Hendrik Pieters EVENBLIJ Loosdrecht ø 1681
End of 2010. I think I got the mainline of my EVENBLIJ descent covered now. Had I started the search when my parents were still alive, it would have saved me a lot of time; they knew so many family facts. My father used to tell glorious stories of the past; that’s why I recognized a lot of names in my search. My mother had collected a lot of family papers, like birth-, marriage- and death certificates and some other things; they all served me well in my search. In her spirit, I consciously keep those papers too. She also had this photo album from her family members as well as my dad’s. She didn’t always put the names or the places with the photos, but she had a straight method, as I discovered. I remembered some names, events or places from my young years. I revised the album and added all I know. There are still remaining questions of course …
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How I started the family tree.
visit of my brothers from
Anyone joining the reunion could add other data.
There were very little positive reactions: the invitation came in too short notice and besides, people were out on summer holidays. That reunion never occurred. A 1st cousin once removed however handed me a paper, with a start of a family tree, which he had found in family belongings. On that paper data from members from the Zaan-region.
memories didn’t go any further back than till
which I have been visiting in the summer from 1945, 5 years
old. I do not remember the persons I met, nor the trip we
made, although that voyage must have been quite impressive
for me. I do remember however the garden of the family being
on the border of a river, the Zaan.
later I decided to try to find back more persons of the family. I went for
research at the “National Archives for Genealogy” in
I decided to go there in the summer of 1999. The weather was grey when I drove my car on the dike between the two lakes, entering (Oud-) Loosdrecht from the Westside. There was hardly any traffic, I drove calmly, sitting back at ease, listening to music. I decided to stop on the side of the road, to take a moment of reflection on the area where my ancestors lived around 1700. I walked some down the dike. I imagined my ancestors: walking on a bumpy and rough road, dressed very differently, with shoes far less comfortable. They must have been thinking of quite different things (or, maybe, not). I glanced once more at both sides over the water and then continued my way: heading for information!
At the small church I came across a person who told
me that the church was in renovation and therefore the whole administration
had been moved to the Archives for the region, Gooi- en Vechtstreek, in
knew that I had to come back for more research. And I realised that a course
meantime I had been looking for Evenblij’s in the national phonebook (by that
time on cd-rom!) in parts of the
communication by letter, I went to pay him and his wife Greetje a visit in
During my visit a photo was handed to me, on which: my grandfather and three of his brothers, with their wives; a stately and solemn portrait taken by a professional photographer (about 1900). I also got copies of some pages of a resume, made out of letters between family members around 1897; mostly pages where my grandfather was mentioned. The resume gives an idea what the family’s life was like at that time.
Personal circumstances made me stop my research end of 1999. Picking it up again in 2008, I found that a lot of information was then to be found at Internet. I started the Palaeography
course (reading old script), went back to Loosdrecht visiting the Historische Kring (centre for
local history), contacted other relatives and learned that Greet and her husband had died in 2002. I would so much have liked to let them know that I had come as far as 1654 in Loosdrecht !
I have followed the method of the 7 pages at first to fill in my new found data. It got me as far as 16 pages. Now I have been putting all files in a digital family tree program, so I can achieve my goal:
Getting all the data assembled and open for relatives that may be interested and to keep the family history for our descendants.
Netherlands, HelenA.Evenblij, daughter of Piet Evenblij and Bertha Witteveen.
in English: with assistance of my cousin
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Notes for Hendrik Pieters EVENBLIJ te Loosdrecht
I suppose that Hendrik Pieters E. (ca.1681) and Zoetje Pietersen E. (1686) (x A.H.Moen)
were siblings. [Zoetjen, Soetje]
1/ Zoetje was a daughter from a Pieter Hendriksz. E. (1654) and he could very well have
been the father of Hendrik Pieters E. from 1681 too (with the turned around Christian
2/ Zoetje Pietersen E. was witness for the christening of Heiltje Pieters E. (1741), daughter
of Pieter Hendriks E.(1711) and his first wife Fijtje Pos (1707), so Zoetje may have been
3/ Hendrik E. (1681) had a daughter Dirkje E. (1715), may be named after Hendrik’s (and
Zoetje’s!) mother Dirkje Gijberts (1660).
