Johannes Cornelis (Jan) Roelandse was born in Leiden on April 6, 1888. He lived in the village of Sassenheim until 1924 and then moved back to Leiden. A year later he moved to a small village nearby Leiden, Leiderdorp, where he lived until his death on March 19, 1978.
On May 22, 1912 he got married to Albertine Adriana Owel and they had seven children, five of which died very young. Although their marriage wasn't always a bed of roses they remained together for a lifetime.
Times were not always easy, living in a turbulent period of Dutch history marked by two World Wars (1914-1918 and 1940-1945) and the great depression at the end of the 1930's.&nbs
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