In connection with quarter-record research I collected
data on a family group named Berkman, a branch of which lived in the Hoeksche
Waard during the nineteenth century. The origins of this family remained
shrouded in a cloud of mystery for a long time.
I succeeded in finding
Balthazar Berkman as primogenitor, living at Schoonhoven in 1746, who -as
widower of Anthonette van Bruggen- entered into matrimony with Catharina Barber
Jansdr. Traver, young daughter of Gijbeland, at Brandwijk on 6 March of that
An initial research at Schoonhoven yielded the deed of the impost on the
burial of Anthonetta (named Jannetje here) van Bruggen, dated 24 November 1745
However, neither a certificate of marriage was found in the files of the
National Archives at The Hague, nor any registration of certificates of baptism
of any children from this first marriage of Balthasar Berkman.
I was inclined to suppose that Balthasar and his first wife had come to
Schoonhoven from elsewhere. His slightly outlandish sounding Christian name
made origin outside South Holland credible. Maybe he ended up in the garrison
town of Schoonhoven as a soldier?
A time and a great deal of energy consuming research into the notarial
and judicial archives of Schoonhoven (which have not been filed) led to
extremely poor results. Only a custing letter was found, demonstrating that
Balthasar bought a house on the Havestraat at Schoonhoven in 1745.
During a renewed attempt at finding more information regarding his
origin, I happened to notice a mention of an eighteenth-century register of
baptisms and deaths of the Old Catholic municipality of Schoonhoven.
Knowing that Berkman had probably been an adherent of the Reformed
religion, I nevertheless tried my luck and took this register to hand. In the
practice of genealogy the factors good luck and coincidence should never be
underestimated. This was a clear case in point again: in 1742 and in 1744
Altaar and his first wife had two daughters baptised as Old Catholics! To my
great surprise the place of birth of the father was mentioned with one of the
baptismal entries: Aschaffenburg in Germany.
Eventually the date of death of the mother was found as well: 20
November 1745. So as it turned out, this register had not been processed into
the files of 1695-1811. The certificate of Berkman's first marriage was not
found, however. This marriage was probably concluded elsewhere.
In the files of the burghers' books of Schoonhoven at the Central Bureau
for Genealogy at The Hague a second confirmation of Balthasar Berkman's origin
Up to now it has proved impossible to establish Anthonetta's origin. It
is not clear whether she was related to namesakes mentioned at Schoonhoven
Catharina Barber Traver (Traber,Thaber) -his second wife- originated
from Gijbeland and was presented for baptism at Papendrecht. Her family was
probably of German origin as well.
All in all the origins of this Berkman family of South Holland were
finally established. In Aschaffenburg (Germany) a large amount of archive
material has still been preserved. However, research over there has not come
Balthasar (Balthazar, Baltbas) BERKMAN (Barckman, Barkman)
born at Aschaffenburg in Germany
around 1715/1720, burgher of Schoonhoven 4 Dec.1741, living at Schoonhoven into
1746, at Brandwijk up to approximately 1754 and at Bleskensgraaf up to
approximately 1768, at Alblasserdam since approximately 1769, died before 4
July 1784, concluded his 1st marriage approximately 1741(?)
b>Ant(h)onetta (Jannette, Jannetje) VAN BRUGGEN of Schoonboven. Died at
Schoonhoven on 20 November 1745, impost burial paid there (pro bono) 24
Nov.1745. They were members of the Old Catholic community at Schoonhoven.
Concluded 2nd marriage (Reformed) at Brandwijk (after notice of intended
marriage there as well as at Schoonhoven, impost paid pro bono on 11 Febr.) on
6 March 1746
Catharina BARBER (Barbara, Barbera, Berber) Jansdr TRAVER (Thaber,
, Young daughter of Gijbeland, baptised (Reformed) at
Papendrecht 28 December 1728 (godparent Judik Janse van Pelt). Died at
Alblasserdam (impost burial paid pro bono, 7 August 1794, daughter of Johannes
Traber and Maria Jongmans.
-File on the burghers' books of Schoonboven, Central Bureau for
Genealogy, The Hague: on 4 Dec. 1741 Balthasar Berkman, born at Aschaffenburg
in Germany, took the burgher's oath.
-A.R.A The Hague-Schoonhoven ORA inv. no. 2378, deed dated 23 April
1745: Balthasar Berkman owes Mayor
J.Groenevelt Dfl. 150.- on account of his
house and land on the Havestraat at Schoonhoven.
-A.R.A The Hague-Schoonhoven d.t.b.no. 10; baptismal entry on 3 June
1742: Balthasar Barckman of Aschaffenburg and Jannette van Bruggen of
-A.R.A The Hague-Alblasserdam register of baptisms, baptismal entry on 4
July 1784: godparent -Barber Traber, wid(ow) Berkman.
