Generation VII - Rutger Branch

Prince Willem V (1782) The members of this generation would soon find themselves living in times of great turmoil. On 14 July 1789 the French revolution broke out, sending shockwaves through Europe. In 1795 the armies of Napoleon occupied the Netherlands, turning the country into a French province. In 1811 Napoleon even paid a visit of several days to Utrecht. It was the same year in which the decree was issued that everyone had to pick an official family name. As the spelling of names turned out to be very precise under the new administration, brothers would have the same family name, but suddenly spelled differently, like Van Gorkom and Van Gorkum. The French occupation ended in 1813 after the defeat of the French in Leipzig, followed by the liberation of the city of Utrecht by Russian cossacks. After the retreat of the French the Netherlands got its first real king, the former Prince of Orange Willem I.

To the right a cartoon, made in 1782, giving an idea of the political climate in those days. It shows Stadhouder Prins Willem V, the father of King Willem I. Although he was called Prince William of Orange he reigned like a king with absolute power. Many people regarded him to be an arrogant, drunk dumbhead. Underneath the drawing is written 24 Oct. 1782 and a note saying that it was published in London. The quotes say: "Your settlements in the East are taken by the English", Your seamen will not fight with the French", "Your fleet is now ready but dare not sail for the English" and "We have lost our trade". On the floor: "America can't pay her debts". The letters on the pockets say "em-ty".


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Grandchildren of Michiel van Gorkom and Maria Smith
Grandchildren of Abraham van Gorkom and Catrijn Godron
Grandchildren of David van Gorkom and Willemijn Tibing
Grandchildren of Johannes van Gorkom and Aartje van Makkum
The Van Sandwijk Family

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 Dirk van Gorkom and Geertruij Mine (generation VI-d18)
Dirk was son of Michiel van Gorkom and Maria Smith (V-m88) and grandson of Thomas Rutgerse van Gorkom and Dorothea van Daelen (IV-tr63).

VII-f43. Frans
Frans was baptized in the Jacobikerk (St. James's Church) on 14 April 1743. The address of the family was Ballemakersstraat (Ball Makers Street). Apparently he was named after the father of Geertruij Mine.

VII-d45. Dirk
On 24 August 1745 Dirk was baptized in the Dom Church. The address was Achterom op de Camp. The child was buried in the Buurkerk (Neighbourhood's Church) on 6 September 1745. The address of the family was the same, but now described as Op de Nieuwe Camp.

VII-m48. Maria
This child seems to be named after her grandmother Maria Smith. She was baptized on 27 March 1748 in the Domkerk (Dom Church). The family lived in the Schalkesteeg. On 21 August 1787 an aged daughter of Dirk was buried in the Jacobi Church, her address being In de Massegast. This can very well have been Maria. Her younger brother Dirk lived In de Massegast as well during those years. Maybe they even lived in the same house. Dirk's youngest daughter, born in 1791, was called Maria Cornelia, so maybe named after her aunt.

VII-l50. Leendert
Leendert was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 1 October 1750. He died, however, on 24 May 1751 and was buried in the Jacobikerk (St. James's Church). Again the address was Ballemakerstraat.

VII-d52. Dirk
A second son called Dirk was born. He was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 9 November 1752. He was probably born in the house that his father rented in 1751 at the address Buiten de Weertpoort, as found in the notarial records. Dirk married in the Catharijnekerk (St. Catharine's Church) Eva van Schoonhoven on 27 February 1776. It is not known how old she was and where she was born. Neither do we know her parents' names. Dirk's profession was more or less the same as his father's; he was tinnegieter (casting pewter). This couple had about nine children. Two of them survived and married as far as we know now. All those years the family lived In de Massegast and more specifically Op 't Steenweg. It could very well be the same house where his father moved to in about 1765 and where Dirk's younger sister Elisabeth was born.

Eva died and was buried in the Buurkerk on 22 October 1794, while the family still lived In de Massegast, which is close to this church. She left behind her husband and underaged children, the church record says. Dirk married as his second wife Gerridina van Welbergen or Welburg. She was born in Raalt, near the town of Deventer, in the province of Overijssel. Dirk and Gerridina had two children, who both died young. Massegast was still the address. Dirk himself died on 29 November 1814 at about eight o'clock in the evening, 62 years old. Gerridina or Gerardina died in Utrecht on 25 January 1827, about 63 years old. She was living in the 'Home for old men and women' then, located at the Jansburg (St. John's Bridge). The children of Dirk can be found on the page about generation VIII.

