Walter Noteboom, my 3rd great-grandfather, emigrated from the Netherlands on 28 June 1870. He was headed to New York to settle with family who were already living in the United States. His occupation at the time of emigration is listed as a skipper of a sailing ship, and his religion is listed as Dutch Reformed. He was one of three emigrants from the town of Winschoten in 1870.
One of the first thing you see when the DNA test results come back is your ethnic breakdown. Now, from what I’ve read this is based on DNA testing of people who live in those regions now – so there is some margin of error for using this test to confirm my ethnic mix. And there were a few surprises….
West Europe, Ireland and Great Britain are no surprise at all. Much of my records research supports family roots in those regions. The Scandinavian was a complete surprise. As far as I know, there is not confirmed family ancestry from the Scandinavian region. However, when you click on the link for Scandinavia, there is more information that may explain why I’m seeing it show up in my profile.
Netherlands and seafarers…. On my father’s side of the family, my Noteboom ancestors were all seafarers from the Northeastern part of the Netherlands (on the border of Germany, near the major port town of Bremen). It’s quite possible that farther back in our ancestry than I have traced, our Dutch roots stretch to Scandinavia. The other explanation (and one my brothers would probably enjoy) is that we have Viking roots! (I joke…. sort of.)
The other big surprise is the mix of Iberian, Eastern Europe and Italy/Greece roots. But this could possibly explain the other surprise, which was the absence of Native American ancestry (as in 0%). Now in reading about Native American ancestry in DNA, if the ancestry is far enough back, there may not be enough DNA to register the ethnicity. And the ancestor I believe to be our Native American connection is my 3rd Great-Grandmother, and assuming she was 100% Native American (which is not confirmed), that means I only have 3.125% of her DNA. If she was less than 100% Native American, then my share of her DNA is even smaller.
But how does that explain the Iberian/Eastern Europe/Italy/Greece DNA? Those ethnicities also tend to show up in people whose DNA has Native American ancestry.
So maybe the Native American DNA is too diluted to register, and/or it’s registering as the other European ethnicities that influenced Native American ancestry.
The thing I’m most excited about is the possible matches to others with trees on Ancestry.com. I’m hoping that I will be able to connect to people who have more information about certain branches of my family tree, so that I can break down those brick walls. There are some familiar faces – people I’ve already connected with through my research. It’s nice to have those familial connections confirmed. I’m looking forward to exploring this new option for researching my family history.
I just the received the marriage certificates for Walter Noteboom and his first and third wives.
The Marriage Certificate of Walter Noteboom and Beta Friederike Christiane Nullmeyer
Certificate of Marriage.
State of New York
I hereby Certify, that Wolter Noteboom [and] Beta Friederika Christiane Nullmeyer; were joined in Marriage by me, in accordance with the Laws of the State of New York, in the City of [blank] this 11th day of November 1876.
Witnesses to the Marriage,
Attest Fr. W.T. Steimle
Official Station Pastor of the German Ev. Cath. Zion Church [Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church]
Residence 391 Jay Street
- Full Name of Groom, Wolter Noteboom
- Place of Residence, New York
- Age, 32 years
- Occupation, Shipping Clerk
- Place of Birth, Winschoten, Netherlands
- Father’s Name, Wolter Noteboom
- Mother’s maiden Name, Hinderina de Weerdt
- of Groom’s Marriage, 1
- Full Name of Bride, Beta Friedericke Christiane Nullmeyer
Maiden Name, if a Widow, ——–
- Place of Residence, Brooklyn
- Age, 26
- Place of Birth, Bremen, Germany
- Father’s Name, Albert Nullmeyer
- Mother’s Maiden Name, Meta Dorothea Koch
- of Bride’s Marriage, 1
N.B. – At Nos. 4 and 13 state if Colored; if other races, specify what. At Nos. 9 and 17 state whether 1st, 2d, 3d, &c., Marriage of each.
Brooklyn, 11 November 1876
We, the Groom and Bride named in the above Certificate, hereby Certify that the information given is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief.
