Genealogie Bos

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(Mijn Nederlandstalige blog,, gaat over mijn voorouders en locale geschiedenis van Zuid-Holland en de Langstraat.)

26 Aug 2014

Twins: Jan & Sijtie Droogendijck were baptized on 27-08-1676

Pieter Huigensz Droogendijck married his wife Maria Jans in February 1666 in Simonshaven in Holland: 

 Pieter Huijge Droogendijck married Maria Jans in February 1666 in Simonshaven.

Their first son, Huijgh, named after Pieter's father, was born soon after their marriage, but he died young. Eight more children were to follow. Among their children was a twin: Jan and Sijtie were baptized on August 27, 1676:

Baptism of a Droogendijk twin on 27-08-1676 in Simonshaven
The Twins Jan & Sijtie Droogendijck were baptized on 27-08-1676 in Simonshaven.

Around 1678 the couple moved to nearby Zuidland. Their daughter Lijsbeth was baptized there on October 8, 1679. On December 8, 1700 Lijsbeth married Pieter Geenen who lived in Strompolder in the vicinity of Ouderkerk aan de IJssel. Their granddaughter Neeltje Geenen Bakker was the grandmother of  Genis Brand (1802-1844), who was de grandfather of another Genis Brand (1857-1930), who was the grandfather of one of my great-uncles  Genis "Geen" Klootwijk (1905-1991) in Wieldrecht. 

28 Jul 2014

Henry Jan Beltman was struck by lightning in 1893

Henry Jan Beltman was struck by lightning on July 18, 1893, around 4 p.m. when he was busy drive his employer's horses into the stables. Mr. Beltman (31) had a young wife and 2 little children. He was buried at Edgerton cemetery section 2, lot 9, grave 8.

De Volksvriend, 27-7-1893

20 Jun 2014


Born in London, Sir Ernest George (1839-1922) was an English architect, landscape and architectural watercolour painter, and etcher. He studied art and architecture at the Royal Academy Schools, and created his 1st set of etchings in 1873. He was a full member of the Royal Society of Etchers and Engravers (1881), the Royal British Artists (1889) and the prestigious Royal Academy (1917). Ernest George was also knighted for his contributions to art and architecture in 1912.

Dordrecht around 1880 by Ernest George

Around 1880 Ernest George made the sketch above of a canal in the city of Dordrecht (historically in English named "Dort"). Dordrecht is a town in The Netherlands in the province of South Holland on the Merwede river on an island separated from the mainland by an inundation in 1421. Dordrecht was founded in 1018 by Count Dietrich III of Holland. Dordrecht was granted city rights by Count William I of Holland, in 1220.
In the 12th and 13th centuries, Dordrecht developed into an important market city because of its strategic location. It traded primarily in wine, wood and cereals. Dordrecht was made even more important when it was given staple right in 1299 that required merchant barges or ships to unload their goods at the port, and display them for sale. In the 18th century, the importance of Dordrecht began to wane, and Rotterdam became the main city in the region.


24 May 2014

Black Sheep Sunday: Cornelis Teunise Bos was accused of slander

Cornelis Teunisse Bos, it was said, came to Beverwyck*, USA, in 1631 as hind to Cornelis Maase Van Buren. His wife was Maritie Thomase Mingael who, after his death in 1666, married Jurriaen Janse Groenwout. Around that time they had one daughter, Wyntie, living.

Cornelis Teunisse Bos, also known as Bosch and Van Westbroeck, was accused frequently before the court, of slander and backbiting; for example in 1658 for having defamed the honorable court, and again in 1659 for which he was fined 1200 guilders and banished for 12 year. The next year he was again arriagned for a similar offence against William Teller.

The Old Albany City Hall


* Beverwyck, was a fur-trading community north of Fort Orange on the Hudson River in New Netherland that was to become Albany, New York, when the English took control of the colony in 1664.

5 May 2014

Cornelis Jansz Langeweg worked for the Dutch East India Company

Cornelis Jansz Langeweg from Lage Zwaluwe, The Netherlands, was an experienced sailor, charged with firing a gun. He worked for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). On May 26, 1748, Cornelis departed from Texel, The Netherlands, as one of the crew of the newly built ship "Bredenhof". The crew consisted of about 220-250 people. The ship's captain on this voyage was Frederik Jansz van Winsum.

They arrived at Cape Hope in South-Africa on September 30, 1748, and departed again on October 20. The ship arrived at Batavia on the island of Java in Indonesia, on February 24, 1749. On May 6, 1749, Cornelis Jansz Langeweg ended his association with the VOC by running away. His mother, Neeltje Huijgens, was listed as his beneficiary.

Batavia, Java, Indonesia, in 1681