Does anyone know what happened to Johanna Longstraat Tanis after 1880 Chicago, Illinois?

Paulus Tanis born April 28, 1793, in Ouddorp, was the son of Cornelis Dirksen Tanis and Caatje Tijsdr. Heerschap. Paulus married Johanna Longstraat in Ouddorp on December 7, 1827. Johanna was born June 20, 1806, in Ouddorp. She was the daughter of Pieter Longstras and Claartje Venneman. They had several children who immigrated to Chicago after the death of their father in 1870.

The latest I can find evidence of Johanna Longstraat Tanis is in the 1880 census when she is enumerated in the household of ther daughter Jannetje and husband Peter Brain (enumerated as P Brain in the 1880 census) Source Information:

Census Place Calumet, Cook, Illinois

Family History Library Film 1254200

NA Film Number T9-0200

Page Number 379C

After 1880... I'm stumped!! Can anyone give me any ideas on where to look next. I've tried the statewide death indexes online and to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    This might be the first clue. Peter's original surname was Breen. Brain looks much like an American enumerator's missssspelling.

    Source Civil register - Marriage

    Archive location Noord-Hollands Archief

    General Number of finding aid: 358

    Item number: 120

    Municipality: Texel

    Type of record: Huwelijksakte

    Record number: 9

    Registration date: 13-02-1862

    Groom Pieter Breen

    Age: 24

    Place of birth: Texel

    Bride Jannetje Tanis

    Age: 21

    Place of birth: Texel

    Father groom Poulus Breen

    Mother groom Neeltje van der Sluis

    Father bride Poulus Tanis

    Mother bride Johanna Longstraat

    Additional information beroep bg.: arbeider; beroep vader bd.: arbeider

    Here's a record on her son (who appears to have married a relative)

    Source Civil register - Marriage

    Archive location Noord-Hollands Archief

    General Number of finding aid: 358

    Item number: 120

    Municipality: Texel

    Type of record: Huwelijksakte

    Record number: 45

    Registration date: 14-10-1858

    Groom Cornelis Tanis

    Age: 23

    Place of birth: Ouddorp

    Bride Johanna Tanis

    Age: 23

    Place of birth: Ouddorp

    Father groom Paulus Tanis

    Mother groom Johanna Longstraat

    Father bride Evert Tanis

    Mother bride Catharina Bettens

    Additional information beroep bg.: arbeider; beroep vader bg.: arbeider; beroep vader bd.: arbeider

    What's sad is that Illinois stopped its state censuses in 1870. They were conducting them on years ending in 5 and they are a major research tool. But it's 10 years too early for our needs here.

    This is too young to be your Johanna from what you've said, yes?

    LONGSTREET, JOHANNA 03/14/1908 CHICAGO 60 YR U 00010314 COOK

    There's no second marriage recorded for her.

    In 1900, I have Peter and Jennie Breen living in Calument Twp, City of Chicago, Cook Co IL

    SD 1

    ED 1129

    Sheet 18

    Ward 34

    Peter is 62, Jennie (Jannetje) is 59 and their children are Paul 32, Cornelius 19 and Jenny 14. They were living on West 111th St.

    So as I see it from what's out there, Peter and Jannetje didn't leave Cook Co.

    Illinois is doing a valiant job of digitizing their death records, but they're not done.

    The fact that they're not done with the records through 1916 leaves open the possibility that there is a death record in the Cook Co Clerk's office that isn't on the Secretary of State's archives page.

    Your options are limited to the following.

    1. Call the Cook Co Clerk's office and explain that you have looked for the record of this woman's death on the Secretary of State's website, but can't find that it's been transcribed yet. So ask them to do a manual lookup and call you back when they find it. Call everyday if you need to in order to get an answer. Cook County was a wonderful record-keeping county after 1872.

    2. Do you know if she was Dutch Reformed or Roman Catholic? Whichever she was, they were infant baptizing faiths. So they were also record-keepers. Call the churches of those faith groups that were open between 1880 and 1900 to see if any of them buried her...and if so, where.

    3. You could call all the cemetaries in the area to see if anyone has her buried there and ask the sexton where her death was registered.

    4. The other possibility is that she was sent out to Iowa to live with son Cornelius for awhile. She could have died in Iowa...or from Calumet Twp she could have also died in Indiana.

    5. Visit the Newberry Library on the Gold Coast in Chicago (it's a non-circulating private library, so their collection is quite rare and unique. They have the Chicago City Directories, all sorts of one-time references, and a full array of Chicago genealogy resources. An afternoon there is heavenly.

    **** Did a little more snooping and have a little more for you. Also need to clarify something before you go further. Illinois was plotted with counties and townships long before towns and cities grew up. But what they had in the 1800s and what we know today are vastly different. There are several records on Johanna and the Breens that try listing them as coming from "Calumet, Cook, Illinois". This is not a correct listing and will cause you some serious frustration.

    Calumet TOWNSHIP was a large place. But much of it is in the City of Chicago it was when the Breens lived there on 111th St. There is a separate city called Calumet City (think of the Blues Brothers). The Breens never lived in Cal City, so if you look for records in "Calumet, Cook Co", you'll be sent to the wrong place. You can't change other people's misuse of the information, but you can keep it straight in your own mind. I'm pretty confident that's why records on her dry up. No one's looking in the right place.

    Anyway, onward. Here's a book you may be able to get from your library through Interlibrary loan. If not, it still may be a very good reference for you.

    Next, I went looking for Dutch Reformed Churches near the 34th ward (not the best part of town, but there is an enclave of beautiful old homes close to the housing projects that are there now.) I found records of the Breens being members of the Dutch Reformed Church back in the Netherlands. No self-respecting Calvinist would suddenly become a Catholic in the US.

    There is one Dutch Reformed church that I can find in the nearby suburb of Lansing, as well as one in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. Both are good possibilities. Here's a great article about the 3 Dutch Reformed churches in Chicago during that period and the deals they had with a cemetary.

    This would be a good starting place for trying to find death records on Johanna.

    Source(s): This may be one of the better resources for you if you get stuck. Bob Roach is a nice guy and can definitely connect you to the right people or resources.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Vital stats collections were only beginning that decade. Have you begun searching in cemeteries? Were the Brains buried at Calumet or are any of her other children nearby?

    I'm curious, being from Zuid Nederlands would they more likely be in a catholic cemetery? I did see on others' online trees at that they'd moved noord before migrating. On the other hand, I saw that son Pieter's son Jan (her grandson) is buried in Cedar Park Cemetery which is in Calumet, maybe that's where to look.

    I also saw Jannetje's husband's surname spelled Breen.

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    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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