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AD 1488?-1680?

De Carpentier

For younger generations of ancestors who are descended from this family:
see page on Sonnemans

The information on Catharina de Carpentier and her ancestors was derived from the "Geslachtsboek", kept by our ancestor Jan de Carpentier (born 1577), parts of which were published in the monthly edition of "De Nederlandse Leeuw" in February 1926. This family moved around quite a lot, but its origins are in Flanders, in present-day Belgium.

Child of
? de Carpentier (?-?)
and Unknown

(See 14 generations back)

Pieter de Carpentier
(blood-relationship 0,0061 %)
* 1488? x I. Catharina Godschalck II. Maria van Mijzele + ?
Pieter was "raadsheer" (counsellor) of the Prince of Chimay. His second wife Maria van Mijzele is also one of our ancestors, as the widow of Jan de Villars "the Younger". Her daughter Isabella de Villars married Pieter's son Jan, see below. Pieter de Carpentier and Maria van Mijzele got a son, Joris de Carpentier, who became "griffier".

(Not known if any other children)

Children of
Pieter de Carpentier (1488?-?)
and Catharina Godschalck (?-?)

(See 13 generations back)

Nicolaas de Carpentier
* ? + ?

Jacomina de Carpentier
* ? + ?

Johanna de Carpentier
* ? + ?

Jan de Carpentier
(blood-relationship 0,012 %)
* ?-8-1511 (Mesen/Messines) x Isabella de Villars + 14-12-1580 ("old style") (Ieper/Ypres)

Catharina de Carpentier
* 1515? + ?

Children of
Jan de Carpentier (1511-1580)
and Isabella de Villars (1512?-1584)

(See 12 generations back)

1. Pieter de Carpentier
* ? + ? (died young)

2. Pierona (Pironneken) de Carpentier
* ? + ? (died at the age of fourteen)

3. Maria de Carpentier
* ? + ?

4. Josina de Carpentier
* ? + ?-9-1583 (Ieper/Ypres)

5. Maillard de Carpentier
* 1544 x Maria l'Hermite (Aken/Aachen/Aix-la Chapelle, Germany ?-6-1590) + 4-2-1608 (Aken/Aachen/Aix-la Chapelle)
Maillard went to live in Aken/Aachen/Aix-la Chapelle with his wife Maria until his death in 1608. After his death, Maillard's nephew Jan (see below) inherited the rights to some pieces of land: "het leen den Hoogen Hulle" and "een leen resorteerende onder Leeuwenburch".

6. Roeland de Carpentier
(blood-relationship 0,024 %)
* 24-12-1546 (Mesen/Messines) x Josina van Hecke (Sandwich 1575) + 6-10-1618 (Amsterdam)
Roeland and his brother Maillard were supporters of Prince William I "the Silent" of Orange in the Dutch rebellion against the oppressive rule of the Spanish King Philip II, which only after eighty years of war ended in a Dutch victory and the creation of an independent state. In 1567, Roeland and his brother fled to England to escape from religious persecution. He married another refugee from Flanders, Josina, who was born in Brugge. Their first child Jan (see below) was born in Sandwich in 1577. In 1578, when things seemed more safe he went back to visit his parents. Roeland was told that the authorities of Ieper/Ypres wanted him to become the new town's "pensionaris", a function which he finally accepted on 8-6-1579, after having gone back and forth to England to collect his wife and son. On 8-10-1582 he was sent to the Prince of Orange's headquarters in Delft as a representative. Roeland could not return home from his mission because in the meantime Spanish troops under the Prince of Parma had laid siege to Ieper on 3-8-1583. Josina and Jan could escape from the Spanish and first went to Brugge, probably to stay with her parents. Ieper surrendered on 12-4-1584. The family was reunited again in Antwerp on 9-6-1584, where Roeland had been waiting for them. The city of Antwerp was under siege, and the family soon escaped to Middelburg. Things looked very grim when on 10-7-1584, Prince William was killed in his own quarters by a hired assassin on orders from the King of Spain, thus becoming the most famous martyr for Dutch independence.) In 1585, Roeland was asked to become the "pensionaris" of the town of Goes, but he declined. Instead, the family went further to the north, to Delft. On 3-5-1610 they moved to Dordrecht. Roeland's final destination was Amsterdam, where he died at the age of 71.

7. Jorinken de Carpentier
* 1549 + 1581 (Ieper/Ypres)

8. Pieter de Carpentier
* ?-8-1553 + ? (after 1591, in Amsterdam)
Pieter lived in Liège/Luik in 1591. His son, also called Pieter, sailed to the Dutch East-Indies on 17-11-1615 as an "opper-comyes", and eventually became Governor-General. He returned in Holland on 17-7-1633 and immediately was appointed "bewindhebber" (one of the directors) of the "Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie".

