Jacob Jansen Verberne (1664)


I. Jacob Jansen Verberne (1664 – 1713/14).


Around 1700 a Jacob Jans(s)en Verberne settled down on the island of Texel. Born in Noord-Brabant, presumably from around Lierop (Asten ? – still home to Verberne’s, or Helmond ?). His baptism wasn’t registered in Lierop, although the register starts on June 5 1664; however from records found on Texel he must have been born around 1664 or 1665. His marriage was registered at the Liber Matrimonium of Lierop: on 02/09/1692 his marriage is noted and on 03/03/1692 he marries to Maria Janse Verhees, daughter of  Johannes Andries Verhees and Johanna van Dijck, baptized in Lierop on 02/24/1672. The bride was 20 and the groom 27 or 28 years old.

It’s very likely  Jacob jansen Verberne (also named Verbern or Verbarn) belonged to a group of traders known as the “Teuten”: merchants from the (Belgian) Peel moving north in the early spring, selling their goods and returning home in the Fall. It’s known these people to run a business in cities like Alkmaar or settled down permanently. Jacob Jansen most likely was one of them. The archivist Dr. M. Bussles (Hasselt B) wrote about  the Teuten and their merchandise in “Het Oude Land in Loon” year XII.

Joost Michiels Verberne

The first sign of Jacob Jansen Verberne on Texel was found on 11/13/1702, when Jacob’s daughter Geertruy was baptized (the name was written as Verberne); Joost Michielsz Verberne was one of the witnesses present; the parents lived in Den Burg. Further research revealed that Geertruy was the third child of the couple Verberne – Verhees.
They already had a Jan (Jacobs) Verberne, born in 1695 or 1696: in one record of 03/30/1735 he’s reported to be 39 years of age; place of birth unknown. The other child was a Jannetje (Jacobs); unkown date of baptism and place of birth. It’s unknown which of these children was the eldest.

The couple Jacob Jansen Verberne – Verhees had 6 children:

  1. Jan Jacobsz
    • {bapt 1695/96  in ??
    • {† 01/27/1767 in Den Burg
  2. Jannetje
    • {bapt ?? in  ??
    • {† ?? in Amersfoort (most likely)
  3. Geertruy
    • {bapt 11/13/1702 in Den Burg
    • {† ?? in Amersfoort (most likely)
  4. Gillis (Jelis or Jellis)
    • {bapt 03/31/1705 in Den Burg
    • {† 06/01/1773 in Den Burg
  5. Andries
    • {bapt 03/31/1708 in Den Burg
    • {† ?? in Amersfoort (most likely)
  6. Pieter Jacobs
    • {bapt 03/31/1708 in Den Burg
    • {† between 02/10 and 05/06/1751 in Den Burg

Gillis and Andries were twins (red.) The last three sons were baptized on 03/31. Jan’s branch died out in 1820.
At the Rijksarchief in Haarlem some records have been found indicating a few things about Jacob Jansen Verberne. Him being a peddler is noted in a notarial record says “aent Schilt zijnde ….. met zijn mars” etc.
Another record says “merchant in cloths” was, which had been striked through and replaced by  “shopkeeper”.
In another record he gave the right of attorney to a glass merchant. This indicates him being a peddler, shopkeeper and dealt in glass and cloths.
On October 23rd 1709 he valued, together with a colleague, as per request  the inventory of the widow Sara Barmentlo (a wealthy family on Texel), whom had children from her first marriage and intended to remarry. Both appraisers came to a total sum of 2497,= guilders and 6 nickels, her juwelry not included. This had to be valued in Amsterdam. Quite a sum back then! De valuation list was preserved and it’s quite interesting to read, as regards the design of a grand house.
On April 25th 1710 he provides securities for a widow and her children who’d left the island (“dat het Eijland Texel geen belastinge zal hebben van weduw of kinderen”).
On June 5th 1710 he signs a notarial deed in which he declares to have witnessed a conversation in which a person instructed another to remove a silver lamp from a church. Author thinks it not to be unlikely the church board might have been overdue on their yearly sum of 400 guilders to the reeve for a limited freedom of religion. This sum had been set during the chaplaincy of the first pastor on Texel after the reformation (van der Mijs 1623-1633) and remained the same for a long time, despite efforts from the church board to argue this. In 1644 all funds and goods of “Statue” were confisquated (altar supplies alone worth 2,000 guilders) and in 1648 the “Pope church and all silverware” were confisquated in charge of Hof van Holland (van der Vlis, page 106 – same case?). Perhaps it was attempted in 1710 to save this lamp in question from confiscation?
[4.] On May 18th 1713; Aldermen’s verdict: “Jacob Verbern” claims to receive 9 guilders from someone for delivery of goods; verdict: de debtor is to pay 6,= guilders and 10 nickels plus the charges of the court.

