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18 Sep 2019

How Cent Bos descends from Centje Cente

Cent is a first name prevalent among my paternal ancestors within the Bos family on the island Hoeksche Waard in Holland. The family originated in Puttershoek. Later, they were living in Numansdorp. In the early 19th century my ancestral branch moved to Cillaarshoek.
My father, Teun Bos, was named after his grandfather, who was a grandson of Cent Leenderts Bos (±1787-1869). When following the line of the eldest sons, however, a Cent Jacob Bos (1922-1988) can be found. In this post I'll show the ancestors of his cousin Cent Bos (1908-1997).
  1. Cent Bos was born on 11-3-1908 in Cillaarshoek. He died on 15-3-1997. 
  2. Pieter Bos (1882-1963) was married in 1907 to Hermina Vermeulen (1886-1965).
  3. Cent Bos was born on 5-9-1845 in Cillaarshoek and died there on 4-11-1917. He was married on 4-5-1876 in Maasdam to Adriaantje (“Jaantje”) van Steensel. She was born on 9-10-1851 in Strijen and died on 18-8-1940 in Cillaarshoek Jaantje's grandmother was Jannigje Cente Bos (1758-1828), a daughter of Cent Leenderts Bos (1723-1783).
  4. Cornelis Bos (1813-1888) was married to Kommertje Hoek (1812-1859) in 1842 in Maasdam. Secondly he married Neeltje van Houten (1838-1887) in Maasdam in 1860.
  5. Cent Leenderts Bos (±1787-1869) was married to Barbara van der Giessen (1787-1857). Their children were baptised in Cillaarshoek.
  6. Leendert Cente Bos (1755-1830) was married to Hendrina van Kooten (±1763-1821) in 1786 in Numansdorp. Their youngest son Leendert Bos (1804-1863) was baptised in Cillaarshoek.
  7. Cent Leendert Bos (1723-1783) was married to Magteltje Reijerkerk of Heinenoord in 1746 in Numansdorp.
  8. Pleuntje Cente Bosman (1692-1767) was married to Leendert Cornelisse Bos (1693-±1725) around 1717. She married secondly Laurens Jacobsz Lievaart (±1675-1740 in 1728 in Numansdorp. Around 1742 she was married thirdly to Tielman Barendsz. Her first husband, Leender Bos, was a son of Cornelis Gijsberts Bos (1655-1731) and Lijsbeth Stevens (1659-1705).
  9. Cent Cornelisse Bosman (1666-1756) was married to Hendrikje Dwarswaard. He married secondly Marike Gerrits Steen (±1677-1755) in 1705 in Numansdorp
  10. Cornelis Centsz of Puttershoek was married in 1666 in Heinenoord to Barber Jans Boer (1641-1720).
  11. Cent Gijsbertsen of Puttershoek was married in 1610 to one Neeltgie Arijens. The mother of his son Cornelis, however, was his second wife, Maergien Cornelisse, whom he married in 1634 in Puttershoek.
  12. Centje Cente was married to Gijsbert Gerrits Boschman. In 1630 in Puttershoek she married secondly one Cornelis Cornelisz.

9 Sep 2019

Jan & Hester Vroegindeweij in the U.S.A.

In the autumn of 1947 Jan Vroegindeweij, his wife Hester Vroegindeweij, and their 3 children were in The Netherlands for a family visit. They were staying with Jan's parents David Vroegindeweij (1881-1949) and Lucretia Geertruida Schilperoord (1882-1973). During WWII Jan had been working in an ammunition factory.
Eilanden-nieuws, 22-11-1947
Vroegindeweij is an interesting surname that can be translated as “early in the meadow” and is sometimes written as Vroeg in de Weij. Both Jan and Hester descend from Dammis Vroegindeweij who was living in 's-Gravendeel, Holland, in the 17th century. They have a more recent common ancestor in Dammis Claesz Vroegindeweij (1731-1775).
Hester Vroegindeweij was born on 9 June 1909 in Dirksland in Holland. Her parents are Simon Vroegindeweij and Leentje van Es. Hester was named after her grandmother Hester Soldaat (1843-1929), wife of Arij Vroegindeweij (1838-1918).
It's likely that Hester emigrated to the U.S.A. with her parents - sometime after 1923. Simon's elder brother Cornelis Vroegindeweij emigrated to the U.S.A. in april 1930, taking his children with him, too.
The 3 children accompanying Jan and Hester to Holland in 1947 were Lucretia Geertruida, Elaine and Cornelis Johan. Another son, David Simon (“Daaf”), was born on 20 November 1949 in Paterson, New Jersey.
Eilanden-nieuws, 30-11-1949

