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Children of Hendrik Abrahamse van Gorkom and Gerrichje Hendriks Mierhout (generation IV-h48)
Geertruijd was baptized in the Domkerk on 3 November 1671. The Dom is the central churchtower in Utrecht, still dominating the skyline of the city as it is approximately 112 metres high. The tower is claimed to be the highest church tower in the Netherlands. The tower was attached to the nave of the church, as church towers usually do. In the case of the Dom of Utrecht however, half the nave was destroyed by a tremendous gale on 1 August 1674, separating tower and church, less than three years after the christening of Geertruijd. Till the day of today the nave has never been rebuild.
Annichjen was baptized in the Buurkerk on 26 December 1672. The family lived at the address In de Massegast. On 16 June 1714 an Annichjen, daughter of Hendrik, was buried, who "left behind father and mother". Her last address was Sackedragerssteeg. This is the same street where father Hendrik died three years later. Therefore we assume that the christening and burials records refer to one and the same Annichjen. At the other hand, there were two more girls called Annichjen in this family, meaning that the first two died at young age. This is clearly a contradiction.
Abraham was baptized in the Catharijnekerk on 28 April 1674. On 13 May 1695 he married Catrijn Abrams Godron. Witness was Hendrik van Gorcom, the father of Abraham. At the time of the wedding Abraham lived in the Koestraat. It is an interesting address, as it is the same street where Elisabeth Gysberts de Leeu lived when she married Thomas I in 1617 (generation II). Catrijn was buried on 11 February 1705, after ten years of marriage. At that moment the family lived in the Bergstraat. Abraham and Catrijn had eight children, four of whom remained nameless. They are mentioned on the page about generation VI. On 5 August 1705 Abraham married Henderichje Hopman, widow of Barent Jagers, living in the Grote Elisteeg. Abraham lived in the Koestraat again, with four children we may assume. Witnesses of the wedding were Abraham's mother Gerrichje van Gorcum and Henderichje's neighbour Gerrigje Schepens. According to a notarial deed of 17 January 1719 Abraham rented a house on the west side of the Elisabethstraat for a period of three years, paying 110 guilders per year. In 1722 he rented a house called the Gulden Berg in the Voorstraat on the corner of the Slagtsteeg for two years for a rent of 92 Caroli guilders per year. Abraham was buried on 2 October 1753, his last address being Buiten de Weertpoort, in de Kaatssteeg, which is a location outside the northern city gate. Henderichje was buried on 23 September 1758. Abraham and his second wife had no children, but mondige vrienden in Amsterdam, meaning "grown-up friends in Amsterdam". We have no idea what this is supposed to mean. At the time of her death, Henderichje lived in 't Eloijensteegje and possessed no properties.
Bartholomes (Berent) was baptized in 1676 approximately. The address of the family was Achter 't Vleeshuis (behind the slaughterhouse). He needed permission from his mother to marry Stijntje Cornelis van Orsou (Christijntje) in the Anthoniegasthuis on 26 April 1698. Stijntje's address was Aan de Plompetooren. They had four children, who are mentioned on the page about generation VI. Bartholomes died before the birth of his youngest son in 1705.
Isaac was baptized in the Buurkerk on 12 January 1678. The family lived in the Koestraat.
A second Annichje was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 15 May 1681.
Five years later Wilhelmus was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 14 January 1686. The family still lived in the Koestraat. Willem joined the VOC, the United Dutch East India Company, in 1707. The ship, called Ouwerkerk, owned by the VOC chamber of Amsterdam, left on 30 December 1707 from the Island of Texel to sail to the Dutch East Indies and arrived in Batavia on 2 September 1708. Besides approximately 100 seafarers also 54 soldiers were aboard the ship, one of them being Willem. Most soldier stayed in Batavia to protect the trading places. On 8 March 1722 his labor contract had ended for the reason that Willem had died. More about this in the section about his brother David.
Johannes was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 8 April 1688. The family address was Koestraat again.
A third Annichjen was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 18 December 1690, 18 years after the first one. The child was buried on 17 August 1694.
David is known from a notarial deed, dated 2 February 1725. In this deed three "children of Hendrik van Gorkom and Gerrigien van Mierhout" are mentioned: Abraham, David and Jacoba. In the deed money is claimed from the legendary VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, meaning "United Dutch East India Company"), because of the death of their brother Willem (Wilhelmus). Interesting detail is to see that David's name is literally spelled "David van Gorkom", with "kom" at the end. We believe, it is this David who married Willemijn Tibing in the Domkerk on 21 February 1721. Willemijn was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 12 March 1699. She was the daughter of Jan Tibing and Anna Peters. The Tibing family lived in the Bergstraat. Willemijn died on 7 December 1759, sixty years old and left behind her husband and grown-up children. She lived in the Catharinestraat at the time. She was buried in the Jacobi Church. David died many years later on 28 August 1777. He still lived in the Catharinestraat and left behind no wife, but six adult children. David and Willemijn had about twelve children (generation VI), five of whom died at a very young age.
Coba was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 7 March 1697. The family address was In de Koestraat op de hoek van de hoge berg, meaning "in the Cow Street on the corner of the high mountain". "Mountain" should not be taken very literally, as there are no mountains in Holland. It probably means high heap. Jacoba married Hendrik Fuyt in the Dom Church on 2 June 1721. He lived at the address Buyten de Weert, which is north of the walled city. He was mentioned as the husband of Jacoba in the aforementioned notarial deed of 2 February 1725 (see previous section about Jacoba's brother David). Witnesses of the marriage were the groom's father and the bride's mother.
Some eight children were born. First child was Geertrui Fuit, baptized in the Jacobi Church on 15 March 1722. The young family was living in In 't Sakkedragerssteegje, which very well could be the address of Jacoba's mother Gerrichje Mierhout and where Jacoba's father had died five years earlier. A second child, called Bartha Fuijk, was born at the same address and was baptized in the Jacobi Church on 3 March 1726. Catrina Fuijt was baptized in the Jacobi Church on 22 May 1729. The family now lived in Lauregt, which is north of and outside the old city. Catrina died on 6 January 1732 and was buried in the Jacobi Church. Johannes Jacobus Fuijt was baptized in the Dom Church on 9 August 1730, the address being In de Weerd. Another Catrina Fuyt was baptized in the Jacobi Church on 28 August 1732, the christening record mentioning this time In de Lauregt buijten de Weerd as the family address. She died on 9 March 1734 and was buried in the Jacobi Church. The address at the time of her death was described as Buijten de Weerdpoort, genaemt onder de Wijngaertjes aen de Cingel (meaning 'outside the Weert Gate, with the name beneath the little vinyards at the canal'). The next child was called Catharina Fuijt again and was baptized in the Dom Church on 14 July 1734. This time the family address was Buiten de Waard op het Buurtje (Outside the Weerd (gate) in the neighbourhood). Two years later this child died on 18 December 1736. A few months before Martinus Fuit was born and baptized in the Dom Church on 8 July 1736. Last child was another Catrina Fuijt, baptized in the Dom Church on 13 September 1741. That year the address of the family was Hoge Jacobijnestraat within the city. Jacoba died on 11 July 1779. She was already the widow of Hendrik then and left behind adult children. She lived in the Groenesteeg achter the Jacobikerk, so in the northern part of the walled city. Hendrik had died in 1717.
Jacoba and her brother David both married in 1721, both in the Dom Church and in both cases their mother was the marriage witness. Although it was common practice to name the born children after their grandparents it was not done in the family of Coba and Hendrik.