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A Child Without Parents

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Despite the many historical traces left by the orphan Evert Willemsz, his family origins remain uncertain and his parents unidentifiable. The Woerden archives are frustratingly silent about the biological parents of the orphan. But Evert Willemsz is not found in the archives register; nor does the name Evert appear in combination with Cornelis and Pieter, the names of his two brothers. Evert's contact with his oldest brother Cornelis was more lasting than with his half-brother Pieter Muysevoet. In a series of articles published in 1971/72 in De Halve Maen, the journal of The Holland Society of New York, the Dutch publisher and amateur genealogist P.H. Bogaard claimed to have identified Evert Willemsz Bogardus as the son of Willem Bogaert (ca. 1563 before February 13, 1616), clothier in Veenendaal, and his second wife Susanna Adriaensdr van Ruyteveld.

Keywords: Cornelis; Evert Willemsz; Pieter Muysevoet; Woerden archives



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