VII-j55. Jacobus
On the same address, outside the Weerd gate, Jacobus was born. He was baptized in the Domkerk (Dom Church) on 25 June 1755. He married in Utrecht Arnolda van Frankenhuijsser on 2 July 1782. She was born in about 1766 and daughter of Abraham Frankenhuijzer and Grietje de Bouter. Arnolda was clearly rather young when she married, about 17 years old. Six children were born. Two of them married. All children are mentioned on the page about generation VIII.

Jacobus died in Utrecht on 8 February 1814, 58 years old. On 5 January 1814, so one month before his death, he gave notice of the death of his 14 year old daughter. Probably this was not a coincidence, but the result of a disease like cholera. For most of the time, the family had lived in the Vissersteegje (Little Fisherman Alley). The same alley, or maybe the same house, where his younger sister Elisabeth used to live. Jacobus was boekbinder (bookbinder) for his profession. Arnolda died in Utrecht on 15 December 1819, about 53 years old. Her son-in-law Joseph Eijndhoven notified the authorities of her death.

VII-g58. Gerrit
Then a Gerrit was born. The address was again Buiten de Weert. He was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 22 February 1758. Gerrit was buried in the Buurkerk (Neighbourhood Church) on 18 December 1762. The address was Hamsteegje (Little Ham Alley), which is inside the city walls.

VII-l60. Leendert
Leendert was baptized in the Catharinakerk (St. Catharine's Church) on 9 December 1760. Apparently, between 1758 and 1760 the family had moved from outside the city walls to the Bergstraat in the northern part of the old city inside those walls. Leendert married Matje Commeseel (also known as Marretje) in Utrecht on 18 May 1805. She was born in Utrecht in about 1776 and daughter of Jan Commeseel and Gijsbertje van Steenwijk. Leendert died in Enkhuizen, a town north of Amsterdam in the province of Noord-Holland, on 17 August 1818, 56 years old, a death record says. In that case he would be born in about 1762, so that doesn't really fit our data. It is of course possible that in this family a third Leendert was born (in 1762). It is certain, however, that he is a son of Dirk and Geertruij, as he named his children after them. For his profession he was a lijfbediende, a kind of personal servant. Matje died in Utrecht on 9 April 1847 at the age of 71 years at the address Kroonspoorsteeg D 199. Leendert and Matje had two daughters. They are mentioned on the page about generation VIII.

VII-e66. Elisabeth
Finally another daughter was born. Elisabeth was the second daughter of Dirk and Geertruij after seven sons. She was baptized in the Geertekerk on 31 August 1766. The family address was Steenweg. 24 Years later, on 1 February 1791, Cornelis van Gorkum was baptized. This child was recognized by Cornelis Bos when he married Elisabeth in the Jacobi Church on 22 December 1792. He was the natural father of the child, we may assume. In about 1795 Elisabeth Bos was born. Subsequently, a strange situation occurs. Elisabeth got two children "from adultery", the church records say, both called Dirk van Gorkum. This means that Elisabeth was still married, but Cornelis was not the father. In fact, from then on there is no trace of Cornelis Bos. We have no clue whatsoever about what might have happened. A plausible theory is that Cornelis joined the army in 1795 to fight against Napoleon's troops and never came back.

The first Dirk was baptized in the Catharijnekerk on 10 October 1799, the second one on 26 March 1805. Both times Elisabeth lived in het Visserssteegje, the Little Fisherman Alley, the same address where her siblings Jacobus and Arnolda lived. On 7 August 1849 Elisabeth Bos, daughter of Elisabeth van Gorkom and Cornelis Bos, died in Utrecht at the age of 54 years and 3 month. She lived in the Groenesteeg (Green or Vegatables Alley) quarter C number 400 and was not married. Her profession had been dressmaker. Mother Elisabeth died on 21 October 1849, 83 years old, just two and half months after her daughter had died. She was widow of Cornelis Bos then and lived on the Jansbrug (John's Bridge), which was probably the address of the Home for old men and women.

Children of Isaac van Gorkom and Johanna Craal (generation VI-i01)
Isaac was son of Abraham van Gorkom and Catrijn Godron (V-a74) and grandson of Hendrik Abrahamse van Gorkom and Gerrichje Mierhout (IV-h48).

