Issue 2, April 2000

In this issue of Bin ie d'r één van Nekkers ? :

From the editor

Results since last newsletter

Five generations in one view

Who does (not) want to visit Necker-island?

E-mail service, later this year a website

A family meeting at the beginning of this century?


                                                   Soest, April 2000

From the editor:


This is the second issue of “Bin ie der één van Nekkers?”. The first one was made in 1997 and sent to some hundred readers (most of them with the Nekkers-surname). To be complete: in May 1998 we released a special edition of “Bin ie der één van Nekkers?”, when my parents Gerrit Jan Nekkers (1915) en Johanna Maria Brandsma had their  60th wedding party.
Many positive reactions came to us. People have an interest in the history of our family. This motivates us to continue!


From now on, our community of readers will be bi-langual. An English version is available for our relatives from the USA and Canada. Many of them can not (no longer) read Dutch.


Peter Nekkers.


Results since last newsletter:


There is news of my (electronic) database: it is growing in number (of people) and depth (of content, data from papers, announcements etc.). Summarizing:

·       In our database (maintained with help of the Dutch family-tree computer application PRO-GEN) data of some 1300 people are stored. About half of them have the Nekkers-name (or variants like Neckers). With help of this PRO-GEN computer program and data on persons (and on relations and marriages) it is simple to produce output (reports). However, the size is already too big for publishing it in newsletters like this one. And, the quality of the data is not on the right level, it needs improvement.

·       A Neckers-group from the USA knocked on our door. This is the way these things happen: a professor in chemistry, Douglas Neckers, visits Nijmegen for giving lectures on the Nijmegen-University. He is curious and pokes around in the telephone directory of Nijmegen. He finds the number of Coby and Henk Nekkers. He calls Coby and she is aware of the importance of such a contact. Through email I am in regular contact with Douglas, who is a descendant of Winterwijk-emigrants (left Holland 1840-1850). He is also a removed cousin of Kevin, who visited Winterswijk in the early 80-s. Kevin met Wouter Sonderen (Wouter is a genealogist and his mother is a Nekkers). We now know, that there are many Neckers-relatives on several locations in the United States. However, the pieces don’t fit together, that will take more time. Douglas will certainly visit us on his next trip to Nijmegen.

·       Another Nekkers-group from Canada showed up. In this case it is like this: on the Internet Chris (Christoffer Peter) from Canada is “surfing” and finds a “hit”, the name of Guus Nekkers, working (at that time) at the University of Utrecht. Guus directed this contact to me. This Canadian Nekkers-group was founded by Gerrit Jan Nekkers, who ran a shop in sanitary facilities in Brummen and decided to emigrate to Ontario Canada (in the vicinity of Toronto) in 1955 with wife Heintje Ribbink and their children. Gerrit Jan is afraid of the political situation in Europe (think of Hungary 1956) and does not want to see his sons enlisted in military service. This Canadian “plumbers” group is now about 26 persons large. Son Peter and his wife Ann Fernandez and their two children visited The Netherlands (and us) in 1998  and we will visit them in Ontario in the near future.


Five generations in one view


(subtitle: the art of leaving out information)


In order to show you, how much information I have of  the
Necker(s) and Nekkers family, a booklet of 55 pages can be printed. This is not practical however. The information is not easy to read, it is a rather “dry” listing of names, facts and dates. Although being exact and neat, it is not attractive for the majority of the readers. Besides, the printing and distribution process is rather costly.

A drawing (graphical) is much more clear and simple. But how to put data of 700 Nekkers/Neckers in one chart? Just by leaving out much of the available data. What did I leave out on the chart on page 4 ?:

·       the family name (is always Necker, Neckers or Nekkers)

·       all spouses / partners

·       the children of Nekkers- daughters (since they have usually a new surname)

·       the youngest generations (only the oldest generations X, IX, VIII, VII, VI have been printed)


What information per person in the chart?

·       the first name (Christian name), the first 13 characters

·       the date of birth

·       the city of birth, the first  8 characters


By doing this the computer (with help of cut paste actions) can make a picture of the 5 oldest generations Nekkers in one page. However, you don’t find yourself back, since you (and I) belong to the youngest generations, born in the twentieth century.


The rest of the family tree (generations V, IV, III, II) consist of 13 branches, which got a number in the chart. Each of these 13 male Nekkers-descendants represents a family branch. From there on all persons / descendants in the nineteenth and twentieth century can be located.




