Generation V - Rutger Branch


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Simplified Van Gorkom Family Tree
Simplified family tree of the Rutger branch. The scheme is based on the parents of generation XI. In other words, we only took the members of generation X who had children, and from them we worked our way back to Rutger of generation I who once came from Gorinchem to Utrecht. It means that all ancestors are left out who did not have a descendant belonging to generation XI. For example, Abraham Thomasse van Gorkom and Anneke Heijndricx (generation III) had ten children, but only the eldest and youngest are shown as they are the only ones with descendants belonging to generation XI.
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Children of Hendrik Abrahamse van Gorkom and Gerrichje Hendriks Mierhout (generation IV-h48)

V-g71. Geertruijd
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.

V-a72. Annichjen
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.

V-a74. Abraham
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.

V-b76. Bartholomes
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.

V-i78. Isaac
Isaac was baptized in the Buurkerk on 12 January 1678. The family lived in the Koestraat.

V-a81. Annichjen
A second Annichje was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 15 May 1681.

V-w86. Wilhelmus
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.

V-j88. Johannes
Johannes was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 8 April 1688. The family address was Koestraat again.

V-a90. Annichjen
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.

V-dh95. David
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.

V-j97. Jacoba
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.

Children of Thomas Abrahamse van Gorkom and Sofia van Seventer (generation IV-ta63)

V-h86. Hillegard
Hillegard (Hillegond) was baptized in the Geertekerk (St. Gertrude's Church) on 26 September 1686. The family address was Bij de Geertebrugh (Near St Gertrude's Bridge), the same address where mother Sofia lived at the time of her wedding. The Geertekerk (St. Gertrude's Church) is at one end of the Geertestraat, while the Geertebrug is at the other end. A child of Thomas Abrahamse was buried in the Geertekerk on 5 March 1689. This child, whose name is not mentioned in the death record, could very well have been Hillegard.

V-a88. Abraham
Abraham, also known as Abraham van Gornighem, was baptized in the Domkerk on 7 March 1688. The address was Bij de Geertebrug again. On 13 March 1721 he married Anna Maria Olivier (Struijs) in the Jacobikerk (St. James' Church). On 8 March 1752 Maria Struijs, vrouw van Abraham, in 't Tinnegieterspoortje aan de Oude Gracht (wife of Abraham, from the "pewter caster's gate" along the Old Canal), was buried. This must be Anna Maria Olivier, as this Tinnegieterspoortje will appear over and over again in the records of this branch of the family. The Geertebrug is a bridge across the Oude Gracht (Old Canal). The Tinnegieterspoortje seems to have been somewhere north of this bridge, as there also exists the reference tussen Geertebrug en Smeebrug. The word tussen means "between"; the Smeebrug is the next bridge across the Oude Gracht if you go north. Abraham and Anna Maria had seven children, who are mentioned on the page about generation VI.

In 1752, after the death of Anna, Abraham declared before the Momboir Chamber that he wanted his son Cornelis to be the guardian of his minor daughter Sophia, which request was accepted by Cornelis. Abraham died almost a year after his wife at the address Oude Gracht bij de Geertebrug and was buried in the Geertekerk on 8 February 1753. At this occasion, son Cornelis confirmed the guardianship over his 23 years old sister Sophia and also testified that his father left no other possessions than debts.

Oude Gracht
The Oude Gracht, a little north of the Smeebrug. The Dom Tower is standing in the background.

V-j90. Johanna
Johanna was baptized in the Domkerk on 21 February 1690. The address is suddenly Groot Eliesteegh. She was buried on 27 May 1691.

V-m92. Margareta
Margareta was baptized in the Catharijnekerk on 14 June 1692. The address was Geertebrug again. On 2 January 1700 a child of Thomas was buried in the Geertekerk (St. Gertrude's Church). It could have been this Margareta, because the child was never heard of again.

