocated here where they had better access to the new road between Holland and Zeeland. They called the settlement New Groningen.

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    The 350 ton "ISABELLA BATH" came into New York on December 19, 1846; Captain J. Francis Kelly; Some of this group, including Jan Rabbers and Willem Kremers, left the others in Buffalo, and walked to the "Kolonie", over ice floats at Niagara Falls, arriving in Michigan in early March of 1847. The were all from the Netherlands on their way to the United States of America, leaving Rotterdam through the Hellevoetsluis; The trip took 65 days;