This month features the story of Hendrik (Harry) Johannes Hennekes, a 4th cousin, once removed. Harry was a Dutch citizen, who was born in Rotterdam. In 1916, during the first World War, he enlisted in the Army of the United States; and subsequently, he became an American citizen. As an American, returning to The Netherlands in 1919, he was stripped of his Dutch nationality. Over the ensuing years, Harry worked for both the U. S. State Department and the American Embassy in The Hague. (Losing his Dutch nationality and working for the United States Embassy in The Hague has been documented.) To read more about Hendrik (Harry) Johannes Hennekes, see his son's account by clicking on the link Here's Something About Harry.
This month, I finally learned the names of my mother's parents. Her father was Leonie Weichelt, born in Bandjarmasin, Indonesia and her mother was Maria Helena Oversier, born in Semarang, Indonesia. This information was provided by the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs to Jan, upon his request. They had sent him my family's personal cards. From these cards, it was also learned that my father held the rank of Sergeant Major (the highest rank obtainable for non officers) in both the Royal Netherlands Indies Army and in the Royal Dutch Army.
Also this month, Jan made trips to the archives at Rotterdam and The Hague to obtain information for my Hennekes family members that had ties to those cities. Furthermore, Jan provided me with the ancestral information for my paternal grandmother, Johanna Jacoba van Walraven. This information can be seen by clicking here and then following the two links provided on the top left of that page. In addition, Jan put together all available birth, marriage, death and other miscellaneous details, which he then emailed to me. This information is all that is available in Rotterdam at this point in time. The search for Hennekes in Holland is nearing to a close with just a couple of details to clear up the next time that he gets back to Dordrecht.
Karl sent me copies of the birth records of my 4th great grandfather's siblings. It's interesting to note that in the time of the Jewish persecution during the 2nd World War, an overzealous attempt was made to scratch out the last names of, and protect, those thought to be Jewish. This seemed to be the case for the Heinekens in Bremen. Two had middle names of Abraham and Isaak, therefore, it was assumed that all Heinekens were Jewish. Of the birth documents that I received, only Anna Catharina's and Gottfriedt's records were relatively legible. Please click here to see the documents, or follow the Pictures & Images links.
Even though my research in Bremen hasn't produced anything of significance lately, there is still some good news to report.
First, I've been corresponding with a Hennekes branch in Arnhem since earlier this year, and even though our lines do not seem to be related, I included their Genealogy Page in March. Several months later, I discovered the email address of another Hennekes in Arnhem. Despite the fact that they lived in the very same city, these two Hennekes lines were unaware that they were related . They are planning on meeting to have a family reunion. I hope to update their page with the new connections.
Last, but not least, the branch of Hennekes in Den Haag have now been definitively proven to be members of the Dordrecht Hennekes family. With the help of Jan, it was discovered that they are descendants of my grandfather's younger brother, Adrianus Jacobus. He eventually moved to The Hague, where he started his own family. In March of this year, I began email correspondence with this family branch before I knew that we were related. They are my second cousins and surprised me by sending copies of some photographs. Among the older photographs were included a picture of my paternal grandfather's younger brother and his wife. Still another photograph showed his older brother and one of his older sisters. I suspect that different family members have more of these older pictures stored away somewhere, and maybe in the future, when they learn of this Web Site, more photographs will surface.
During the week of July 23rd, 1999, Karl provided me with the following information that I have taken the liberty of paraphrasing:
Around 1622, Belgium refuges were expelled because of their Protestant religion and came to the Palatine region around Kaiserslautern-Mannheim. The French Catholic troops followed, and in 1688, the French surrounded Palatine. A Belgian and Palatine community fled to Prussia and settled near Magdeburg. Around this time, Johann Heineken, the great grandfather of Dr. Christian Abraham, went to Wesel, Germany as a merchant. His son, Jean Abraham, who was born in Wesel, later moved to Magdeburg. He married his first wife, Constantia Juliane Gramon, in Magdeburg on December 13, 1719. The family of Constantia Juliane, who had been born in Furth, were among those Belgians expelled.
At the time, the Heineken family belonged to the very upper class and were considered rich and enlightened. Some made educational trips, traveling to other European countries and writing letters about their experiences. As an interesting sidenote, nobility had never been a part of Bremen, which was, and still is, a very liberal city. It was not uncommon for merchants to leave a seaport like Bremen. On the archway, near the townhall, are written the words "buten und binnen, wagen und winnen", which is of the Low German dialect and means "outside at sea or in town, venture and win." Similar to "nothing ventured, nothing gained."
Simon Johan Heineken, my 4th great-granduncle, was born in Bremen in 1712, but no records of his later years can be found in Bremen. What happened to him and where did he go?
During the week of July 9th, 1999 Karl discovered that: "On the 23rd of September 1750, a Johann Simon Heinicke, 37 years old, from Bremen, trader/businessman, single, no children, was documented in the Citizen's Book of the Palatine Colony in Magdeburg." And that: "the mayor of the colony was Abraham Heinecke" (Jean Abraham Heineken) "from Bremen." Jean Abraham was the grandfather of Dr. Christian Abraham Heineken, who would later become the mayor of Bremen. (Magdeburg was then a part of Prussian Saxony and is now the capital of Sachsen-Anhalt. The city is located midway between Berlin and Hannover, lying near the river Elbe.) It's very possible that Johann Simon Heinicke and Simon Johan Heineken are one and the same because they were both of the same age and they were both from Bremen.
I have been in email communication with Monika, who had lived in Bremen at one time and who, while still living there, began researching her own Heineken branch at the Bremen archives. Her great-grandmother was born a Heineken. Since March of 1999, when we began our emails, we have not been able to connect our Heineken lines together...that is until this weekend. In Karl's visit to Die Maus last week, information was gathered on missing names to my family tree which was emailed to me. By careful comparison between this new information to that of the family files that Monika had supplied me with earlier, I discovered that names and dates matched. Certain members of Monika's Heineken line were present at my Heineken line's baptizing. And so, Monika and I have established an "association connection" if not a "blood connection" between our 2 lines.
As Monika was inputting her family tree into her FamilyTreeMaker genealogy software program, she found a note that the Bremen Mayor mentioned above was, in fact, the brother of one of her direct-line ancestors. Therefore, this means that her line is now definitively connected to the Bremen Heineken mayor's branch.
I'm continuing the search for evidence that our two lines are somehow connected. So far, there seems to be a valuable piece of record sitting in a dark and dusty corner somewhere.