V-i95. Isaac
Isaac was baptized in the Nicolaikerk on 6 April 1695. He married Dirkje Woertman in the Buurkerk on 6 May 1723. Both fathers gave permission for the wedding. The address of the wedded couple was Op de Oude Gracht. Already on 6 November 1729 Dirkje was buried, her last address being Sackedragerssteegje (Bag carriers alley). She left behind "a husband and a minor child". In fact there had been three children. Two of them had already died before the mother's death. The third child was three years old at the time. As guardian of this child was appointed Claes Woertman.

On 17 March 1733 Isaac married his second wife Angerita van der Sluijs (also known as Angenita) in the Catharijnekerk. She was a daughter of Matthijs van der Sluijs. At that moment he lived at the address Vreeburg and she did in the Zuijlenstraat. With Angerita he had another six children. Already in 1727 Isaak lived in the Zakkedragersteeg, and the six children he had with his second wife were all born in the Zakkedragersteeg, so the address Vreeburg seems somewhat odd. Probably the address Vreeburg in an indication of where the family was living in that alley. It could suggest that it had been one of last houses at the end of the Zakkedragersteeg near the Vreeburg square. Till the end of their lives, both Isaak and Angenita lived in that alley. Angerita was buried on 13 January 1773 in the Buurkerk (Neighbourhood's Church), leaving behind "grown-up children". Only one month later, on 26 February 1773, Isaac died, leaving behind no wife but adult children, and was buried in the Buurkerk as well. For his profession he had been meester stofjeswever (master fabrics weaver). All children of Isaac are mentioned on the page about generation VI.

V-j98. Johannes
Johannes was baptized in the Geertekerk on 25 April 1698. Johannes, often called Jan, married in the Catharijnekerk (St. Catharine's Church) on 5 May 1722 Aartje van Makkum. She was a daughter of Jelis van Makkum and (Neeltje or) Cornelia Kuijpers, and baptized in the Jacobikerk (St. James's Church) on 16 April 1689. Witnesses at the wedding were the father of the groom and the mother of the bride. Jan lived in the Bodestraat and Aartje in the Sakkedragersteeg at the time they married.

Jan and Aartje went to live in the Zakkendragersteeg, maybe in the same house where Aartje had been living before. All their children were born there. Aartje died in the Catharijne- or Sackedragersteegje on 25 January 1748, so the church record says. It shows that there were two different names for the same alley. The name Catharijnesteegje is the older medieval name. When more members of the bag carriers guild started to live there the name changed into Bag Carriers Alley, which is still the name today. Indeed, the profession of Jan was porter or bag carrier.

Aartje left behind her husband and two minor children, when she died. In the Momboir Chamber register of 1748 the two children are mentioned. Jan appointed his good friend Benjamin Castrop as guardian of his minor son Gillis, 23 years old, and daughter Nela Margarita, 21 years old. In those days children came of age at 25. Jan died in the same Bag Carriers Alley on 7 July 1773, leaving behind his second wife, and two adult children. He was buried in the Jacobikerk. Jan had married for the second time on 5 November 1749 Margrate Jansen, widow of Claas Gerritse, in the Domkerk. The children of Jan and his first wife are mentioned on the page about generation VI.

Jan's brother Isaak lived in the Zakkendragersteeg as well. 1773 must have been a disastrous year. Jan, his brother Isaac and Isaac's wife Angenita van der Sluijs all died in that year.

It should be noted that there is no hard evidence that this person Jan, married to Aartje van Makkum, is the son of Thomas Abrahams and Sophia van Seventer. It is likely, however, for several reasons. At first the dates of birth (1698) and marriage (1722) make sense. Also the names of Jan's children fit well into the picture. Two times a child was called Sophia, after Jan's mother, the grandmother of the children. In the family of Jan's brothers Abraham and Isaak we find this same name too. Witness at Jan's wedding was the father of the groom. Indeed, Thomas Abrahams was still alive in 1722, as he gave permission for the marriage of his other son Isaak in 1723. Mother Sophia van Seventer had already died in 1705.

