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JACOB'S TREE = OUR TREE (ENG)



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           J A C O B

* Our imaginary genealogical journey back in time starts with :   JACOB  -  His name is about all that we know about the existence , ever , of this very ancient ancestor of us all .

Jacob was the father of an ther Jacob whose familyname simply was : Jacobs(e) , meaning : son of Jacob - and with this second Jacob , so with Jacob Jacobse ,our written VDG - family history really commences......

 

 

DA 1 : JACOB JACOBSE

What can we tell about this 'illustrious' Jacob Jacobse ?

Our written history with regard to our familyname starts in the year 1696 .

In that year ur Jacob Jacobse married , on april 23 , in Dirksland :

LENA LEENDERTSE SOLDAAT .

On april 6 of that year this couple had given notice of their marriage .

Jacob was likely born round the year 1670 , but where exactly .....???

Their marriage-certificate , rather difficult to read and written in a somewhat hasty manner , is the first official piece of evidence of the history of descent of the entire Van Der Groef - family .

Jacob's wife Lena came , like all of her brothers and sisters , from Dirksland .

Hr past history is very well known to us .....

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LENA LEENDERTSE SOLDAAT

Though we are unable yet to 'turn up' more 17th century VDG - descendants , we cn do so with regard to Jacob's spouse , our common ancestress Lene Leendertse Soldaat .

Lena was baptized in Dirksland (october 14th , 1674) and must have passed away fter december 28th 1726 .

She was one of the many children of Leendert Leendertse Soldaat and of Ariaentge Arens Rose .

Soldaat means Soldier , so we may assume that the very first Soldaat Lena stemmed from , really was a soldier by profession .

Leendert Leendertse Soldaat was the son of another Leendert Leendertse Soldaat and of Jannetie Gerbrants - and this last Leendert was lso the son of a Leendert Leendertse Soldaat , the great-grandfather of Lena , who lived around the year 1600 and who was probably born and raised in Dirksland as well .

The ancestors of Lena came - as far as could be traced - from Dirksland , Ouddorp and from Bommenede (on an other island , in the province of Zeeland) .

The most ancient ancestor we could find was Hendrick , born around 1530 , possibly in Ouddorp , one of Lena's great-great-great-grandfathers ......

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In the marriage-certificate Jacob's name is being described in the following manner :"Jacob Jacobse , j.m. (=jongeman / young man) van de Grow" -  a very important little sentence for us all !

In his certificate Jacob is simply called Jacob Jacobse (=son of Jacob) , but by the addition "j.m. van de Grovv/Grow" we are being informed about his previous whereabouts , namely : De Grovv or De Grow , later spelled : De Groef(f) .

Where can this place be found then ??

It was extremely difficult for us to locate this place somewhere in the Netherlands .

But after a long search our efforts were rewarded : we came across a place in the southern part of the province of Zeeland , not that far away from Belgium , on Zeeuws-Vlaanderen .

The name of the place is : Groede , nt so very similar to Groef , one might say ...

But .......Groede is also . unofficialy , known as ........De Grouw !

Knowing that around the year 1700 quite a lot of people emigrated from the province of Zeeland to Flakkee , to the place of Dirksland , we can state now that Jacob Jacobse , along with many others , relatives and non-relatives , should have come from the place of Groede / De Grouw , settled in Dirksland , and that he and all the others were called and referred to , from that moment on , as : Van de(r) Grow / Grovv ,which means : 'he or she , coming from de Grouw = Groede" .

In later generations Grouw / Grouvv was spelled : Groef(f) .

So now we know what our familyname means and where the very first namesakes of us all came from - and f they had come from , let's say , Sint Anna ter Muiden ,we all might be called , nowadays , 'Van Sint Anna ter Muiden ....'

In the marriage-certificate of Jacob and Lena we can also read that Jacob and Lena lived in Dirksland , that their parents gave their consent for this marriage and that both Jacob and Lena were of age then .

Jacob van der Grouw / Groef probably passed away in Dirksland in 1738 or 1739 .

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Jacob and Lena became the parents of 7 children < DA 2a - DA 2g > .

Six of their children reached adulthood , married and had children themselves .

In the certificate of birth of the only child that died young ( Leendert (1) ) , the name of father Jacob is : Jacob Jacobsz. .......Dosij !

