John Herbert (Herb) Van Roekel (Hill)
Zoon van Otiena Hendrika Van Roekel en Thomas Elmer Hill, geboren 28-2-1947
Trouwt 17-10-1970 Judy Evelyn Taylor, geboren 4-7-1949
Copyright © 2009 by John Herbert van Roekel
John Herbert gave me permission to use any material from the book in this genealogy for which I am very grateful. Whenever material is used it will be with proper source reference.
The book gives a vivid and loving description of the grandparents of John Herbert, both born in Holland and after emigration to the USA building a new life there, working hard and surmounting many difficulties.
After dedication, acknowledgement and a short introduction in the first part the story of Jan and Willemina unfolds. How they live in Holland, meet each other, marry and emigrate to America and with many ups and downs make their living there. Of special interest is the vivid and detailed description of the North Carolina Colonies, modeled more or less after the Walden colony of Frederik van Eeden.
Herb then decribes how Jan and Willemina after leaving North Carolina build their lives in the new country followed bij chapters that focus on Jan van Roekel and Willemina van Deelen as a person. This part ends with a description of the trips to Holland undertaken bij Herb and family to gather more knowledge.
Then follow genealogy parts about the ancestors and descendants of Jan and Willemina. The book ends with a appendix covering various items like for instance the story of Jan de Bakker, the first Dutch martyr. The book contains many figures and photograps all neatly listed in the contents.