Hello ! Can anyone hear me? It's lonely here all by myself.
I'm searching for descendants of de Rijks who lived in Den Haag back at least as far as 1800. Can anyone recognise any of the following names?
EARLIEST KNOWN GENERATION:
Harmen de RIJK
Harmen married Grietje Bakker. Nothing is yet known about their lives, except that they had at least one son, Willem.
Willem de RIJK
Born in about 1818. He married (Joh)Anna Hendrica van Dijk on 27/11/1851 in Burgerlijke Stand, s'Gravenhage, (Den Haag) Holland when he was aged 33 and she was 29. They had five children between 1852 and 1868: three sons and two daughters.
Hendrik de RIJK
Born 15/7/1852 in Den Haag.
Johannes Daniel de RIJK
Born 29/12/1854 in Den Haag, he was named after his maternal grandfather Johannes Daniel van Dijk. He became a plumber by trade. On 11/9/1878 at the age of 23, he was married to Maria Johanna Wilhelmina van Nelven, aged 20 (born 9/4/1858 in Vlissingen) in Den Haag. His religion was given as Roman Catholic. They had five children between 1878 and 1886. Their home was at Amsterdamse Veerkade 29 in Den Haag. It is a very old street, but the house no longer stands.
Margaretha Johanna de RIJK
Born 18/3/1858 in Den Haag.
Gerrit de RIJK
Born 14/12/1860 in Den Haag. Gerrit was a blacksmith, specializing in horseshoes. He married Maria Geertruida Frederika Albrecht (born 19/11/1859 in Den Haag) and they had six children between 1886 and 1904. Maria died on 24/1/1923.
Johanna de RIJK
Born 7/1/1868 in Den Haag.
* children of Johannes Daniel de RIJK and Maria Johanna Wilhelmina van Nelven
Johanna Margaretha (or Maria) de RIJK
Born 10/11/1878 in Den Haag. She was a seamstress, and lived with her parents at Amsterdamse Veerkade 29.
Margaretha Johanna Wilhelmina de RIJK
Born 30/8/1880 in Den Haag. Like her elder sister, she was a seamstress. She also lived at the family home in Den Haag at Amsterdamse Veerkade 29.
Wilhelmus Gerardus de RIJK
Born 25/8/1882 in Den Haag. On 1/11/1900 he moved to the barracks at Leiden where he became a merchant. In 1906, he settled at the Amersfoort barracks where he worked as a coachman and driver. On 14/8/1907 he married Jacoba Karpes (born 17/7/1883 in Den Haag) and three months later their first daughter arrived. In all, they had five children between 1907 and 1915. Jacoba died on 29/8/1919, and Wilhelmus re-married the following year. His second wife was Antonetta Maria Louer (born 26/2/1886 in Tilburg). She was a widow with a son, Fredericus Wilhelmus Louer (born 30/8/1914), from her previous marriage.
Maria Johanna Wilhelmina de RIJK
Born 8/12/1884 in Den Haag.
Johannes Daniel de RIJK
Born at 9.00 a.m. on 20/9/1886 in Den Haag [reg. 3784]. After leaving school, Johannes worked as a waiter. On 1/5/1907 he married Catharina van der Lans (born 29/1/1889, Den Haag) when she was 18 and he was not quite 21. Their first daughter, Maria Catherina Johanna, was born just over three months later. The following year a second daughter was born, Hendrika Cornelia Johanna, but she died aged six months. In 1910, Johannes lived for four months in Middelburg where he worked as a waiter at the Middelburg Hotel. He moved to Amsterdam in August 1912 and lived at Ostadestraat 197. It would appear that his marriage broke down in about 1914. He wanted to go to the United States with his daughter, now aged seven, but Catharina kept custody of Maria. Instead, he went to England and obtained work at the Metropol Hotel in Brighton, Sussex. He became the head waiter and it was there he met a waitress, Nellie King (born 4/4/1886, London), who was to become his second wife. They were married at the register office in St. Pancras, London on 26/4/1915. This appears to have been premature, as his divorce from Catharina only became final on 14/10/1915, according to Dutch records. His second marriage produced three sons: John Samuel (1916), Sidney Daniel (1921) and Gerard Stanley (1923). Nellie also had a daughter, Winifred (born 21/7/1908 in London), from a previous relationship.