Children of Thomas Rutgerse van Gorkom and Dorothea van Daelen (generation IV-tr63)

Dom Tower V-m88. Michiel
Michiel was baptized in the Catharijnekerk on 13 March 1688. In the register his full name is Michiel van Gornichem. The family lived in the Zilversteeg (Silver Alley). He married Maria Smith in the Catharijnekerk on 10 July 1714. At the time of the wedding Michiel lived in the Slooresteegh and Maria in the Zuilensteeg. Nowadays the Slooresteegh doesn't exist any more. Three children were born.

After 24 years of marriage Maria died and was buried on 12 August 1738. At the time the address was Buiten de Weertpoort, tegenover kleine sluis, meaning "outside the Weertgate (northern citygate), opposite the small sluice". She left behind a man en een onmondig kind, meaning "husband and a minor child". There were two more children, but they died as infants. On 7 May 1739 Michiel married Jannigje van Ameleveen in the Catharijnekerk. Both of them lived outside the citywalls at the time of the wedding. Michiel lived outside the northern Weerdpoort and Jannigje outside the eastern Catharijnepoort. Out of this marriage a few children were born, all of whom must have died at a young age. Jannigje died on 23 July 1768 as a widow, leaving no children behind.

The children of Michiel are mentioned on the page about generation VI. Michiel had grandchildren and greatgrandchildren as well, but nevertheless there are no adult male descendants after generation VIII. It is clear example of a branch that simply ends after several generations.

The picture shows the Domkerk, painted in 1830 by Jan Hendrik Verheijen. In the background you see the Buurkerk, although the spot where it is painted seems to be way too far to the south. In fact, it looks like he painted the Mariaplaats at the opposite side of the Dom Tower and replaced the Mariakerk by the Domkerk. It would mean that you are actually looking east, instead of west. In that case, the Buurkerk would be in its proper place. Maybe the painting is a tribute to Pieter Saenredam's painting on the page about generation III.

V-w90. Wilhelmus
Wilhelmus was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 23 January 1690. In the register his full name is Wilhelmus van Gornichem. The family lived in the Berkstraat (Birch Street). On 22 October 1721 Wilhelmus married Dorothea van Woensel in the Domkerk. Both mothers were witnesses. At that time Wilhelmus lived in the Slooresteegh and Dorothea in the Ballemakersstraat. They had at least two children, who are mentioned on the page about generation VI.

V-h92. Herman
Herman was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 25 September 1692.

V-dt95. David
David was baptized on 20 February 1695 in the Domkerk (Dom's church). When he was buried on 25 September 1769 he left behind a wife and grown-up children. His last address was Varkenmarkt. His wife was Francijn Nieuwenaar, who he married on 14 April 1727. At the time David lived in the Slooresteegh and Francijn lived in the Hoge Jacobijnenstraat. She was buried on 29 October 1788 as a widow. David and Francijn had five daughters, who are mentioned on the page about generation VI.

V-r97. Rutger
Rutger was a twin brother of Henricus, baptized on 9 July 1697 in the Buurkerk. The family lived in the Koestraat. It looks like this Rutger was buried on 13 November 1697.

V-h97. Henricus
Henricus was a twin brother of Rutger, baptized on 9 July 1697 in the Buurkerk (Citizen's Church), the oldest church in the centre of town. Henricus married Christina Berkmans on 13 December 1725 in the Jacobikerk. At the time Henricus lived in the Slooresteegh. Christina lived at the Varkenmarkt (Pig Market), which is around the corner of the Koestraat, close to the church. They had seven children. Christina died somewhere about 1740, as Henricus remarried on 20 December 1741. On that day he married Marie van Dumen (or Duesen) in the Domkerk. Both lived at the Vreeburg. They had two children. All children of Henricus are mentioned on the page about generation VI.

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