The Belle of Groningen
As a girl in the Netherlands, Grietje van der Vries was known as "the
Belle of Groningen". She was an accomplished horsewoman.
- married 19 November 1780 to Hilje Berends
Grietje Melles van de Vries
- born 30 December 1787
- died 13 March 1864
Jan Melles van der Vries
- born 15 November 1816, in Godlinze, Netherlands
- married 2 November 1844 to Henderina Harmannus van Belkum (b. 12-31-1818)
HHvB's maternal grandmother, Wibje Arents, was unmarried.
Grietje van der Vries ("The Belle of Groningen")
- born 19 April 1847, in Zijldijk, Netherlands
- married 22 October 1867 to Kornelis Holtrop, in Grand Haven, Michigan
- married 8 October 1925 to Frank Schuitema (who died in 1928)
- died 24 December 1939, in Grand Rapids
- born 18 March 1871
- married Effie Bisschop (Bishop)
- died 23 December 1948
Lois Belle Holtrop
- born 11 February 1924, in Grand Rapids
- married 25 March 1948, to Jack Kuipers in Grand Rapids
Maintained by Benjamin Kuipers. Updated 10-10-99.