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21 Feb 2017

Soldier Jacob Kleinjan (†1788)

A pink type ship
Jacob Kleinjan started working for the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) as a soldier in 1786. He departed on October 24, 1786, from Rammekens in Zeeland, The Netherlands. The ship, named “Juffrouw Johanna” (which can be translated as “Miss Joan”), was a pink type sailing ship with a flat bottom, a narrow stern at the back and a large cargo capacity. The ship's captain was Simon Koter and its crew consisted of over 170 men.

Since 1652 a Cape Colony had been established by the Dutch on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. The “Juffrouw Johanna” arrived at its Cape Hope on February 22, 1787, staying there until March 19. On June 9, 1787, t he ship and its crew arrived at its destination, Batavia (nowadays known as Jakarta) on the island of Java in Indonesia.
Within a year of his arrival Jacob Kleinjan died in Asia on May 7, 1788.

Batavia in Indonesia
According to the V.O.C. database Jacob Kleinjan originated from “Oostmont”, possibly Est Mont, Éperlecques, France.

For more information about the Kleinjan Family take a look at my blogpost about The Kleinjan family and their American branch.

11 Feb 2017

Neeltje den Otter (1784-1847) & Willem Nanetter

Neeltje den Otter was baptized on June 20, 1784, in Strijen, Holland, The Netherlands. Her parents were Cornelis den Otter (1754-1823) and Mensje Kamp. Neeltje was aged 25 and living in nearby Maasdam when she was married there on September 23, 1810. The groom was Willem Nanetter, who was living in nearby Sint Anthoniepolder. Willem was born around 1782 in Dietz in the County of Nassau in Germany. 

Notice of marriage for Neeltje den Otter in Sint Anthoniepolder, dated September 8, 1810.

In the period 1812-27 Neeltje den Otter gave birth to ten children. Eight children died before the age of two: Willem (twice), Meinsje, Cornelis (twice), Maria (twice) and Andries Herman. The remaining two children, daughters Willempje (1814-1899) and Cornelia (1827-1909), were both married in Strijen and had issue.
Willem Nanetter died on September 19, 1827, in Sint Anthoniepolder. Neeltje den Otter died there on May 24, 1847.