Petrus Noyon (1707 – 1760) and Antie Gonggrijp
(from the book “De geschiedenis van de familie Noyon, Utrecht – Sneek, 1668 – 1856″, written by Tjerk Frederik Noyon, chapter 11)
Petrus Noyon, b. Sneek January 7 1707, cloth manufacturer and dyer, citizen scoutmaster Sneek, died March 9, 1760, married Sneek October 13, 1726, Antie Thomas Gonggrijp, b. Harlingen January 30, 1701, died Sneek August 25, 1784, daughter of Thomas Harmens and Aagtie Sybrands.
From this marriage:
- Aagjen Noyon, b. Sneek Sept. 27. 1728, died October 31, 1806, married Sneek July 16, 1757 Ruird Radersma, b. Sneek November 23 1727, vroedsman and schepen, died June 10, 1807 son of Piter and Boukje Sjoerds.
- Joseph, b. January 9, 1737, following generation V.
- Josina Noyon, b. Sneek January 28, 1740, died Oppenhuizen (Wymbritseradeel) April 23, 1777, married Oppenhuizen August 26, 1770 Rev. Sigefridus (Sieuwert) Gardingius, b. Enkhuizen 17 September 1744, reformed pastor last in Wolsum died Sneek June 17, 1809 son of Isaac and Hiltjen Rieuwerts: he remarried Winsum 25 May 1801 Elisabeth Tjittes Sijbema, widow Klaas Hibma.
- Hilkjen Noyon, b. Sneek July 24, 1743, died August 21, 1743.
- Hilkjen Noyon b. Sneek December 11, 1745. died June 27, 1760.
11.2 Youth and marriage
When Joseph dies in 1720 at the age of 45, his third wife Teetske Eelkes and the three children from his first marriage, Antoni, Jissyna (Josyna) and Petrus (Pytter) respectively 19, 17 and 13 years old, remain alone in their rented house at the Great Sand. Since the children reach the age of majority only until they are 25 years old, Uncle Simeon represents their curatorial interests. This is evident from the deed of 1724, in which Simeon parts some of the home ownership to someone else to a creditor.
Antoni, baptized on 15 April 1701, dies however already at the age of 24 so only Pytter, 18 years old, remains as lineage holder.
Meanwhile stepmother Teetske returned again to Leeuwarden, where she is registered on March 3, 1723, as member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Then we loose trace of her. Why had she abandoned the family, where for ten years she had been the housemother? Had any financial provisions been made for her? We do not know and can only assume that the relationship between the almost adult children and their stepmother was not good.
It is also during these years that two youthful inhabitants of Harlingen, a brother and sister Gonggrijp came to Sneek and settled there. They were so friendly with the children Noyon that they made a double wedding. Their parents Thomas Harmens Gonggrijp and Aagtie Sybrands were married March 8, 1696 in Harlingen. Father Thomas, born in 1660, held the important post of Receiver General at the Admiralty of Friesland. The couple had seven children, all baptized in Harlingen:
- Harmen Thomas, born in 1697 and deceased
- Harmanus Thomas, March 8, 1698, died Sneek March 12, 1739
- Antie, January 30 1701, died Sneek 25 August 1784
- Sybren Thomas, b. December 25, 1703, receiver of the second half of the increased burden and auction money died Sneek November 22, 1790
- Aaltie, November 18, 1706, died Sneek September 20, 1769
- Roelofke, September 19 1709, died Sneek November 12, 1769
- Joost, b. November 27, 1712. Town council in Harlingen 1772 – 1780, died Harlingen 1780
It is striking that all of the six surviving children, except Joost (No. 7) ended their lives in Sneek.
Harmanus and Antie interest us especially. Harmanus Thomas Gonggrijp, cloth manufacturer, becomes on May 24, 1726 citizen of Sneek and married on 24 September of the same year with Jissyna (Josyna) Noyon. The groom is 28, the bride 21 years old. This marriage however, will last only one and a half years because already on January 15, 1726 Josyna is buried without having produced children. The widower remarries after three years Antje Lous Fopma coming from Harlingen and they had several children. Their sons Thomas and Tjalling will later play important roles in Sneek as a glass painter and in politics. Father Thomas himself soon finds its way to the Sneker Vroedschap (1732-1739) where he performs the function of Schepen (1735-1738). He dies relatively young at the age of 41. His widow remains in Sneek and she will survive him 45 years.
