Jannetje Zweersen

52 Ancestors – #8: Jannetje Zweersen

Jannetje Zweersen was born on 8 February 1713 in Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands.  She married Sjouke Sijes Noteboom in Amsterdam, where they lived for awhile. They were both members of the Dutch Reformed Church.  Jannetje gave birth to thirteen children.  Her oldest, Jan, was born in 1734 and lived for 78 years.  Sije, the second son, was born in 1735 and lived 64 years.  Jacob, was born in 1737 and died as a young child at the age of 6.  Fennigje, her first daughter, was born in 1739 and died in 1744 at the age of 5.  Atje was born in 1741 and died eight years later.  The second Jacob was born in 1742 and died in 1746.  Fennigien was born in 1744 and her fate is unknown.  Jakobus was born in 1746 and lived for 77 years.  Sijke was born in 1748 and her fate is unknown.  Attie was born in 1749 and her fate is unknown.  Sjouke was born in 1752 and died as an infant.  The second Sjouke was born in 1753 and lived to be 41 years old.  Harmanus was born in 1754 and died in 1808 at the age of 54.  Jannetje died in 1799 at the age of 86 years old.  She outlived at least 7 of her children.


Coat of arms of the Dutch municipality of Zwolle

Coat of arms of the Dutch municipality of Zwolle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



52 Ancestors – #7: Sjouke Sijes Noteboom

Sjouke Sijes Noteboom was born sometime before 1707 in Oenkerk, Friesland, Netherlands.  He was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church in Oenkerk on 2 October 1707.  He was a master builder and carpenter. Sjouke married Jannetje Zweersen on 1 May 1733 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sjouke was responsible for constructing the new city council chamber behind the townhall in Leeuwarden.  He died in 1760 before construction could be completed.  He was buried on 13 December 1760 in Oenkerk.

Leeuwarden City Hall

Leeuwarden City Hall
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Discovering the Notebooms

My understanding of the Noteboom line of  my family history ended with my third great-grandfather Walter Noteboom, who was born in 1845 in the Netherlands.  That’s  it – nothing more.  The Noteboom line was an enigma… until recently. I had the fortunate luck of receiving some assistance from a visitor to this blog, Peter Miebies.  He pointed me to a database for Dutch genealogy at www.geneaologie.nl.

On that site, I found a pedigree that included Walter Noteboom (though this pedigree listed his first name as Wolter).  The Stamboom Dusseljee [Dusseljee Pedigree] was published by J. Lodewijks in 2008.  We’ve exchanged preliminary emails and information – she’s sent me information from her database and I’m sending her information about what happened to Walter and his family in the United States.

I’ve been spending time going through all the information in her tree – it documents four more generations back from Walter.  It’s a lot of data, and there is not a lot of source documentation, so at this point the information is largely anecdotal and/or unproven.  However, there is a lot of really interesting information that will be fun to delve into.

Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

One of the first things to pique my interest was the marriage 6th great grandparents Sjouke Sijes Noteboom and Jannetje Zweersen. Sjouke Sijes Noteboom was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church on October 2, 1707 in Oenkerk, Friesland, Netherlands.  As an adult, he was a master carpenter.  He married Jannetje Zweersen on May 1, 1733 at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.  Jannetje was born on February 8, 1713 in Zwolle.

According to Wikipedia, the Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building from circa 1213, and its oldest parish church, consecrated in 1306.  Saint Nicolas is its patron saint.  It is situated on Oudekerksplein, the square in the main red-light district of Amsterdam.  Following the Reformation in 1578, it became the home of the Calvinist Dutch Reformed Church.

Wood vault ceiling, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

Some interesting historical notes about the Oude Kerk:

  • Rembrandt’s children were all christened there and his wife is buried there.
  • The wooden roof vault dates to 1390.
  • The floor is gravestones.  Citizens of Amsterdam were buried there until 1865 and there are more  2500 graves within the confines of the church.