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Children of Isaak van Gorkom and Dorothea de Heeger (Generation VI).
Isaak was son of David van Gorkom and Willemijn Tibing (V-dh95) and grandson of Hendrik Abrahamse van Gorkom and Gerrichje Mierhout (IV-h48).
Doortje, clearly named after her mother Dorothea, was baptized in the Domkerk on 10 June 1749. This immediately explains why her parents married when Doortje's father Isaak was not even twenty years old. Her mother was already pregnant for four months. The address of the family is Watersteeg (Water Alley), nowadays called Waterstraat and very close to Koestraat, Varkenmarkt and those other street names that keep coming back for generations. Doortje married in the Catharinakerk (St. Catharine's Church) on 5 May 1785 Abraham Heijmans, son of Johannes Heijmans and Aletta Lemerie. In the marriage record Doortje is called Theodora. This Dorothea-Theodora confusion bares resemblance to the confusion about the same names on the page about generation IX. Doortje was 36 when she married. Did she stay home all those years to help her mother out, just like her aunt Annigje (generation VI-a21) did? Doortje's difference in age with her youngest brother is an impressive 24 years.
She died in Utrecht on 10 January 1828. After her death, Abraham married in Utrecht on 14 May 1828 his second wife Johanna Petronella den Os, daughter of Cornelis den Os and Hendrica Schilder. At the time he was 79 and she was 40. He enjoyed this marriage for four years till his death in Utrecht on 8 October 1832. His second wife died in Utrecht on 30 October 1854 after 22 years of widowhood.
VII-m52. Maria Elisabeth
On 3 April 1752 Maria was baptized in the Jacobikerk, the church that stands practically in the Waterstraat. Now the address of the family is Op 't sand (On the Sand) however. This street was renamed into Koningstraat in 1863. Later on it became the Oude Koningstraat and nowadays only a part of it is left, being called Pastoor van Nuenenstraat. Just like the Koestraat, Waterstraat en Varkenmarkt the street Op 't Sand was located in Wijk C (C Quarter), the neighbourhood where the Jacobikerk is situated. Maria died on 16 May 1836, unmarried, 85 years old.
Willemina was born in the Koestraat and baptized in the Domkerk on 5 February 1755. She married Isaak van Sandwijk in the Catharinakerk on 6 September 1774. Isaak van Sandwijk was son Leendert Hendrik van Sandwijk and Maria Geertruij van Doorn. He died in Utrecht on 21 July 1826. For her brother David this sister Willemina was to become an important figure, as his son Isaak (generation VIII-i91) would marry her daughter Johanna Gerarda van Sandwijk.
David, namesake of his grandfather (generation V-dh95), was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 9 July 1758. At the age of 26 he married Maria Eleonora Schweijgert in the Catharijnekerk on 16 May 1785. The Jacobikerk had already been popular in the Van Gorkom family for some six generations by then. The Catharijnekerk was added by David's parents. According to the marriage record of his son, David was a bricklayer. A humble profession, so to say. This was in 1816. At that moment David lived in the Catharijnestraat, just like his father Isaak did. His wife Maria Eleonora Schweijgert had already died by then, in Utrecht on 7 December 1814, at the age of 59. The report of the death to the register was made by son Isaak. According to this report she was born in Wesel, a German town close to the Dutch border. Four children of David and Maria Eleonora are known. They are mentioned on the page about generation VIII.
When his wife died in 1814, David was 56 years old, young enough to marry a second time, as the records show. On 1 September 1824 he married Hendrika Faas, who was 32 years old then and owning a shop as it seems. Her parents were Arnoldus Faas and Gerarda van der Eem. However, before David and Hendrika could marry, they had to go court to get an acte van bekendheid, i.e. a "deed of familiarity", to prove that Hendrika was a daughter of her father and to explain his absence. The deed, written on 5 August 1824, states that Hendrika's father joined the "Markgraaf van Baden" regiment 1n 1793. This regiment fought against the armies of Napoleon in the Battle of Maubeuge on 5 October 1793, after which he was reported missing. Twenty years after Hendrika's and David's wedding, David's grandson Isak would marry in 1845 Louisa Roä, the granddaughter of a Swiss mercenary called Louis Roa who fought for the Dutch in the May Regiment against Napoleon in 1795. Louis Roa went missing too.
