Frederik Broene was born February 13, 1845 in Höcklenkamp, Grafschaft Bentheim, the fourth of six children of Harm Hendrik Broene and Kunnegien Nyboer. In 1865, he emigrated from Grafschaft Bentheim to Graafschap, Michigan, along with his father, stepmother Jennechien Dyke, four siblings, and four step-siblings.
Frederik never married. For many years, he lived with his brother Jan Hendrik Broene and sister–in–law, Sara Piers Broene, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Jan Hendrik operated a hardware store.
Frederik died on July 5, 1932.
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