The person Jan Reek who died on the ship Cornelia in 1739 his father Henrick Reecksz came from Unna Wesfalia Germany in 1690 to Hoorn and in 1694 he became a member of the Lutherian Church in Hoorn.
He is the oldest tracable ancestor that we have.
He married in 1696 Maria van Odijk from Cuijlemborg, what was the old name for Culemborg in the Netherlands. It is fact that in Germany in those times the Lutherian Church was common. But the French were coming and wanted to destroy the Lutherian Church and beleves. Jan Reek was the only son alive from Henrick Reecksz that had children. Jan Hendriksz Reek, as this was his full name, was married to Lysbeth Jansdochter Stoel .The Dutch way of writing a name that always ends in son or zoon, that is why sz behind his name. Henrick and Maria lived in Hoorn at the Modderbacken, this was a filled part of the harbor that was called Vullerswaal. In the present time the name was changed into Vollerswaal and is still existing. The fleet in 1739 that went for Batavia ( East Indies ) had 17 ships and a lot of men died, but that was normal, lets end the Cornelia was found in 1740 drifting without masts and was thought to Ireland were she was repaired, in the mean time the load was transferred onto two other ships and brought back to the Netherlands. The ship was used until 1742 and broke down in Batavia. There is a family tree existing that leads back to Germany, even till the year 1050, and contains the family Von der Recke, wich were royals. This familytree was given to a Reek in South Afrika by a Reek from Germany in 1979's. But there is no direct link that Henrick was an old Royal from Germany. I'am searching together with Andre Hessels Reek to find this connection and there were Von der Recke in Unna. Germany is difficult to search because of privacy reasons, you have to travel to the libraries.
Hendrik Reek born in 1725 married twice, first to Jannetje Benist, they had two surviving children Dirk Reek 1756-1842 and Jan Reek 1750-1838, Jan is in my line. Dirk Reek's children dien young. The second marrieage to Trijntje de Vries and they had two children, Jannetje Reek and Hendrik Reek. This is the line from Andre Hessels Reek. My email is email@example.com
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