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Children of Jan van Gorkom and Anna Christina de Visser (generation VII-j73)
Jan was son of Isaak van Gorkom and Dorothea de Heeger (VI-i29) and grandson of David and Willemijn Tibing (V-dh95). As mentioned in the section about generation VII-j73 Anna Christina was a 43 year old widow in 1818, having been married to Jan, however, for seventeen years.
Jan's son Isaak was 19 years old, when he married Anthonia van Hensbergen. According to the marriage record (Genlias) this was on 3 May 1815. According to some of his descendants, Isaak was born on 23 January 1796. It is clear that Jan (Dutch for John by the way) named his son after his father Isaak (generation VI-i29), just like his brother David had done. According to the same informal source, Anthonia was born in Utrecht on 9 December 1792 and died on 14 February 1870. She was three years older than Isaak and daughter of Anthony van Hensbergen and Anthonetta van Vreeswijk.
There turn out to be several links between the Van Gorkom and Vreeswijk families. Isaak's mother Anna Christina de Visser, so mother-in-law of Anthonia, remarried in 1818 Antonie Vreeswijk. He was the brother of Anthonetta van Vreeswijk, Anthonia's mother. In other words: Isaak's mother married Anthonia's uncle, three years after they had married themselves. Uncle Antonie was also the father of Hendrina Maria van Vreeswijk, who was the first wife of Isaak's brother Jan Christiaan (generation VIII-j04). Altogether it means two brothers had married two cousins, while their own mother was married to the father of one of these cousins. After the death of Hendrina Maria in 1840, brother Jan Christiaan married Jacoba Johanna Vreeswijk, daughter of Johanna Petronella Vreeswijk. It is not known in what way she was related to her namesakes.
Twelve children (generation IX) were born in Utrecht between 1815 and 1835. In the years from 1847 till 1856 the complete family moved to Pella, Iowa, USA. Some of the children were already married then. This small town in Iowa, called Pella, was founded in 1847 by the Dutch Reverend Hendrik Pieter Scholte, who had rebelled against the State Church of the Netherlands in those days. Together with him hundreds of Dutch emigrated to the US to be free in their choice of religion. Interestingly enough, E.J. Potgieter, a well-known Dutch writer in his days, stayed in Pella for some time and wrote an essay called Een brief uit Pella (Letter from Pella), published in a literary magazine called De Gids, being his sixth contribution in a series called Landverhuizing naar de Vereenigde Staaten (Emigration to the United States). The essay gives a detailed description of the rather primitive, if not depressing conditions in which people lived in 1854. At the time Pella had some 1500 inhabitants. They lived in square wooden houses with little furniture, no bedrooms and no curtains (to Potgieter's horror). The streets were unpaved, there was not even a proper church, hardly any flowers, trees or gardens to be seen, all of it surrounded by bits of forest that gave no shade and large stretches of prairie that showed a tendency to catch fire at the end of summer. At the same time he was surprised by the speed at which the Dutch immigrants already had assimilated within seven years or less. English was first language everywhere for instance.
Isaak and Anthonia arrived in Pella in 1854. In August 1870 Isaak lived with the family of his daughter Maria, after he had became a widower half a year earlier on 14 February 1870. In 1880 he lived with his son Hendrik. He died in Pella in the year 1886.
Cornelia was baptized in the Domkerk on 9 May 1798. Witness and namesake was Cornelia van Ark, the widow of Jan Hendrik de Visser, church member. These were the parents of mother Anna Christina, Cornelia van Ark being the grandmother therefore. Daughter Cornelia married 23 years old Jacob de Graaf on 5 May 1824. He was son of Adrijanus de Graaf and Cornelia van Egmond. Four children of Cornelia and Jacob married, all of them did so in Utrecht and all of them were born in Utrecht. The first child was called Jacob de Graaf just like his father. He married Wilhelmina Schanekamp, 35 years old, daughter of Bernardus Schanekamp and Jacoba van Ingen, on 1 November 1854. As he was 29 years old then, he was born in 1824 or 1825. His sister Cornelia de Graaf was named after her mother or greatgrandmother. When she married in 1861, her age was 32, meaning that she was born in 1828 or 1829. She married on 7 August 1861 Hendrik Wouda, 26, son of Hendrik Wouda and Aartje Petronella van Kuijk. On 31 October 1860 Cornelia's brother Jan de Graaf married Janna van Dolder, 24 years old, born in Ede and daughter of Aard van Dolder and Heintje Erdbrink. His age was 25 then and therefore he was born in 1834 or 1835. He was named after his mother's father. The last child was Adrianus de Graaf, named after the father of his father. Adrianus married Catharina Wiegeraad, 29, daughter of Hermanus Wiegeraad and Grietje van Breukelen, on 12 November 1862. He was 24 years old then and therefore born in 1837 or 1838.
Theodorus married Mie van der Donk on 12 November 1823. He was baptized in the Dom Church on 8 October 1800. Mie was from Vleuten, a village west of Utrecht, 30 years old and daughter of Daan van der Donk and Mie Beeker. She was baptized on 3 February 1793 as a Roman Catholic. The mother of Theodorus is suddenly called Annetta Christina de Visser instead of Anna Christina. It is not known whether Theodorus had any children.
