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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).
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.
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.
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.
Elsje was baptized in the Catharinakerk on 15 August 1734.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.