I have been corresponding with a distant cousin of mine, Carol Mann, in California. She provided a couple of pictures, one of which is of my great, great, great grandparents. It is very washed out so I hope she has the original or knows where she can get a better copy of the picture.
Among the other photos she provided is the one above. This is of her grandparents Pieter Willem te Groen and Johanna van Leeuwen. I have written of Johanna’s parents, Gerrit and Elsebina (Weenig) van Leeuwen, my great, great, great grandparents. Johanna is the sister to my Gerhardus Hendrik van Leeuwen.
Pieter Willem to Groen was born 4 September 1865 in Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands and died 27 August 1942 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California. His parents are Derk Meindert to Groen and Jannetje Maria (Duverni) te Groen.
He married Johanna van Leeuwen 5 March 1890 in Arnhem in the Lutheran Church.
Johanna was born 1 September 1867 in Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands and died 24 February 1963 in Long Beach.
Together Pieter and Johanna had 10 children that I am aware.
Johanna Maria te Groen born 7 December 1890 supposedly in Transvaal, although that did not exist until 1902, so it was likely the South African Republic. She died 2 January 1891 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
Johanna Maria to Groen born 3 December 1891 in Transvaal, again likely South African Republic. She died 10 January 1899 in Pretoria.
Gerhardus Hendrick te Groen born 19 February 1894 in Pretoria and died 5 May 1955 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
Willem Pieter te Groen born 14 September 1895 in Pretoria and died 4 May 1967 in Santa Ana, Orange, California.
Dirk Meindert te Groen born 27 January 1898 in Pretoria and died 20 July 1988 in Laguna Hills, Orange, California.
Paul Johannes Stofanas te Groen born 1 June 1900 in Pretoria and died January 1987 in Crescent City, Del Norte, California.
Elsebinia Maria te Groen born 17 October 1902 in Pretoria and died 5 February 1904 in Pretoria.
Jan Hendrick te Groen born 7 December 1904 in Pretoria and died 10 September 1999 in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
Leendert te Groen born 14 October 1908 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland and died 3 July 2003 in Laguna Hills.
Emil Fredrick te Groen born 27 November 1911 in Annapolis and died 27 November 2000 in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California.
I have no idea what took te Groens to South Africa. It was a time of change and turmoil in South Africa and the Dutch were active in Southe Africa. It would be interesting to know if it was military or some other purpose for which they went there. Maybe they left as the Dutch were losing influence and British were gaining more and more influence. Hopefully someone can shed more light on the moves.