The Death of Cornelius Luyendyk

Author: Brenda Leyndyke / Labels: ,

Source:  State of Michigan, "Death Records 1897-1920," database, State of Michigan, Seeking Michigan ( accessed 21 March 2011), Death certificate of Cornelius Luyendyk; citing Michigan Department of State, Lansing, Vital Statistics Division.

I originally found Cornelius Luyendyk's death certificate at Kent County Clerk's Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but I was excited when Seeking Michigan went live online with the images of death certificates from 1897-1920.  

Cornelius Luyendyk is Kirk's great grandfather.  The family knew the name of Cornelius, but that was about it.  This death certificate gave me a lot of information to research further.  I was able to confirm Pieter Luyendyk and Jessie Maasdam as his parents.  His birthdate of 15 Feb 1859 is correct, too. 

Cornelius Luyendyk was born in Owasco, Cayuga, New York to Pieter Luijendijk and Jaapje Maasdam.  He moved to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area in the 1860's.  He lived in the Grand Rapids and Gaines Township area of Michigan until his death in 1900.

Cornelius Luyendyk is buried without a headstone in Blaine Cemetery, Gaines Township, Kent, Michigan.  He left his wife, Neeltje, who was 22 at the time, with two young children:  Peter and Lena.


Judy Luyendyk Morotti said...

My grandfather was Peter Luyendyk and I met his father, Cornelius Luijendijk in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the 1950s. He owned Luyendyk's Meat Shop and his sons took it over. Peter died in 1965. Could we be related? I know Cornelius sponsored many people to come over from Holland.

Brenda L. said...

Dear Judy, Thank you for commenting on my blog. I have been asked many times if we are related to the Luyendyk's Meat Shop Luyendyk's. I have tried to find the connection as I am sure it is there, but so far I haven't figured it out. There are too many Peter and Cornelius Luyendyk's! I guess I need to put this on my to do list to figure out. My husband's Luyendyk ancestry is Peter who married Nellie VanOeveren to Cornelius who married Nellie van den Bos to Pieter who married Jaapje Maasdam. Do you know who your Cornelius Luyendyk's father was? Once I figure it out I will let you know.

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