Heerema - Ritsema
Heerema Tak B en C
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Datum: 04/16/2011 22:44
Hello Dennis,
   I hope this finds you and yours well. I was wondering if there is someone who visits your site who may have more information on the Heerema connection between Tak B (Winsum) and Tak C (Adorp)?
   Egbert Klaasens is the first of Tak C who takes on the name Heerema. At the time of the naming in in 1811 he is a ten year old boy. It is possible that he is already working on the Heerema farm on the Munnekeweg as his father had died two years previously. Jacobus Heerema Ritsema had died three years prior to the naming and his two sons were 20 and 15 respectively at the time. The two sons are Jacob Jacobus who is 23 at the naming and Cornellis Jacobus who is 18 at the time. It would have been the boys who took Egbert with them at the naming and it is they who keep the only the name Heerema.
   Egbert would go on later to marry Aaltje Geerts Zijl and it seems easier to link her as part of the extended family than Egbert. Aaltje was the daughter of Geert Jacobs Zijl. Jacobus wife (third), Anje Jacobs, who was the widow of Geert Geert Zilj. The two Geerts may have been related in some way but I have not found the connection. The other connection is through, Jacob Jacobus and Cornellis Jacobus uncle, Willem Cornellis Brands. Aaltje’s grandfather, Klaas Jans de Jong, name comes up in Willem’s and Tryntje Bruins wedding contract in 1791:
Getuigen bij het huwelijkscontract zijn an bruidegomszijde Kornellis Jans en Albertjen Willems, vader en moeder, Arys Jans en Martigen Cornellis, zwagger en zuster, Jan Cornellis en Grietje Reinders, Claas Cornellis en Greitje Roelfs, broers en schoonzusters, Jacobus Herema en Anje Cornellis, zwager en zuster, Lammert en Reinder Cornellis, broers, Liefke Cornellis, zuster, aan bruidzijde Klaas Jans de jonge, vreemde voogd van broers en zusters (de voormond is ziek). Geert Hindriks en Etjen Jacobs, aangehuwd oom en tante. Pieter Klaas en Jacob Olfers Vonk, neven, Freerk Jans aangehuwde neef, Jan Roelfs en Tryntje Olfter Vonk, aangehuwd neef en nicht.
   I am wondering if anyone in Tak C may have more information. We may not get feedback soon but hopefully we provide a background of information for the next person who takes up the search.
       As always, with regards,
Heerema - Ritsema Story Revised

Geschreven door Jack Heerema: The Heerema - Ritsema Story Revised

Hello Dennis,
   I hope this finds you well. I did some more research into the Heerema – Ritsema branch and added some more information. It is set in the context of Shelley’s original story but some of the detail is interesting. It’s not in a PDF form, so I hope you can open it. If I find more information I will forward it to you, there may be stuff recorded somewhere which is not yet available. It is interesting how you can build a story out of just names and dates. Thank you again for your interest, without it we could not make this information available for others who may be interested.
   It is my believe that both the families Heerema and Ritsema came from Friesland and settled very close to each other at Zuidhorn. These families intermarried and, at a given point, the family Heerema did not have male heirs left to carry on the name. It was taken over by the closest surviving male heir of the Ritsema family, which would have been Jacobus Jacobs after his brother Jan Jacobs died. This is speculative, but why would Jacobus Jacobs take on another surname rather than use his own. Yet we could still be right back to the traditional view that it was an inheritance from a rich uncle in Holland.

Thanks again Dennis,


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Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:50 AM
Subject: Re: Heerema - Fort McMurray
Hello Jack,
I have looked after the pictures I photocopied from "Ommelander Geslachten" and the picture in your e-mail is quite the same and is of the Ritzema family. It looks far more as a shield of an officer in the army, often a nobleman, than of a farmer. Farmers often have one or three clover-leaves in their shield when they are "eigenerfde boer". In the 17th and 18th century there were left few farmers who had the rights of a "edele heerd". They were mostly sold to the "jonkers" of the "borgen" in the villages and they rent the farm from them. The local judge and sollicitor (redger) was appointed by the "jonker' and in his name he made the deeds of sale of houses and farms but also the marriage certificates. The judge had a seal in wax he attached to the deed or certificate and so it was valid in law. I don't know if any of the Ritzema's or Heerema's in the 16th or beginning of the 17th century held that profession and used their seal. The pictures in OG have been drawn bij a J.E.v.L., a heraldic drawer, most likely in the beginning of the 20th century.
In a small booklet I found a map of the grave-stones in the Aa-kerk but without names, only numbers. Many of them have only a number or name and no shield. The half-eagle in the shield is derived from the German Empire and is the same of the town of Groningen and the red deer may be related to hunting. I am afraid it is pure fantasy of the designer. 
According to the "Nieuwe Groninger Encyclopedie" Heereburen was also Heeremaburen, called after the farm of the Heerema family.       
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Heerema - Ritzema