Theodorus was a tailor for his profession. He had a colleague and friend called Jan Domenicus Geelkerken. On several official occasions Theodorus was his witness. Jan Domenicus is a direct ancestor of Aleida Lydia Bakker, wife of Johan van Gorkom, one of the makers of this site. Theodorus died in Utrecht on 3 January 1873, 71 years old. He was living at the address Oude Gracht C 12/13, the home for elderly. Mie was 68 years old when she died 10 years earlier on 12 September 1861.
VIII-j04. Jan Christiaan
As mentioned in the section below about Anna Christina, father Jan changed his name to Jan Christiaan at some moment. Subsequently he gave his second son the same names. Son Jan was baptized in the Geertekerk on 29 April 1804. He married three times. The first marriage was one with Hendrina Maria van Vreeswijk on 18 November 1829. Her age was 33. She was the daughter of Antonie van Vreeswijk en Elena van Loenen. On 10 September 1814 this mother Elena or Helena had died already, in Utrecht. Widower Antonie (van) Vreeswijk then married the mother of Jan Christiaan in 1818. So in fact, Jan Christiaan married his stepsister.
Jan Christiaan became a widower himself and married again, this time with Jacoba Johanna Vreeswijk on 19 February 1845. She was 34, and daughter of Johanna Vreeswijk. It is possible that she was related as well. Jan's stepfather Antonie Vreeswijk had a mother called Jacoba Franken, wife of Dirk Vreeswijk.
View of the Dom Tower, painted by Cornelis Christiaan Dommelshuizen in 1870. It is not totally clear in which street the painter is standing. Going by the church wall at his right hand, the distance to the Dom Tower and the street pattern he should be standing next to the Janskerk looking down the Domstraat
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Examining the names you may believe that Jacoba Johanna Vreeswijk was a granddaughter of Jacoba Franken, while Antonie Vreeswijk might have been an uncle. After the death of his second wife on 13 August 1858 Jan Jr. married Sophia Gunderman on 13 November 1861. She was 56 and came from Leiden and was daughter of Johan George Gunderman and Maria Elizabeth Nieuwenhuizen. Jan Jr. died in Utrecht on 25 January 1873, 68 years old. Sophia died in Utrecht on 28 December 1883, 77 years old. For his profession Jan Jr. was a bricklayer.
The first child of Jan and his first wife Hendrina Maria was born on 22 November 1830. This boy died a month later on 16 December. The second child was called Jan van Gorkom as well, Jan III therefore, born on 25 December 1831 and actually belonging to generation IX. Jan III married Johanna Carolina Luca, daughter of Pieter Dirk Christiaan Luca and Petronella Bakker, on 10 August 1859. She was 29. Johanna Carolina Luca had a younger sister Clasina Luca, who married Jan Schumacher, a son of Antje Gorkom (generation VII-j73). Here, the missing infix "van" is odd, just as the fact that two sisters marry someone with a parent called (Van) Gorkom. Reinier, the next child of Jan Christiaan and Hendrina Maria, was born in March 1834, but died three days later on 31 March 1834. Stepfather Antonie had a son from his first marriage called Reinier van Vreeswijk. This boy, of the same age as Jan Christiaan, lived with the family in 1824, according to the census record. So the child of Jan Christiaan and Hendrina Maria was probably named after him. Helena Anna Christina was born on 19 August 1836 and was 9 years old when she died on 10 March 1846.
Jan III and Johanna Luca had a daughter, named Maria Hendrina after the child's grandmother. This Maria, technically speaking belonging to generation X, married Janus Johannes Volkerts on 2 October 1889. He was from Kampen, a town further to the east of Holland. Both were 22, so born in 1866 or 1867. Several of their children were born in Utrecht, but at the beginning of the 20th century the family moved to Kampen. On 21 November 1936 Maria Hendrina died in that town.
VIII-a07. Anna Christina
The youngest one was an unfortunate woman. She was baptized in the Geertekerk on 26 July 1807. According to her death record she was born on 10 July 1807. She married Jacobus van Luin, son of Jacobus van Luin and Angenies Delfgouw, on 27 June 1827. He was 22 years old. When she died on 4 March 1848, just 40 years old, she was already a widow. She died in Veenhuizen, just like the daughter of her cousin Dorothea. Veenhuizen does not sound all too well, as explained in the section about Johanna Dorothea (generation IX-j10). However, according to the official records of Drenlias Anna's place of residence was Utrecht at the time of her death. This would mean that she was visiting Veenhuizen. In the marriage record of Anna, father Jan is suddenly called Jan Christiaan.
Three children are known. Jacobus van Luin was born in Utrecht on 17 September 1827. Theodorus Marinus van Luin was 24 years old when he died in Soerabaja. He was still single. Cornelis van Luin was 44 years old when he died in Utrecht on 23 March 1881.
VIII-h10. Hendrik Jan
Hendrik Jan was born on 4 November 1810. He died on 1 July 1811, two months after his father had died. His death was reported to the city register by his mother Anna, together with her brother-in-law Abraham Heijmans, husband of her sister-in-law Doortje van Gorkom (generation VII-d49).