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25 Nov 2017

Surname Saturday - Van Arkel - Brick Wall

Van Arkel is a surname derived from a place name, a toponym. Arkel is a village located in the middle of The Netherlands. In medieval times the area was governed by the Lords of Arkel that are likely my ancestors. Other, common people with the "Van Arkel" surname likely originated in the village of Arkel. 

For example, the image below shows a marriage registration of March 25, 1759, in Zuid-Beijerland, a village also known as "den Hitzert" and located in Holland. The groom is Huijbert van Arkel, a young man born in Arkel. The bride is Bastiaantie int Veld, a young girl born in, and member of the church in Zuid-Beijerland. 

Huibert van Arkel originated in Arkel
My ancestor with the surname Arkel has the first name Barber. She was married to Cornelis van der Giessen and they were living in the Sint Anthoniepolder in Holland. The 18th-century birth, marriage and burial records of the Sint Anthoniepolder no longer exist, so we don't know when Cornelis and Barber were married or how many children they had. 
Barber and Cornelis are likely the parents of
  1. Arij van der Giessen (±1752-1827). His parents are mentioned on his death certificate. He was 75 years old. 
  2. Cornelia van der Giessen (±1760-1803) who was married around 1782 to Joost Arijensz. Schippers. She was probably a child of Cornelis and Barber, too, for she had children named Barbara, Aris, Cornelia and Ariaantie.
  3. Neeltje van der Giessen (±1758-1820) was married around 1785 to Arij Jacobsz. Kleijnendorst. She was likely a child of Cornelis and Barber, too, for she had children named Cornelis, Jacob, Pieter and Barbera.
  4. Cornelis Cornelisz. van der Giessen (±1755-1809) is likely one of their children, too, because his patronymic is Cornelis and his eldest daughter was named Barbara like his mother. This Barbara was married to my paternal ancestor Cent Leendertsz. Bos (1787-1869). 
  5. Pieter van der Giessen (±1763-1817). His parents are mentioned on his death certificate. He was 54 years old. 
Due to the missing records, and Cornelis van der Giessen being a common name in Holland, I have no clue as to who Cornelis' parents were. Barbara van Arkel, however, could be a younger daughter of Cornelis Cornelisz. van Erkel and Cornelia Pieters van Roon. This couple was married on 20-10-1710 in Maasdam, a village adjacent to the Sint Anthoniepolder. In the local dialect one could pronounce "Arkel" as "Erkel". For example, the Dutch word for potato, "aardappel", is pronounced in the local dialect as "errepel". 

17 Nov 2017

Barend Karssemeijer (1732-1821) from Lengerich in Germany

Barend Karssemeijer was born in Lengerik to the southeast of Tecklenburg in Germany. His wedding registration claims he “had no parents”, so they must both have death at the time. His intention to marry was registered on 21 October 1764 in Breukelen (Utrecht area) in The Netherlands [s:FS/orig]. The intended bride was Jannetje Holling, a young girl who was born and still living in Breukelen. She was assisted by her father Hermannus Holling. The couple was married there on 11 November 1764 [s:FS/orig] in the church.

Barend Carssemeier was married in 1764 in Breukelen.

Barend Karssemeijer and Jannetje Holling were the parents of
  1. Anna Karssemeijer. She was baptized on 22 June 1766 in Breukelen [s:FS]. The witness was Jannetje van Kockengen, the maternal grandmother. Anna was still living in Breukelen when she was married there on 27 May 1792 [s:Brouw] to Hendrik de Koning, a young man born in “Grootenvoort” near Hannover in Germany. They had 4 daughters named Jannetje, Hendrikje, Helena Wilhelmina and Bartje.  Anna Karssemeijer died on 24 March 1856 in Breukelen [s:WWW], 89 years old.
  2. Hermanus Karssemijer. He was baptized on 20 March 1768 in Breukelen [s:FS]. The witnesses were Johannis Hasselbach and Willemijntjen Holling. Hermanus remained a bachelor. He died on 15 July 1846 in Breukelen [s:WWW], 78 years old.
  3. Gerrit Karssemeijer. He may have been born in 1769 [s:Gooij]. He was living in Breukelen when he was married on 16 November 1794 in Breukelen [s:Brouw] to Antonia van Ysendijk, a young girl baptized in Overlangbroek (Utrecht area) on 26 September 1773 as daughter of Jan van IJsendijk. At the time of her marriage Antonia was living in Kockengen (Utrecht area). 
  4. Jan Karssemeijer(t). He was baptized on 26 Oct. 1773 in Breukelen [s:FS], and still living there when he was married on 18 February 1798 in Breukelen [s:Brouw] to Marritje Cooijman, a young girl born in Ter Aa (Utrecht area) and living in Breukelen. 
  5. Willem Karssemeijer. He was baptized on 28 July 1776 in Breukelen [s:FS]. His godparent was Catharina Hoen. Willem remained a bachelor until he died on 26 October 1849 in Breukelen [s:WWW], 73 years old.
Hermanis Karssemeijer was baptized on 20 March 1768 in Breukelen.

