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by Laurens Beijen
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The oldest generations of the IJsselstein family

The descendants of Dirck Gijsbertsz. Beijen

As was described on the previous page, Dirck Beijen (5.5) had 17 children: six from his first marriage, one from his second, one from his third and nine from his fourth. They are listed on the overview of the members of the oldest generations of the IJsselstein family at the numbers 6.12 - 6.28.
Some of them are discussed below.

The ancestors of the branches

Three of Dirck's sons have descendants with the surname Beijen that are still alive nowadays. These three sons are the connecting links between the oldest generations of the IJsselstein family and the branches of this family.
On the right a fragment of the overview of the members of the oldest generations is shown.

Gijsbert Beijen (6.13) was a son from Dirck's first marriage. He was the ancestor of the Gijsbert branch.

Harman Beijen (6.15) was a son from the first marriage as well. He was the ancestor of the Jan Thomas branch, that is named after the central character of this branch.

Johannes Beijen (6.21), who was usually called Johan or Jan, was a son from Dirck's fourth marriage (with Cornelia van Laren). He was the ancestor of the Johan Franco branch.

These three sons are listed on the overview of the members of the oldest generations as well as on the overview of their own branch.
More about them is said on the pages about their branches.

Some other children of Dirck Beijen

Hendrik Beijen (6.14) was a son from Dirck's first marriage. Just like his father and grandfather Dirck was a 'chirurgijn' in IJsselstein. For some years he also studied law at the University of Leyden. It is possible that he did not complete his studies because he had to stand in for his father in IJsselstein during his illness.
Like many of his ancestors, Hendrik Beijen was for many years an alderman of IJsselstein. He had also functions in the local citizen's militia. Hendrik was married to Anna Cloeck; they had no children.

In 1686 Maria Beijen (6.17), a daughter from Dirck's first marriage, gave birth to a son, Johannes Hendrick, in the town of Montfoort near IJsselstein. She was not married and lived in the family of her uncle Apher Beijen (5.8), who was a 'chirurgijn' in Montfoort.
In 1687 Maria's father Dirck instituted legal procedures for the court in Montfoort against Hendrick Davidse Bijlevelt, whom he considered to be the father of the child. The proceedings dragged on for a year. Finally Bijlevelt was condemned to pay a compensation to Maria.
In 1695 and 1698 two more children of Maria were baptized in Montfoort. We have no further information about Maria and her children.

Jodocus Beijen (6.22) was a son from Dirck's fourth marriage. He derived his first name from his grandfather Jodocus van Laren. Jodocus lived in Amsterdam and was married to Aafje van Ceulen. He had a son and some grandchildren, but finally this little branch became extinct.
One of his grandchildren was called Jodocus Beijen as well. The death announcement on the right was put in by Aplonia van Ankeren, the widow of this Jodocus, and stated that he passed away in 1797 in Haarlem after long-lasting chest complaints. It is the oldest death announcement of a member of the Beijen families that we know.

Adrianus Beijen (6.26), one of Dirck's youngest children, lived in Amsterdam as well. He was a ship's carpenter and was registered in 1707 as burgher of Amsterdam. Adrianus was successively married to three wives. For many generations his offspring lived in Amsterdam. The last Beijen from this little branch was Hendrika Beijen (11.5), who died in 1914.
For practical reasons the little branches have been included in the oldest generations.


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