Romke Gerardus van der Beek and his offspring
22.214.171.124 Romke Gerardus van der Beek was born on 26-09-1843 in Jislum, son of Gerardus Pieters van der Beek (see ancestors of Romke van der Beek) and Akke Gaatses Tulp. Romke died on 19-02-1900 in Oenkerk, 56 years old.
Romke was my great-grandfather.
Romke was a worker. He was rejected for military service because of physical defects, below you see the details of the inspection. Apparently he missed one or more fingers, that was lack No. 76 at the militia.
He was not tall either, he was 1 el 530 stripes, and you should read that as 153 cm. His grandfather Pieter was even smaller, because he was rejected for military service because of lack of length.
Romke was convicted on 3 April 1872 for ill-treatment, together with his brother Doeke. So they were not sweeties. They were then sentenced to 8 days in prison (see a section from the police archive below).
The children Gerardus and Tjipke van Romke and Jiskje were in 1889 in court when they were 11 and 10 years old.
They had only taken some branches from the forest. That was in the winter, probably their parents needed the wood to burn the stove.
They were sentenced to 2 days in prison! You can see the court record below (G.R. v.d. B. is Gerardus Romkes van der Beek and T.R. v.d. B. is Tjipke Romkes van der Beek).
Romke died of tbc on 19-02-1900 in Oenkerk, at the age of 56.
After he had died, everything he had been in touch with in the house had to be burned (see the report of the municipal authorities at Jiskje below).
Romke married, at the age of 29, on 09-11-1872 in Tietjerksteradeel with Jiskje Jans Popma, at the age of 18. Jiskje is born on 24-01-1854 in Oenkerk, daughter of Jan Bruins Popma and Grietje Tjipkes Biesma. Jiskje died on 11-09-1940 in Oenkerk, at the age of 86.
after reading it was signed by us with the Comparanten and the witnesses, with the exception of the bridegroom and the bride, who stated that they could not do this since they never learned to write(see below).
Click here for the marriage certificate of Romke and Jiskje.
Romke later on learned to write. For the first four children, the birth certificate always stated that the father could not write, but from that moment on he started to sign the birth certificates. Below you can see, for example, the birth certificate of my grandfather Jan, with the signature of his father Romke underneath.
Romke and Jiskje went to live at Flokhernepaad 4 in Molenend when they were married. Around 1880 they moved and they went to live on Dr. Kijlstraweg 50. That is next to the house where later son Tjipke went to live (Dr. Kijlstraweg 48) and two houses from the house where later son Gaatze and grandson Rom went to live (Dr. Kijlstraweg 54).
In the house at Flokhernepaad 4 a sister of Romke was living: Trijntje van der Beek. She was married to Sierk Martens Piekstra and they lived there until 1883. Then Trijntje died, she was only 31 years old. Half a year later Sierk married Martens Piekstra again and moved. Then Romke and Jiskje went back to Flokhernepaad 4. They lived there until 1900 until Romke died.
A brother of Romke has also lived in them, you can see that from the population register below. That was Gerhardus, he lived with them from 1874 to 1877.
Opposite them was a sister of Romke at Flokhernepaad 1: Antje van der Beek; she was married to Doeye van der Woude.
Romke died on tbc on 19 February 1900.
After he had died, everything with which he had been in contact with the house had to be burned (see the picture opposite).
Six children had already died of them, Jan in 1879 (6 years), Gaatze in 1888 (1.5 years), Akke in 1893 (17 years), Antje in 1894 (1 year), Jantje (died very young) and another Akke in 1896 (14 days). A few weeks later their daughter Grietje (14 years old) died and a year later their son Gerardus (22 years old).
After that Jiskje stayed behind with four children.
She had to peddle with bread to get money, she was “bôlekoerrinster“.
Furthermore, her daughter Hinke died in 1913 at the age of 21 from an accident: Hinke walked two and a half months after she was married to a house when a wall fell over because of the strong wind. She came under the wall and died.
Jiskje lived, after her husband died, in many different places, often with other people in and near her birth house. She was born on Dr. Kijlstraweg 67 in 1854.