Back to Pytter, as he calls himself in his Bible. They are years full of emotion for the young man. After loosing first his father (1720), then his older brother (1725) and there after his married sister (1726), he again suffered bereavement and writes in his Bible page:
“1726 The 7 July, in the evening between 10 and eleven is my Grandmother honorable Josina Bonte Rested in The Lord”.
Soon, however, follows happier news because the next annotation reads:
“1726 The October 13, Am I Pijtter Noyon wedded with my Beloved Housewife in Sneek in the Great Church Sintmartinkerk with the name Thomas Antie Gonggrijp By Pastor Hansma”.
Harmen’s younger sister who, as we have seen was born in 1701 in Harlingen and and who was therefore 25 years old, married her brother’s brother-in-law, who with his 19 years wedded rather young. Despite the death of Josyna, the two families were now linked closer than ever, probably to their mutual benefit: Gonggrijp electable for the city council and Pytter sole heir of his father’s business. Nothing indicates however, that it was a bad marriage. Not quite nine months later the first child, a daughter, was born on July 14, 1727. Unfortunately Pytter adds in his Bible page “and has lived for hours”. But according to the further Bible notes mother Antje gives birth five times more, as mentioned above: Aagjen, Joseph, who will continue the family lineage and who will penetrate as the first member of the family to the circle of Sneeker regents, Josyna, Hilkjen and a second Hilkjen , who died as a baby and a fourteen-year-old.
Remarkable here is the nine-year gap between the numbers 1 and 2, Aagjen and Joseph. The family Bible mentions no miscarriages or death of young children during this period. Noteworthy is also that in 1737 the rhythm of births usual for that time has been restored and that mother Antje gets one last child when she is already 44.
Two years after his marriage Pytter with his wife buy in 1728 the canal house “the Swaen” at the Great Sand (now No. 48) for the considerable sum of 1025 florins, where successive generations will live and work until to 1852. Behind this house lay the ground and the buildings that father Joseph had already bought in 1713 and where Pytter’s company did the cloth dyeing.
We do not know as many details about Pytter’s life as that of the previous generation – he was 53 years old – with the exception of dispute with his uncle Simeon which is described below. He was an honorable citizen, who climbed in the Militia of his district to the rank of Scoutmaster. Also, he assisted the city in the estimates of taxes that were imposed on his fellow citizens. But despite his marriage to a Gonggrijp he was not able to penetrate to the Town Council as his son later would. One gets the impression after studying his fickle handwriting, often phonetic spelling (Jannewari, Desember) that his schooling has left something to be desired, and in any case was not at the level of those of his father and his son after him.
11.3 The niaar process against Simeon (1750)
When Pytter’s uncle Simeon, 67 years old, wanted to retire from active life in 1748 to settle in Rauwerd in the vicinity of his only daughter Tytia – now the pastor’s wife – he wished of course to sell his cloth dyeing and Klanderij, located behind his house and on the other side of the Singel. Instead of selling this to his cousin, who is himself a cloth dyer, he sells the land and buildings for 2131 guilders and the inventory for 1200 guilders to the couple Jan Freerks van der Boogh and Trijntje Wouters. During the usual proclamation for three consecutive weeks however, Pytter takes immediate action and applies as member of the family his right to claim. The case is before the court on September 8, 1747. The file shows that the disagreement was great. Not only were the couple Van der Boogh, who had already paid hefty sums, opposed, but also Simeon!
The claimant Pytter let his counsel Notary Mulder proclaim:
“wat concerns the protest of the seller Simeon Noyon, is therefore considered by the claimant as impertinent and insulting. Therefore protests the claimant against such atrocious insult against his honor and reputation, which he would not have likely done as Simeon Noyon being the claimants only brother of his father, his only fatherly uncle, has given him hellish pain, that this affront is inflicted in the face of the judge, in plain court. However, to appease the claimants uncle above all measure to the full, he declares his willingness to give a guarantee for the full amount if the claimed is to be adjudicated to him“, etc. etc. .
The claimant further explains that he is willing to pay in cash the “purchase amount”, because he has presented and offered more than a third part of the amount“.
Pytter is vindicated, because the act states:
“And the claimant is adjudicated Sept. 8. 1747 “.
For 3331 guilders and 10 pennies besides some 132 guilders transfer, registration and proclamation costs became Pytter the owner of:
“House built urban, yard, in the state as had been occupied by the vendor, at the Hoogend as such that as is affixed all tied, nailed and screwed, standing irons, draytreeft (= iron tripod), roll bank and above a large wardrobe, plates in the bottling lines, (and) the house hold and yard, standing and located over here on the Canal the City Canal, with all that sellers thereto owns, with the exception of the peat, bark and dyes which may be found at the time of the sale, among which is included in this Sale also includes the tools and everything which is associated to Weaving and Klanderije and was used for, as the big Presses, Plates, Rolls, Tables, Ironwork and all other Tools “.
