The Petersen family
This family originates from the Western part of the
Betuwe (central Holland), to be precise the area between Beusichem, Zoelen and Tiel.
It is a small-scale bucolic landscape dotted with tiny villages, where time
stood still. When searching we visited Beusichem, Zoelmond, Ravenswaaij and Tiel.
The personnel at the regional archive Regionaal Archief Rivierenland at Tiel and Buren have been very cooperative and friendly.
|The villages Zoelen en
Zoelmond are named after the small brook Zoel, which is hard to
find (see picture left).
The oldest known ancestor is Michiel Petersen, who
was married 1752 in Utrecht to Liesbeth van Muiswinkel. They lived
"on the Opstal" in the Ravenswaaij community. This place was
quite near the Zoelmond church however, so they went to church there.
This explains why they needed a consent from Rev. Keer of Ravenswaaij
everytime a child of their's was christened.
|Because of his wife's name we assume
that they came from the Muizenwinkel farm, already visible on maps from 1860
and still existing, as can be seen on the map above and on the picture
In "Van der Aa Geographical Lexicon" (1847) I found this description:
"Nowadays there is still ... a large farmstead, called Muiswinkel, in possession of the gentleman A.W. Baron van Brienen, which appears to have been a castle in former days and must have been shot at considerably, as proven by the marks, still visible".
From their original region the Petersens spread to places like Doorn, Zeist, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Rotterdam.
The genealogy of these descendants is called Petersen Family - General , we welcome comments and additions on them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Around Harderwijk another Petersen family exists, which however is not directly related.
Via the regional archivist at Wijk bij Duurstede we came into contact with Jan
and Henny Petersen in Doorn, who had already done quite a lot of
investigations. Their branch of the family is mainly around Doorn and Zeist.
We call this family the "Doorn branch" and the result of their
efforts can be found here:
Petersen family - Doorn
|Left you see a bunch of Petersens in Doorn (Jan Bernhard Juliaan, son Michiel and brother Michiel Adriaan) together with my wife Louise Helene (Loes) Petersen, who originates from The Hague.|
|The family of my wife moved via Amerongen to Amsterdam. Karel Petersen was a coach driver and
took his young bride Geertje van Gelder there. Alas, both died young,
and the youngest of their children was even at an orphanage, though
later she became nanny to the children of the respected Quarles van
His son Johannes Karel moved to Rotterdam as an apprentice stone mason. After his marriage they moved to The Hague where he started a stone mason's shop.
At great speed he crossed through The Hague streets on his Harley Davidson. One could also expect him at the annual TT racing in Assen (below left). On the picture below right he is accompanied by photographer Lunow on the back seat.