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Jabaais in Iowa

Jabaais in Iowa

Posted: 976010438000
Edited: 1032112744000
It was interesting that when we moved to Iowa that a number of people called Jabaai instead of Jabaay. I did come in contact with this family and had several visits with Leonard Jabaai from Colfax, Iowa. Leonard told me that his family came to Iowa in the mid 1850's, about the same time my family moved to Munster, Indiana. My family came from the village of Strijen in South Holland and Leonard's family came from the neighboring village of Maasdam in South Holland. Leonard also told me that when his grandfather Jabaai came to this country, his name was originally spelled Jabaay.
It was also interesting that the name Leonard also runs through my family. May grandfather's name was Leonard "Leendert", and my middle name is Leonard.
It was a pleasant surprize to find these Jabaay cousins here in Iowa!

Don Jabaay

Re: Jabaais in Iowa

Marylyn Bruce (View posts)
Posted: 1063914115000
Classification: Query
I am trying to locate Christian Jabaay; his wife and I were close friends many years ago in California. If anyone has information about them, it would be so appreciated. Thank you!
Posted: 1139267622000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jabaay/Jansen
Don: A cousin of mine just learned that there is a Jabaay in our line too, so I'm exploring the posts on this board. Our ancester is Mary (Maritje) Jabaay, born in Munster, IN in April of 1862. She married Gerrit William Jansen in 1878, and they had nine children. By any chance does this Mary show up in any of your information?


Robin Sjoerdsma
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