Children of
Roeland de Carpentier (1546-1618)
and Josine van Hecke (1553-1628)

(See 11 generations back)

1. Jan de Carpentier
(blood-relationship 0,049 %)
* 8-6-1577 ("stilo vetri") (Sandwich, England) x I. Maria Hellinx (Liège/Luik 9-4-1598) II. Sophia van Cuylenburgh (Culemborg 27-6-1627) III. Maria van Lienden (Culemborg 22-2-1637) + ? (after 1654)
Jan was the author of the "Geslachtsboek" which is the original source of the information presented here. Apart from the 12 children by his first wife, mentioned below, he got four more by his second wife and two more by his third wife, including a still-born son. During his lifetime, Jan travelled around quite a lot. He was born in exile in England, moved back to Flanders with his parents, but had to flee again from the Spanish to the northern Netherlands, (see above). On 19-10-1591 Jan left Delft to enter the service of his uncle Pieter de Carpentier (born 1533, see above) in Liège/Luik, where he arrived five days later. There he met and married his first wife, Maria Hellinx in 1598. But Liège also became unsafe, and the family had to flee again, this time to Aken/Aachen/Aix-la Chapelle, in Germany, where the couple's first child, Servaes, was born. On 9-7-1599, the family had to flee again, and they arrived at Jan's father Roeland's house in Delft on 30-7-1599. On 26-9-1599 the family then moved on to Middelburg, where their second child was born. On 6-5-1601 they settled in Dordrecht, where Jan bought the house "het Zeepaert" for about 19000 guilders, including much "timmeragie" (renovation work). Probably from 1610 onwards, Jan fulfilled functions such as "diaken" and "ouderlingh" in the "Franse kercke" in Dordrecht. On 15-7-1619 he was given a license to sell "zilverdraadwerk" (silver filigrain jewelry?). On 5-6-1624 he became "man van de Adelicke Leenen" of the Dordrecht district, and "Capiteyn van Groote Hooft". (Erik Spaans wrote me that the latter title may have meant that he was a local militia captain, in charge of defending the entrance to the harbour of Dordrecht, which was protected by a fortification called "het Groot Hoofd" and the city gate called the "Groothoofdspoort".)
In July 1625, Jan and his family were on the move again, this time to Culemborg. In his "Geslachtsboek" Jan does not give a reason, but we can safely assume that he had to leave in disgrace after loosing his license for selling silver-plated copper thread instead of pure silver. In Culemborg, Jan's first wife Maria was struck by the plague on 14-10-1626 and died 12 days later. Jan married his second wife Sophia in 1627, who died five years later. In 1637, Jan married his third wife, Maria van Lienden, with whom he sailed from Vlissingen on 12-1-1639 to "Farnanbouc" (Pernambuco) in Brazil, the embattled Dutch trading post where his sons Servaes and Johannes had gone before. On 22-2-1639 they arrived. On 27-6-1639 the family went to Trespaos Dilla, but in February 1640 the situation became unsafe because of the advance of Portugese troops under their commander Barbalio. Maria and The enemy attacked and destroyed Ingenio Novo during the night of 27/28-2-1640, surprising and defeating a Dutch force of 130 men. On 19-3-1640, Jan became "schepen" of Tamarica and Goyana. On 26-2-1642, Jan and Maria settled in Aldea, half a mile outside Recife, where he bought a house and a brewery for 6864 guilders. But peace was not to be, on 17-2-1644 a Dutch force of 4500 men was beaten near the Red Mountains of Gararapes by the Portugese who had much cavalry. The Dutch lost 2400 dead and many were wounded and taken prisoner. This may have been the turning point in the failed attempt to establish a viable Dutch presence in Brazil. By 18-6-1645 large-scale defection was taking place, and many Dutch fortifications were sold to the Portugese for high amounts of money by their own Dutch-appointed governors. Jan and his family were completely surprised by the collapsing defences, and two days later, before the enemy troops arrived at Recife, they only just managed to escape with their lives, leaving behind their house, the brewery and all their possessions, worth over nine thousand guilders. They remained on the run, fleeing from one place to another, until they could board a ship to Dordrecht in Holland.
Jan's account ends here, it is not known where and when he died.

2. Josyne de Carpentier
* 1581 + 1583 (Ieper/Ypres)

3. Isabella de Carpentier
* 18-6-1585 ("stilo novo") (Middelburg) x I. Otto Engelen (12-8-1607) II. Govert Gillis (27-12-1613) + 29-1-1623

4. Pieter de Carpentier
* ? (Delft) + 1589 (as a child)

5. Pieter de Carpentier
* 2-6-1591 x Maria de Witte (Dordrecht 9-7-1614) + ?

6. Jacques de Carpentier
* 18-10-1594 (Delft) + 22-6-1623 (at sea, near Java)
Jacques sailed to the Dutch East-Indies on 7-2-1616, where he arrived on 5-3-1617. He became "overste" (Lt-Commander) and died at sea on his ship "'t Wapen van Hoorn", one of five ships in his squadron. The "Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie" awarded the sum of 2700 guilders to the next of kin. This was supposedly Jacques' rightful share in the commercial net-result of his mission, although the family expectied a higher amount. The sum was collected by Jacques' brother Pieter.

