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10 Jun 2019

Longevity ~ Sina Kamerling (98)

Funeral Ad of Sina Kamerling
(Eilanden-Nieuws, 9-4-2002)
Sina Kamerling was born in the autumn of 1903 in Oude-Tonge on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee in Holland. She was a younger daughter of Aren Kamerling (1861-1923) and his wife Klazina Adriana van der Tulp (1867-1959).

In 1921 Sina's elder brother Nicolaas Kamerling (1894-1971) married Cornelia Markus (1899-1976). She was one of the many children of Job Markus (1865-1937) and his wife Cornelia van der Made (1867-1942). It was one of Cornelia's younger siblings, Cornelis (“Cor”) Markus, who came to the attention of Sina Kamerling. Sina (23) and Cor (22) were married on October 22, 1926 in Nieuwe Tonge.

Before World War II, Sina Kamerling gave birth to Cornelia, Aren, Klaas Adriaan, Dirkje and a stillborn child. After the war an additional child was born: Adrianus, known as “Adrie”. He was to marry Annelies Swanette Käte Schulz, and lived in Germany.
Sina's son Klaas Adriaan Markus, born in the summer of 1931 in Melissant, moved to Terrace, Canada. He married and had 2 children named Chantal and Adriaan. 
Sina's daughter Dirkje Markus, born in the autumn of 1936 in Nieuwe Tonge, married widower Jacob van Erkel. He had lost his wife, Lijntje Adriana van Putten, and a daughter, Willemina Maria van Erkel, during the flood of 1953. After his death at the age of 65 on October 22, 1982, in Nieuwe Tonge, Dirkje married P. de Jong. 
Sina's brother-in-law, Johannis (Joe”) Markus, born on April 30, 1901, in nearby Dirksland, travelled the the U.S.A. in January 1921. At first he lived and worked at the farm of the Buth family. Later he worked for a diary factory in in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married Helen Gaca. In 1955 and 1969 the couple visited The Netherlands.
Joe Markus and his wife
(Eilanden-Nieuws, 12-9-1969)
Sina's mother, Klazina Adriana van der Tulp, died on June 10, 1959, in Nieuwe Tonge, aged 92. Sina's husband, Cor Markus, died on April 21, 1983 in Sommelsdijk, at the age of 79. He was buried there on the 26th. Sina's youngest son Adrianus Markus was in bad health for years beftore he died on November 21, 2001. The next year, on April 8, Sina died in Sommelsdijk at the age of 98 years and 7 months old. The last years of her life Sina had been living in a nursing home. She was buried in Sommelsdijk on the 12th.

Sources: WieWasWie.nlDelpher Newspapers.
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4 Jun 2019

Tuesday's Tip - Was your ancestor married more than once?

Looking at historical records, it is not always easy to identify an ancestor who has been married more than once. Missing a marriage can often mean missing an entire branch of the family. It can also result in assigning descendants to the wrong parent. 

Among my ancestors are two men who were married five times: Pieter Huigen Blaak and Crijn Jans Tuck. Two female ancestors married four times: Ariaenken (daughter of Roel) in Sprang and Mariken (daughter of Dammas) in IJsselmonde.

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29 May 2019

4 children born before their parents' marriage

Hermanus Blekton (also Blackstone, Blikton, Blextoon, Blaxstone) is a son of Jan Blekton (†1802) and Willemijna van der Weijden (1754-1800). This family name has an English ring to it. Additionally, its many variations are an indication of a foreign origin. The family can be traced back to the one Isack Blekston whose burial in Dordrecht was registered on 8-1-1704.

Hermanus was married on 18-1-1832 in Dordrecht to Neeltje Meijer. Neeltje was baptized in Dordrecht on 5-8-1796. Her parents are Abraham Meijer (†1812) and Adriana Romijn (†1808). Remarkably, upon their marriage Hermanus and Neeltje acknowledged to be the parents of 4 (!) children: Jan, registered in 1823, Abraham in 1825, Willem in 1828 and Adrianus in 1830. Willem died in December 1832. Adrianus died aged 4. Within their marriage 3 additional children were born: Jannetje, another Willem and Maria Adriana.

Dordrechtsche Courant (newspaper), 15-8-1850
Neeltje Meijer died on 21-7-1850 in Dordrecht. Hermanus Blekton died there on 18-5-1864.

20 May 2019

Longevity ~ Willem Molendijk (91) in Mijnsheerenland

Willem Molendijk was 91 years old when he died on 25-5-1885 in Mijnsheerenland in Holland. He had been a widower for just 2 years for he had lost his wife on 25-1-1883.
Nieuwsblad, gewijd aan de belangen van de Hoeksche Waard, 
IJselmonde, Kralingen & Vlaardingen, 7-5-1885
Willem Molenldijk was born on 10-5-1794 in ‘s-Gravendeel in Holland as the eldest son of Cornelis Molendijk (1772-1854) and his wife Trijntje Niemandsverdriet (1772-1853). Willem's paternal grandparents are Willem Molendijk (1736-1800) and his wife Lijsbeth (“Leijsje”) Molendijk (1743-1802). Willem's paternal great-grandparents are Adriaan Molendijk (1703-1773) and his wife Luijcksje Molendijk (±1711-1793). This Molendijk family had many branches, all descending from a Goossen Ariensz. who was married in 1689 in Ridderkerk in Holland.

Signatures of Willem Molendijk and Jannigje
van Prooijen and both their fathers.
At the age of 34, Willem Molendijk married Jannigje van Prooijen on 14-5-1828 in ‘s-Gravendeel. Jannigje was born there on 17-12-1805 as a younger daughter of Leendert van Prooijen (±1766-1843) and his first wife Aagje den Boer (1770-1809). This couple had 8 children who reached adulthood, but only 3 of them – Lijntje, Maria and Jannigje - were married. As a widower, Jannigje’s father Leendert was to remarry in 1812 in ‘s-Gravendeel. Leendert’s second wife was Lijntje Molendijk (1764-1842), widow of Jan van der Linden (†1810) and daughter of Cornelis Molendijk (±1735-1784).

Jannigje van Prooijen and Willem Molendijk had a stillborn son in May 1829. Soon, however, they had two daughters: Aagje, born on 18-4-1830, and Trijntje, born on 29-5-1831 in Mijnsheerenland. Nearly eight years later, a son Cornelis was born on 24-1-1839. Their youngest daughter Lijntje died on 3-2-1850, aged seven.