Wolter Noteboom, Groom
Beta Nullmeyer, Bride
Signed in the presence of A. Giese
And Charles Lermann
Canarsia L T
The Marriage Certificate of Walter Noteboom and Kate Dulk
City of New York
State of New York
Certificate Number 3938
I hereby certify, that, Walter Noteboom and Katie A. Dülk were joined in Marriage by me in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, in the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York, this 25 day of June 1901.
Witnesses to the Marriage
Anna H.E. Noteboom
Signature of the Person performing the Ceremony
|Date of Marriage||June 25th, 1901|
|Groom’s First Name||Wolter Noteboom|
|Residence||64 Van Siclen Ave.|
|Single or Widowed||Widowed|
|Father’s Name||Wolter Noteboom|
|Mother’s Maiden Name||Henderina De Weerdt|
|Number of Groom’s Marriage||Third|
|Bride’s Full Name||Katie A. Dülk|
|Residence||168 Schenck Ave.|
|Single or Widowed||Single|
|Maiden Name if a Widow||———–|
|Birthplace||New York City|
|Father’s Name||Peter Dülk|
|Mother’s Maiden Name||Anna Brill|
|Number of Bride’s Marriage||First|
|Name of Person performing ceremony||F.S. Moore|
|Official Station||Rector [illegible]|
|Residence||122 [illegible] Ave.|
We, the Groom and Bride named in this Certificate, hereby certify, that the information given therein is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief.
Walter Noteboom, Groom
Katie A. Dülk, Bride
Signed in the presence of Michael Dülk
And Anna H.E. Noteboom
- 52 Ancestors: #1 – The Life of Walter Noteboom (rootsofkinship.com)
- Death Registration for Wolter Noteboom (rootsofkinship.com)
- Walter Noteboom’s Netherlands Birth Registration (rootsofkinship.com)
- Death Certificates for Walter and Christiane Noteboom (rootsofkinship.com)
I’ve now located the death registration for my 4th great-grandfather Wolter Noteboom in Winschoten, Netherlands on WieWasWie.nl.
I had some trouble with the handwriting on this one… so there are some blanks where I’m not sure what it’s suppose to say. But here’s my best effort.
In het jaar duizend achthonderd twee en vijftig, den negentienden der maand November, zijn voor ons ondergeteekende Burgemeester, ambtenaar van den Burgerlijken Stand der gemeente Winschoten, Arrondissement Winschoten, Provincie Groningen, verschenen Jan Ettjes Huttinga, oud zestig jaren, van beroep [?] Omroeper, wonende te Winschoten, geen bloed of aanverwant van den overledene, en Hyachintus Hendriks Breurkens, oud eenenzestig jaren, van beroep Schoenmaker, wonende te Winschoten, geen bloed of aanverwant van den overledene, welke ons hebben verklaard, dat op den negentienden der maand November, des jaars duizend achthonderd tweenvijftig, des morgens te zeven uur, binnen deze gemeente, en wel te Winschoten [?], is overleden Wolter Noteboom oud zevenenveertig jaren, van beroep Stoffenverwer, laatst gewoond hebbende te Winschoten, geboren te Emden in Oostoriesland ??? Hanover,getrouwd ??? van Henderina Harms de Weerdt, zoon van ??? Lamoraal Noteboom, en van ??? Anna Cool, in ???, en woonachtig ??? overleden te Emden; ???.
Van welk aangifte en verklaring deze akte dadelijk is opgemaakt en ingeschreven op de beide dubbelen van het overlijdens-register dezer gemeente; en is deze akte, nadat dezelve aan de aangevers was voorgelezen, door hen, nevens ons Ambtenaar van den Burgerlijken Stand, geteekend
In the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, the nineteenth of the month of November, for us undersigned Mayor, an official of the Civil State of the municipality Winschoten, District Winschoten, Province of Groningen, published Jan Ettjes Huttinga, aged sixty years, occupation [?] Announcer, residing in Winschoten, no blood or marriage of the deceased, and Hyachintus Hendriks Breurkens, aged sixty-one years, occupation Shoemaker, residing in Winschoten, no blood or marriage of the deceased, which have stated that, on the nineteenth of the month of November, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, the morning at the seventh hour, within this church, and it Winschoten [?] is deceased Wolter Noteboom old forty-seven years of professional Fabric Maker, having recently lived in Winschoten, born in Emden in eastern Orientale Country [?] Hanover, married [?] of Henderina Harms de Weerdt, son of [?] Lamoraal Noteboom and [?] Anna Cool, in [?], and living [?] deceased Emden; [?].