In 1869 she went with her father to the house next door (which has been demolished and therefore no longer exists).
In 1872 she married and her father moved shortly thereafter, he married again and now with Tjipkje Pieters van der Beek (he was the fourth man of Tjipkje, and Tjipkje was an aunt of Romke, the man of Jiskje), see 1.1.4.
From 1918 to 1928 she lived in a part of the house on Dr. Kijlstraweg 75, then she went to the house opposite, Dr. Kijlstraweg 66. She had one room there in the old “skoallehûs” until 1930.
In 1930 her son Gaatze bought the house from the Dr. Kijlstraweg 54 (where later Rom van der Beek went to live). Jiskje then went into the southern part of that house, and until her death in 1940 she lived there.
During Floralia, a celebration in Trynwâlden that was held once every two years, Jiskje was depicted as a “bôlekoerrinster” by means of flowers in Stania State, see below.
More about my great-grandparents Romke and Jiskje can be found under Mijn verhaal/Mijn overgrootouders
Children of Romke and Jiskje:
Gerardus was a laborer, he was unmarried.
He was convicted of poaching, together with his brother Tjipke, in April 1890. He was then 12 years old, and the verdict was: two days in prison.
Pietje was born on 08-06-1880 in Stiens; she was the daughter of Oepke Gerrits Bil and Froukje Roels Rozema.Pietje died on 09-10-1943 in Hardegarijp, 63 years old.
(2) married, 53 years old, on 13-05-1933 in Tietjerksteradeel with Grietje de Boer, 30 years old. Grietje was born on 23-08-1902 in Hardegarijp. She was the daughter of Douwe Wierds de Boer and Antje Douma.
She was previously married (on 14-05-1925 with Gerrit Visser) and was separated from him on 20-05-1932. Grietje died on 11-01-1985 in Menaldum, 82 years old. She is buried in Menaldum.
Tjipke was a brother of my grandfather.
Tjipke, when he was 10 years old, once with his brother Gaatze of 11 years, once went into the forest to look for branches and take them away.
They were caught by the forester and had to stand trial. They were given two days in prison (see the article on the right).
Tjipke was very ill, when he was about 20 years old, he had typhus. He survived, but because of that he became bald early.
Tjipke is separated from his first wife Pietje Bil, where he had been married for 25 years. Later he is married again to Grietje de Boer, see the pictures below.
Before he was divorced he already had contact with another woman. He was then foreman (manager) at the flax factory.
He then went to Grietje, the wife of Gerrit Visser, who also worked at the flax factory. Gerrit (fat Gerrit was called) was regularly sent into the country by Tjipke to work in the flax, because then Tjipke had time to get involved with Grietje.
That was not accepted at that time, and that is why a “volksgericht” (people’s court) took place.
That “volksgericht” meant the following: Tjipke and Grietje were driven on a flat cart through the village, so that everyone could see who the “wrongdoers” were. And when they arrived at the harbor in Molenend, they would be thrown into the water, but someone put a stop to it.
Tjipke then left his wife Pietje, and then came into the house with his brother Jan (my grandfather).
Tjipke wanted to prevent it from happening again by scaring off anyone who approached him with a revolver. That’s why he slept with his brother, my grandfather Jan Romkes van der Beek, with a loaded revolver under his pillow. My father, Jan van der Beek, had to get the load out of pake at night while Tjipke slept.
Tjipke first lived with Pietje on Jelte Binneswei 34, then on Dr. Kijlstraweg 48 (that is the house where the reformed church later had a meeting room, see the picture on the right; the mother of Pietje lived in), until 1931.
Then Tjipke first went to live with his brother Jan. Pietje still lived on Dr. Kijlstraweg 48 with the 4 children until 1938.
Then Oepke (her son) went to live with Ietje Greydanus.
On May 13, 1933, Tjipke and Grietje married, and they went to live with the children of Grietje at no. 293 in Oenkerk. That was close to my grandparents with whom he had lived for a year. There son Romke was born, on January 17, 1935. In 1936 Tjipke moved with his new family to Hijlaard.
He did not sit down because he bought the old dairy in Hoptille in 1936, and had it converted into a flax factory. The opening of the factory was in 1937, click here for the newspaper article that is about that.
