The last of Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink and Diena Willemsen’s children, Everdina. At first I had little thought that this caboose child had much info or family. Boy was I wrong! Everdina’s family was easy to track using OpenArch.nl. She married Martinus Riethorst and had 8 children: Gesina, Dina, Gerrit Jan, Martientjen, Hendrika Gerritdina (dies as a child), Hendrika Gerdina, Hendrik Antonie, and Willem. I am in the process now of adding them to Family Search and will continue on to see if I can find their marriages, children etc. After chasing shadows for hours it is satisfying to find a family where most of the records are at hand.
I tracked down Martinus Riethorst’s parents and they were both already in FamilySearch, so I connected those dots. Martinus shows as the only child, born 12 years after their marriage, so odds are he has a number of siblings that need to be found. However, at this point, again, my main focus is on identifying direct descendants of my ancestors, including their spouses and mother- and father-in-law, but stopping at that point.
Gesina Reithorst marries Klaas Gernaat in Zutphen on 14 December 1898, she previously having given birth to a daughter, Clasina. I added this note to Clasina’s FamilySearch record:”As the documents related to her birth and her parents marriage are in Dutch and I can’t read Dutch, I’m not entirely sure as to what happened, but it appears that Clasina was born to Gesina 11 months before her parents were married. It looks like there was an official recognition signed by her father Klaas attesting to his responsibility as Clasina’s father. This document is a birth record that was amended and includes the information that Clasina was born 25 February 1898.” Was Klaas really Clasina’s father or did he step up and attest to as much as part of his marriage? I only raise this because it appears that he was born to a single mother and the father wasn’t identified in public records, although FamilySearch did have a record for Klaas with “Ties Prins” listed as his father. This appears to be an entry created by FamilySearch and not submitted by a user. However, this mystery will have to wait.
I found a reference to Clasina at Tombrock.name that indicates that she died in Dieren on 31 October 1981, but lacking any corroboration I have not put that info into FamilySearch. I went ahead and added the rest of Gesina’s and Klaas’ children that were listed at OpenArch.nl: Everdina Johanna, Martijntje, Nn (for No name, a stillborn child of unknown gender), Hendrika Gerritdina, and Johanna Hendrika Wilhelmina.
On to the second of Everdina’s and Martinus’ children, Dina Riethorst. Dina marries Gerrit Abbenbroek, who was already in FamilySearch, as was Dina, their marriage info and one child, Martinus Hendrikus Cornelis Abbenbroek. (For what it’s worth, it appears that DianeNelson1 is the username that added them to FamilySearch.) Dina’s death date was listed in FamilySearch as 7 November 1919, and while DianeNelson1 doesn’t list a source, on pondes.nl there is a reference to Gemeente = Arnhem Soort akte = overlijden Archief locatie = Gelders Archief Aangiftedatum = 08-11-1919 Overlijdensdatum = 07-11-1919 Toegang = 0207 Inventarisnummer = 8065 Aktenummer = 912. I did not verify this reference. I couldn’t find anything more about Martinus Hendrikus Cornelis. His father remarried after Dina died in 1919 and I found a typo in the marriage date, changing to from 1928 to 1920 in FamilySearch.
Gerrit Jan Reithorst–the third child–marries Geertjen Mulder. They have a child named Everdina Reithorst, who marries a man named Bernardus Koerselman, who dies one year later. No children from that marriage that I can find. However, there is a record of an Everdina Reithorst giving birth to a child named Jannetje Alberts in 1932, daughter of Gerrit Jan Alberts. I am going to see if I can find a marriage record or some other information that will determine if this is the same Everdina Reithorst. Hmmm. I couldn’t find any other documentation about this possible family and when I took a look at the only record I could find–Jannetje’s death record showing she was only 5 days old–it lists her father’s name as Hendrik, not Gerrit. Google search for these names comes up with nothing helpful, so I am going to move on and see if Geertjen Mulder has any more children. She does, the next child Evert Jan dying at 8 weeks old. Next is Martinus Riethorst, only I didn’t find any record of his marriage or death. However, Gerrit Jan Riethorst dies the following year. It does not appear that Geertjen remarries. I need to add her parents to FamilySearch. Done, with their names but no other info.
Martientjen Riethorst is the next child and she marries Cornelis Verhoeven–a very common name. She dies at age 35 and while I couldn’t find any birth records for her children, there is a marriage record of a son, Martinus Verhoeven. Martinus marries Sija Pieternella Christina de Bouter. Her parents were in FamilySearch and I connected things and added sources.
Hendrika Gerritdina Riethorst dies at age 16. Not much else to enter on her. Next is her sister Hendrika Gerdina Riethorst. Kind of interesting that after her older sister Martientjen dies in 1909, Hendrika Gerdina marries her widower Cornelis Verhoeven in 1910. They have a son named Cornelis who is born 28 February 1912 in Utrecht. OpenArch.nl, where I have been finding this information, has this child’s name as “Corneils”, which is clearly a typo, as supported by the correct spelling on wiewaswie.nl. I sent in a form on the OpenArch site asking them to correct it.
Hendrik Antonie Riethorst is the next of Everdina’s and Martinus’ children. He married Johanna Alberdina Hartgers and they have a child, Everdina Riethorst. Not including the dates in this entry as everything is pretty straightforward and documented. Entered into FamilySearch as well as Johanna’s parents’ names.
The last of these Riethorst children is Willem, who marries Catharina Johanna Riethorst, born on 8 January 1886 in Zutphen–perhaps a distant cousin? They have a child, Everdina Johanna Riethorst. Must have been fun with the family got together “Everdina Riethorst…come here right now!” and 3 girl cousins all appear. I’m guessing they had nicknames or maybe no family get-togethers, perhaps explaining why these 3 girls were all named after their grandmother. Hey, I’m not throwing any rocks here! Three of my children were given names that were already in use by my cousins–Kevin, Christina, Kyle–but we didn’t know and didn’t bother to check. Not a lot of communication in the Vorkink family. I still can’t get the list of all of William and Hazel’s descendants that was compiled for last year’s family reunion. Although I am putting the world on notice that Kevin would like to name a son “Kobus” should he get the opportunity. OK, back to the research. Updated FamilySearch for Willem, Catharina Johanna, and Everdina Johanna. Catharina’s parents were already in FamilySearch, along with one of her many siblings.
I believe that finishes up Martinus Riethorst’s and Everdina Vorkink’s descendants, at least as far as I can find in OpenArch.nl, which really doesn’t include many descendants born after 1911 or so. As their temple work can’t be done except by direct descendants for a few more years, I’m stopping at this point.