“Frames behind the stronghold and at the other side of the Canal, the Tanks, Barrels, Buckets, Troughs, Boiler with wet and accessories of such, also the horse and the little Ship which was used thereby“.
“The actual right on the Canal, running from the bridge on the Draaisloot until the Brabant bridge, which are charged with 4 Cargs (Carolinger Guilders), two street yearly land tenure and 15 Cargs yearly rent, however everything larger and in conformity of the Land Tenure Letters and Rental Contracts, as has been made by the magister of this city and the orphanage“, with which was meant the concession which was granted to Simeon in 1724/25.
It seems likely, therefore, that uncle and nephew at first did not agree on the price or the manner of payment. When Simeon therefore offered the company for sale to third parties, Pytter was forced to appeal by family right and thus give his uncle full satisfaction.
11.4 Further life
The last three notes in Pytter’s hand in the family Bible relate to his in-laws:
12 October 1749 married Cousin Jetske Gonggrijp
“with the lieutenant Jean Fransois de Vassy”, at which he adds “was 15 1/2 years old when she became the bride.” On February 1, 1753, however he then mentions that it “she has born a dead child, being a daughter “and that she herself on the 4th of February in the morning between 11 and 12, died 18 and 10 months old, being married 3 years and 3 months with Jan Fransois de Vassy”.
This Jean Francois was a descendant from an originally French family that already or several generations had served as officers of the State. From Jetske, there is a portrait, that is attributed to one of her glass painting brothers. It now hangs in the Gonggrijp Room, a style room at the Maritime Museum in Sneek.
On June 8, 1753 Pytter’s last note follows, as his “dear Cousin Louwerens (should be Lourens) Gonggrijp dies, age being 21 years, 4 months and 6 days”.
In these years Pytter completes his estate behind Grootzand with two acquisitions in 1750 and 1752 of small houses at the back.
A few months after the marriage of his only son Joseph, Pytter dies, only 53 years old. Perhaps the toll was the very severe winter.
His only son, Joseph, who inherits the family Bible, wrote later herein with his beautiful handwriting:
“1760 The 9th of March is my dear Father Peter Nojon In the Age of (blank) deceased”.
According to the archives, occupies Joseph and his family the house the Swaen on the Grootzand and Antje and moves with the daughters to Hoogend. Three months after the death o her father, the youngest daughter Hilkje, dies at the age of 15 “to a sintering illness” as the family Bible mentions.
Ten years later daughter Josina, 30 years old, leaves her mother to marry the reformed pastor Gardingius in nearby Oppenhuizen, but she already dies seven years later in 1777.
Another change takes place on the Hoogend. Cousin Tytia, Simeon’s daughter and now widowed of Reverend Mentes in Rauwerd, comes to inhabit the house in the Hoogend in 1775 and the 74-year-old Antje leaves for Oppenhuizen. When Tytia dies at age 76 in 1779, the house is sold.
I suppose that Antje went to perform the role of housewife at the house of her son-in-law Gardingius, but that this became too much of a burden, since she was already very old. In any case, she returns back to Sneek, probably with her son Joseph, and died there, aged 83, in 1784.
11.5 The box of Josyna, Petrus’ sister
By a fluke, as there have occurred more in this story, we possess a small physical memory of Josyna who died young.
I learned from an antique dealer in Sneek that a Noyon-box was in private possession by a person in Sneek. Despite repeated requests he could not obtain it for me. Some years later I received a letter from Director ten Hoeve of the Sneek museum, in which he informed me that he was offered a little box which he was had not purchased for the Antique Room, but which he presumed that I may be interested in. A photo and the name and address of the supplier were included.
There was no doubt that this was the case which I sought. With the supplier I could come quickly to an agreement and the box is now in my possession.
It is a wooden painted box turned on the lathe that long ago cracked and was neatly repaired again. It has a lid with a screw fastener, is seven centimeter in diameter and five centimeter high. According ten Hoeve, this type of box was used for spare coins.
At the bottom is the inscription in ink, which justifies my desire (I had to pay Fl. 250, – for the unsightly artifact):
JOSYNA 1711 NOYON
There is no doubt that this is a gift to the little Jessyna, who was then seven years old. After her early death it will have remained in the family of her husband Gonggrijp until it emerged after more than two and a half centuries back in Sneek.