Genealogie Bos

This is my English-language genealogy blog. It's available in Google Currents, too.
(Mijn Nederlandstalige blog,, gaat over mijn voorouders en locale geschiedenis van Zuid-Holland en de Langstraat.)

30 Jan 2016

Surname Saturday - Van Driel

Cornelia Petronella Maria van Driel was born on August 13, 1841, in Puttershoek, Holland. Her parents, Arie van Driel (1797-1874) and Adriana van Hattem (±1805-1885), were first cousins; both were grandchildren of Jan Jans van Driel and Ariana Rosmolen.

Cornelia Petronella Maria van Driel
Cornelia Petronella Maria van Driel was married on July 2, 1868, in Puttershoek. Her husband, Cornelis van Wageningen, son of Florent van Wageningen, was born in Dordrecht, Holland. One of their sons, Gerardus Adrianus van Wageningen, obtained a divorce on October 22, 1925, at the court in Arnhem.

Van Driel is a toponymic surname, derived from a town named Driel, situated southwest of Arnhem on the south bank of the river Rhine in The Netherlands. Multiple non-related families “Van Driel” exist in The Netherlands.

9 Jan 2016

Surname Saturday - Kwakernaat

Pleun Tuk (1852-1940) &
Goverdina Kwakernaat (1858-1936) 
in September 1926 in a
newspaper called "Voorwaarts".
A Kwakernaat family lived for two centuries in 's-Gravendeel, The Netherlands. Around 1800 Dirk Kwakernaak (1775-1847) moved from Gorkum to 's-Gravendeel. He married a local girl, Maaijke Visser (±1780-1846) and they had 8 children. One of them, Dirk Kwakernaat (±1821-1867), married Hendriksje Dekker (±1822-1905) in 1845. A picture of their daughter Goverdina Kwakernaat (1858-1936) and her husband Pleun Tak is shown to the right. The couple had 16 children, but many of them died young.

The Kwakernaat family derived its name from Quakernaak, an area of farm land to the southeast of Meerkerk, The Netherlands. Quakernaak dates back to medieval times, when the polder was protected by dikes and developed.

17 Dec 2015

Simon Naaktgeboren was lost at see in 1719

Simon Naaktgeboren was baptized on February 4, 1691, in Dubbeldam, The Netherlands. His parents, Bastiaan Cornelisz Naecktgeboren and Pieternelletje Cornelisse, were married in Dubbeldam on December 2, 1674. Simon was the youngest child of a family of 9.

A Fluteship
Simon Naaktgeboren boarded the flute ship “Strijkebolle” on May 3, 1718, in Rammekens, Zeeland, The Netherlands. Simon’s task was to help with the food supplies and rationing. A journey could be prolonged by storm – or an absence of wind, so the food on board had to be insensitive to decay, like hardtack (hard dry biscuits), beer, bacon, beef in brine and grains. Scurvy (due to a lack of vitamin C), tuberculosis and rheumatism were the usual illnesses among sailors.

The ship "Strijkebolle" arrived at Cape Hope on August 24, leaving again on September 19. The ship, commanded by captaein Jacob Blauw, reached its destination, Batavia in Indonesia, on November 26, 1718.

The flute schip “Slot van Kapelle” was build in 1717 in Rotterdam. It departed from Batavia on July 7, 1719. On August 14, 1719, the ship on voyage to Deshima, capsised in a storm and was lost, north of the Taiwan Strait. Only 17 survived. She was in company of the ships Catharina and Meeroog; those were lost, too.

8 Nov 2015

Hendrik Strik was a miller in Reijerscop

On November 8, 1750, in Breukelen, The Netherlands, Hendrik Strik, young man, born in Tecklenburg, Germany, and then living in Kamerik, The Netherlands, announced his intention to marry Catharina ("Caatje") Dildeij, widow of Jan Houweling, and living in Breukelen, The Netherlands. Hendrik Strik was assisted by his mother, Catharina Hooge, widow of Hendrik Strik, and still living in Tecklenburg. Hendrik and Caatje were married in Kamerik in November 1750. On October 20, 1750, Catharina Dild[e]ij, widow of Jan Foppen Hou[we]ling, had received permission to move from Harmelen to Linschoten.


Catharina Dildeij originated from Linschoten. On December 4, 1728, she had married Jan Foppe Houweling, born in Kamerik, living in Breukelen. Their children were Dievertje, Fop, Elisabeth, Grietje and Hendrik. Jan Foppe Houweling was buried on December 18, 1747, in Breukelen.
In June 1760 Hendrik Strik is mentioned as a miller in Reijerscop, Utrecht. On March 24, 1761, Caatje Dild[e]ij is mentioned as having died, as had her brother-in-law, Willem Houweling. Her son Fop was then living in Amsterdam. Her daughters Elisabeth and Grietje were both married. Her son Hendrik was still a minor.

Sources: Provincie Utrecht CD-Rom & Hogenda & RHC Rijnstreek en Lopikerwaard.