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