Which declaration and statement this deed is readily made and inscribed on both doubles the mortality registry of this town; and this deed after them was read to the principals, through them, besides our Officer of the Civil Status, signed
This is the life of Walter Noteboom, a Dutch man who immigrated to the United States in 1870, and became quite successful as a saloon and hotel owner in Manhattan. Born in Winschoten, Netherlands in 1844, Walter made his way to the United States, eventually marrying three times and fathering eight children.
The Childhood of Walter Noteboom
Walter (born Wolter) Noteboom was born at six o’clock in the evening on November 12, 1844 in Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands to Wolter Noteboom and Hendrina Harms de Weert.
From the register of his birth in Winschoten:
In the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, the thirteenth of the month of November for our undersigned Councillor official of the Civil State of the municipality Winschoten, District Winschoten, Groningen Province, appeared Wolter Noteboom, thirty-nine years old, of professional Dyer and [Squeezer] and Calenderer, residing Winschoten, which stated that on the twelfth of the month of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, in the evening at six o’clock, within the municipality of Winschoten, a child is born of the male sex, to which the first name Wolter shall be given; of which child’s Mother is, Henderina Weerdt, and Father Wolter Noteboom said spouses.
And this declaration and statement done in the presence of William Guits Strootman, aged sixty years, occupation Hatter, residing in Winschoten, and Frederik Jan Hockzema, aged fifty-one years, a professional Book Seller, residing in Winschoten, as to do so elected witnesses selected by the party.
Of which this deed and immediately enrolled in the [twice] in the birth registry of this town, and this deed after them was read to witnesses appearing and signed by them beside us.1
Walter was ninth of eleven children. His father, Wolter, was a fabric manufacturer and dyer who apparently died young of indigo poisoning, on November 19, 1852, when Walter was only eight years old. Wolter, the elder, born in Emden, Germany on May 31, 1805, moved to Winschoten circa 1843 to ply his trade in the garment industry.2 His mother, Hendrina was born on February 11, 1807 in Emden, and also worked in the garment industry as a seamstress. She lived until November 28, 1884 when she died in Winschoten.3
Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands
During his childhood, Winschoten was a small town, with a population numbering only about 4000-5000 people. By the time he immigrated to the United States, the town held 5500 people. Nicknamed the “Mill City”, Winschoten had thirteen mills at one time. The inhabitants are jokingly call Tellerlikkers (plate lickers) for the propensity to eat voraciously and then lick the plate clean.4
The patron saint of Winschoten is St. Vitus, who was persecuted and died a martyr in 303 A.D. under co-Emperors Diocletian and Maximian. He is considered one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, saints who come to the aid of the ill. Vitus is the patron saint of dancers, actors and entertainers, epileptics, dogs, oversleeping and storms, among others.5
Winschoten was home to the second largest community of Jews in the Netherlands. During the Second World War, however, it became a transit depot for the movement of European Jews to Germany’s concentration camps. Winschoten was liberated in 1945 by Belgian, Canadian and Polish troops. At the end of the war, only 20 of Winschoten’s Jews had survived.6
Several cultural landmarks have survived the ages and still stand in Winschoten today. The Dutch Reform Church, built on the Marktplein, dates from the 13th century. The Synagogue dates from 1854. Three of the thirteen mills still stand: Molen Berg, built in 1854; Dijkstra Molen, built in 1862; and Molen Edens, built in 1763. 7
Molen Berg was innovative for the times because the sailes were built with moveable blades (similar to mini-blinds). The Dijkstra Molen was sold in 1953 to the local government and restored in 1982-1983. Molen Edens is the oldest mill in the entire province of Groningen.
