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The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi

GYR

A genealogy and cemetery blog by Henk van Kampen
Charter member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits

The graveyard rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi is a blog devoted to cemeteries, burial grounds and grave markers in Utrecht and Het Gooi, and burial customs in The Netherlands. The blog is a requirement for membership of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, of which I am a charter member.

The logo is designed by footnoteMaven. The name Graveyard Rabbit was invented by the founder of the Association, the late Terry Thornton, and comes from a poem by Frank Lebby Stanton (1857-1927).

Tombstone Tuesday: Van Bemmel

Posted by on 22 Apr 2014 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Wijk bij Duurstede | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Van Bemmel

Today’s tombstone is cracked, making some of the dates at the bottom hard to read. But I think the correct translation is: “Here rests our dear husband and father Thomas Joannes van Bemmel born 29 December 1856 died 6 June 1931. And our dearly beloved unforgettable mother Anna Maria Gerarda van Bemmel née van Leeuwen born in Harmelen on 29 August 1863 died 18 February 1933. Rest in peace.” The names of both spouses are spelled slightly different on the official documents, it seems. I found the following genealogical data:...

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Tombstone Tuesday: Schaeffer

Posted by on 8 Apr 2014 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Zeist | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Schaeffer

A family grave with a flat stone with just names, no dates: Johannes Philippus Schaeffer Jr, Johanna Schaeffer and J.J.K. Schaeffer-de Roo. Despite the fact that there are no dates on the stone it was not too hard to identify the people buried here: Johannes Philippus Schaeffer, son of Johannes Philippus Schaeffer and Johanna Dolleman Lambrechts, was born on 6 October 1831 and died on 19 May 1914 in Zeist. He married Johanna Jacoba Klasina de Roo, daughter of Cornelis de Roo and Johanna van Son, on 24 May 1865 in Dordrecht. She died on 6...

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Tombstone Tuesday: Composer

Posted by on 1 Apr 2014 in Doorn, Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Composer

Here rests Hendrika van Tussenbroek, composer, born 2 December 1854, died 21 June 1935. Hendrika was a composer and songwriter who wrote mostly children’s songs. She’s not exactly a household name, but a couple of her songs are still popular. You can see her portrait here. Hendrika Cornelia van Tussenbroek, daughter of Gerardus van Tussenbroek and Cornelia van der Voort, born 2 December 1854 in Utrecht, unmarried, died on 21 June 1935 in Doorn, 80 years...

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Tombstone Tuesday: Cornelia Maria Kellerman

Posted by on 25 Mar 2014 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Zeist | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Cornelia Maria Kellerman

No. 990, Cornelia Maria Kellerman, born in Utrecht on 31 August 1773, died in Zeist on 10 July 1872 According to her death certificate, her name was Cornelie Marie Kellermann: Cornelie Marie Kellermann, female, 98, unmarried, daughter of Willem Kellermann and Johanna Gerarda Mauregnault, died in Zeist on 10 July 1872.

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Tombstone Tuesday: J.H. Insinger

Posted by on 18 Mar 2014 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Lage Vuursche | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: J.H. Insinger

This is one of the largest graves of Lage Vuursche Cemetery. It belongs to Jan Herman Insinger, an art dealer and photographer of some renown. The Insinger Papyrus is named after him. The (translated) inscription on the grave: J.H. Insinger, born in Amsterdam 12 May 1854, died in Cairo 27 October 1918

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Old Cemetery of Zeist

Posted by on 14 Mar 2014 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Zeist | 0 comments

Old Cemetery of Zeist

For a long time, people buried their dead in and around the church. That stopped in the early 19th century, when new regulations stipulated that burial sites had to be out of town. In 1830, the town Zeist opened a brand new cemetery that complied with the new rules. This cemetery is now known as the Oude Algemene Begraafplaats (Old Public Cemetery). Originally out of town, it is now in the middle of the ever expanding city Zeist. It closed its doors in 1965, and afterwards was neglected for many years. But recently the entrance building and...

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Tombstone Tuesday: Our littlest darling

Posted by on 11 Mar 2014 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Wijk bij Duurstede | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Our littlest darling

We have a look at a infant’s grave today. Translation of the inscription: “Here rests our littlest darling Leon Jansen born 27 July [19]43 died 15 October [19]43.” Summary of the death certificate: Pantaleon Johannes Jansen, male, 0 years old, son of Wouter Arnoldus Jansen and Johanna Hendrika Maria Schippers, died on 15 October 1943 in Wijk bij Duurstede. The mother of this child, Johanna Hendrika Maria Schippers, died later in the same year, on 21 December 1943 in Wijk bij Duurstede at the age of 39.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Anna Elisabeth Hasselmann

Posted by on 4 Mar 2014 in Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, Zeist | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Anna Elisabeth Hasselmann

Anna Elisabeth Hasselmann, born on 9 February 1743 in Amsterdam, died on 22 January 1747 in Zeist. Anna Elisabeth lived with her parents in the recently founded Moravian settlement on the estate of Zeist Castle. She was the first of this group to pass away, and was buried on the estate. The plot where she was buried later became the Moravian Cemetery of...

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