The date of death of Jacob Jansen Verberne hasn’t been found but could be somewhat approximated: the aforementioned claim of May 18th 1713 was submitted by himself. On June 21st 1714 his son does. In a more recent document his spouse is called widow. He must have passed away between May 18th 1713 and June 21st 1714, approximately 50 years old.

Jacob Jansen Verberne’s six children all reached the age of adulthood, which is quite remarkable in this era of high infant mortality. However we know little about the first ten years of his marriage. The widow (42 years old) was left behind with her 6 minor children from 5 to 18 years; perhaps she kept the shop and the eldest were able to make a living. Other than that Jacob Jansen wasn’t poor. The only known fact about children’s guardians is that in 1727 Hendrik Cornelis Dekker and Jan Isbrandsz de Boer were guardians for the twins.

In July 1722 Jacob Jansen Verberne’s widow gives an expanded mandate to her eldest and adult son Jan, to perform all legal acts on her behalf (she signed with a cross as she was probably illiterate). The reason for this mandate most likely is her moving to Amersfoort. A document was found of July 6 1723 in which a house is mentioned adjacent to the widow Jacob Verberne, However this doesn’t imply that she lived there. “Adjacent to” was commonly used to refer to the owner of the property. It could be a clue Jacob Jansen Verberne lived in the Warmoesstraat. Anyway, his spouse moved to Amersfoort together with Jannetje, Geertruy en Andries.
Jannetje got married on May 1726 with Johannes van Raelt, Geertruy married Abraham van Struyvenberg on June 26th 1731 and Andries married Agnes van ‘t Geyn on September 4th 1731, all in Amersfoort.

Omstreeks de tijd van beide laatst genoemde huwelijken overleed Maritie Verhees: op 28 november 1731 werd door de op Texel achtergebleven zonen en hun vrouwen de oudste broer nl. Jan Jacobs Verberne gemachtigd om hun belangen als testamentaire erfgenaam van “wijlen Maritie van wed Jan van Dijck, overleden in de respectieve stad Aamsfoort” te behartigen. Misschien is Maritie met een Jan van Dijck hertrouwd (haar moeder heette ook Van Dijk; er is geen onderzoek naar ingesteld. Toen ze naar Amersfoort verhuisde was ze ca 50 jaar oud en bemiddeld; ze had dus nog best kunnen hertouwen. Dat zij in 1722/’23 haar gezin splitste in drie kinderen op Texel achterliet moet toch wel een gewichtige reden hebben gehad, b.v. een tweede huwelijk! Maritie Verhees is 59 jaar geworden.
Jacob Jansen Verberne is een vermogend man geweest; dit kan geconcludeerd worden uit het volgende: toen Geertruy op 26 juni 1731 trouwde met Abraham van Struyvenberg geschiedde dit op huwelijksvoorwaarden, waarvan de acte bewaard is gebleven. Hij was veerschipper op Amsterdam en zijn inbreng van ‘t veer met toebehoren werd geschat op f 2000,=. Het bedrag echter dat de bruid inbracht werd geraamd op f 7000,= Het echtpaar Jacob Verberne – Verhees had 6 kinderen; dus was vader jacob minstens f 42.000,= rijk! Een groot bedrag voor die tijd.