3 Sep 2019

Latin Terms - Copulatio & Matrimonium

When doing genealogical research, you may - once in a while - stumble upon some words of Latin. For centuries, the church provided for baptisms and burials, and Latin has been the standard for the Roman Catholic liturgy since the 6th century. In the "Latin Term" Series I try to explain some Latin Terms that can be found in genealogical documents.

The Latin word “proclamation” denotes the “announcement of a proposed marriage”. A related Latin term is “matrimonium contrahunt” which means “getting married”. The related word “matrimonio” is Italian for “marriage”. 

The Latin term copulatio” is used to denote a “marriage ceremony”. The corresponding verb is copulare, which means “to join together”. The term was used in catholic churches when a man and a women were married. Nowadays in English the meaning of the verb “to copulate” is somewhat different, but that word originates from the same Latin term.

After the marriage ceremony the couple are coniuges”, i.e. spouses”, and one spouse is a coniunx”.

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26 Aug 2019

2 couples married in the English Church in Dordrecht in 1728

On the 4th of Julii 1728 the banns of marriage publish’d between Anthony Knogh, widr., and Katherin van Pelt, j.dr., both living in this town, and also between Thomas Wadeley, widowr. living at Rotterdam, and Elizabet Payne, widow to Richard Banks, living in this town, and that for the first time, the 11th dito for the 2nd time, and on the 18th for the 3rd time, and the two first were then married by our minister in the morning service, immediately after sermon. On the 1st of August the two last, viz. Thom. Wadely and Elisabeth Payne were married.
Elizabeth Paine was the widow of Richard Pense and she was born in England. At the time of her marriage she was living just outside of one of the city gates of Dordrecht. Thomas Wadeley was widower of Mary Smith whom he had married on 24 October 1724 in Rotterdam in the English Episcopal Church. They couple were married on 1 August 1728 in the English Church in Dordrecht.

Widower Thomas Watleij married widow Elzabeth Paine on 1 August 1728.
Catharina van Pelt was assisted by her aunt, and had received permission from her guardian Hendrik van Pelt. Anthonij Knogh was a widower. He was baptized on 10 March 1698 in Dordrecht. His parents are Pieter Knoch and Pieternella de Jager.
Anthonij Knogh and Catharina van Pelt had 3 children, named Pieternella Elisabeth (baptized on 26 February 1734, buried on 20 May 1734), Pieter (baptized on 12 October 1735) and Paulus (baptized on 8 May 1737). One of the children of Anthonij Knogh was buried on 7 July 1736.

14 Aug 2019

Wedding Wednesday ~ Jacoba Johanna Naaktgeboren

In Zwijndrecht on Thursday 23 December 1926 Jacoba Johanna Naaktgeboren (22) and Cornelis Stok (23) were married. Cornelis was born in Zwijndrecht. His parents are Corstiaan Stok (1864-1943) and Antonia Vorster (1868-1948). Jacoba Johanna was born in The Hague. Her parents are Adrianus Naaktgeboren (1862-1950) and Johanna de Rooij (1873-1947). Johanna is a daugher of Willem Marinus de Rooij (1853-1933) and Christina Jacoba Faassen (1854-1936), who descends from my ancestor Lodewijk Faassen (1746-1816).
Cornelis Stok & Jacoba Johanna Naaktgeboren

22 Jul 2019

Willem Hendrik Kooijman of Vianen

In 1928, Willem Hendrik Kooijman (37), his wife Grietje (37) and their sons Frederick (14) and Albert (9) crossed the border from Canada to the United States.

Willem Hendrik Kooijman was born on 1 November 1890 in Vianen, Utrecht. His parents are Frederik Kooijman (1856-1924) of Vianen and Frederike Niemann of Hagen, Westphalia, Germany, who were married in Vianen on 28 October 1887. His paternal grandparents are Cornelis Kooijman (1825-1909) and Maria Adriana van de Koppel. His paternal great-grandparents are Aart Kooijman and Adriana de Bont (1802-1846).

