Breklenkamp, a village
in the Dutch Twenthe region, is surrounded on three sides by
German territory. Just over the border in Germany lies a small
hamlet called Griep, part of Uelsen township. In 1317 the house 'Gripink'
was mentioned here and there is still a farm on that same spot.
Records about the Gryp family that originated here, start in 1675.
was born about 1675 at Breklenkamp. He also lived there with his
family and had
three children: Harmen Grijp
(born in 1702, worked as a schoolteacher at Breklenkamp, was buried in 1763
at Uelsen), Aale Grijp (born in 1710, married Harmen Brüggeman,
was burried in 1735 at Uelsen) and:
was born in 1726 at Breklenkamp and married in 1750 Swenne Schulten
of Grasdorp. Living at Breklenkamp they had three children: Swenne (1750,
married in 1780 Albert Sietzen and died in 1794), Jan (1750-1795)
(1757-1806). After the death of his first wife Hendrik remarried
in 1763 at Uelsen to Jenne Alers of Breklenkamp. With her he had
another daughter: Gese (born in 1770, married
Berend Barkemeijer of Grasdorf, died in 1842). Hendrik
Grijp was buried on Saturday May 3, 1800, at Uelsen.
was born about 1750 at Breklenkamp. He married in 1782 at Veldhausen
Jenne Meinderink of Grasdorf. They had six children, who all
got the surname of Meinderink. He was buried in 1795 at Grasdorf.
Harmen Grijp was born in 1757 at Breklenkamp. He was
noted as a colon (crofter) at Breklenkamp when he married in 1780
at Uelsen to Janna Sietzen. They had six children: Hendrik (1781-1837), Jan (baptised
on May 2,
1784, at Uelsen), Swenne (baptised April 6, 1787, at Uelsen),
Jan Hendrik (1788-1852), Harmen (born November 28, 1792,
died in 1864 from leg trouble) and Stiene
(1799, married Albert Kempers/Vrieling, died in 1871). Harmen Grijp was
buried at Uelsen on May 1, 1806.
born at Breklenkamp, was baptised on July 22, 1781, at Uelsen.
In 1810 he married Gese Holsmölle of Halle. Has also was a
colon at Breklenkamp and he had eight children: Janna
(1811, married Jan Maatman, had four children, died in
1845 from tuberculosis), Jan (1812-1815), Harmen
(1813), Jan Hendrik (1815, died in 1842 from tuberculosis), Jan Hendrik (1817-1873), Janna (1819,
married Jan Joost, had four children, died in 1858 at Esche), Gese (1822,
married Bernhard Hinderink and had eight children) and Swenne (1825,
married in 1859 Gerrit Jan Hofstede, had three children, died
Hendrik Grijp died on October 7, 1837 at Breklenkamp.
Jan Hendrik Grijp (alias ‘Otten’), born on
1788, at Breklenkamp. He married in 1819 Gese Olthuis (Otten)
of Grasdorf. After she died, in 1837 at Teich, he remarried in
1839 to Harmtjen Dijk Jacobs. They had four chldren that all
got the surname Otten. He died in 1852 at Osterwald.
born December 19, 1813, at Breklenkamp and baptised at Uelsen on
Christmas Sunday. He
married in 1850 Gese Mensing of Bookholt. He lived at Breklenkamp,
earning his living as a colon, and had four children: Hendrik (April 1,
1851), Jan (born on August 11, 1853, married Berendina
Reefman), Gese (February 21, 1855) and Geerd (January 19, 1867).
Jan Griep, born August
married Berendina Reefman and had, living at Breklenkamp, four
children: Geesken (February 12, 1884), Harm Hindrik
(August 17, 1886), Johanna (May 7, 1893) and Geert Jan
(May 6, 1897).
It becomes clear that
in this region a name sometimes was more connected to the farm
than to the family. Two times a Grijp did marry a woman who
inherited another farm, and because of that he changed his name
into that of the farm. It also happened the other way around:
Jan Mudden was born in 1763
Breklenkamp, being the son of Hendrik Mudden and Stien
Grijp. He is a colon and was called Jan Grijp
of Breklenkamp. He and his wife Janna
Seisen had a son Jan Hendrik Grijp (1796) and a daughter:
(born February 7,
1797, at Breklenkamp, married in 1828 at Nordhorn Jan Harm
Westerhof of Frensdorf, had six children and died in 1855
after a long illness).
After 1900 the name
disappeared from the Uelsen region. In the present telephone
book there is no Grijp listed anymore.
Most of this
information is from Theo Davina, who published it on