So one could say that Jacob had (at least) three different familynames : Jacobse , Van der Groef and Dozij !

The literal meaning of Dosij / Dozij is something like : 'little box...?!'

The children of Lena and Jacob (starting with his eldest son Jacob) are the first ones in this , for us all , so very crucial branch of the family tree , who , consequently and without exception , all would be bearing the lastname of van der Groef , even though our familyname was still spelled very differently within this generation :van der Groef(f) , van der Groev , or even : de Groef(f) or de Groev and one or two times : van der Graef(f) .

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The 7 children of Jacob van der Groef and Lena Soldaat :

DA 2a : Jacob Jacobse (1697 - after 1739) was the very first van der Groef spelled in this 'proper way' ; married twice : first marriage : Geertrui Hendr. van Wageninge(n) , two children ; second marriage : Cornelia Leend. Pa(a)ijs / Pajes - they married in Dirksland in 1732 and got two children .

Jacob and Cornelia are the ancestors of the later Nieuwe - Tonge - branch ('my branch') .

DA 2b : Adriaentje van der Groef (1699 - before 1735 , Dirksland ) married Reinier Arens van Essenburg in 1726 in Nijkerk (Gelderland) - Reinier and Adriaentje had four children - Adriaentje and her husband were buried , like so many other people in those days , and certainly also within our family , in poverty .....

Now we have reached the 18th century , a century of poverty (low income, about one guilder a day) , epidemics , high infant mortality and so on .The average man or woman reached an age of just about 40 years .                                                                

DA 2c : Leendert Dosij / Dozij (1702 - before 1706 , Dirksland) : Leendert (1) was the only child named Dosy/ Dozy , instead of Van der Groef .

DA 2d : Leendert van der Groef (1705 - 1772?) married Pieternella Pieterse Kievit in Dirksland in 1729 - eight children were born : no one of the now living Van der Groef's is a descendant of one of these children .

DA 2e : Zacharias van der Groef (1709 - 1763 , Dirksland) married in Dirksland in the year 1738 Maria Arens Bosvelt - seven children were born : their last born child , Adrianus , would become the founder (without knowing it himself...) of the almost complete Van der Groef - family : about nine out of ten of every now living VDG is a direct descendant of Adrianus .

How 'tiny and pitiful' would be the appearance of our familytree nowadays , f Adrianus never ever could have reached adulthood and consequently ......you can fill in the rest ....                      

DA 2f : Grietje van der Groef (1713 - after 1750) married in 1740 in Dirksland Johannes Noorman - Grietje and Johannes had three children and anno 2000 there are still descendants , but nt with our familyname of course , of this couple , living in the Netherlands .

DA 2g : Maria van der Groef (1716 - 1770 , Dirksland) married Paulus Hubertus Nachtegael in Dirksland in 1738 - 8 children were born , 38 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchilden .....well, even more : the 65 great-grandchildren were 'just' the ones born and raised with the familyname of Nachtegael !!

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The 2 children of Jacob van der Groef and Geertrui van Wageninge(n) <DA 2a> :

--- Jacob's first marriage ---

DA 3a : Jacob van der Groef was born in Dirksland in the year 1725 - Jacob probably died (very) young .

DA 3b : Arendje van der Groef : born in 1727 in Dirksland .

The 2 children of Jacob van der Groef and Cornelia Pa(a)ijs / Pajes <DA 2a> :

--- Jacob's second marriage ---

Da 3c : Leendert van der Groef : born in 1733 - must have passed away before 1735 , Dirksland .

DA 3d : Leendert van der Groef , born in 1734 and died in 1807 , Dirksland - Leendert reached the age of (about) 73 years .In the year 1763 in Dirksland he married Elisabeth Langstra(e)te .

Two children were born of this marriage .

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The 8 children of Leendert van der Groef and Pieternella Kievit <DA 2c> :

DA 3e : Lena van der Groef , born in 1730 in Dirksland , baptized in that year , two sponsors .

DA 3f : Pieter van der Groef (1733 - 1777 , Dirksland ) married : Jannetje van der Groef ! Jannetje belongs to the Zacharias - branch .

JACOB was the great-grandfather of them both .

Pieter and Jannetje had five children .

The interment of Pieter (in 1777) costed three guilders , so he ,"for a change" , wasn't buried in poverty - Pieter reached an age of about 44 years .

