Genealogy Research Project Luijendijk/Luyendyk/Maasdam/Marsden
In 1849 Pieter Luyendyk (in Dutch mostly written as Luijendijk) emigrated to the US. Pieter was born Aug 29, 1823 in Zuid-Beyerland, a village south-west of Rotterdam and married May 7, 1847 in Zuid-Beyerland to Jaapje (probably from 'Jacoba') Maasdam. They emigrated to the US without having children at that time. Nothing was heard from them ever since on this side of the ocean.
A couple of years later, in 1854, Joannes Maasdam, Jaapje's younger brother, went to the States with his wife Maartje (Martha) de Werker and 2 daughters. No news was heard from them either until, during our research last year, we found Joannes' family, 7 generations of them, with over a 100 persons. The Maasdam family in Owasco, Cayuga county changed its name to Marsden. You can read about this extraordinary discovery on the following webpage:http://www.euronet.nl/~qim_tdm/Maasdam-USA/maasdam-usa-1.htm
So far we (undersigned and other members of the family interested in genealogy and family history) have been unable to trace any information about Pieter Luyendyk and his wife Jaapje Maasdam.
To what state and town did they go and where did they finally settled; did they have children, grandchildren, what were their activities.....?
Since your family name is also Luyendyk you might be a descendant of Pieter and Jaapje. Maybe you have information that could help us to complete the family tree. At the same time it might add some 4 centuries of family history to your pedigree, since we know the Maasdam family since Â± 1500. But above all it would mean a great deal for Margery Marsden and her husband Clayton (now 80) from Butler, Cayuga (NY) who have been doing intensive research to their famly roots since over 30 years.
Your contribution would be greatly appreciated. Even if you are not sure to be a descendant of Pieter and Jaapje, your information could help to find the right track.
What are we looking for? Names (in full), birthdate and place; date and place of death and burial, date and place of marriages of your ancestors to start with.
Be assured that your data will be treated with discretion. Before we will make any publication, we will ask you permission to use the data you sent to me.
I am very much looking forward to hear from you.
Tom de Meyer