10 Jul 2019

Bigamist Theodoor Theeuwissen in Brussels

Theodoor Theeuwissen was born in Breda in The Netherlands on July 10, 1821, around 23:00. His parents were Johannes Frederik Theeuwissen (1797-1857), shopkeeper in Breda, and his wife Adriana Joanna de Vet (1799-1854). Other siblings were Hendrika, Johanna, Johannes, Wilhelmina and Cornelis Goverdinus Teeuwissen.
In 1846 in Brussels in Belgium Theodoor Theeuwissen married a woman named Delphine Haijims. He fathered 4 children with her before he left.
In Marseille in France in 1864 Theodoor married Victorine Discours. Victorine was already pregnant, when she found out that her new husband was still married to another woman. She was the one who filed a complaint against her husband. As a result of that Theodoor Theeuwissen was convicted to a five-year prison sentence.

Algemeen Handelsblad (newspaper), 28-9-1865
The newspaper clipping above also mentions that Theodoor Theeuwissen was working as a printer and typesetter.


22 Jun 2019

Surname Saturday - Hoppel

“Ons Voorgeslacht” is a magazine for genealogy in Holland. In 1957 it featured an article by J. MacLean describing the Hoppel family in Heerjansdam. Since then K.J. Slijkerman has found some addition information about this family.

Mathias Hoppel was a pastor in Heerjansdam in the period 1583-1616. He had moved there from the area around Aachen in Germany. His wife’s given name was Maeijke. Their known children are Aert, Sara, Abraham and Hendrik. Weakened due to old age, Mathias retired in 1616. 

Mathias' son Abraham was discredited in the summer of 1614 when Vranck Corneliss van Esch made a declaration that one evening, when he was working on his land, Vranck had seen Abraham Hoppel, completely naked and smelly, and carrying a knife. It was just moments after Abraham had tried to rape two young women, Aeltgen and Meijnsken, daughters of Aert and Lijsbet Pieters. Abraham Hoppel was ordered to pay their mother 12 pounds.
Despite this gross misbehavior, Abraham was a member of the local water authority in 1619, 1624 and 1625.

Hendrik Hoppel, another son of Matthias, was married to Ingetje, daughter of Bastiaan, who had brothers Leonardt and Pleun. Hendrik had surviving children named Bastiaen, Hendrik, Marija, Arien, Hendricxie and Maeijken. In 1619 Hendrik is mentioned as being 40 years old, so he was born around 1579.
I descend from Hendrik’s son of the same name whose daughter Maeijke married Cornelis Leenheer (±1638-1709) on 10 April 1662 in Heerjansdam.

Sources: J. MacLean: Ons Voorgeslacht 1957; K.J. Slijkerman: Ons Voorgeslacht 1999, Kronieken 2000.

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.

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.

10 May 2019

Hendrika Agatha Warbie's husband had left for Connecticut, USA

Hendrika Agatha Warbie was born on 18 September 1896 in Rotterdam, Holland, as the second daughter of Johannes Warbie (1864-1918) and Agatha Pieternella van der Toorn (1876-1945). Her parents had been married on 19 October 1892 in Rotterdam when her mother was just 16 years old. Their first daughter was born on 12 February 1894 and named Johanna Wilhelmina. Agatha Pieternella gave birth to 11 children, but most of them died in infancy. A son named Leonardus Gijsbertus Warbie (1900-1928) and a younger daughter named Agatha Warbie (1903-1956) both survived infancy, too. 

Hendrika Agatha's oldest sister, Johanna Wilhelmina, was married in 1917. Their father, Johannes Warbie, died in Rotterdam on 21 December 1918.
Hendrika Agatha Warbie was married on 20 December 1922 in Rotterdam. The groom, Franciscus Hendrikus van Waardenburg, was born on 24 December 1888 as younger son of Adrianus Wijnandus van Waardenburg en Adriana van der Torren. His grandfather and great-grandfather were also named Adrianus Wijnandus van Waardenburg and were also living in Rotterdam.
Hendrik Agatha Warbie gave birth a daughter who died on 23 March 1923 in Rotterdam before she had been given a name. 
Nederlandsche Staatscourant, 14-8-1934
Around June 1923 Franciscus Hendrikus van Waardenburg left his wife and disappeared. The next Hendrika Agatha gave birth to a son Gerrit who died 4 months later on 23 March 1925 in Rotterdam. He can't have been her husband's son. 
As an abandoned wife, Hendrika Agatha, started divorce procedures in 1934. She didn't know what had happened to her husband since he left, and thought he may have died. She indicated that she wanted to remarry.
A judge in Rotterdam decided at the end of 1935 to grant Hendrika Agatha Warbie a license to enter into another marriage, because nothing had been heard of her husband for over 10 years, and he had not responded to three published calls.

