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The Dom church in Utrecht 1460

Anthony (I) Noyon (±1620 - 1685) and Annichen Sickes

(from the book “De geschiedenis van de familie Noyon, Utrecht – Sneek, 1668 – 1856″, written by Tjerk Frederik Noyon, chapter 6)


Anthony Noyon, coming from France, settled in Utrecht, Netherlands, bought in 1668 from his father-in-law a house there, died 21 December 1685, married in Utrecht, 23 April 1643 with Annichen Sickes , from Utrecht, lived there in 21 December  1685, died unknown, daughter of  Sicke Jacob.

From this marriage:

  1. Antony, Utrecht baptized 10 Mar 1644, following generation II
  2. Jacobus, baptized Utrecht 1 October 1646, following generation II
  3. Maria, baptized Utrecht, 10 November 1648, died there 18 March 1650
  4. Joannes, baptized Utrecht26 December 1650, died 14 October 1672
  5. Maria, barptized Utrecht13 mart 1654, died there 31 December 1684
  6. Catherina, baptized Utrecht 3 May 1657, membership in Sneek 1698, died there 21  May 1714, married Utrecht 15 May 1683 with Johannes Hagedoorn, from Bochom (Westphalia), died in Sneek 26 January 1721 [39].


 The Marriage

From the BMB-registers (Baptism, Marriage, Burial) of the city of Utrecht emerges a complete picture of the family, which was founded in 1643 with the marriage of “Anthony Noyon, Y.M. from Vrankrijk with Annichen Sickes, Y.W. from Utrecht, both living in the Vrouw Jutten Alley “.

Witnesses are unfortunately not mentioned and – what is worse – neither the place of origin in France. Was it an unknown village or was it too much trouble for the writer? The omission of witnesses does suggest the latter.

The marriage took place in the St. Jacobskerk, a former Roman Catholic Church in the north-west corner of the city, since used by the Calvinists. Bride and groom were both living both in the far south-west area of the city. The neighbouring Geertekerk there would have been a more natural choice as location.

As we shall see however, Annichen’s father owned a house near the Jacobskerk, so we must assume that, although his daughter was already living outdoors (in employment?), she was married from her parental home. Furthermore, it appears therefore, that our French Anthony did not marry his bride in the Walloon Church but in the Dutch Protestant Church.
Regarding the age of the couple there is no data available to us. Anthony was not registered as a member of the Walloon church, which nevertheless would have been appropriate. Furthermore neither Anthony nor Annichen are listed on the list of members of the Dutch Reformed Church, so they were not members of any professing church.


 The residences

We know the name of Annichen’s father. The transfer deeds show namely:

23 oct 1668 Antoni Nojon (sic!), buys as wool comber from his father-in-law Sicke Jacobs, a house built with private walls [with the exception of the walls that he has in common with widow Claes Jansz], located on the east side of the Sloyersteech.

Neighbours: SW Peter Valentijn server of justice, NW the widow Claes Jansz, behind the widow of Nypoort.

Except for the name Sicke Jacobs we learn from this deed:

  1. that father Sicke was a homeowner
  2. that Anthony was indeed a wool comber and that 25 years after his marriage was capable to buy  this house from his father-in-law
  3. that it was probably a simple house “in a decent position” where three adjacents were free.

The Sloyersteeg has now disappeared and must have been located in the north-west corner of the old city near the Jacobskerk.

It is likely however, that the couple lived since1668 inthe house in the Sloyersteeg, which they now could call their own. According to their faith and the registration of the baptisms of the children, they initially lived in the Vouw Juttensteeg and then in the Molensteeg, respectively in the South-West and North-East corner of the city. Since no previous deeds are recorded they were undoubtedly rented dwellings.


 The baptism of the children

The six children were baptized in four different churches: Anthony, Joannes, and the second daughter Maria (above Nos. 1, 4 and 5) in the Geertekerk, Jacobus (No. 2) in the Dom (main church), and Catherine (No. 6) in the St Pieter.

Of these six, only to number 3 had a very short life. The fate of the others will be discribed in the next chapter.

Why the children were baptised in different churches, we do not know. The Geerte and Nicolaas churches were close to the Vrouw Juttensteeg, but according to the baptismal registers the couple lived as early as the third child in the Molensteeg, almost a half hour walk to the other side of town. A long and cold trip with a baptism child on her arms. Were they maybe not pleased with the minister in their new area?

The fact that we tracked down the Noyon’s in Utrecht, we owe to the baptism of the sixth child, Catherine, in the St. Pieter in 1657. This church was given in use to the Walloon Church in 1655 and it is thanks to the archives of the Eglise Wallonne that our attention was drawn to her and her parents. It is also the first and for a long time the last time that the French church played a role in the family. My mother Alice Fortanier introduced my sister Blanche and me, in our youth, back into this church.
The retrieval of the baptism data was also not helped by the very approximate way the names of the parents appeared to be spelled in the records: from Noyon, to the Noyen variants, and we even encounter Noyonck and Wrejoen. The mother’s name is spelled Syckens and Seckers (= Sickes), also referred to as Theunes and Fyttjen! A possible confusion with the names of the witnesses?
It seems that such acts were prepared often later, using scraps and notes. In any event, the first names of the parents were always conclusive.


 The further course

With the exception of the transfer deed of 1668, the archival sources abandon us about the further course of the life of the couple until 1685, the year of Anthony’s death. In the records of the deceased we find listed:

„21 dec 1685 – Anthony Noyon, laet nae sijn vrouw met mondige kinderen. Gesoncken gratis“. (leaves behind his wife with adult children, sunk free of charge)

Anthony would have been, we estimate, between 66 and 72 years old. His wife and three of his children (Anthony II, Jacobus and Catherina) survived him.

I was told that “sinking” is a funeral in the evening hours with torch light, for which a “consent” had to be paid. The fact that for Anthony’s funeral it was free of charge, this indicates the limited financial capacity of the heirs…

Annichen is not mentioned in the Utrecht burial registers. Her son Jacobus sold in 1692 the house in Sloyersteeg to his brother-in-law Hagedoorn and I suspect that Annichen, with Jacobus and his family, left the city of Utrecht. In the BMB-registers they are no longer mentioned. To where this part of the family has gone, I have until now not been able to find out.

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