> In that case Hendrik Pieters E. would be a son of Pieter Hendriksz.Evenblij (1654) x Dirkje
Gijberts (1660) and that would make
Pieter Hendriksz. Evenblij (1654) our eldest ancestor so far.
I found another Hendrik Evenblij from about 1624/1630 in Loosdrecht; might he be the father of Pieter Hendriksz. (from 1654) ?
Our family branch comes from the 2nd marriage of Pieter Hendriks Evenblij (1711) with Geertje Jans Leeflang.
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. My own memories
. Documents gathered by my mother: certificates of
birth, death and marriages
. An old handwritten unfinished family tree
. Pages of O.van Doeland and parts of his archive about
the Evenblij family
. National Genealogical Archives [CBG] /
. Book about Jan van Zaanen [CBG]
. Regional Archives /
. Loosdrecht: Centre for Local history:
(church)archives about baptisms, burials, marriages
and several of their interesting publications.
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Things I found
Until now I have been able to go back to about 1650; may be 1630. In a document about the cashing of local rates, I found a list of names from those who were living in Loosdrecht till 1608. I saw 14 names, but no Evenblij. The first noted Evenblij is from 1630. I have not found where the Evenblij’s came from, before arriving in Loosdrecht. Names were not always used consequently or logically.
I found (in Loosdrecht):
- in 1654 a Pieter Meertsen Evenblij, who appeared to be Pieter Hendriksz Evenblij. Had the
man changed his name? Had there been a Meerts Evenblij?(Meertsen meaning:“son of
Meerts”)? Had there been a mistake in the writing, by error or by ignorance? Or was the
name wrongly understood?
- a Sijmen Henderiksz Meertsz (married to Ietie Cornelis Timmer): 5 children with the last
names (Hendriksz) Evenblij. Sijmen, Jannitje, Jannitje, Sijmen, Marritje, from which one
Sijmen Hendriksz Evenblij probably baptised on 07.05.1684.
- a son from Willem Gijsbertsz Backer (married to Jannitje Dircks), presenting himself as
Gijsbert Willemse Evenblij (1704). Also the two next children, Dirk (1706) and Wilmpje
(1709): named Evenblij. Not so: the two children born before Gijsbert Willemse.
- twice the name Eevenblij with Ee (about 1782); no indication about being of our family.
(- 21 May 1568: galley-punishment for a C.Peeters, alias Evenblij. From the south region of
Oud-Loosdrecht was formerly called Oûkerck or Oud-Over. Nieuw-Loosdrecht was first Ter Sype, later Nieuwkerk. There were several ways Loosdrecht was written: Loesdregt, Loosdregt, Loosdrecht. Oud = Old ; Nieuw = New
[Oud-Loosdrecht was mentioned for the first time at the end of the 13th century. The inhabitants went to church in Loenen (across the lake). In 1332 Oud-Loosdrecht got it’s own parish with a chapel in de Zijpe (Sijpe/Sype), which is Nieuw-Loosdrecht nowadays. In 1400 de Zijpe became an independent community. From that time on one spoke of: Oude kerk (Oûkerck,Ouderkerck) and of: de Nieukerk. Later: de Oude-Loosdrecht and de Nieuwe Loosdrecht; however both are equally old] [Wikipedia]
(kerck=) kerk = church
Evenblij’s were very religious and churchy, reason that so many data were
recorded ! (in church). First Calvinistic, later Calvinistic, Reformed or
churchmembers of the Vergadering Der
Gelovigen, celebrating the Lord’s
Supper with the baptism on older age based
on (a personal) confession of faith. Around 1900 there was a rupture; some
members of the branch in
many Evenblij’s in the south of the
From 1650 till about 1800 the Loosdrecht Evenblij’s were stayers, in Oud-Loosdrecht as well as Nieuw-Loosdrecht.