2 May 2019

Henri Gerrit Booij (1907-1944) from Rotterdam was buried in Changkai

Henri Gerrit Booij was born on 2 July 1907 in Rotterdam. His parents are Hendrik Booij and Jannetje de Wilde. His paternal grandparents are Gerrit Booij (1837-1882) and Bregtje de Waal. His paternal great-grandparents are Jacob Booij (1785-1866) and his third wife Niesje Beets (1810-1882) who were living in Ilpendam, Holland. The paternal great-great-grandparents of Henri Gerrit are Gerrit Jacobsz. Booij (1757-1828), Eegje Jans Dekker (1763-1820), Sijmon Jansz. Beets (±1767-1817) and Krelisje Bos (1776-1848).

When Henri Gerrit Booij was 21 years old, his father Henri Booij died on 1 June 1929, aged 52, in Hillegersberg (now part of Rotterdam). He had been born on 30 May 1877 in Buiksloot, Holland, and had been working as a waiter. Henri's widow, Jannetje de Wilde, was born on 19 March 1873 in Amsterfoort, Utrecht area, The Netherlands. They had been married on 7 March 1901 in Amsterdam. An overview of their younger children and birth dates is shown in the image below. 

Henri Gerrits Booij with his parents and younger siblings
At the age of 31, Henri Gerrit Booij was married on 23 November 1938 in Rotterdam to Helena Johanna Maria Verbakel, aged 29, born in Rotterdam. She was born on 7 March 1909 in Rotterdam as the eldest daughter of Wilhelmus Jacobus Verbakel (1879-1964) and Johanna Gerarda Visser. At some point the couple traveled to Indonesia.

POW Camp Card for Henri Gerrit Booij
In Indonesia Henri Gerrit Booij was working as a hotel clerk, probably in Nongkodjadjar on Java. He was described an infantry sergeant for the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) when he was captured by the Japanese on Java on 10 March 1942. He was transferred to the main Java Prisoner Of War (POW) Camp on 1 November 1942, and interned. He was transferred to the Thai No. 4 Branch Camp 7855 on 29 January 1943. Often, prisoners in the Thai POW Camps were forced by the Japanese to work on the Burma Railway between Nong Pladuk in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Burma (now Myanmar). Henri Gerrit Booij died in the No. 4 Branch Camp on 11 February 1944. He was buried in Chungkai.

24 Apr 2019

Hendrik Kooijman was born in Versailles in 1816

For some unknown reason Dutchman Hendrik Kooijman was born on 27 August 1816 in Versailles in France. His parents are workman Johannes (“Jan”) Kooijman and Johanna Jansen. The couple had an earlier son, Henricus Anthonius Kooijman, baptized on 29 March 1808 in Utrecht with Roman Catholic rites. Jan, however, had been baptized on 12 January 1775 in Vianen in a Dutch-Reformed church as a younger son of an elder Jan Kooijman and his wife Hendrikje Vreeswijk (±1733-1821) who had been married in Utrecht on 6 November 1757. Hendrikje's parents are Lambertus (“Lammert”) Vreeswijk and Antonia (“Teuntie”) Vermeulen.

Hendrik Kooijman was born in Versailles on 27 August 1816.
Hendrik Kooijman had two siblings named Jan who both died young, as did a sister named Paulina. Additionally Hendrik had a sister Hendrika born on 23 September 1826 in Vianen. Hendrik and his brother Peter (1823-1884) seem to be the only two of these siblings who reached adulthood.
Hendrik's father, Jan Kooijman, died on 8 October 1854 in Vianen, aged 79. His widow, Johanna Jansen, died on 14 November 1858 in Vianen, aged 72.