DA 3g : Maatje van der Groef (1735 - 1736 , Dirksland) .

DA 3h : Maatje van der Groef (1737 - 1770 , Dirksland) : Maatje (2) married in Dirksland in the year 1761 Pieter Aren van Pruissen / Prooyen - three children were born of this marriage .

DA 3i : Jacob van der Groef (1739 , Dirksland - 1796 , Middelharnis ) :

Jacob married three times :

1) Geertrui Filipse van der Mast , Dirksland , 1772 - one daughter .

2) Sara Isaacks Groenewegen , Dirksland , 1775 - one daughter .

3) Huijbertje Michielze van de Roovaardt , Middelharnis , 1786 - no children .

The winter of 1740 :

' The winter of 1740 just started rather pleasant...but became so very cold that many people were frozen to death in that awful year.....'

But , fortunately, this wasn't the fate of Leendert and Pieternella , so that we may proceed now with .....

DA 3j : Adrianus van der Groef (1741 , Dirksland - 1783 , Ouddorp) married , finally - since it looks as if he had to be 'persuaded' or even 'forced' (!) a little bit to enter into this marriage .... - in Ouddorp in 1771 Grietje Janse Tak ; the - possibly nt permanently madly in love - couple had all together six children ; unfortunately five of these children died at a very young age .

DA 3k : Leendert van der Groef (1744 - 1745 , Dirksland) .

DA 3l : Leendert van der Groef , born in the year 1746 ; also this second Leendert is likely to have died very young .

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The 7 children of Zacharias van der Groef and Maria Bosvelt < DA 2d> :

DA 3m : Jacob van der Groef (1739 - 1740 , Dirksland)

DA 3n : Jacob van der Groef (1741 - 1789 , Dirksland) married in Dirksland

in 1767 Jannetje Hendr. de Jong - Jacob and Jannetje got nine children , but .......

> by the end of 1784 an unknown horrible fate would strike most of these children - when Jacob died , no more than two of his children were still alive .

 

DA 3o : Arent van der Groef (1743 - 1808 , Dirksland)  -  Arent married twice : first marriage in Dirksland in the year 1769 to Agnita de Jong - the marriage was blessed with the birth of three children ;  second marriage in Middelharnis in 1797 to Pietertje van der Waal .

>1743 : sunday december 8th : a strange comet is seen in the sky -  what's going to happen ????

there's clamour and panic in the big cities !!!

but in Dirksland everyone stays calm and nothing really changes ...

....and , come to think of it , dd things ever change in Dirksland in those days .....???

 

DA 3p : Leendert van der Groef (1745 - 1780 , Dirksland) married in Dirksland in the year 1774 Beatris Bastiaanse van 't Oostende , and at the sme day their daughter Maria was christened ....rather late, one might add......

three other children were born of this marriage in later years .

 

DA 3q : Maria van der Groef (1747 - 1749 , Dirksland)

DA 3r : Marinus van der Groef (1749 - 1810 , Dirksland) married in 1778 in Dirksland Cornelia Sierevelt - Cornelia was an official member of the protestant church of Dirksland , as was almost everyone else in Dirksland , certainly in the 18th and 19th century - Marinus and Cornelia had five children .

DA 3s : Adrianus van der Groef , born in 1750 in Dirksland , married in Dirksland in 1773 Annetje van Putten .

The marriage of this couple is of the utmost significance and importance to almost every now living Van der Groef : five sons were born in the course of their marriage and three of them would become the ancestors of three very important branches of our family tree - without Adrianus and Annetje 'just a handful' of us namesakes could ever have had the opportunity to experience life ........

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The 2 children of Leendert van der Groef and Elisabeth Langestraat <DA 3d> :

DA 4a : Jacob van der Groef (1764 - (long) before 1777 , Dirksland)

DA 4b : Jacob van der Groef , labourer by profession , was baptized september 21th 1777 in Dirksland .

At the age of 69 he passed away in Nieuwe - Tonge on december 18 , 1846 .

Jacob married Leentje van Pelt - nine children were born of this marriage .

Jacob and Leentje are the ancestors of the Nieuwe - Tonge side-branch ='my branch' .

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The 5 children of Pieter van der Groef and Jannetje van der Groef <DA 3f = Z 3d> :

DA 4c : Pieternella van der Groef (born and died in 1769 , Dirksland)

DA 4d : Jacob van der Groef (born and died in 1770 , Dirksland)

DA 4e : Leendert van der Groef , born in 1773 in Dirksland , probably passed away at a very young age .

