Elizabeth Bakker had been born in Dirksland on April 20, 1838. Her parents were Jan Bakker (1810-1851) and Annetje Noorman (1811-1853), so by the age of 14 she had been an orphan.
Aren Nagtegaal was born on November 11, 1836, in Dirksland. His parents were Steven Nagtegaal (1805-1876) and his first wife, Dingena (“Dina”) Struik (1806-1841). Aren's mother had died before Aren had reached the age of 5. In 1843 Aren acquired a stepmother, Jannetje van der Herp (1821-1906).
|A drawing of the village of Dirksland by Rien Poortvliet.|