A few years later he moved with his family to Menaldum, where he also ran a flax factory.
Children of Tjipke and Pietje:
Children of Tjipke and Grietje:
Froukje married, 25 years old, in May 1931 in Dantumadeel with Sibbele Hietkamp, 28 years old. Sibbele was born on 10-09-1902 in Veenwouden; he is a son of Klaas Hietkamp and Lyda Johanna Smedinga. Sibbele died on 23-10-1986 in Franeker, aged 84 years.
126.96.36.199.4.2 Jiskje van der Beek was born on 17-12-1909 in Oenkerk, daughter of Tjipke Romkes van der Beek (zie 188.8.131.52.4) and Pietje Bil. Jiskje died on 05-11-1999 in Hardegarijp, aged 89 years. She is buried in Veenwouden.
was born on 17-12-1909 in Oenkerk, daughter of Tjipke Romkes van der Beek (see 184.108.40.206.4) and Pietje Bil. Jiskje died on 05-11-1999 in Hardegarijp, aged 89 years. She is buried in Veenwouden.Jiskje married at age 23, on 01-06-1933 in Tietjerksteradeel with Geert Dijkstra, 25 years old. Geert was born on 20-07-1907 in Bergum. Geert died on 21-05-1958 in Hardegarijp, 50 years old. He is buried in Veenwouden.
Jiskje married at age 23, on 01-06-1933 in Tietjerksteradeel with Geert Dijkstra, 25 years old. Geert was born on 20-07-1907 in Bergum.
Geert died on 21-05-1958 in Hardegarijp, 50 years old. He is buried in Veenwouden.
Oepke married, 24 years old, on 16-04-1936 in Tietjerksteradeel with IJtje Greijdanus, 21 years old. IJtje was born on 23-03-1915. IJtje died on 06-10-1996 in Roodkerk, 81 years old.
Oepke was een neef van mijn vader, hij werd Oepe genoemd.
Oepke was a cousin of my father, he was called Oepe.
Oepke van der Beek was a cattle farmer and cattle salesman in Roodkerk. He came to my parents very regularly to see if cattle had to be sold on the Friday cattle market in Leeuwarden.
He was also active in the social field: he was among other things on the supervisory board of the Savings and Advance Settlements, sat for almost 20 years in the school board and was an elder of the Reformed Church.
He did not name his father, Oepke and IJtje called their eldest son Piet after the mother of Oepke: Pietje Bil.
In 1938 Oepke went with Ietje Greydanus to Dr. Kijlstraweg 48 live, they came from Dr. Kijlstraweg 55 (the house in which my grandparents later went to live).
In 1951, Oepke and Iet went to Roodkerk.
Pieter died on 24-11-2001 in Bergum, 91 years old.
Jan married, at the age of 26, on 13-08-1910 in Tietjerksteradeel with Sepkje Douma, 26 years old.
Sepkje was born on 03-02-1884 in Molenend, daughter of Jan Sybrens Douma and Imkje Annes Faber.
Sepkje is deceased on 13-06-1951 in Molenend, 67 years old.
Jan and Sepkje, my grandparents, lived at Jelte Binnesweg 11 from their wedding day in 1910.
You see that house in the picture below, below left; that house they first rented from (clean) father Jan Douma, later they bought it.
That house stood behind the house at JelteBinneswei 5, where the parents of Sepkje lived when she married (who lived there from 1910). Later Siebe and Afke Rekker lived in that house.
In 1922 Jan and Sepkje went to Jelte Binnesweg 31, the farm where Ate Visser later lived (see the picture below, in the middle below). This farm was bought by Tjipke Romkes van der Beek, a brother of pake Jan.
This brother Tjipke also lived with them for another year, from January 1932 to May 1933. He had just been divorced.
The father of Sepkje, Jan Douma, also lived with them for a number of years, until May 1922. His wife Imkje Faber had died in 1916, but he remarried in 1922 with Doedtje Pietersma.
In 1940 they went to Kaetsjemuoiwei 15 (they exchanged with Gosse Visser), the farm where later Douwe van der Heide lived.