Children of
Jan de Carpentier (1577-after 1654)
and Maria Hellinx (1581-1626)

(See 10 generations back)

1. Servaes de Carpentier
* 22-4-1599 (Aken/Aachen/Aix-la Chapelle, Germany) x Agatha, daughter of Gerardt Hamel (Utrecht 22-6-1628) + 18-9-1645 (Mauritius)
Servaes went to St.Andrews in Scotland to study philosophy on 9-5-1618. He returned in Dordrecht on 9-4-1621. He married Agatha, the daughter of the "advocaet van 't lant van Utrecht". On 23-10-1629 he sailed on "d'Arke Nohe" to "Fernanbock" (Pernambuco) as one of the five "Politique Raden" (civil administrators) of this newly established Dutch trading post. His younger brother Johannes (see below) was also on board. He arrived there on 8-5-1630, having been held up by "contrariewint" (adverse winds). His wages were high: 200 guilders per month. On 19-2-1636 he sailed back home, arriving in Holland on 28-5-1636. His 17-year old daughter Maria died from the plague on 15-6-1636 in Cuylenburch (Culemborg). On 2-12-1636 Servaes went to Brazil again, this time as "Assessor in den Hogen en Secreten Raet" and "President van den Politiken Raet", for a salary as high as 400 guilders a month and other perks, including "vrije taeffel" (free meals). On 18-9-1645 Servaes died on Mauritius after having been ill for six weeks. He was buried in the "Groote Kercke" of Recife.

2. Roeland de Carpentier
* 28-5-1600 (Middelburg) + 2-6-1601 (Dordrecht)

3. Josina de Carpentier
* 24-9-1601 x Cornelis van Esch (Dordrecht 24-5-1622) + 24-2-1634
Josina and her husband got seven children. She died while in labour, unable to deliver an eighth child.

4. Roeland de Carpentier
* 18-7-1603 (Dordrecht) x Adriana Geerits (Recife, Brazil 23-3-1639) + ?
On 6-1-1625 Roeland, an "onder-comyes", sailed from Vlissingen to the Dutch East-Indies on the "Mauritius", a ship of "700 lasten" and a crew of 400. His wages were 22 guilders per month. They arrived in Batavia (now Jakarta) on 3-10-1625. The Dutch Governor-General at the time was Pieter de Carpentier, the son of Pieter de Carpentier (born 1553, see above). Roeland returned to Holland on 17-7-1633 and sailed to Brazil on 23-3-1639. He met his wife Adriana there and they were married in Recife. They got seven children, three of whom died young.

5. Catharina de Carpentier
(blood-relationship 0,098 %)
* 31-1-1605 (Dordrecht) x Arent Sonnemans ("Buyten Aken tot Staelburch" 17-3-1625) + ?
For her descendants see the page on Sonnemans.

6. (a daughter, stillborn)
*/+ 17-2-1607

7. Geraert de Carpentier
* 2-5-1608 + ?
Geraert was "Appoteecker" (pharmacist) in the "West-Indische Compagnie", and he sailed to Brazil on 15-10-1630. His wages were 40 guilders per month.

8. Johannes (Jan) de Carpentier
* 29-10-1608 x Cornelia van Cuyck (10-1-1647) + ?
On 23-10-1629 Jan sailed to "Fernanbock" (Pernambuco, in Brazil) with his eldest brother Servaes. On 13-11-1645 Jan became "Commandeur" of the Dutch trading post at Recife (see above for the situation there at the time). He met his wife in Brazil, they got five children who all died very young. Cornelia could well have been descended from the Van Cuyk family in our tree.

9. Jasper de Carpentier
* 27-11-1610 + 25-7-1615

10. Maria de Carpentier
* 1-11-1612 + 12-1-1613

11. Pieter de Carpentier
* 21-8-1614 + 21-3-1619

12. Jasper de Carpentier
* 9-10-1615 x Hester Wassenburgh (Dordrecht 28-7-1637) + ?
Jasper started studying at the Latin school on 1-1-1627 with a teacher called Cornelis Dickio. In 1632 he went to study at a school in Deventer, and on 1-11-1633 at the University of Leiden. He became a clergyman in Sliedrecht on 28-12-1636, and in Amersfoort on 4-5-1645.

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