DA 4f : Sijtje van der Groef (1775 - 1826 , Dirksland) , two marriages :

first marriage : Dirksland , 1800 , to Anthony Verboom - no children were born of this marriage , bt......... Sijtje gave birth to a child born out of wedlock <DA 5a> ......

But Anthony and Sijtje kpt being married until Anthony passed away ; then Sijtje remarried ; second marriage : Dirksland , 1821 , to Willem Breur - no children .

DA 4g : Jacob van der Groef (born and died in 1777 in Dirksland) - his interment costed three guilders , unlike most interments in those days , which were done pro deo .

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Only child of Jacob van der Groef and Geertruida van der Mast <DA 3i> :

--- his first marriage ---

DA 4h : Pieternella van der Groef (1773 , Dirksland - 1825 , Middelharnis) -

first marriage : Middelharnis in 1794 to : Marinus Floordiep - three daughters

> a year after this marriage 221 French occupation-troups of Napoleon entered the town of Dirksland , but went , for whatever reason , immediately to an other place on the island (Goedereede) -   rather fortunately for the inhabitants of Dirksland , you might say .....

 

second marriage : Middelharnis in 1799 to Pieter/Petrus Nagtegael -  five children were born , including a couple of twins .

 

Only child of Jacob van der Groef and Sara Groenewegen <DA 3i> :

--- his second marriage ---

DA 4i : Leuntje van der Groef (born and died in the year 1776 in Dirksland) .

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The 6 children of Adrianus van der Groef and Grietje Jans. Tak <DA 3j> :

DA 4j : Leendert van der Groef , born in 1771 in Goedereede and died in 1799 in Ouddorp , became the father of one child <DA 5b> , but was nver married !

> father Adrianus and mother Grietje had five more children , but all of those children must have died at a very young age .....

DA 4k : 'a still-born child' (1774 , Ouddorp)

DA 4l : 'not christened child' ( died in Ouddorp in 1774 )

DA 4m : 'not christened child' ( died in Ouddorp in 1775 )

DA 4n : 'child' ( died in Ouddorp in 1783 )

DA 4o : Jan van der Groef ( died in Ouddorp in 1783 )

> and all these children were buried in poverty = pro deo .......

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The 9 children of Jacob van der Groef and Jannetje de Jong <DA 3n> :

DA 4p : Maria van der Groef (1768 - 1798 , Dirksland ) married in Dirksland in 1791 Aren Jansz. Roon - the couple had two children .

DA 4q : Hendrik van der Groef (1769 - 1784 , Dirksland)

> fifteen years after the birth of Hendrik , an atrocious drama took place inside the family house : within not more than six weeks five of Jacob's children died , probably victim of an agressive and highly contagious epidemic disease .

DA 4r : Katelijntje van der Groef (1771 - 1785 , Dirksland)

DA 4s : Sara van der Groef (1773 - 1784 , Dirksland)

DA 4t : Zacharias van der Groef (1775 - 1784 , Dirksland)

DA 4u : Lena van der Groef (born and died in 1778 in Dirksland)

DA 4v : Lena van der Groef (1780 - 1784 , Dirksland)

DA 4w : Jacob van der Groef (born and died in 1783 in Dirksland)

DA 4x : Katelijntje van der Groef (1788 - 1827 , Dirksland) married in Dirksland in 1810 Jan Heijmberg - out of this family , out of this group of nine brothers and sisters , Katelijntje finally reached the hghest age of them all , and still didn't get any older than 39 .....

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The 3 children of Arend van der Groef and Agnietje de Jong <DA 3o> :

DA 4y : Maria van der Groef (1770 - 1772 , Dirksland)

DA 4z : Zacharias van der Groef (1773 - 1816 , Dirksland) - not married

DA 4aa : Leendert van der Groef (1780 , Melissant - 1807 , Dirksland) ,  married in Melissant in 1804 Maatje Pieters. Visbeen - Leendert and Maatje had two children .

