Genealogie Bos

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11 Jan 2017

Donald Smith (34) was tragically lost at sea near the Isle of Lewis

Woolen weaver and peasant farmer Donald SMITH was born on 1 Jan. 1835 to Duncan Smith and Henrietta MacSwane as the 2nd of their 9 children. Donald Smith married Mary MaCauley on 16 Dec. 1858 in Garrabost on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. They had the following children: Ann, John, Duncan & Mary. Donald was tragically lost at the young age of 34 in Broadbay, off Vatisker Point near Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh on the Isle of Lewis), when a squall of wind overturned his open boat the evening of 26 Oct 1868.

Their youngest daughter, Mary Smith, was born on 11 July 1867 in Tong, Stornoway. Mary and her 3 siblings were raised by their mother. Mary lived to the ripe old age of 96, dying at home on 27 Dec. 1963, following a fracture to her right leg and subsequent pneumonia. Mary had married Malcolm MacLeod. He was born 27 Dec. 1866 on the Isle of Lewis to Macleod parents, Alexander and Anne. He was a fisherman and crofter, and also served as the "compulsory officer," in charge of enforcing attendance at the local school from 1919. He died of "cerebral thrombosis" on 22 June 1954 in Tong. Mary and Malcolm had 10 children, including Mary Anne MacLeod.

Mary Anne MacLeod was born on 10 May 1912 on the Isle of Lewis. In Jan. 1936 in New York City Mary Anne married Frederick Christ TRUMP. Fred Trump was born on 11 Oct. 1905 in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. He died of pneumonia on 25 Jun 1999 in New York. Mary Anne died in New York on 7 Aug 2000. They had 5 children, including the Donald John TRUMP who was born on 14 June 1946 in Queens, New York.

Source: Ancestry of Donald Trump by Kimberly Powell at

21 Dec 2016

Gerrit van der Linde in South-Africa

This is the story of Dutchman Gerrit van der Linde who settled in South Africa. Gerrit was baptised on May 25, 1692, in Charlois (now part of Rotterdam) in The Netherlands as a younger son of Leendert Rooken van der Linden and Soetje Leenderts Vermolen. 

Gerrit likely left The Netherlands on January 18, 1714, as one of 63 soldiers onboard a ship called “Zandenburg”, but I don't know how he ended up early 1717 in South Africa.

Gerrit was married on February 7, 1717, in Drakenstein, Cape of Good Hoop, to Geertruij Putter. Geertruij was baptised on September 14, 1692 in Cape of Good Hoop. Witnesses were Zachrias Wagenaer, Diderik Putter and Maria Jansz Visser. Geertruij's parents were Dietrich Putter from Germany and Zacharia Jans Visser whose family originated in The Netherlands.

Gerrit & Geertruij were the parents of:
  1. Barbara van der Linde, bapt. January 2, 1717 in Stellenbosch, 
  2. Soetje van der Linde, bapt. May 28, 1719 in Stellenbosch. Soetje was married on March 22, 1744, in Drakenstein to François du Preez, son of François-Jean des Prez and Marie Cordier. They had a daughter Maria du Preez who was bapt. on July 10, 1746. 
  3. Leendert van der Linde, bapt. December 21, 1721 in Cape of Good Hoop. Leendert was married on April 9, 1751, in Cape of Good Hoop to Sara Lubbe. She was bapt. on December 19, 1728 in Drakenstein, Cape of Good Hoop. Her parents are Hendrik Lubbe and Catharina van Wyk. They had a son Adriaan Nicolaas van der Linde who was bapt. on August 3, 1760.

Sources: Cape of Good Hoop

15 Nov 2016

Tuesday's Tip - Check The Women's Ages

The genealogical software I use, Aldfaer, can produce a report showing the women in my genealogical file who gave birth to a child above the age of 44. With approximately 4150 ancestors in my file, it produced a list of 99 women.

What caused those - likely erroneous - ages?
  • Often the cause was that the woman's baptism was missing in the records, leading to a bad guess for the birth year, that could simply be improved to a more likely birth year.
  • A few times I had made typos - causing the birth year 10 years earlier than it actually was.
  • In another case I had to remove the parents: not only was the birth too early, but the children's names didn't match the grandparent's names either, nor was the source a reliable one.

25 Oct 2016

Elisha Philippo Eʄqr. and his brother Onias in 17th century Norwich - Tombstone Tuesday

Monumental inscription in St. Augustine's Churchyard in Norwich:
  • Here Resteth ye Body of Elisha Philippo Eʄqr. and Isabel his Wife; Some times Citizen of Norwich, liueing in this Parrish of S. Sauiours; and in ye yeare 1675 he was made Highe Sherriffe for the County of Norff.; he Departed this life Auguʄt ye 19, and Isabel his Wife ye 7 of October, in ye yeare of our Lord 1678.
  • Here also Lyeth the body of Onias Philippo Gent: Brother to the aboue named Elisha Philippo Eʄqr. deceased, who departed this Life the 25th of Octob., Anno Domini 1693, aged 67 years.

1 Sep 2016

Adriaen Hoijer, Minister of Brill

"Adriaen Hoijer, son of Willem Gilliszoon Hoijer, Secretary of the town Brill, and Elizabeth van Hoogwerff, born there 26 July, 1656. Student of Theology at Leyden University, April 21, 1677. Appointed Minister of the Colchester Church about March 23, 1678-9. He was Minister of Brill 7 Dec., 1679; of Zwartewaal, 1680; of Maarsluis, 1685, and married Maria Burcken."

Willem Hoijer and Elisabeth van Hooghwerf had a son Anthonij baptised on 13-4-1670 in Brielle, Holland. Widnesses were Joris van Hooghwerf and Joosje van Hooghwerf. Willem Hoijer and Lijsbet van Hoogwerf had a another son named Willem baptised on 22-11-1673 in Den Briel aka Brielle. Willem Hoijer and Lijsbet Gerrits had a son Pieter baptised in Brielle on 9-10-1661. Withnesses were Gillis Pieters Hoijer and Helena Gerrits. They had a daughter Maria baptised in Brielle on 15-11-1658. The couple had a daughter Helena baptised on 13-5-1668 in Brielle. Widnesses were Joris van Hoogwerff and Maria Booms.

Den Briel, Holland

Gillis Pietersz. Hoijer sold a house at the Warmoesmart on the corner of the Plaats Welle in Den Briel to Willem Hoeijer on 22 Nov., 1657, in Brielle. Gillis Hoijer may have been the father of Willem Hoijer and the grandfather of minister Adriaen Hoijer.

Arijen Gillisz. Hoijer, aged son of Gillis Pijetersz. Hoijer, having had permission from his father on 23-4-1646 in Den Briel, sold on 25-5-1646 an house, yard and shet in 's-Gravenzande, Holland, to Arijen Arentsz, Decker who was already living in 's-Gravenzande. This Arijen Hoijer may have been an uncle of minister Adriaen Hoijer.

Maria Burken, sister of James Burken, and her husband Adrianus Hoijer, minister, living in Maassluis, brother of Gerard Hoijer, sheriff of Zwartewaal, are mentioned on 26-7-1689 in Maassluis. 

Sources: Register of baptisms in the Dutch Church at Colchester from 1645 to 1728; CBG transcription of DTB Brielle 1671-1695.