Mary Margaret DeDonder
Relationship=1st cousin 1 time removed of Leopold Joseph DeBacker.
Last Edited=19 Apr 2005
Her married name was Mary Margaret Ronsse. Information regarding Mary (Marie) Margaret Dedonder came from "Four Score And Ten, And Going Strong!" by Dorothy N. Hoobler (St. Mary's Star, Jan 22, 1980)
"Bachelor John Leonard Ronnse, who learned of this Jesuit Mission (St.Marys Mission) town from a Belgian priest, came to Kansas. Liking the land he saw along the Kansas River, he encouraged his brother Peter and other friends and neighbors to join him here. In the months between fall,1883, and March, 1884, several families sailed for the new land, including the DeDonders, Pessemiers, and Verscheldens."
"Vital DeDonder bought an original 80 acres of land adjoining the property of his friend, Peter Ronsse, located 4 miles southwest of St Mary's. In Renaix, Vital was a weaver and a good one, but the cost of bringing the weaving looms and machinery to America was prohibitive, so he became a farmer and also raised sheep. His first wife, Marie Lobert, died just a year after their arrival in Sandy Hook, leaving five children-- Achille, Clemence (Koppes), Marie (Newton), Irma (Hallock), and Francis. Two years later, the widower married seamstress Sylvia Marie Pessemier. To this union were born George, Marie (Ronsse), Agnes(Floersch), and Alice."
"Marie and Achille lived all of their 53 years together in the same home, and reared their family of five -- Sylvia Schuda, Pittsburgh, PA; Leo and Joseph, St. Mary's; Teresa Heald, Topeka; and Rita O'Connor, Wichita."
- Family Background
- Small World, Isn't?
- [S196] 1895 Kansas State Census, Shawnee Co., Kansas Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society,.
- [S195] 1900 United States Census, Shawnee Co., Kansas, Washington: National Archives And Records Administration, ED 135, Sheet 9 (pg 18).
- [S8] 1910 United States Census, Shawnee Co., Kansas (Washington: National Archives And Records Administration) ,.