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The 4 children of Leendert van der Groef and Beatrice Bast. van Oostende <DA 3p> :

DA 4ab : Maria van der Groef (1774 - 1776 , Dirksland)

DA 4ac : Bastiaan van der Groef (1775 - probably: 1795 , Dirksland)

DA 4ad : Zacharias van der Groef (1777 - before 1779 , Dirksland)

DA 4ae : Zacharias van der Groef (1779 - 1781 , Dirksland) - once again a Zacharias van der Groef who died very young ...

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The 5 children of Marinus van der Groef and Cornelia Sierevelt <DA 3r> :

DA 4af : Maria van der Groef (1779 , Dirksland - 1819 , Den Bommel) -

two marriages : 1) Den Bommel , 1806 to Bastiaan Joh. van Dijke

2) Den Bommel , 1814 to Jan Janze Kreeft , who was fifteen years younger than Maria - they had one son .

DA 4ag : Bastiaan van der Groef (1781 - before 1788 , Dirksland)

DA 4ah : Zacharias van der Groef (1782 - 1810) married in 1809 in Oud-Beierland Klazina Groen - Klazina and Zacharias had one son , but unfortunately Zacharias didn't live long enough to witness the birth of his (only) child ; regrettably this child would already die a few months after his birth . 

DA 4ai : Jannetje van der Groef (1786 - 1831 , Dirksland) married in 1811 in Ooltgensplaat Isaakq Keuvelaar

DA 4aj : Bastiaan van der Groef (born and died in Dirksland in 1788) .

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Daughter of Sijtje van der Groef <DA 4f > :

DA 5a : Francijntje van der Groef (1811 , Dirksland - 1842 , Ooltgensplaat )

Francijntje was born out of wedlock - she married in Ooltgensplaat in the year 1839 Frans Rimus .

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Daughter of Leendert van der Groef <DA 4j > :

DA 5b : Kommertje van der Groef (1799 - 1852 , Ouddorp)

Kommertje too was born out of wedlock : her mother's name was Aagje Pieters. Heerschap , but since Kommertje's familyname was Van der Groef , her biological father Leendert van der Groef must have recognized her as his own daughter - but just six days before the baptism of Kommertje , Leendert already tragically and sadly passed away.

And now , with the life of Kommertje , history seems to repeat itself : Kommertje t became the mother of an illegitimate child <DA 6a> .

Some weeks after the birth of this child she married in her hometown Ouddorp in 1821 Jan Heerschap .

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The 2 children of Leendert van der Groef and Maatje Visbeen <DA4aa> :

DA 5c : Agnietje van der Groef (1804 - 1806 , Dirksland)

DA 5d : Leendert van der Groef (1807 - 1878 , Dirksland) , fieldworker , later chemist's assistent - married in Dirksland in 1836 Maatje (de) Vogel - no children - Leendert must have had brown hair , blue eyes and a round face nd , according to "official data" Leendert must have been a man , one can better say a giant , of about four meters tall ......

...well , we my assume that some clerc made a rather huge mistake in writing here.....

The last thing we know about the life of Leendert is that he had been a soldier for several years .

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Child of Bastiaan van der Groef <DA 4ac> :

DA 5e : "child of Bastiaan van der Groef " , buried in 1795 in Dirksland

---very uncertain---

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Only child of Zacharias van der Groef and Klazina Groen <DA 4ah> :

DA 5f : Zacharias van der Groef : Zacharias , named after his deceased father , was born in Oud-Beierland in 1810 and passed away there just three months later .

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Child of Kommertje van der Groef <DA 5b> :

DA 6a : 'lifeless child' : on september 6 , 1821 Kommertje van der Groef gave birth in Ouddorp to a "lifeless child of the female sexe".

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> Now we have come to the end of our Dirksland A - branch .

> In the group of namesakes , men , women and children - all together about 70 people - belonging to the first generation of VDG-representatives of our extensive Dirksland-branch , there are with certainty 32 persons who reached adulthood and out of this group of 32 persons , 29 married sooner or later .

The infant mortality-rate within this first Dirksland-branch was - like within the Zacharias-branch - around 50% , possibly even higher , a very sorowful finding .

But......this certainly ddn't mean that the engine was completely taken away out of our Dirksland-branch , because .......via the Nieuwe-Tonge - branch and in particular via the Dirksland B-branch and all the later sidebranches from the latter , our Dirksland-branch would certainly proove its vitality and resilience for centuries ..........for us , distant descendants of that branch , of immense importance and of vital interest indeed .......

 

 

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