Hendrik Kooijman was married in Vianen on 27 November 1841 to Cornelia Kortenhoeven (1817-1862). As a widower Hendrik married Johanna Jacoba Paalhaar (1830-1881) on 3 February 1865 in Vianen. Hendrik had children from both his marriages. Hendrik's younger brother Peter Kooijman married twice, too.

17 Apr 2019

Wedding Wednesday - Willem Houtmeijer married Hendrikje Nout in 1796 in Linschoten

Willem Houtmeijer was born in Lienen to the south of Tecklenburg in Germany. In 1796 he lived in Nieuwerbrug in South-Holland. He was married in Linschoten on 17-4-1796 to Hendrikje Nout. She was born in Lageweide, to the west of Utrecht City. At the time of her marriage she was living in Barwoudswaarder to the northwest of Woerden. The villages of Nieuwerbrug and Barwoudswaarder are at a walking distance of just 3 km.

Tecklenburg in Germany

8 Apr 2019

Where in the World is Theunis Ariens van der Giesen?

Arie Jansz. van der Giessen and Ariaantje Ariens Buijtendijk were married on 30 May 1717 in Westmaas, Holland. They became the parents of a large family of 11, including a son Theunis, baptized on 24 September 1719 in Numansdorp, Holland.

Theunis Ariensz. van der Giessen, originating in Numansdorp, joined the Dutch East Inda Company (V.O.C.) as a soldier, protecting ships. On 29 March 1741 Theunis sailed from Goeree, an island in the southwestern part of Holland, on a flute ship named “Delfland”. Its skipper was named Egbert Verduin. Its crew consisted of 119 sailors and 60 soldiers, including Theunis. 
A long-distance voyage was hard on the health of a sailing ship’s crew. During the first 2-3 months of the voyage newcomers aboard usually developed scurvy due to a vitamin C deficiency. The “Delfland” arrived at Cape of Good Hope in South-Africa on 24 June, departing at 18 July. Ship and crew arrived on 11 September 1741 in Batavia, the capital of the Dutch East Indies, corresponding to the present-day city of Jakarta.
After staying in Indonesia for over year, Theunis Ariensz van der Giessen was supposed to board ship for the homeward voyage on 20 November 1742, but he never turned up. He has been missing ever since.

Salary and expenses of Theunis Ariensz. van der Giessen
Sources: V.O.C. opvarenden bij het nationaal 

27 Mar 2019

Geertrui Papenvelt (1803-54) of Emden, Germany

Dutch translation of Geertruid's baptismal record
Geertrui Papenvelt was born on 12 June 1803 and baptized on the 16th in Emden, Germany. Her parents are Gerrit Papenvelt and Maria Noteboom. Her brother Jozef was born on 25 May 1805 and baptized there on the 30th.
Gerrit Papevelt died on 29 June 1817 in Emden. His death was registered in Dordrecht, Holland, on 22 November 1819. As a widow Geertrui’s mother lived in ‘s-Gravendeel, Holland. Maria Noteboom died there as Gerrit's widow on 9 August 1852, aged 74. Her parents are Joost Noteboom (†1787) and Jannigje Korsse de Jong (†1795).

Earlier, on 20 July 1826 in Vlaardingen, Holland, a woman named Teuntje Verboom had died as widow of Gerrit van Papenvelt. They had been married on 6 November 1796 in Vlaardingen, and they had had a son Arij Papevelt (1797-1854). Teuntje Verboom (1763-1826) was widow of Maarten Bos(ch). Gerrit Papenvelt was widower of Trijntje Noorthoek. This first marriage had taken place on 6 May 1791 in Vlaardingen, and the surviving children of Gerrit's first marriage were Johannis (1791-), Teunis (1793-1843) and Peije (1794-1813).
Did Gerrit Papenvelt move to Emden, Germany, to be able to contract a bigamous marriage to Maria Noteboom, or did Gerrit and Maria just pretend to be married, while living in Germany?

17 Mar 2019

Longevity ~ Daatje de Sterke (94) in Dordrecht

Daatje de Sterke was born on Sunday December 14, 1834, around 1 o'clock in the afternoon in Werkendam in The Netherlands. Her parents are Pieter de Sterke (1794-1888) and his 29-year-old second wife Adriana de Vries (1806-1881). Adriana had been an illegitimate daughter of Jannigje de Vries, abandoned wife of Cornelis van Aalst. Daatje's paternal grandparents are my ancestors Pieter de Sterke (1765-1842) and Adriana Knikman (1766-1804).

