GRIJP and GRYP from Flanders
In particular the Meetjesland seems to be the origin of the Flemish Grijp-/Gryp's

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The first time the name Gryp or Grijp was mentioned in Flanders, was in the year 1382, when Gillis Grijp appeared on a list of confiscated goods. This happened in Dentergem, a town just below Bruges.
Less than two years later, from 1560 on, the name (varying Grijp, Gryp, Grip or Griep) appeared in Meetjesland, a region along the creeks of the River Scheldt. They still live there, and have spread from there to other places in Flanders.
Most interesting -- but yet not answered -- question is: is there a relationship between these Gryp/Grijp's and the ones in the Dutch province of
Zeeland, north of the River Scheldt?

 
 

OLDEST RECORDS OF 'GRIJP'

 
 
  THE OLDEST RECORDS ARE FOUND AT DENTERGEM, KORTRIJK AND BRUGES

Gillis Grijp appeared in the records in 1382 at Dentergem, in relation to a list of confiscated goods.

Mergriete Grijp, also written as 'Grips', was noted in 1398 in the 'poortersboek' (burgherbook) of Kortrijk.

In 1514, Lauwerijns Gryp is an inhabitant of Bruges.

 
 

GRIJP AND GRYP FROM MEETJESLAND

 
 
  In 1560, 'Jan Grijp' is registered in the 'burgherbook' of Vlissingen (Flushing). He came from Assenede, in the region around the southern creeks of the River Scheldt (or De Honte).

Now, almost four and a half century later, Grijp's and Gryp's are still living in this area, now called 'Meetjesland'. The creeks are also still there, but the connection between them and the River Scheldt has been cut off long ago. And the uprising that made the northern Netherlands a independent nation made that, from 1648 on, the Grijp's from Sluis and from Assende came to live in two different countries...

  FROM 1600 ON, A GRIJP FAMILY IS LIVING AT MALDEGEM:

Jan Grijp, married to Fransijne, became a "laet" (=inhabitant) of Maldegem on November 27, 1599. The next five persons are probably his sons:

  • Judocus Grijp (Joos) is married to Synken Herremans. They had a son Joos Grijp de Jonghe, who married to Judoca Hermans and got two daughters: Elisabeth Grijp (1634) and Janneken. In his second marriage with Joanna Prineels, four sons were born: Peter (1615), Jan (1621), Hans and Adriaen.
  • Martin Grijp (Grip, Grips), was married to Paschasia van de Weghe, lived at Maldegem and had four sons: Jan (1630), Peter (1633), Martin (1636) and Egidius (1640). When, in 1650, his wife died, als these minor daughters are mentioned: Lauwerijntghen, Janneken and Theymyntghen Gryp.
  • Jan Grijp, born in 1630 at Maldegem, married in 1655 to Catharina Keerse. They had four children: Martin (1655), Catharina (1657), Jacob (1659) and Livina (1664).
  • Peter Grijp was born in 1633 at Maldegem and married in 1659 to Maria van Waijenberghe. Shortly after the birth of their daughter Joanna, in 1660, his wife died. He remarried to Joanna Prijsbier, and with her he had another two children: Adriana (1663) and Egidius (1666).
  • Egidius Grijp was born in 1640 at Maldegem and married in 1664 to Joanna Lauwers. They had seven children. Joanna Lauwers died in 1678, at 38 years of age. In 1679 Egidius remarried to Catharina Cortaels (Corthals). They had another two daughters. Egidius died at Maldegem in 1695 and his widow in 1710.
  A GRYP FAMILY IS LIVING AT WAARSCHOOT, JUST BELOW EEKLO:

Around 1640 there seemed to three brothers:

  • Judocus Gryp, married to Maria de Meyere, had two sons: Martinus (1638) and Joannes Gryp (1642). Judocus died in 1646. In 1678 his son Joannes married Petronella Rogiers and the following children baptized: Jacoba (1683), Petrus (1688), Guilielmus (1691), Joanna (1695) and Maria (1699).
  • Balduinus Gryp, married to Anna Nuyt, had a daughter Maria Gryp in 1642.
  • Livinus Gryp, married to Joanna Storis, had the following children baptized: Anna (1643), Catharina (1645), Jonas (1647), Petrus (1649), Carolus (1652) and Livinus (1653).
  FROM BOEKHOUTE TO ILLINOIS, USA:

In the years around 1865, three brothers and a sister were born in the Grijp family, living at Boekhoute: Henri, Emma, Honore and Petrus.
One of them, Petrus Gryp, by that time married and father of two children, decided in 1890 to
migrate with his family to America. In this he was no exception: the region had the highest percentage of emigrants in Flanders.
Petrus and his family settled down in Annawan, a small village in Illinois. There, he became the ancestor of quite a numerous family:
Gripp from Illinois, USA.