-A.R.A The Hague-Alblasserdam excise collector, dated 7 August 1794;
payment of impost on the burial of Berber Berkman is very probably Catharina
Known from the first marriage:
1. Maria Johanna BARCKMAN
baptised (Old Cath.) at Schoonhoven on 3 June 1742 (godparent Apollonia van
Bruggen, J.D. living at Rotterdam), nothing else is known about her, probably
died before 9 November 1755.
2. Apollonia BERKMAN (Barckman)
baptised (Old Cath.) at Schoonhoven on 29 September 1744 (godparent Merrigje
Verroen instead of Apollonia van Bruggen, J.D. at Rotterdam) registered as
godparent at Alblasserdam on 6 December 1767 and 5 November 1769.
Known from second marriage:
3. Johannes BERKMAN
(Reformed) at Brandwijk on 27 February 1752 (godparent Judith Janse van Pelt),
nothing else is known about him, probably died after 1769. -Apparently Judith
Janse van Pelt was a relative of the baptised child's mother. She was also the
godparent at the baptism of the mother in 1728. Before October 1724 Judith
married Hendrick Hendrikse de Heer and lived in or near Papendrecht (had
children baptised there, had a granddaughter named Barber de Heer). The exact
construction of the family relations has not become clear.
4. Jacobus BERKMAN
(Reformed) at Brandwijk on 9 December 1753 (godparent the mother was
godparent herself in the absence of the father), living at Alblasserdam
in 1782, tr. (impost paid at Alblasserdam, both pro bono, 4 October) 1782
Jannetje ROOS, J.D. living at Alblasserdam.
-They had three children baptised Reformed at Alblasserdam, with
Catharina Barber Traver as godparent, A. Maria, 4 July 1784,
5. Maria BERKMAN
(Reformed) at Bleskensgraaf on 9 November 1755 (godparent Teuntje Hendriks de
Heer). Teuntje de Heer, baptised at Papendrecht on 6 October 1726 as the
daughter of Hendrick de Heer and Judith van Pelt.
6. BALTUS BERKMAN
, baptised (Reformed) at Bleskensgraaf on 9 May 1762
(godparent Barber Silver) very probably died at Bleskensgraaf (imp. on burial
paid pro bono, 17 March 1765)
-A.R.A The Hague-Bleskensgraaf excise collector, dated 17 March 1765:
payment of impost on the burial of a child of Barkman's.
7. Hendricus BERKMAN
at Bleskensgraaf on 2 Oct. 1763 (godparent Senna van Papendregt, nothing else
is known about him, probably died after 1769.
8. Balthasar BERKMAN
, baptised (Reformed)
at Bleskensgraaf on 6 Oct. 1765 (godparent Lijsebet Baart), nothing else is
known about him, probably died after 1769 as well.
9. Marines BERGMAN (Berkman)
, baptised (Reformed) at
Alblasserdam on 6 Dec. 1767 (godparent Apolonia Bergmans), probably died at
Alblasserdam in 1767. With this registration of baptism the father is named
10. Marijnus (Marinus) BERKMAN
, born at Alblasserdam
on 6 Oct. 1768 (probably 1769 in view of the date of baptism), baptised
(Reformed) at Alblasserdam on 5 November 1769 (godparent Apolonia Berkman),
living at Alblasserdam in 1793, at Mijnsheerenland since approximately 1797,
occupied as a thatcher there, died at Mijnsheerenland. On 17 May 1863, he is
married. (Reformed) at Lekkerkerk on 20 October 1793 to Klaartje (Klara) de
Jong at Lekkerkerk, baptised (Reformed) at Lekkerkerk on 15 March 1769
(godparent Maria Jansze de Jong(h)). Died at Mijnsheerenland on 26 September
1847 Daughter of Goris Leendertsz de Jong(h) and Maijke Jacobs den Herder.
Regional museum Hoeksche Waard at Heinenoord, collection of filing cards
(from the archives of Mijnsheerenland). Letter to the inspector there, dated 25
August 1812 Marinus Berkman, a poor thatcher at Mijnsheerenland. He was brought
into the cell of the patents as working with servants and his colleague Arij
Koning without servants, but exactly the opposite is true.
K.J.Slijkerman, "Den Herder" ("The Shepherd") in the questions
column of Ons Voorgeslacht (Our Ancestry), year of publication 1978, pages
K.J. Slijkerman. The Quarter-Record of
Kees Jan Stijkerman (Rotterdam 3), page 8. The couple had children baptised at
Mijnsheerenland, from them the family name in the Hoeksche Waard.