VII-a29. Abraham
Abraham was born in Rotterdam and baptized on 10 March 1729. His parents were married there and they lived at the address Trousteeg at the time of his birth. Abraham married twice. His first wife was Cornelia Magtelina van Raalt, whom he married in Utrecht in the Catharijnekerk on 5 May 1750. She was the daughter of Anthony van Raalt and Maria ter Horst. The marriage had to be announced in Amsterdam for some reason, although both Abraham and Cornelia Magtelina were living in Utrecht at the time of their marriage. Both her parents were already deceased in Utrecht. On 18 April 1751 a child Isaaq was baptized in the Catharijnekerk. The address was op de Oude Gracht bij de Gaardbrug (At the Old Canal near the Orchard Bridge). The child died, however, one month later on 20 May. On 1 May 1752 Abraham rented a house at the south side of the Korte Smeesteegh (Short Forger's Alley), next to a house called "de Lammerenbergh", for a period of six years. The yearly rent was 44 guilders. Cornelia Magtelina died and was buried on 22 January 1775, leaving behind no children as Abraham declared before the momboir chamber.

Abraham was 51 years old when he married again, this time to almost 30 years younger Elize van Werkhoven (Elsje) in the Catharijnekerk on 20 June 1780. She was the daughter of Willem van Werkhoven and Evertje Myon and had been baptized in the Domkerk on 4 February 1757. On 1 October 1776 Johanna Maria van Werkhoven had been baptized in the Catharijnekerk, the mother being Elsje van Werkhoven, living at the address Smeesteeg in 't Krom Elleboogpoortje. The store of Abraham's mother Johanna and stepfather Anthony was situated at the same location and maybe it was the same address. In a church meeting taking place after the second wedding, Abraham declared to be the father of this child. Subsequently the name of the child became Johanna Maria van Gorkom. After that, another five children were born. In 1782 the address was described as "Lange Nieuwstraat next to the Korte Smeesteeg", but at the birth of the other children just the address Lange Nieuwstraat was mentioned. Please find more about the children of Abraham and Elsje on the page about generation VIII. Abraham died on 4 February 1795 and was buried on 9 February 1795 in or near the Nicolaikerk, leaving behind his wife and minor children. On 19 May of the same year his widow declared before the momboir chamber that her son-in-law Jan Luca accepted the guardianship over her minor children Antonia, Willemijntje, Aletta, Isaac and Geertruida.

Elize remarried Evert Hagen, widow of Johanna Elisabeth de Weijer. Willemijntje, daughter of Abraham and Elize, married the son of Evert, called Johannes Albertus Hagen, in 1803. So her stepfather became also her father-in-law and vice versa for Johannes Albertus. Elize died in Utrecht on 28 December 1818, being 64 years old and born in Utrecht, her death record states, although this was not her correct age. She was already the widow of her second husband too, who had died just one week before on 21 December. It was her son-in-law Pieter Schernigt who notified the authorities of her death.

VII-h31. Herrikje
Herrikje was baptized in the Domkerk (Dom Church) on 14 February 1731, the address of the parents being Korte Smeesteeg. On 18 September 1732 the child died and was buried in the Catharijne Church.

VII-c33. Cristiana
On 1 February 1733 Cristiana was baptized in the Domkerk as well, just like her sister had been. As mentioned elsewhere, all children of Isaak and Johanna were born at the same address.

VII-e34. Elsje
Elsje was baptized in the Catharinakerk on 15 August 1734.

VII-j35. Jan
Jan was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 8 September 1735. It is notable that the christening of children took place in different churches, although the address of the parents stayed the same, something we also see in other branches of the family.

VII-j37. Jan
Another Jan was baptized, this one in the Domkerk on 15 November 1737. It probably means that the first Jan died and a following child of same gender was given the same name. However, no death record of a Jan was found in the church records between 1735 and 1737.

VII-p41. Pieter
Pieter might have been named after his uncle, the brother of his father. He was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 19 January 1741. There is a death record of a child buried on 4 January 1742 in the Catharijnekerk. It could be a stillborn child, but it could also be this Pieter.

VII-a42. Aletta
Aletta was baptized on 9 December 1742 in the Catharijnekerk (St Catharine's Church). She married Jacobus Bor, son of Gijsbertus Bor, on 4 December 1769. It was a Roman-Catholic marriage which took place in the parish Dorstige Hartsteeg (Thirsty Heart Alley). The couple is mentioned in several notarial deeds. When he married, Jacobus lived at the house of his uncle Gerrit de Goyer, manufacturer of stoffen goederen (cotton or woolen goods) in Utrecht. Gerrit made Jacobus his only heir by notarial deed of 30 October 1765. Jacobus died in 1786. He and Aletta were living at the address Zuylenstraat then. Aletta appointed her brother Jan as heir and executor of her will. She died in Utrecht on 23 May 1803 and was buried in the Nicolaikerk (St Nicholas Church). She left behind an adult brother and sister, according to the church record. This must be a reference to her sister-in-law, as Aletta had no biological sister. In 1803 Aletta was living at the address Lange Nieuwstraat, the address of the store of her parents. Probably she had moved to this address shortly after the death of her husband.