Hendrika had already two sons when she married David, both born after the death of David's first wife. A year after the wedding, the two sons of Hendrika were officially recognized as children of David, although one will never know whether David was the biological father. Fact is that the couple had two daughters after the marriage. The children of Hendrika and David are mentioned on the page about generation VIII. David died on 11 December 1829.
Pieternella was baptized in the Domkerk on 15 March 1761. Probably she died at young age, as there is another Pieternella in 1768. The address of the family is Zilversteeg, nowadays Zilverstraat. This is a little street, off the Springweg, in those days running straight towards the city wall. It is some 200 meters north of the Lange Smeestraat. When living in the Zilverstraat they looked out on the brick wall that surrounds the garden of Het Duitse Huis (the German House), a monastery founded in 1346 by the German Order of Crusaders. In the twentieth century it used to be a military hospital. As a matter of fact Jack van Gorkom (generation XII-j21) was taken into this hospital in 1946 for some months. He was a corporal in the Dutch army then. Nowadays it is the five star Grand Hotel Karel V. Very fancy, but also a strange idea to book a room in a former hospital.
On 6 July 1763 a little boy died who had not been baptized yet. It means that two children in a row died.
This second Pieternella was baptized in the Catharinakerk on 24 April 1768. The family lived at the Springweg itself now. This is the street that runs all the way from the Mariaplaats to the Geertekerk. Pieternella married in the Geertekerk on 9 May 1793 to Ulrich Wetstein. She was 25 years old then. In 1786 the address of her father was Lange Smeestraat. Most likely she will have lived there herself as well. Her husband's name is clearly German.
Abraham was buried in the Geertekerk on 3 April 1771. His death was reported to the register five days afterwards. His date of birth is unknown, but regarding the fact that this child had a name, one may believe that he was not a newborn. His parents lived in the Lauwersteegje (Laurel Alley), which was close to the Bakkerbrug (Baker Bridge). This happens to be another Laurel Alley or Street, than the one where generation II owned property in the 17th century.
Albertus was baptized in the Domkerk on 20 March 1771. He died just two weeks later on 8 April 1771—in the same week as his brother Abraham, as mentioned above.
Jan (the Dutch equivalent of John) was baptized in the Buurkerk on 17 January 1773. His elder sister Doortje is already 23 years old then. He married Anna Christina de Visser, daughter of Jan Hendrik de Visser and Cornelia van Ark, in the Jacobikerk on 21 April 1794. They had at least six children who are mentioned on the page about generation VIII. On 11 November 1818 Anna Christina married for a second time, seven years after the burial of her husband in the Buurkerk (Neighbourhood Church) on 9 May 1811. Her second husband was Antonie Vreeswijk, 48 years old, widower of Helena van Loenen and son of Dirk Vreeswijk and Jacoba Franken. The record of this second marriage states that she was 43 years old at the time. This name Vreeswijk reappears in the marriages of two sons of Jan and Anna Christina. Their son Isaak married in 1815 Anthonia, a daughter of Anthonetta van Vreeswijk. His brother Jan Christiaan married in 1829 to Hendrina Maria van Vreeswijk and married a second time in 1845 to Jacoba Johanna Vreeswijk.
Isaak, named after his father, was baptized in the Domkerk on 28 June 1775, but died three days later on 1 July 1775. He was the fifth child that did not survive, and the third to die at the address Lauwersteegje.
This is the Springhavertheater at the beginning of the Springweg. The Springhavertheater with its café is probably the best known place at the Springweg. The theatre is an art cinema, founded by the Dutch film director Jos Stelling in 1978. It shows movies directed by Woody Allen and Fellini, that kind of stuff. At the right side of the cinema you had this shop called Groene Waterman (green aquarius) that sold very, very organic and very, very vegetarian food in the seventies and eighties, when 'ecology' was still a rather sectarian business.