  FROM OOSTEEKLO TO INDIANA, USA:

Louis Grijp and his wife Marie lived in Oosteeklo and raised a big family. When, in 1905, both parents died shortly after another, some of their children migrated to the USA. They settled in South Bend, Indiana, a region where already more Flemish people were living. More about this family: Gryp from Indiana, USA.

 
 

GRIJP / GRYP FROM THE SCHELDESTREEK

 
 
  In 1664, Charles Grijp was born at Ghent. His father and grandfather are both named Guilland Grijp. Charles his descendants move more to the south, into the 'Scheldestreek' region. For many generations a Grijp family lived there, in places like Scheldewindeke, Sint-Lievens-Houtem and Sint-Marie-Latem.
  EIGHT GENERATIONS
  1. Guillard Grijp the oldest.
  2. Guillard Grijp, the youngest, had four daughters and a son:
  3. Charles Grijp, born in 1664, married at Ghent to Judoca Pletsier and had 6 children. The family lived in some wealth. Their oldest son was:
  4. Antoon Grijp, born in 1704, married to Marie Boterbergh and went to live at Scheldewindeke. This family, with 10 children, became very poor. Their oldest son was:
  5. Rochus (De) Grijp, born in 1727, married to Maria Livina Deneve and went to live at Sint-Lievens-Houtem. They had 9 children, of which the oldest one was:
  6. Adriaen Francies Gryp, born in 1767, had a small farm at Sint-Lievens-Houtem and also worked in as a textile worker. He and his wife Maria Petronille Quinteyn had 6 children. The youngest one was:
  7. Jean Baptiste Gryp, born in 1820, laborer and tradesman in cattle-fodder, married to Maria Severina Abrahem and had 11 children. Number 9 was called:
  8. Désiré Gryp, born in 1867 at IJshoute and married to Camilla Ceukeleir. At Sint-Marie-Latum he owned a piece of land, some cows and a pig. He also worked in a brick-yard.

The twelve children of Désiré en Camilla were followed by 28 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. More about this family on: Grijp en Gryp uit de Scheldestreek.

This information was provided by Rufin Grijp of Brussels, a descendant of this family.

 
 

GRIJP FROM ELSWHERE AND EN ROUTE

 
 
  The uprising in the northern Netherlands separated, from 1568 on, the regions that now are called Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and Meetjesland and made them into borderland. The war that followed brought soldiers from elsewhere to the region. In spite of that, the exchange of people between both sides of the border end the River Scheldt never came to a complete stop.
  FROM SLUIS TO VLISSINGEN (FLUSHING)

Jan Jorissen Grijp was registered on May 17, 1530, as a 'burgher' of Vlissingen. He came from Sluis.
Cornelis Grijp, from Sluis, widower of Catelijne Swulis, married to Neelken Jans, widow of Marijnis Crijnssen, in 1604 at Vlissingen.
Jan Cornelissen Grijp, a sailor from Sluys, married Lysbeth Thomas from Sluys on April 28, 1607, at Vlissingen.

SOLDIERS FROM HERE AND ELSWHERE

Jan Grip, a soldier at Aerdenburg, and Anne Wolters had at Aardenburg two children: Stijntje Grip (baptized in 1654) and Herman Grip (1659).
That same military man, now written as: Jan Gryp, soldier at Aerdenburg under captain Pucchler and widower of Anneke Wolters, married in 1662 in the Reformed Church at Sint Kruis to Janneken Maanhouts, widow of Jan Agrippa from Aerdenburg.
Andries Grijph, soldier in the company of ..., did his confession of faith on July 6, 1664 at Sluis.
Jan Grijp, soldier from Bruges, noted on December 3, 1712, at Vlissingen his intended marriage to Jacoba van Petegem.

 
 

GRIJP/GRYP AS IMMIGRANT

 
 
  TO AMERICA

In the records of Ellis Island, where all the immigrants are noted that arrived in New York between 1892 and 1925, the names Grijp and Gryp appeared 45 times. Most of them came from Flanders, from places like Eeklo, Oosteeklo, Sint Jan in Eremo and Lembeke. Look for them on page: Grijp and Gryp as immigrant.


The steamship 'Waesland' of the 'Red Star Line, with immigrants on its way from Antwerp to the USA

 
 

Do you have any information about the Grijp's or Gryp's from Flanders,
or are you one of them yourself?
Please look on the page
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