VII-p45. Pieter
A second Pieter was baptized in the Catharinakerk on 18 July 1745. This Pieter married Hendrika de Vlugh. The banns were done in IJsselstein on 26 April 1767. It was a Roman-Catholic marriage as well and was celebrated on 2 may 1767 in the parish Onder de Linden. On 3 March 1770 their son Anthonius Joannes was baptized. On 19 May, however, he died and was buried in the Nicolaikerk. His parents lived at the address "Lange Nieuwstraat near the Smeesteeg" then. A daughter, called Anthonia Johanna, died on 15 August 1773 and was buried in the same church. This time the home address was "near the Smeebrug", a bridge across the Old Canal.

The marriage was not a success. In October 1775 they divorced. On 22 August 1775 Pieter did not agree with the conditions as laid down in the will of his uncle Pieter. Instead he settled for a bequest of 750 guilders. Some time later he enlisted with the VOC (Dutch East India Company) as a soldier. His ship, called Trompenburg, owned by the VOC Chamber of Amsterdam, left from the island of Texel on 23 August 1780 for a journey to the Dutch East Indies. He made a stop-over in South Africa which lasted 2 years and continued his trip as a blacksmith on the ship Ganges, which sailed for Ceylon on 10 February 1783. Pieter must have continued his journey to the East Indies later on and was repatriated in 1786. After his return from the Dutch Indies in 1787, he received a bequest of 1000 guilders from his cousin Cornelis Schouten who had died in 1784. Although Pieter was still mentioned in notarial deeds of 1797, he does not appear any more in a deed of 1798, so maybe he had died by then. It is unknown when and where exactly he died.

On 29 October 1745 a nameless child of Pieter's parents was buried in or near the Catharijnekerk. Clearly it can not have been the Pieter who is described in this section. So it looks like it was an older child of Isaak and Johanna. Apparently it were not only stillborn children or very young children who were buried nameless.

VII-j49. Jan
A third Jan, also known as Joannes, was baptized on 23 February 1749. The family lived at the address Korte Smeesteeg. Jan was just two years old when his biological father Isaac died and therefore he was raised by his stepfather and mother. He married Maria Vereem on 5 February 1774 in the Roman-Catholic parish Dorstige Hartsteeg. She was the daughter of Jan Vereem, master cook and pastry baker, and Maria Elisabeth Otte. With certainty we know four children were born, but we expect that there were more. Two children are mentioned in a notarial deed of 10 May 1786 in which their grandfathers Jan Vereem and Anthony Rietveld were named as guardians over Johanna Maria, 11 years old, and Maria Anna Francisca, 8 years old, after the death of their mother. In about 1800 Johanna Maria bought from her aunt, the above-mentioned Aletta, a kamer en hofje (room with courtyard) in the Keukenstraat (Kitchen Street). Mother Maria Vereem died and was buried in the Buurkerk (Neighbourhood's Church) on 12 February 1782.

On 27 May 1786 Jan married for a second time in the parish Buiten Wittevrouwe (Outside White Ladies). His new wife was Alijda Maria Kreilkamp, born in Utrecht in about December 1760 and daughter of Johannes Kreilkamp and Gerharda Stevens. Out of this marriage seven children were born. The family lived in the Zadelstraat (Saddle Street) where the children were born and in 1794 or 1795 they moved to Lange Nieuwstraat. In 1795 Johannes van Gorkom declared before the momboir chamber that Anthony Rietveld, who had lived in the Lange Nieuwstraat, had left behind no minor children or minor heirs. Jan bought the house in 1795 for 1450 guilders after the death of his stepfather in January 1795 and continued the business in second hand goods as uitdrager. It is likely that his family moved to this address around that time. Also Aletta, Jan's sister and widow of Jacobus Bor, seemed to live at this address. It is not know what Jan's profession was before he took over the store, but he probably was in business too. He settled the will of his uncle Pieter in 1774, was executor of the will of his wealthy cousin Cornelis Schouten in 1785 and was involved in dividing the inheritance of his parents. The census records of 1813 and 1824 confirm the family's address and profession as uitdrager.