Many of the inhabitants speak English and German in addition to Dutch, while many older generations speak a local dialect called Gronings, which is influenced by the Hebrew and Yiddish of the Jewish residents.8
His Early Years in the United States
Walter emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States on June 28, 1870, arriving in Brooklyn, New York. When he first arrived, he was a sailor, like several of his brothers, but by the mid-1870s, he was working in the hotel and bar industry. He became a naturalized citizen on 20 October 18839 He married Beta Nüllmeyer on November 11, 1876. Beta was born in Bremen, Germany sometime in 1850. She died in 1878, possibly during childbirth. He next married Beta’s sister, Christiane Nüllmeyer on September 21, 1879 in Brooklyn. Christiane was born on June 27, 1852 in Bremen, Germany. She immigrated to the United States in 1877. By 1900 Christiane had given birth to eight children, of whom five had survived. He married his third, and final, wife Katherine A. Dulk (known as “Mama Kate”) on June 25, 1901 in Brooklyn. Kate was born in New York on February 9, 1862 and had a twin brother Michael.
How He Made a Living
When Walter first came to the United States, he worked briefly as a sailor, but eventually purchased a saloon. According to many documents, he started his career in the hotel and bar business as a porter in Manhattan. As early as May 1882, he was working as a porter, which continued until as late as 1889. By 1892, he had purchased his bar at 143 Park Row in Manhattan. He continued as a liquor dealer until 1901, when he expanded his business to include lodgings at 450 Pearl Street in New York.10
Walter had five children, who survived to adulthood:
Anna Henrietta “Annie” Noteboom
Walter’s oldest child, Anna Henrietta “Annie” Noteboom, was born on October 31, 1880 in Brooklyn, New York. By 1900 she had found work as a dressmaker. She married Francis Theodore Thomas, who her father had forbidden her to marry because he was an orphan with no prospects. They had three children: Gerald Francis Thomas, Mae D. Thomas and Frank Thomas. Gerald was born on March 10, 1902 in Manhattan. Mae was born in 1903 and Frank was born in 1908. Sometime before 1910, her husband had disappeared. He had gone to Rockaway Beach for a swim and was never heard from or seen again. Anna died in 1958 at the age of 78.11
Dorothea A. “Dora” Noteboom
Dorothea was born on September 5, 1882 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1910, she was working as a lace house clerk and by 1910 she was working as a typist at McMillan Publishing. She married Richard Krankenberg. She died on June 20, 1968 at the age of 85.12
Johanna Christina “Honey” Noteboom
Johanna was born on December 7, 1884 in Brooklyn, New York. By 1905, she was working as a wholesale drug clerk in Brooklyn. She married Harry Wistar Weymer on June 12, 1907 in Brooklyn. Together, they had four sons, two of whom died at tragically young ages. Harry Wistar Weymer Jr. was born on July 23, 1908 in Brooklyn. Walter Stanley Weymer as born on March 2, 1910 in Brooklyn and died at the age of 8 on October 20, 1918. John Spencer Weymer was born on August 24, 1911 and died at the age of 15 on March 12, 1927. Horace Jerome Weymer was born on July 26, 1923.13
Walter Noteboom, Jr.
