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The Gijsbert branch of the IJsselstein family

Little subbranches from Amsterdam and Sloterdijk

All present members of the Gijsbert branch descend from two sons of the alderman Dirck Beijen (7.4) from Lexmond: Gijsbert (8.1), who was discussed on the page about Gijsbert Beijen from Vianen and his descendants, and Dirck (8.4), who was the central figure of the page about the cavalryman Dirck Beijen and his descendants.
Three of their brothers, Jan (8.3), Johannes (8.7) and Geerlof (8.8), had children as well. However, these little subbranches became extinct (at least in the Beijen line). These brothers or their descendants happened to move to the Amsterdam area.

The name of this page does not mean that the members of these little subbranches were the only Beijens who have lived in Amsterdam. Some members of (for instance) the oldest generations and the loose ends have lived there too.


Jan Beijen (8.3), the third son of Dirck Beijen, was born in 1722. In 1744 he married Geertruy van Weert and moved from Lexmond to Lopikerkapel, just at the other side of the river Lek. He lived there for the rest of his life. According to a deed from 1774 he was a shoemaker. In 1776, after Geertruy's decease, he married Henrica van Veltwijk.
For an unknown reason all three children of Jan moved to Amsterdam. In 1785 the only son, Dirk (9.13), married there Aaltje Pool. He died five years later. Aaltje stayed behind with two children, Cristiaan (10.36) and Geertruij (10.37).
Cristiaan had no children and Geertruij's children had the name De Vries. Therefore the name Beijen was not continued in this little branch.

Alongside is a picture from a small book that belonged to Geertruij. The booklet, dated 1799, was found some years ago by Henk van Nimwegen from Vijfhuizen. He handed it over for the collection of old Beijen items. Geertruij was a pupil at a municipal school for poor children in Amsterdam. Evidently she had attracted attention by her diligence and good conduct. The curators of the Amsterdam schools awarded her the book "Leerzame spiegel of vertellingen voor kinderen tot deugd and goede zeden" (Instructive mirror or narrations for children towards virtue and good morals). In a document that was included in the booklet the curators expressed their hope that Geertruij would develop into a valuable member of the community.
Unfortunately, the contents of the book were not quite appropriate for the pupils of a school for poor children. The author encouraged for instance the young people to dress themselves instead of waiting for a personal servant: "since you cannot be sure if you will always be able to keep a servant for that purpose".
There were never chances of personal servants for Geertruij. She married a printer's servant, had several children, became a widow at a rather young age and died in Amsterdam when she was 75 years old.


Johannes Beijen (8.7), whose name was mostly shortened to Hannes, was born in Lexmond in 1734. Around 1760 he married the widow Jannetje Goes. They lived in Sloterdijk, which was in that time a rural village west of Amsterdam. Hannes Beijen was one of the prominent inhabitants of Sloterdijk: for many years he was an alderman, and besides he was a deacon and later an elder of the local church.

First Hannes rented a farm along the canal between Amsterdam and Haarlem (the nearly horizontal line on the map). In 1780 he made an important acquisition: he bought the country seat Vreedenhaven including a farm and other properties along the same canal. For that purpose Hannes and Jannetje contracted a mortgage of 8000 guilders.

Jannetje died in 1785. One year later Hannes married Evertje Oskam from Lopikerkapel.
Around 1790 Hannes' financial situation got worse for unknown reasons. In 1792 Hannes and his wife sold the country seat and their other properties.
When Hannes died in 1798, his funeral was paid by the deacons of Sloterdijk. His widow Evertje Oskam died some months later.

Hannes had six children from his first marriage and four from his second. None of these children carried on the name of Beijen.


Geerlof Beijen (8.8), who was born in 1736, was in some respects a follower of his elder brother Johannes. He moved to Sloterdijk as well and in 1766 he married Lijsje Goes, a younger sister of Hannes' wife Jannetje Goes.
Geerlof and Lijsje had two sons, Dirk (9.28) and Jan (9.29). Shortly after Jan's birth in 1769, Geerlof died.
Via Geerlof's son Dirk this little branch was continued for two generations, but Dirk and his son Dirk Geerlof (10.46) died just like their father and grandfather shortly after the birth of their child or children. In 1854 their last descendant died.

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