At some point during WWII, he lost his job. There were anti-Dutch feelings in England due to Holland not entering the war. At some stage he worked as an interpreter with a bank, but in May 1921 he secured a position with the Blue Star shipping line. He worked as a waiter on the Dutch ship “Rotterdam” (and also once on the “Rijndam”). It would seem that although this work was fairly regular, it was not sufficient in itself to adequately support his family. Difficulties in finding and holding suitable work in England forced him to consider returning to Holland. The family left England from London, arriving back in Den Haag on 9/8/1922. Nellie was about two months pregnant with their third son. On 21/9/1922 they moved to Rotterdam where their address was Gijsingstraat 202c. Johannes (or John as he was known to his wife) continued to work on the ships, but at some point he decided to try his luck in bustling, multi-cultural New York. According to the Ellis Island records, his last period of employment on the ships ended on 21/9/1923, but the vague story which seems to have remained with the family was that he was working on a ship that was taking passengers to New York and he jumped ship on its arrival in June 1924. He stayed at the Beacon, an apartment hotel on the corner of Seventy-Fifth Street and Broadway. Meanwhile, Nellie had moved to Brielschelaan Noodwoning K5 (probably staying with members of his family), but in November of 1924 she returned to Brighton, England, with the children. When Johannes obtained work, he sent money to Nellie to bring the family over to join him, but she did not want to leave England again and instead used the money to buy furniture. Nellie was not a worldly or well-educated person and the years spent living in Holland would have been very lonely for her. Apparently the thought of moving to yet another foreign country, albeit an English-speaking one, was unbearable, despite the assurances of her husband that his intention was always for them to return eventually to England. It appears that this issue began a rapid breakdown in the marriage and finally (some time after about 1928) Nellie cut off all contact with Johannes and destroyed all photos of him. All his sons could remember about him was what their older sister told them: that he bore a resemblance to the actor Conrad Veidt. It is believed he may have received an injury to the foot while in America. No more was ever heard of his whereabouts. He may have remained in the U.S. or gone to England to look for his children. There is no further record of him in Holland.
* children of Gerrit de RIJK and Maria Geertruida Frederika Albrecht
Johanna Theresia Maria de RIJK
Born 15/3/1886 in Den Haag. She was married on 23/7/1930 to Martinus Johannes van KERSBERGEN (born 28/3/1894). His occupations included messenger for the State Council, removalist and prison warden. Their known addresses were:
4/02/1930 Cantaloupenburg 4/3
23/07/1930 Schiestraat 21
25/05/1932 Schenkstraat 16
7/10/1932 idem 14
8/08/1936 Schenkweg 346
Hendrikus Arnoldus Johannes de RIJK
Born 12/4/1888 in Den Haag. He became a blacksmith like his father, and from the age of 20 he lived at Javastraat 83. Later, he worked in Amsterdam from March 1913 to January 1916, in Haarlem until July 1918 and Utrecht until December 1920. He married Cornelia Elizabeth van der Steen and had five daughters between 1921 and 1930, all born in Den Haag. Their recorded addresses in Den Haag were:
13/03/1928 Cantaloupenb 4/3
4/08/1930 Schiestraat 21
10/10/1932 Spekstraat 12
7/10/1936 Pr. Mariestraat 7a
2/12/1936 Denneweg 81a
2/03/1937 N. Schoolstraat 75
4/05/1938 Schiestraat 78
Maria Geertruida Frederika de RIJK
Born 26/8/1895 in Den Haag. She married Lambertus Jacobus KEIZER, probably on
10/11/1919. Maria worked as a shop assistant for a hairdresser. They lived at Amsterdam Javastraat 131.
Margaretha Johanna de RIJK
Born 28/12/1897 in Den Haag. At the age of 21, she married Johannes Adrianus van der KROFT, a 29-year-old butcher, on 5/11/1919. Like her sister, she became a shop assistant for a hairdresser.
Theresia Maria Elizabeth de RIJK
Born 1/3/1900 in Den Haag. She married Cornelis Abraham SCHRAM on 9/11/1921.
Sophia Hendrika de RIJK
Born 2/6/1904 in Den Haag. She married Simon P. DEKKER on 24/11/1926.
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