Jan died on 24 January 1815, 66 years old. The names of his parents were not mentioned in his death record, but his occupation uitdrager and his home address Lange Nieuwstraat were. Alijda Maria Kreilkamp died in Utrecht on 25 June 1842. Her age was 81 years and 6 months. Her profession was uitdraagster (female merchant in secondhand goods). Most likely she was still living in the Lange Nieuwstraat at the time of her death. Certain is that she was living there according to the census record of 1840. Later on the store was owned by the descendants of Jan and Alijda and was developed into an antique shop. In 1915 the shop still existed, but it did not survive the 20th century. All children of Jan and Alijda are mentioned on the page about generation VIII.

Children of Willem van Gorkom and Anna Maria van der Wal (generation VI-w27)
Willem was son of David van Gorkom and Willemijn Tibing (V-dh95) and grandson of Hendrik Abrahamse van Gorkom and Gerrichje Mierhout (IV-h48). According to the records Anna (or maybe Annemarie) was a Lutheran.

VII-w56. Willemina
Just as it was the case for his father Isaak (generation VI), the first child of Willem was a girl. Willemina was baptized in the Domkerk on 28 January 1756. The family lived in the Catharijnestraat, the same street where Willem's father used to live. Willemina married to Jan Korvesee in the Catharinakerk on 12 November 1776. She was just twenty years old then. They had at least five children. According to genealogical tradition they shouldn't be mentioned on this site. At the other hand, on a website space is practically unlimited, taking away the main objection against going astray. Therefore, the first child to be mentioned was Anna Maria Korvese, most likely born in 1786. She married at the age of 29 to Gerrit van den Berg, 22 years old, on 3 January 1816. He is from Westbroek, a village north of Utrecht. A second daughter is Anthonia Korvese, born in 1792 or maybe 1791. At the age of 25 she married Jacobus Ket, 27 years, on 4 December 1816. Anthonia's name is spelled as Korveseel in the marriage record. The next child was a boy, born in 1794 or maybe 1793, named Willem Korvese. At the age of 26 he married Gerrigje van Ginkel, 40 years old, on 15 November 1820. She was from Arnhem. The next child was Jannetje Korvese, born in 1796 or 1797. She married Gerrit van Kuyk, 28 years, on 23 June 1819. He was from Vleuten, a village west of Utrecht. The fifth child was Rebekka Korvese, born in 1798 or 1799. At the age of 23 she married Cornelis Andries Nicolaas, aged 27, on 27 November 1822. Just for the record it should be mentioned that everything happened in Utrecht, unless stated otherwise. There might well have been more children, as only the marriage registers at Genlias were checked.

VII-n61. Nicolaas Hendrik
It seems that more than five years passed before a second child was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 2 August 1761. Interesting to note that this is the first boy with a middle name.

VII-n65. Neeltje
Another three and half years later Neeltje was born in the Hamsteeg, one of the rare alleys that is still called alley today, Ham Alley in this case. She was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 17 February 1765. She died after six weeks on 31 March 1765.

VII-n66. Neeltje
A second Neeltje was born in the same alley just one year later. She was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 29 May 1766. This child died on 10 June 1766.

VII-n67. Neeltje
A third Neelje followed, also born in the Hamsteeg. She was baptized in the Jacobikerk too, on 15 November 1767. Willemina, the first child, is nearly twelve by now and her younger brother Nicolaas is already seven. Neeltje was lucky to stay alive, marrying in the Jacobikerk on 5 May 1791 to Hendrik Hester.

VII-c68. Catharina
There is no christening record. All is know that Christina was burried at the Jacobikerk, for free, on 28 March 1770.

VII-a70. Anna Maria
Anna Maria, named after her mother, was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 25 February 1770. She must have died within three years as there was going to be a second Anna Maria. The family still lived in the Hamsteeg.

VII-d71. David
David, named after his grandfather David I (generation V-d95) presumably, was baptized in the Domkerk on 21 January 1771. The family was living in the Catharinastraat again. David died after ten months on 6 December 1771.

VII-a73. Anna Maria
A second Anna Maria was born, this time in the Catharinastraat. She was baptized in the Domkerk on 13 January 1773.

VII-d76. David
A second David was born as well in the Catharinastraat. He was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 23 June 1776, twelve days before the American Declaration of Independance. His elder sister Willemina was already twenty years old by then.

VII-p81. Pieter
Pieter seems to be the last child, although there is no christening record. He was burried however, for free, on 19 February 1781 at the Jacobikerk. This means that six out of eleven children died at young age.