Jacob Vrolijk was a blacksmith
Daatje de Sterke was first married on 16 May 1855 in Dordrecht to blacksmith Jacob Vrolijk. Jacob was born on 27 August 1834 in Dordrecht. His parents are blacksmith Jacobus Vrolijk and his wife Sija van der Koog. This Sija is named after her grandmother Sija Brand (±1758-1803) who married Willem van der Koog (1734-1809). As a result, Sija van der Koog is a descendant of both my ancestors Jacobus van der Koogh (1710-1793) and Jillis Jacobsen Brand.
Upon their marriage Daatje de Sterke and Jacob Vrolijk acknowledged to be the parents of a daughter named Hendrika, born in 1854 in Dordrecht, although it's unlikely that Jacob really was the girl's father, because little Hendrika was not named after any of her official grandparents.
In 1857-58 Daatje gave birth to a daughter Sija and a son Pieter Jacobus, who both died young. Her husband, Jacob Vrolijk, died in Dordrecht on 19 October 1859,  aged 25, while Daatje was pregnant again. When the boy was born on 13 May 1860, he was named after his father.

Signatures of Jacob Vrolijk
and Daatje de Sterke
As a widow Daatje de Sterke gave birth to a daughter named Catharina on 11 April 1863 around 8:30 in Dordrecht. This girl died on 18 June. On 5 December 1864 around 22:00 in Dordrecht Daatje gave birth to a son named Andries Anthonie. In both cases these births were reported at the civil registry office by the midwife.

Nearly two years later, on 19 September 1866, Daatje de Sterke (31) was married to Anthoon van Leeuwen (28). They acknowledged to be the parents of Andries Anthonie. Antoon was born on 21 December 1837 in Dordrecht. His parents are Adrianus van Leeuwen and Johanna Margrita Keldermans.
During her second marriage, Daatje de Sterke had 4 children who died young, but a son named Pieter and the youngest, Hendrika, survived infancy. Daatje's eldest daughter, Hendrika Vrolijk, died at the age of 18 on 4 March 1873 in Dordrecht. In the summer of 1883 Daatje de Sterke moved to Rotterdam with her children Andries Anthonie, Pieter and Hendrika.
Of Daatje's 4 surviving children Pieter van Leeuwen (1866-1959) was the first to marry in 1887. Andries Anthonie van Leeuwen married in 1888. Jacob Vrolijk, a supervisor in the navy, was married in 1891. The last to marry was Daatje's youngest daughter Hendrika van Leeuwen who was married on 26-10-1898 in Rotterdam to Johannes George Vrolijk. The groom and the bride's half-siblings all descend from the couple Johannes George Vrolijk (±1782-1833) and Maaike Kraan (±1782-1857).

De Maasbode (newspaper), 13-3-1929
In Dordrecht on 6 June 1894 Anthoon van Leeuwen died, aged 56. This time Daatje de Sterke was a widow for nearly 35 years. Daatje died on 10 March 1929 in Rotterdam, 94 years, 2 months, 2 weeks and 3 days old. Her son Pieter van Leeuwen would reach the age of 92 years. Another son, Andries Anthonie van Leeuwen, died on 29 January 1959 in Rotterdam, 94 years, 1 month and 25 days old.

13 Mar 2019

Harmen Hilgeman was born in Lengerich in Germany - Wedding Wednesday

Johan Harmen Hilgeman was born in Lengerich near Tecklenburg in Germany. He was married in Linschoten, Utrecht, The Netherlands, on October 24, 1802, to Henrica Nout, born in Linschoten, but at the time living in Wulverhorst near Houten to the south of Utrecht City. They had several children.

Tecklenburg in Germany

Their daughter Catharina Hillegeman was married, aged 23, on March 13, 1828, in Barwoutswaarder to Coenraad Hendrik Bardelmeijer (27), born in Lienen near Tecklenburg in Germany. He was as son of Coenraad Hendrik Bardelmeijer snr. and Christina Gessie. Catharina died on March 4, 1829, aged 24.
Sources: & Brouwer's Utrecht Genealogy.