In 1941 Jan and Sepkje went to Dr. Kijlstraweg 55, see the picture below, bottom right. Their son Jan, my father, was just married and stayed at Kaetsjemuoiwei 15, and pake Jan then went back to work in the flax factory. On the picture below, at the top right, you can see the staff of the flax factory. Pake Jan is circled in red.
More about my grandparents Jan and Sepkje can be found under Mijn verhaal/Mijn ouders en grootouders (My story / My parents and grandparents)
Jan married, at the age of 29, on 16-05-1941 in Oenkerk with Trijntje Veenstra, 32 years old.
Trijntje was born on 12-01-1909 in Leeuwarden, daughter of Rienk Wybes Veenstra and Jisseltje Tjibbes Spoelstra. Trijntje died on 11-11-1998 in Oenkerk, aged 89 years. She was buried on 16-11-1998 in Oenkerk.
Jan, my father, was born at Jelte Binnesweg 11 in Molenend. In 1922 he moved with his parents to Jelte Binnesweg 31, the farm where Ate Visser later lived.
In 1940 they went to Kaetsjemuoiwei 15 (they exchanged with Gosse Visser), the farm where later Douwe van der Heide lived.
After Jan and Trijntje were married they stayed at Kaetsjemuoiwei 15, and the parents of Jan went to Dr. Kijlstraweg 55.
In 1946 Jan and Trijntje moved to Douwelaan 59 in Oenkerk (see the picture below, bottom right).
Jan was in Wons in May 1940 (in the Second World War). He was taken to Germany as a prisoner of war. He stayed in the Lückenwalde camp, but came back after about a month.
Sergeant Hofstra was prisoner of the same place and kept a diary. A few sections from that diary can be seen below, at the bottom left.
My father Jan was a cattle farmer, he owned 13 cows and had a horse. With that he could maintain our family.
He was also an elder in the Reformed Church for years (see below, the overview in the middle right).
Trijntje was, before she married, costume seamstress (see the picture below, in the middle). My mother did not work much on the farm but she did the accounting and arranged everything.
More about my parents can be found under Mijn verhaal/Mijn ouders en grootouders (My story / My parents and grandparents)
Jiskje married, 24 years old, on 06-06-1942 in Tietjerksteradeel with Jelle Rekker, 24 years old. The church wedding took place on 07-06-1942 in Oenkerk.
Jelle was born on 26-07-1917 in Oenkerk, son of Siebe Rekker and Jitske Jurjens Nieuwland. Jelle died on 02-11-2009 in Bowmanville, 92 years old.
Jiskje was a sister of my father, she was called Jit and later (in Canada) Jessica.
Jelle and Jit emigrated to Canada on 12-03-1948.
Jelle grew up with Dr. Kijlstraweg 6 in Molenend.
After Jelle and Jit were married they lived at Douwelaan 59 in Oenkerk, the house where I grew up.
In the war Jelle was in the resistance, he was a member of the NBS (Dutch Domestic Forces).
In the book “Tekens van toen in Tietjerksteradiel” there is a piece of him and his nephew Siebe Rekker about their experiences during the war, you can read it here.
In 1945 they went to Oudkerk and my parents came to the house at Douwelaan 59.
Jelle could very well “dammen” (a kind of check), see the competition stand from 1937 and the game against Rinsumageest in 1938.
Jelle and Jit first lived in Smithfield in Canada, which is about 10 km away. west of Trenton. After half a year, Jelle became a cattle farmer in Grafton, which is about 60 km away. west of Trenton. After their house in Grafton was burned, they went back to Smithfield.
After that Jelle went to work in a car factory and they went to live in NewCastle. Uncle Jelle then built a house in Courtice in which they went to live. Finally they went to Bowmanville , which is located on the north side of Lake Ontario .
Jelle has written two books about his life, the first about his experiences in Friesland (A Journey I), the second about Canada (A Journey II). You can see the covers below.
Two brothers and a sister of Jelle left for Canada in September 1947, that was Jurjen, Gerrit and Pietsje.
They they sold their belongings with the three of them, see the advertisement below on the right.
Jurjen wrote a letter in 1948 to the newspaper Friesch Dagblad about his experiences, which you can read here.