Former Catharinastraat

The Willemstraat, formerly known as Catharinastraat or Catharijnestraat. In the background you can see the Vredenburg theatre. This area of the city is known as Wijk C, or C-quarter. The Catharinastraat was renamed in 1863, after the population of Wijk C presented a petition to the city council, asking for new street names. In the nineteenth century Wijk C was famous for its support to King Willem III, after whom the Willemstraat is named, a quite convenient name too, as there have been quite a number of princes and kings called Willem. Two other streets in Wijk C were renamed as well. The Zandstraat was renamed Oranjestraat and the street In 't Zand got the name Koningstraat. "Koning" means king and "Oranje" means Orange, which is the family name of the royal family. (Photo courtesy of Mark Wagenbuur)

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).

VII-d49. Doortje
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.

VII-w55. Willemina
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.

VII-d58. David
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.

VII-p61. Pieternella
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.

VII-n63. N.N.
On 6 July 1763 a little boy died who had not been baptized yet. It means that two children in a row died.

VII-p68. Pieternella
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.

VII-axy. Abraham
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.

VII-a71. Albertus
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.

VII-j73. Jan
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.

VII-i75. Isaak
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.
Springhavertheater at Springweg
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.

Children of Jacobus van Gorkom and Anna Maria Haak (generation VI-j33)
Jacobus was son of David van Gorkom and Willemijn Tibing (V-dh95) and grandson of Hendrik Abrahamse van Gorkom and Gerrichje Mierhout (IV-h48).

VII-d56. David
David was baptized in the Dom Church on 18 August 1756. His father and mother were living in the Coestraat (Cow Street) at the time. David married Johanna Vermeer, also known as Antje Vermeer. David died in Utrecht on 20 July 1834; Antje died in Utrecht on 12 June 1835. They had several children, who are mentioned on the page about generation VIII. David's profession was koperslager (coppersmith).

VII-c59. Catharina
Catharina was baptized in the Jacobikerk (Jacobi Church) on 5 August 1759. The family lived in the Catharijnestraat (Catharine's Street) then. This street is named Willemstraat nowadays. Catharina died when she was nearly two and a half years old on 25 January 1762.

VII-j61. Jan
Jan was baptized on 20 December 1761. His parents still lived in the Catharijnestraat. Later on Jan married Anna van der Sloot in the Catharine Church in Utrecht on 21 July 1789. On 5 May 1790 a child Jacobus was baptized in the Dom Church. Jan and his wife lived in the Kreupelstraat at the time. Jacobus died on 21 June 1794 in the Keukenstraat. His death was caused by a children's disease. With the address Kreupelstraat (Cripple Street) and Keukenstraat (Kitchen Street) the same address was meant, apparently. We still have to find out why this street had two names. A second child, son Willem, was baptized in the Dom Church on 16 February 1794. On 15 October 1797 a son called Leendert was baptized in the Dom Church as well. This son died, however, on 18 January 1808, so 10 years and a few months old. He was buried in the churchyard of the Nicolai Church. Another son was born and he was baptized in the Dom Church on 26 July 1801. In honour of his grandfather and also his deceased brother, he was named Jacobus again. Unfortunately on 1 December 1803 he too died in the Kreupelstraat, the address of this family for years already, and was buried by order of the aalmoesenierkamer (Chaplain's Chamber).
Jan died in Utrecht on 25 September 1813, only 48 years old. His profession had been mandenmaker (basket maker). His death record does not mention his parents' names, but his two brothers Arie, zakkendrager ( bag carrier), 48 years old and Willem, 46 years old, were the ones who notified the authorities. And these two brothers were both sons of Jacobus van Gorkom and Maria Haak. When he died Jan left only one grown up son who had married just one month earlier. This only child Willem is in fact generation VIII. Willem married in Utrecht on 18 August 1813 Catharina Elsing. She was born in Utrecht on 10 October 1790 and a daughter of Hendrik Elsing and Marianne van Dijk. Catharina Elsing died in Utrecht on 28 March 1851. The children of Willem and Catharina Elsing are mentioned on the page about generation IX.

VII-a64. Ary
Ary was baptized in the Jacobikerk on 30 September 1764. He married in Utrecht in the Catharijnekerk (Catharine's Church) on 7 September 1784 Neeltje Keijzer. With Ary Neeltje had seven children.
Probably Neeltje died, as Ary remarried on 15 December 1813 Pieternella Vermeulen (Pietje), born in Utrecht about 1774 as a daughter of Willem Vermeulen and Anna Margrita van der Rijst. Ary and Pietje had at least one child. It was this Ary, bag carrier, who gave notice to the authorities of the death of his brother Jan in the year 1813, together with his other brother Willem. The children of Ary are mentioned on the page about generation VIII.