13 Nov 2017

Pleuntje, Neeltje & Maria Vree in Delft

Earlier I blogged about ceramist Cornelis van den Abeele (†1731) and his brother Johannes. Cornelis’ wife was Maria Jans Vree (†1728). At the baptism on October 21, 1710, in Delft, of one of their children named Marija van den Abeele, one of the witnesses was Maria's sister Pleuntje Vree. Pleuntje Vree also witnessed the baptism of 3 children of Jan Pietersz. van Dalen and Neeltje Jans Vree.

The Old Church in Delft
Pleuntje, Neeltje and Maria Vree were daughters of Jan Vree (†1680) and his wife Lijsbeth Oosthoeck (†1726). Jan Vree had died in November 1680, and Lijsbeth’s mother had married Cornelis Ariens Spanjersberch on October, 7, 1685, in Delft. As a widow Lijsbeth Oosthoeck owned some real-estate at the corner of the Turfmarkt and the Gasthuijssteeg in Delft. She survived her 2nd husband, too, and was buried on 10-7-1726 near the Old Church in Delft.

Pleuntje Vree was baptized as “Aplonia” on December 24, 1662, in Delft. There Pleuntje had been married, on June 6, 1688, to plate painter Franck Pietersz. van Dalen who was living at the Nieuwe Langedijk. Franck was a son of Pieter Rutten van Dalen and Pieternelle Vranke Voorstadt who were married on February 2, 1663, in nearby Schipluiden. Franck was baptized on March 3, 1665, in Delft with witnesses Ruth Janse van Dalen and Claasge Arijens (who were likely his paternal grandparents). Pleuntje's sister Neeltje's husband Jan van Dalen was another son of Pieter Vree and Pieternelle Voorstadt. 

1 Nov 2017

Peter Bos in de USA

SS Noordam
Peter Bos boarded the “Noordam” in Rotterdam, Holland, around September 27, 1906, and traveled to the United States of America. The “Noordam” was a Steam Ship of 12,528 gross tons, one funnel, 2 masts, and a speed of 15 knots. It had been making the voyage from Rotterdam to New York since 1902.

Peter Bos
Peter was born as Pieter on 3 November 1878 around 18:00 in Amerongen, Utrecht, The Netherlands. His parents were shopkeeper Antonie Bos (1848-1900), and his wife Evertje van de Grift (1850-1898). They were married on 24 July 1874 in Amerongen. Peter also had an elder brother Steven Bos (1875-1943) who remained in Amerongen throughout his life. 

Sarah Catherina
Peter Bos was married on 13 Oct. 1904 in Rijsenburg near Zeist, Utrecht, to Sara Catharina Rutgers. She was born on 30 Sept. 1880 in Ellecom, Gelderland, The Netherlands. Her parents were carpenter Gerrit Jan Rutgers and his wife Frederica Sebina Delfos. Their eldest child, a daughter Johanna Frederika Sebina Bos, was born on 28 July 1905 in Rijsenburg. 

Peter Bos applied for a passport in September 1919. He had blue eyes, a straight and narrow nose, a small mouth, and a small and pointed chin. He had light brown hair and was wearing a moustache. His stature was 5 feet, 9½ inches (176½ cm). The application also mentions another daughter, Nellie Bos. She was born at Pierre, South Dakota, on 29 Oct. 1914. 

N.B. Bos is a very common surname in The Netherlands, and this Peter Bos is not related to me - as far as I know, but he is a namesake of my brother.

Sources: United States Passport Applications 1795-1925,, Family Search Civil Registration, Noordam History, Stamboom Zegert-Vis.