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30 Jan 2016

Surname Saturday - Van Driel (2)

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); 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.

Two areas with the name 'Quakernaak' can be found on old maps. One is an area of farm land to the southeast of Meerkerk that dates back to medieval times, when the polder was protected by dikes and developed. The other was located between the village of Schelluinen and the city of Gorinchem. The Kwakernaat family may have derived its name from either of these areas, but the last one is the most likely. 

Thanks to@Anneke_Bode.