One might assume that the 1820 marriage record is correct. Ofcourse it's
possible that this was Johannes second (maybe even third or fourth)
marriage. And if Maria (Mie) Eland was 24 when she got married, her son
Johannes could have been born somewhere between 1755 and 1775. So he might
have been anything between 45 and 65 years old....
Dutch marriage certificates are accompanied by what are called the marital
appendices. You may find a lot of info there. On
it is explained:
From 1811 on, all Dutch marriages are officially registered by the local
authorities. The marriage certificates of the period 1811-1922 are kept in
provincial archives, and are free accessible. It are very informative
documents for genealogical purposes.
The registrar used a standard form. Of course the names of bride and groom
were listed, but also their birth and living places, their ages, and their
occupations. Also the names of the parents were included in the certificate,
and their living places. There were always witnesses, and their names, ages
and occupations are mentioned in the last part of the document. At the foot
of the certificate you will find the signing of the couple, the witnesses
and the registrar. Sometimes not all of them signed for a simple reason: not
everyone was able to write.
Usually there are also appendices of the marriage certificate available. The
registrar only could marry a couple if they provide him with a few official
documents. This are the appendices, or in Dutch the `huwelijksbijlagen'. He
needed at least copies of the birth certificates of the bridegroom and the
bride and a document of the National Army. But if one of the parents of the
couple was already deceased, the registrar also asked for a copy of the
death certificate. The amount of documents is sometimes more than 10,
including for example copies of death certificates of grandparents, notarial
acts concerning the approval of the marriage by parents living far away or a
statement about the poor financial situation of the couple."
If one of the spouses-to-be was a widow(er) the registrar would also need a
copy of the death-certificate of the former spouse.
Nynke van den Hooven.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ron Kasten
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 7:15 AM
Subject: [Noord-Brabant_Genealogy] van Kuijk/Eland
Could you help me with this puzzle. I have traced my family back to
Johannes van kuijk and vrouw Elisabeth Vingerhoets with your help.
Found an entry concerning what seems to me to be his parents,
Adriaan Jan van Cuijk and vrouw Mie Thomas Eelands. I can understand
the spelling difference as I was kindly explained that due to
illiteracy spelling was seldom accurate. But there seems to be to
big a time gap. Adriaan and Maria married 1755 son married 1820. I
can't find any date when Johanne or Elizabeth were born. Could one
of the marriage dates be recorded incorrectly?
For all those who have helped me so far a big thank you