The first time Jelle and Jit returned to Friesland was in 1970. On June 18, 1970, John and Patricia married in London. There they went then, and then they also went to the Netherlands for a few days.
On the pictures below: top left the engagement photo of Jelle and Jit. At the top of the middle of a visit to Rienk and Bettie in the Netherlands in 1976. At the top right of the visit to the Van der Beek family in the Netherlands.
Gaatze married, 20 years old, on 23-04-1910 in Tietjerksteradeel with Trijntje Boonstra, 25 years old. Trijntje was born on 26-11-1884 in Rinsumageest. Trijntje died on 06-11-1973 in Oenkerk, 88 years old.
Gaatze was a brother of my grandfather.
Gaatze was a machinist from the flax factory until 1948, when she lived at Halligenweg 7 (the machinists’ house, see the photo below). Next to that photo you see Gaatze and Trijntje with their son Romke at the flax factory.
In 1930 Gaatze bought the house to Dr. Kijlstraweg 54. His mother, Jiskje Popma, lived in the part on the south side, his son Romke in 1936 on the north side.
In 1940, when Jiskje Popma died, Rom and Akke lived in the whole house. They lived there for 40 years, then Akke another 14 years with her son Durk.
Durk now lives there.
Gaatze (the owner) and his wife Trijntje came to live in a part of the house in 1948.
Romke married, aged 25, on 14-11-1935 with Akke Tamminga, 23 years old. Akke was born on 09-04-1912 in Birdaard; she is a daughter of Durk Aebeles Tamminga and Janke Bijlstra. Akke died on 20-06-1993 in Molenend, 81 years old.
In 1936, Romke went to the north side of Dr. Kijlstraweg 54 live. Jiskje Popma, his mother, came to live in the part on the south side in 1930.
In 1940, when Jiskje Popma died, Rom and Akke lived in the whole house. They lived there for 40 years, then Akke another 14 years with her son Durk. Durk now lives there.
Rom was a bicycle mechanic, he did that in the loft behind the house. He also drove a taxi.
Klaas married, aged 29, in 05-1942 with Antje de Jong, 28 years old.
Antje was born on 30-09-1913 in Warga. Antje is deceased on 15-04-2002 in Oenkerk, 88 years old.
Klaas had a bicycle repair shop in Damwoude, opposite restaurant “De Kruisweg”, he also had a petrol station there.
After a while he sold the business and then they went to live in Hardegarijp, and Klaas went to work at the Frico in Leeuwarden.
After his retirement, they went to live in Oenkerk.
Tsjip married Sjoerdje Algra. Sjoerdje was born on 23-12-1922 in Oenkerk; she was a daughter of Willem Egberts Algra and Frytzen Venema. Sjoerdje died on 20-11-1999 in Molenend, 76 years old.
Tsjip was a cousin of my father.
Tsjip was a machinist of the flax factory from 1948 to 1961, when they lived at Halligenweg 7 (the machinist house).
Then they moved to Jelte Binneswei 32 (see below, right). Tjip then became a plumber in the Diaconessen hospital.
In 1955 Tjip and Sjoerdje got a motorcycle accident, see the article below. That motorcycle accident has had a significant impact on the family. Sjoerdje has been in hospital for six weeks. She had come under the motor, they have long thought that she would not make it.
He could not use the left arm of Tjip for a long time, the doctors gave him a 5% chance that things would turn out well again. By practicing a lot, it has almost come true. But with 50 years, Tjip ended up in the WAO (labor disability law). Then he did a lot of jobs at home and in the area, because he was very handy. If my father’s milking machine broke, Tjip came by to repair him.
Hinke married, 21 years old, on 20-05-1914 in Tietjerksteradeel with Ale Visser, 28 years old. Ale was born on 05-04-1886 in Rinsumageest; son of Hylke Folkerts Visser and Bertje Paulus Paulusma. Ale died on 17-03-1938 in Leeuwarden, at the age of 51.
Hinke walked, two and a half months after she was married, to a house when a wall fell over because of the strong wind.
She came under the wall and died. Ale married A. Jongsma for the second time.