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AD 1620?-1893

Meurs (also Meur and Muer)

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

The known origins of this Dutch Reformed family seem to be in "de Graaff", now called Grave, near Nijmegen.

Child of
? Meurs (?-?)
and Unknown

(See 10 generations back)

Alexander Meurs (or Muer)
(blood-relationship 0,098 %)
* 1620? x Hendriksken Derricks (12-5-1647 Overasselt) + ?
Occupation: soldier in Major Grim's company. He was living in Grave, near Nijmegen.

(Not known if any other children)

Child of
Alexander Meurs (1620?-?)
and Hendriksken Derricks (?-?)

(See 9 generations back)

Derk (also Derrick or Dirck) Meurs
(blood-relationship 0,195 %)
* 18-11-1650 x Jenneken Martens (or Marcusse, or Morgens) Pritzet (27-12-1671) + ? (after 1688)
Occupation: soldier

(Not known if any other children)

Children of
Derk (or Dirck) Meurs (1650-after 1688)
and Jenneken (or Marcusse, or Morgens) Pritzet (?-after 1688)

(See 8 generations back)

1. Anneken Meurs
* 18-3-1674 + ?

2. Johanna Meurs
* 21-6-1679 + ?

3. Alexander Meurs
(blood-relationship 0,39 %)
* 12-7-1684 x Francina Franssen + ? (before 6-1747)
Occupation: unknown.

4. Johannes Meurs
* 1-9-1686 + ?

5. Geertruyd Meurs
* 3-12-1688 + ?

Children of
Alexander Meurs (1684-before 1748)
and Francina Franssen (1686-1747)

(See 7 generations back)

1. Johanna Margareta Meurs
* 2-8-1713 + ?

2. Derk Meurs
* 7-11-1714 + ?

3. Christiaan Meurs
* 16-2-1716 + ?

4. Johannes Meurs
* 2-6-1717 + ?

5. Hendricus Gerardus ("Hendrik") Meurs
(blood-relationship 0,78 %)
* 13-3-1720 (Grave) x Helena Aletta de Munninck (2-11-1749) + 30-12-1767 (Den Bosch)
Occupation: "poorter van 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch)" 16-8-1741, merchant, keeper of the "Grote Hekel" and the "Kleine Hekel", the city's two watergates, "blokmeester and beheerder van de armenkas" in that part of the city. He is buried in the Sint-Jan cathedral in Den Bosch.

Children of
Hendricus Gerardus Meurs (1720-1767)
and Helena Aletta de Munninck (1723-1795)

(See 6 generations back)

1. Alexander Meurs
* 1-11-1750 or 5-8-1750 (Den Bosch) + 5-8-1796 (Den Bosch)
Alexander was in 1786 one of the founders of "De Vaderlandse Sociëteit", a "Patriottic" organisation, supporting the ideas of the French revolution and opposing the rule of "stadhouder" Prince Willem V of Orange. In 1787 the city of Den Bosch was pillaged by its own garrison which still supported the prince. A few years later, in 1794, the invading French besieged and conquered Den Bosch, which was welcomed by the "Patriotten", despite the great damage caused by the French artillery.

2. Jacob Meurs
(blood-relationship 1,56 %)
* 5-11-1752 (Den Bosch) x I. Wilhelmina van Dompselaar (25-11-1783) II. Anna Verhagen (1788?) + 29-2-1844 (Schoonhoven)
Jacob's first wife Wilhelmina died at the age of 22 on 22-2-1788, and he remarried probably not long after that. He first became "klerk ter secretarie van Hilvarenbeek; from 26-11-1782 "secretaris van St. Michelsgestel", his appointment having been approved formally by the heer of Herlaer, Carl Theodor von Palz-Sulzbach, who was living in Mannheim, Germany. When the French took over in 1794, much damage was done and there was a lot of looting. On top of that, the population of St. Michelsgestel had to provide the French troops with food, without getting compensation. The old feudal system was abolished and new administration was appointed according to the French revolutionary ideas. After a thorough investigation, Jacob Meurs was one of the few to be maintained in his position, in spite of him having protested ("pro forma?") against the irregular way in which this political change had taken place. In religious matters, the tables were turned because The French restored the position of the Roman Catholics, who could now claim the use of all churches, driving out the Protestants. Jacob became the heir to his brother Alexander's estate in 1796, and he bought the monumental house "De Kleine Ruwenberg" (which is still there). In 1813, after the period of French rule had ended, Jacob became "notaris" and "rentmeester" of Jacob Staats van Hoogstraten heer of Berlicum. In 1817 he retired, sold his house and moved with his wife Anna to Den Bosch. He died there in in 1844, aged 91.

3. Wilhelmus Meurs
* 22-8-1756 (Den Bosch) + 11-9-1756 (Den Bosch)

4. Wilhelmina Meurs
* 1758? (Den Bosch) + ?

Children of
Jacob Meurs (1752-1844)
and Anna Verhagen (1757-1833)

(See 5 generations back)

1. Philippus Hendrik Meurs
* ?-3-1792 (St. Michelsgestel) x Eva Anna Helena Mekern (Gorinchem 11-12-1817) + 31-3-1849 (Zutphen)
Occupation: "notaris", later "schout" of St. Michelsgestel, and heer of Berlicum, Middelrode and Kaathoven.

2. Henrietta Wilhelmina Meurs
(blood-relationship 3,125 %)
* 1790 (St. Michelsgestel) x Philippus Verhagen Metman (St. Michelsgestel 24-11-1818) + 21-9-1819 (Waalwijk)
The year 1819 was a very tragic one for the family. Henrietta died at the age of 29, 11 days after having given birth to twins. The boy was born at 01.30 a.m. on 10-9-1819, and the girl at 08.00 a.m. The girl, also called Henrietta Wilhelmina, died a month after her mother.
For her descendants see the page on Metman.

3. Helena Aletta Meurs
* 16-11-1794 (Den Bosch) x Jan Govert Roosenburg (Schoonhoven 9-7-1820) + 20-1-1893 (Den Bosch)
Helena reached the age of 98 years.

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