26 Feb 2019

Jan de Jong married Maartje Bosman in 1744 in Rotterdam

Jan de Jong was baptized in Rotterdam, Holland, on 18 December 1718 with witness Jannetje Jans. His parents are van Nicolaas (Claas) Dirckse de Jong (1754) and Abigael (Abiegeltie) Jans de Weijne (±1680-1762), and they were living in the Leeuwestraet in Rotterdam since their marriage in May 1700. Jan had elder surviving siblings Neeltie and Dirk de Jong.

Jan was married to Maartje (Maartie) Bosman on 14 October 1744 the English-presbyterian church of Rotterdam. They had first given notice of their marriage on 27 September. Maartje was baptized on 19 March 1716 in Rotterdam. Her parents are Jan “den Jongen” Bosman and his wife Cornelia Gobelius (†1747) who were married in Rotterdam on 7 May 1715. Maartje Bosman was a witness at the baptisms of her nephew Jan Bosman on 8 July 1747 and her grandchildren Maartje de Jong on 12 January 1773, Jan de Bruijn on 8 August 1775, and Cornelia de Bruijn on 16 November 1783.

Jan de Jong and Maartje Bosman were living at the Nieuwehave Street in Rotterdam. Jan is buried on 5 September 1781 in Rotterdam, aged 62. He was survived by 3 children. As a widow Maartje Bosman was living at the Botersloot Street. She was buried on 15 February 1788 in Rotterdam.

13 Feb 2019

Ancestor Score 2019 - a new begin

Inspired by the Ancestor Score of other blogs, I generated my own in February 2016. Shortly after posting it, I had to remove several wrong ancestors, decreasing my score. Later that year I was happy to find more new ancestors to compensate for the loss. 
In August 2018, however, I had to remove a whole load of wrong ancestors*** that were partly replaced by already existing ancestors due to inbreeding among my ancestors. Thus, my ancestor score had been decreased forever. Therefore, I decided to create a new 2018 ancestor score in August (replacing the one in February) to be able to continue this series of posts.

Now it's time for a new Ancestor Score post! 

Geneanet defines the Ancestor Score as 

comparing the number of possible ancestors with 
the number of identified ancestors on a 10-generation report”. 

My Ancestor Score at generation 10 in the period 1600-1722 is 79.5%. It will never reach the 100%, because some cousins intermarried in generation 7. 

The total number of my known ancestors - starting with my parents (generation 2) - is now 4520. 

The most common surnames among my ancestors are Van Driel, Oerlemans, Spruijt, Brand, Bos, Van der Giessen, De Jong, Van der Linden and Smits. The surnames De Jong, Bos and Smits are in the Top 25 of most common surnames in The Netherlands. The most common male given names among my parents are typically Dutch names like Jan, Cornelis, Pieter, Willem and Adriaan. The most common female given names are Adriana, Maria and Elisabeth.
My great-grandparents
Pieter Klootwijk & Adriana Brand 
The most common places of origin of my ancestors are Dordrecht, Sprang-Capelle, Sint Anthoniepolder, Ridderkerk, Strijen, Streefkerk, 's-Gravendeel and Dubbeldam.

Beatericx Wouters Roothals (±1595-1653) and Jan Dericxsen Antonissen van Nederveen are my only ancestors that had a triplet. My own mother was born as one of a twin. 
Jannigje Thomasse Brullee (±1684-1747), wife of Joost de Bondt, gave birth to 14 children. This couple was married for 43 years. Neeltjen Claes Bloet (±1640-1727) and Gerrit Maertensen Korver were married for 66 years. My great-grandparents Pieter Klootwijk (1875-1964) and Adriana Brand (1880-1965) were married for 61 years. 

Composition and Bandwidth of various Generations
G 3
G 4
G 5
G 6
G 7
G 8
G 9
G 10
G 11
G 12
G 13
G 14
G 15
G 16
G 17
G 18
G 19
G 20

  ***) I have many ancestors in places like Sint Anthoniepolder, 's-Gravendeel, Wieldrecht and Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, where pre-1800 baptism records are missing. 
  **) The Bandwidth of a generation is determined by the earliest and latest known birth or baptism date within that generation. 
  *) All years feature an ancestor score of February, except for the August score of 2018.