Printed in bold you will find the male descendants, being (known) fathers themselves. His children are listed after his underlined name. A question mark between brackets (?) means: “date of birth unknown”.


For example the descendants of the third of thirteen ancestors, Gerrit Hendrik Nekkers (1812, Winterwijk):

·       (1st  marriage) Harmen Jan (1839), Hendrik Jan (1842), Hendrik Jan (1844), Hendrik Jan (1845), Gerrit Antonie (1856), (2nd  marriage) Berendina Hendrika (1848), Jan Hendrik (1851), Jan Albert (1853), Jan Albert (1860), Hendrik Jan (1866 )

·       from Harmen Jan (1839): Berendina Gesiena (1874), Tonia (1875), Johan (1877), Johanna (1880), Lambertus (1882)

·       from Lambertus (1882): Christina Johanna (1907), Hendrika Gerritdina (1919)

·       from Jan Hendrik (1851): Janna Geertruida Hendrika (1881), Geertruida Christina (1885), Janna Geertruida (1889)

·       from Jan Albert (1860): (1st marriage ) Theodora Christina (1887), Gerrit Hendrik (1889), (2nd  marriage) Engelina Aleida (1895), Hendrik Jan (1898)

·       from Gerrit Hendrik (1889): (1st marriage) Jan Albert (1918), Johanna Berendina (1920), (2nd marriage) Jan Hendrik (1924), Johan Willem (1925), Janna Catherina (1927), Johanna Aleida Berendina (1928), Gerrit (1933)

·       from Jan Albert (1918): Derkje Janna Geertruida (1947), Jan (1953)

·       from Jan (1953): Ruud (1985)

·       from Jan Hendrik (1924): Hannita (1956), Jan Heico (1959), Jolanda (1961)

·       from Johan Willem (1925): Jan Gerrit Hendrik (1955), Johan Willem (1957), Geert (1962)

·       from Jan Gerrit Hendrik (1955): Renske (1982), Lonneke (1984)

·       from Gerrit (1933): Freddy (1958), Rene (1961)

·       from Rene (1961): Tanja (1990), Kim (1993)

·       from Hendrik Jan (1898): Hendrik Jan Albert (1927), J.B.C. (?)

·       from Hendrik Jan Albert (1927): Hendrik Jan (1953), Jantine (1956), Gina (1960)

·       from Hendrik Jan (1866 ): Christina Hendrika (1893), Gerrit Jan (1895)

I can send you the complete list of the thirteen ancestors by email. Just send an email to PNEKKERS@WORLDONLINE.NL.

If, after reading, you still don’t find yourself back in the listings, it is just an indication that the archives are not complete yet. In that case, please send me additional information.


The thirteen ancestors and their descendants:


In the chart on page 4 you find the thirteen ancestors, all male descendants of Pijter (pronounce Peter like in English), who have children of their own.
Where did these children move to, and where do they live now? The majority per branch can be found in:

1.     Peter (1797): the complete USA-family, starting in Holland, Michigan.

2.     Christiaan (1803): Winterswijk.

3.     Gerrit Hendrik (1812): Winterswijk (some of them are railway-employees) . See the example.

4.     Peter (1812): Friesland, Groningen, Zwolle (management of  Odeon-theatre in Zwolle).

5.     Gerrit Jan (1818): Arnhem (the miller, see newsletter number 1).

6.     Willem (1786): Laren, Bathmen, Hellendoorn, Nijverdal, Hulsen, Wierden, Borne, Hengelo(O), Den Haag.

7.     Gerrit Jan (1799): Laren, Bathmen, Lochem, and (mainly) Holten.

8.     Arend (1805): Lochem, only one child (1830) registered.

9.     Berend Jan (1811): Lochem, Zutphen, only one child  (1845) registered.

10.  Teunis (1806): Laren, Gorssel, Arnhem (the contractors).

11.  Antony (1807): Lochem, Laren, Goor, Roden, Pieterburen.

12.  Jan (1817): Lochem (the famous alderman Derk), Ruurlo, Zutphen, Den Haag, Naarden, Dordrecht, Ijmuiden, Heemskerk.

13.  Antoni (1821): Lochem, Zutphen, Ellecom (city of Rheden), almost all persons in Zutphen (except the railway-employees), Oldenzaal, Canada, Utrecht, Assen, Almelo, Deventer, Soest.


With help of this list you can all find your ancestor. Keep the place of residence of your parents and grandparents in mind (and  your own).