VII-w66. Willem
Willem was baptized in the Jacobikerk (Jacobi Church) on 11 December 1766. Godparent was Pieternella Haak, his grandmother. He married Johanna or Hanna Oremus in Utrecht in the Janskerk on 13 April 1789. She was born about 1769 and a Roman Catholic. Willem died on 22 September 1827, 60 years old. His death certificate mentions the names of his parents. The profession of Willem had been workman. His children are mentioned on the page about generation VIII.

VII-j67. Johanna
We found no christening record of Johanna, but she died on 27 September 1767 and lived in the Catharijnestraat. She was buried in the Jacobikerk (Jacobi Church).

VII-c71. Cornelia
Cornelia was baptized in the Domkerk (Dom Church) on 20 February 1771. The family had moved to the Slooresteeg in the mean time.

Children of Gerrit van Gorkom and Cornelia van der Tol (generation VI-g35)
Gerrit was son of David van Gorkom and Willemijn Tibing (V-dh95) and grandson of Hendrik Abrahamse van Gorkom and Gerrichje Mierhout (IV-h48).

Much information concerning the descendants of Gerrit van Gorkom and Cornelia van der Tol has been provided by Han van Bemmel (generation XII), a descendant of Gerrit and Cornelia himself. About 1900, his granduncle started to investigate and describe this tree. Be aware that most information has not been verified by us by means of official records until now! Which is the main rule on this site.

VII-d66. David
David was born in the Pauwsteeg (Peacock alley), nowadays know as Pauwstraat. It is quite close to Koestraat, Varkenmarkt and other places in the north of Utrecht that were so familiar to the family. He was baptized in the Domkerk on 10 December 1766 and married Willemina Gerrits in the Catharinakerk on 7 November 1786. Interesting to note is that all three brothers of generation VI (David's uncle Isaak, uncle Willem and his father Gerrit) had a son David: the first born in 1758, the second in 1766 and the third in 1776, all named after their grandfather David (generation V-d95). The David who was son of Gerrit, had at least five children, who are mentioned on the page about generation VIII.

David's profession was school teacher. He moved to the east of the country at some stage. According to his death record he lived in Lonneker, a village at the outskirts of the town of Enschede, which is close to the German border. He died in Lonneker on 28 May 1833 at 8 o'clock in the morning at the age of 66. His wife Willemina Gerrits was still alive then, and according to the death record she lived in Zutphen, where her son Gerrit lived and who was also a schoolteacher.

VII-j68. Johannes
Johannes was born in the Pauwsteeg as well and baptized in the Jacobikerk on 28 August 1768. Johannes married Adriaantje de Ruijter, probably in Bennekom. The official announcement of the intended marriage was made in Utrecht on 26 October 1800. The profession of the future groom was predikant, meaning vicar. Together they had only one child, a daughter called Cornelia Maria Elisabeth, born in Bennekom on 30 September 1801. She married Peter van Grootheest, farmer, son of Geurt van Grootheest and Jacobje Cornelissen, on 5 May 1835 in Ede, Gelderland. She died, however, on 19 September 1842, childless.

Mother Adriaantje made her will in Amersfoort on 29 June 1844 and a renewed one on 4 December 1844 in which she bequeathed her properties for one fourth to her nephew Gerrit van Gorkom, teacher in Zutphen, one fourth to her niece Cornelia Gerarda van Gorkom (sister of Gerrit), name of her husband being unknown, and one fourth to her nephew Harmen Rijk Jansen de Ruyter. The will contains a handwritten attachment.

Children of Jelis van Gorkom and Petronella Mouton (generation VI-j25)
Jelis was son of Johannes van Gorkom and Aartje van Makkum (V-j98) and grandson of Thomas Abrahamse van Gorkom and Sophia van Seventer (IV-ta63).

VII-j50. Johannes
Johannes, or Jan, van Gorkom was baptized in the Domkerk on 18 January 1750. The family's address was Wijden Doelen. Jan married in Utrecht in the Catharijnekerk (St. Catharine's Church) on 2 December 1777 Antonetta Schreur or Schrör, originally a German name. She was baptized in Utrecht in the Domkerk on 4 February 1753, as daughter of Johannes Schrör and Anette van der Kaaij (Grietje).

In the church record the remark Geboden te Breda was written, meaning that also in the town of Breda this marriage had to be announced. The proclamation was done in the Hervormde Grote Kerk (Reformed Big Church) of Breda; the banns were published on 9 November 1777. It is not clear why this was necessary. Both Jan and Antonetta were born in Utrecht. An explanation could be that Jan stayed in Breda for his profession, most likely as a soldier. On 2 November 1777, so one month before his marriage, Jan recognized his son Jan, baptized in Utrecht in 1772 on 28 April and until then carrying his mother's family name. This means that when Jan married, his child was already over five years old. It is therefore not clear whether Jan is the biological father of the child, but probably he was. Soldiers often married their wives many years after the birth of their children. In fact, the same situation occurred one generation before. Jan himself was nearly seven years old when his parents Jelis and Petronella married.