Walter Jr. was born on November 5, 1885 in Brooklyn, New York. Beginning circa 1904, Walter began work as a photo engrave, electrotyper or printer. He married Dorothy Mann in June 1927, but they do not appear to have had any children. He eventually moved back to Brooklyn sometime before 1920. He died in 1955 and is buried in the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn.14
Geraldine Meta “Dina” Noteboom
Geraldine was born on November 7, 1888 in Brooklyn, New York. By 1910, she worked as a clerk in a sporting goods store in Brooklyn, New York. On April 8, 1917, she married James Francis Clark. They had two children, a son named James Francis and a daughter named Helena Dorothea. James died on July 15, 1963 and Geraldine followed six years later on December 23, 1969.15
There were possibly three other children during these years, according to the 1900 Federal Census. Based on the spacing of the birthdates of the three surviving children, they either came before the birth of Anna, the eldest child, possibly in between Dorothea and Johanna, possibly in between Walter and Geraldine, or after Geraldine. Christiane was deceased shortly after the 1900 Census was enumerated, possibly during childbirth. Since that is 12 years after the birth of the youngest surviving child, the likelihood that there were children in between Geraldine’s birth and Christiane’s death that did not survive. No official record of these births has been located other than the reference in the 1900 Census.16
Walter passed away on 14 December 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. He was 69 years old at the time of his death. In his obituary, several fraternal and club memberships were listed, including
the Eastern Parkway Fishing Club, the Odd Fellows, Alleghany Lodge, Knights of Pythias and Tyrian Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.17
- “Wolter Noteboom”, BS Geboorte, Groninger Archieven, Geboorteregister 1844, Bron: Boek, Periode: 1844, Record No. 112, Record date: 13 November 1844, WieWasWie, https://www.wiewaswie.nl/en/search/search/record-details/a2apersonid/371157245/srcid/19034961/oid/31, accessed 7 January 2015. ↩
- “Wolter Noteboom”, Stamboom Dusseljee, Geneaologieonline, http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I217.php, accessed 7 January 2015. ↩
- “Hedrina Harms de Weert”, Stamboom Dusseljee, Geneaologieonline, http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I230.php, accessed 7 January 2015. ↩
- “Winschoten”, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winschoten, modified 18 December 2014, accessed 7 January 2015. ↩
- “Vitus”, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitus, modified 20 December 2014, accessed 7 January 2015. ↩
- “Winschoten”, Wikipedia. ↩
- ibid. ↩
- ibid. ↩
“Wolter Noteboom”, GenealogieOnline.
Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, database. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving in New York, New York, 1820-1897 Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, Microfilm Serial: T715, Roll: 2198, Page 25, Line 4, Year 1913.
Ancestry.com U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project), database. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Selected U.S. Naturalization Records. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, Microfilm Serial: M1674, Roll: 195. ↩
- Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, database. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Variety of directories from Manhattan and Brooklyn, for the years 1882, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1892, 1894, 1897, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1910, 1912. ↩
Letter from Gerald Thomas to his daughters, April 1979. Photocopy in collection of author. Original location unknown.
“Anna Noteboom”, Stamboom Dusseljee, Geneaologieonline, http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I1423.php, accessed 7 January 2015.
Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census database. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. Year: 1900; Census Place: Brooklyn Ward 26, Kings, New York; Roll: 1064; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0467; FHL microfilm: 1241064. ↩
Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, database. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration. Number: 088-05-6009; Issue State: New York; Issue Date: Before 1951.
Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census database. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. Year: 1930; Census Place: Brooklyn, Kings, New York; Roll: 1540; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0481; Image: 467.0; FHL microfilm: 2341275.
“Dorothea Noteboom”, Stamboom Dusseljee, Geneaologieonline, http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I1307.php, accessed 7 January 2015. ↩
Letter from Gerald Thomas.
Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census.
“Johanna Christina Noteboom”, Stamboom Dusseljee, Geneaologieonline, http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I1424.php, accessed 7 January 2015. ↩
“Walter Noteboom”, Stamboom Dusseljee, Geneaologieonline, http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I1305.php, accessed 7 January 2015.
Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census. ↩
Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census.
“Geraldine Meta Noteboom”, Stamboom Dusseljee, Geneaologieonline, http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-dusseljee/I1306.php, accessed 7 January 2015.
Ancestry.com. New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937, database. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Index to New York City Marriages, 1866-1937. Indices prepared by the Italian Genealogical Group and the German Genealogy Group, and used with permission of the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives. ↩
- Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census. ↩
- The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York, Tuesday, December 16, 1913, Page 3, Column 4.”Walter Noteboom Obituary”. Newspapers.com, http://www.newspapers.com/image/54328490/. ↩