Jacob Jansen Verberne moved to Texel around 1700. His son Jan Jacobs sold pieces of land in Noord-Brabant and real-estate on behalf of his parents on July 22, 1722 on Texel. This document was signed on August 10, 1722 in Lierop, Noord-Brabant.


Jan Jacobs (baptised 1695/96, † 27-01-1767 Den Burg)

Below the original 1722 text:

Compareerde voor ons, onderges(chreven) schepenen, Jan Jacobs V(er)berne, wonende op het eylant Texel, al welken comparant v(er)claert te cedeeren, transporteren en(de) eerffbaer te eeren een eerffve, geleegen in ‘t Heesven binnen Lirop, Aen Joseph Custers, tegenwordigh bewont bij Jan Peters van Helmont, en(de) dat voor de helfft bestaedt in huys, hoff, schuer en(de) aengelagh, des comparants moeder met de kinderen competeerende, groot ontrent in groes en lant de veertien lop(ensaet). Nochthans soo groot en kleyn als den voors(chreven) Jan Peters in labeuringe is hebbende.
Hier-uyt gaende twe stuy(vers) chijns jaerl(ijcks) aen de domijnen van Brabant. Item aen den heere Martinus de Tombe jaerl(ijcks) vijf stuy(vers) voor de helft. Alnogh aen den selven jaerl(ijcks) dri stuy(vers), twalff pen(ningen) voor de helft. Item alnogh eenen acker, groot ontrent een lop(en)s(ae)t, voor de helft. Hier-uyt te v(er)gelden jaerl(ijcks) eenen halven stuy(ver) voor de helft, gelegen met d’een seyde neffen d’eerffve Jan Huybers van den Boomen, met d’ander sijde Jan Peeters van Eyck; met d’een eynde den Renloop, d’ander eynde de gemeene straat. Item alnogh een hoybeemt, geleegen op de buytenbeemde, groot ontrent den vijff lop(ensaet), neffens d’een sijde de hoeve de Bennendonck, d’ander sijde Francis op Brouhuys; d’een eynde het gemeene lant, d’ander ende streckende op de aude Aa. Hieruyt te v(er)gelden jaerl(ijks) eenen stuy(ver) en dri ort chijns voor de helfft aen den heere van Helmont. Verders losen(de) vrij, uytgenomen doorpslasten en(de) v(er)pond(ing). Met alle gereghtigheden van weegen, stegen, waterlaten, houtwassen daer door- en(de) overgaende. Wijders v(er)claert den voors(chreven) comparant dit cedeeren, transporteren, alsmede uyt hoeffde van seekere procuratie, op Texel gepasseert de dato den tweëntwentighsten july 1722, voor schepenen alhier v(er)tont en(de) gebleken, gepasseert op het eylant Texel van den voors(chreven) comparants moeder, met name Maria, wed(uwe) Jacop Jansen V(er)berne, altijt te sullen houden voor goet, vast, stedigh en(de) van warden onder v(er)bant van sijn persoen en(de) goederen, hebbende en(de) vercrijgende.
Coram schepenen geteykent. Actum Lirop, den thinden augusti seventhienhondert tweëntwentigh.
Dit merck stelt Jan van Dijck.

(w.g.) Jan van Eyck.
(w.g.) Jan van den Boomen, abs(en)t(e) se(cre)tario.

Den coop is 250-0-0.
Den 40en pen(ning)
betalt met
Lasten in ‘t cap(i)t(ael)
Den coop is
Lasten in ‘t capitael


Waervan den 40en pen(ning) betaelt is met
De tiende (penning?) met


Although this document shows Jan Jacobs Verberne sold his parents real-estate, it also proves the fact that Maria is his mother. Could Maria be Maritie Jans Verhees? And if so, than Jan Jacobs Verberne would be Jacob Jansz Verberne’s (#1 TGII) son.

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