The family used to live in the Molensteeg (Mill Alley) where two other children were born, but at a later stage moved to an address "outside the city gates". Antonetta died in Utrecht on 25 October 1819, 66 years old. Just a few months later Jan died on 22 January 1820, 70 years old, at the address Buiten de Wittevrouwenpoort, I no 70 (Outside the White Lady's Gate). His children are discussed on the page about generation VIII.

It should be mentioned that there is no hard evidence, proving that this Jan who married Antonetta Schreur, was the same Jan, who was son of Jelis and Petronella, but we believe he was. A person called Jan died on 22 January 1820, at the age of 70, who was born in Utrecht, widower of Antonetta Schreur, the names of his parents unknown, according to this death record. In those days the names of parents were rarely mentioned in death records, as it was not the habit yet. Several decades later it would become common. So, a Jan born in Utrecht between 23 January 1749 and 22 January 1750 would be a welcome candidate, which this Jan is. Apart from that, this Johannes named one of his children Pieter, after Petronella, his mother, and another child Jan Hendrik, after his brother. Therefore it makes sense to place Jan in this branch.

VII-jj55. Jannetje
Jannetje or Johanna was baptized in the Catharijnekerk on 5 March 1755. She stayed single and died in Utrecht on 30 March 1828, 73 years old. She was a turfvulster ("peat stuffer"). Her brother Isaac and her brother-in-law Jacobus van der Pijl gave notice of her death.

VII-a58. Aartje
Aartje was clearly named after her grandmother, her father's mother. She was baptized in the Geertekerk (St. Gertrude's Church) on 19 November 1758. She was buried "by order of the court" in the St. Nicolai churchyard on 4 January 1759, one and a half month old.

VII-i60. Isaak
Isaak was baptized in the Geertekerk on 17 August 1760. He married in the Catharijnekerk on 16 September 1783 Geertruij de Klerk. She was baptized in the Domkerk on 30 March 1760 and daughter of Karolus de Klerk and Sielia van Maanen. Karolus and Sielia lived in the Hardebollenstraat at the time. Isaak and Geertruij lived their whole life in the Hamsteegje bij de Varkensmarkt. All of their eleven children were born there. These children of Isaak and Geertruij are mentioned on the page about generation VIII. Isaak died in Utrecht on 17 November 1832, 77 years old. Geertruij, his wife, was 92 years old when she died in Utrecht on 6 October 1852. Isaak was a bag carrier for his profession.

VII-j63. Jan Hendrik
Jan Hendrik was baptized on 23 May 1763. He was the last child that was born at the address Wijde Doelen. On 3 June 1786 a Johan Hendrik van Gorkum from Utrecht with the occupation of soldier did not show up at the departure of the VOC ship de Rozenburg, which was going to head for the Dutch Indies (source: Nationaal Archief). It is not unlikely that this refers to the same person. It also looks like his brother Johannes named a son after him.

VII-a66. Alexander
Alexander was born in the Teelingsteeg and was baptized in the Geertekerk on 9 February 1766. Apparently, the family had moved from the Wijde Doelen to the Teelingsteeg between 1763 and 1766.

VII-l68. Lena
Lena van Gurkum was baptized on 30 October 1768. The address was again Teelingsteeg. This same Helena van Gorcom married Jacobus van der Pijl, also born in about 1768, as son of Pieter van der Pijl, in the Catharijnekerk on 16 August 1796. Some six children were born. First child was Pieter van der Pijl, then they had a son called Jelis van der Pijl, so named after his grandfather, followed by Jansje van der Pijl, Jan Adolf van der Pijl, Jacobus van der Pijl and a nameless stillborn child.

Jacobus van der Pijl and Jan de Klerk notified the authorities of the death of Lena's brother Isaak, husband of Geertrui de Klerk, on 19 November 1832. Also he gave notice of the death of Lena's sister Johanna in 1828. Jacobus was a bag carrier. Helena died on 17 January 1843, then living in the Schalkwijksteeg A 1074, as widow of Jacobus van der Pijl and 80 years old, the record says. That age is not correct as she was 74 at the time. The groefbidder, the undertaker who notified the authorities of her death, probably estimated her age. Jacobus had died on 15 September 1840, 72 years old.

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