Hendrik (born 1766) went to live in
daughter Hillegonda (born 1863) left for
More of our Evenblij’s went overseas:
(born 1899 in
Frits who was born there, finally settled in
Pieter, born 1875: three of the four grandsons emigrated after the second
worldwar: Simon and
have been living in
Because of settling down in English speaking countries some Evenblij’s changed their name in Evenbly !
That reminds me of mentioning that in some countries, like in USA, dates are written differently from Europe, with the month first and then the day; 10/04 would not be the 10th of April, which is the European way, but the 4th of October. Sometimes it brings funny surprises.
is a descendant of the Loosdrecht
family that settled in
My mother’s descent makes the mix complete:
(Witteveen) comes from the north of the
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Loosdrecht van Sanen
| van Zaanen Witteveen Schlösser
| Leiden Twello Kerkrade
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Evenblij van Zaanen Witteveen Schlösser
Evenblij Voorburg Witteveen
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- 1700-1710 is known as the “the small-ice-age”: with very long and cold winters (minus
22°C) (unusual for our climate!)
- Sometimes poor people didn’t register a deadborn or a baby that only lived shortly. One
had to pay the church for the (birth)registration in the 18th century. (and probably again
for the burial).
- One may find (also in Loosdrecht) dates of baptizing older than dates of birth. Apparently
errors, because the registration was not always done instantly, but sometimes weeks later.
- Children born from unmarried women were registered: “ in onegt geteeld”, meaning:
“illegitimate breed” in old Dutch.
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(Precious) Personal Memories
was an energetic and many-sided person, skilful and creative in every way. I have
admired her for everything she did. Memorable is her presence on the
(Primary) school in
was a hero, a real one! He prevented the
blowing up of a bridge on the highway to/from
My father was very skilful too; no (electrical)problem was to big for him. He would have loved nowadays developments and inventions! He liked using expressions or parts of poems and even strophes of children’s books to make something clear in a simple way. [Don’t teach a monkey how to climb] My father was a hero and a modest, but very wise man.
I am very grateful for what my parents learned me and showed me: the examples of their many-sidedness and perseverance, the way to use hands and brain, the meaning of language. My father was a true “none-believer” and my mother (born catholic) had her doubts in faith. They still chose to teach me the basics of religion, so that I myself could establish my opinion later on. I got piano lessons and went to the theatre with them. We had a record player, long before any one else did; there was room for a great variety of music: from Beethoven to dance music and Dixieland.
old German popular songs, yes, rather popular in
stimulated me in “learning” in a way that I came to like school. I had a
wonderful time in College and after that they made it possible for me to go
to the (technical) University in
Of course there have been ups and also downs!, but my memories are predominantly positive.
I am glad
to have developed the right feelings for music, language and languages (!),
dance, theatre (I played in quite some pieces myself, while studying in
the way my father would have done it. Or: doing this or that I suddenly get the idea of being
just like my mother. I would like to be able to let them know that I love them, but since they
are gone, I can only write it down.
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At my grandma’s place, in the kitchen, was a picture
on the wall, an illustration that I have never forgotten. In a shop the
poulterer and an old lady are standing at the balance; the weighing of the
bird takes places and what happens? – the poulterer pushes the scale down
with his finger and on the other side the little lady pushes the scale up … I
wondered what happened to that picture; it did not end up at our place. I
found a specimen on the Internet in 2004 when I posed a search question for
balances. A guy, collector of balances, recognised the description. He
pointed me to “The butcher” from
Leslie Thrasher, a satirical poster from The Saturday Evening Post of 1936 –
on the article about cheating and being cheated. (The double ride by
How this image got to my grandmothers and why she had it on the wall (even framed, I believe) … I wouldn’t know. I was young (not yet 13 years old when my grandmother died), but I understood perfectly that this was an “important message”. I hoped life wouldn’t be
that way …
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NOTES: - A description of the official documents I have, is to be found in the original Dutch version of this Introduction.
- Description of the italic texts in the Genealogy: to be found in the English Introduction) (most of it)
- A vocabulary of the most used words in the Genealogy is to be found here below: (Dutch > English)