Hi Gert,
   If the shield can be actually attributed to Heerema and Ritsema then it can be directly linked to Jacobus Jacobs Heerema van Ritsema. I have been able to trace the name Heerema to four sources (there could be more). Two of these Heerema families come after the naming in August 1811. One of which was Eilbert Lammerts, en schipper van stad Groningen, and the second was Egbert Klaasens van Adorp. I do not believe the shield originates from these two branches. This leaves only two branches. The oldest branch can be traced back to Holwinda ie: Tjaart Heerema, jonker, heer op Holwinda and Anna Marie van Heerema who marries Johan Wilhelm van Diest in 1652. The last branch would be Jacobus Jacobs Heerema van Ritsema. If the shield can be linked to Ritsema, which seems to be indicated in your research in the OG, then it can be attributed to Jacobus Jacobs. If this is the case then the shield would probably be the wapen van en eigenerfde boer. This is the reasoning behind my idea that it might be linked to Heereburen. Heereburen is only a mile or two away from the Ritsemastede and gets it's name from the family Herema who farmed there. I have absolutely no idea of how they got there or what became of them, but believe they may have married into the Ritsema family. Do you know anyone who has and understanding of how these shields were acquired and how the symbols were picked?
   I have been told that the shield can be found in the Aa-Kerk but I have no way of verifying this. If it is then it could be there possibly from a financial contribution and records might be available. How or why Jacobus Jacobs could be linked to the Aa-Kerk is something I have yet to understand. It is easier to link Tjaart Heerema to stad Groningen than Jacobus Jacobs, except through his mother's family. His mother, Grietje Nannes Fijland (Vieland) had family in the stad. Anyway, thanks for letting me run this by you Gert.

With kind regards

Gert Zuidema

Antwoord aan Jack
Hello Jack,
Accoording to Egbert Heerema (translation from dutch below), there was a Boerenarbeider (Farmworker) who during the NameAdoption (by Napoleon) worked for the Heerema's from the B Branch. He asked his boss if he was alowed to adapt his familly name, that is how the C-branch started in Groningen. Until now there is no affinity between Branch-A and Branch-B.
Tijdens de naamsaanneming werkte er een boerenarbeider bij de Heerema's van de B-tak. Deze heeft toen gevraagd aan zijn baas of hij de naam Heerema mocht aannemen en zo is de C-tak ontstaan in Groningen. Er bestaat tot op heden nog geen enkele verwantschap tussen de A-tak en de B-tak.

Still be able to proof that it's hooked together is a nice challange whitch should not be avoided!
Egbert also let me know that he is updating the documentation on all branches with more recent info (he is working to the present).



Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: Question Re: Ritsema

Hello Jack,
It took some time before answering you due to a lot of work, family, house and garden.
The answer to your question is not very difficult. Jacob Crijns, Derk Crijns Bekema and his wife Anje Ritzes were mennonites (Doopsgezinden). The Ritzema's were not and in the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century a lot of mennonites became members of the Dutch Reformed Church. In my family e.g. Rietema's from Vliedorp/Houwerzijl and Ulrum did so. They married to members of the Reformed church and became earlier or later members of that church. After the death of the head of the family, they went over as a family to the other church as you see. Besides the question of baptism as a child or an adult, their way of life as serious believers was not very different. On the other side their was the development from the strong doctrine in the church to a liberal faith. Nowadays the majority of mennonites in our country call themselves liberal. Thanks to the Revolution in 1795 all denominations were declared equal and had the same rights. From then also mennonites could be appointed to a post to the Government.     
I am studying your attachement of the other e-mail and I shall answer you as soon as possible. On my computer I have Vista and Office 2007 but not Works. By accident and thanks to Microsoft it was possible to read your story, don't ask me how.

2010/5/30 <jackheerema@XXXX>
Hello Gert,
   I have found something which may or may not be significant and something you may be able to shed some light on? On page 186 of the book "Boer en Heer, "de Groninger boer" 1760-1960", it shows an interesting picture of Jacob Crijns (Ritzema) and his brother Derk Crijns (Bekema) and his wife. This painting was probably commissioned after Jacob Crinjs death in 1809. Jacob Crijns had married Auke Jacobs Ritsema, the daughter of Jacob Jans Ritsema and Grietje Nannes Fijland, in 1773 and he and four of the five surviving children all use the name Ritzema as a surname. Auke dies giving birth to Albert in 1787 and Jacob Crijns dies on May 6th, 1809. On July 16th of 1809 Crijn Jacobs Ritzema aged 32, Jacob Jacobs Ritzema aged 25 and Albert Jacobs Ritsema aged 22 all do profession of faith in Warffum on the same Sunday. Would you know if there is something significant in this in relation to the death of their father?
   Thanks Gert, I hope I am not being a nuisance,

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