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Adriaen Joosten Van Woggelum
Immigrant Ancestor

Spouse(s): Anneken Pieters
Family tree: Adriaen Joosten Van Woggelum c. 1600-c. 1626

old Dutch houses

Dutch houses in New York City, 1697 and 1698
Lithograph by G. Hayward for D.F. Valentine´s
History of New York ca 1885

The Woggelummerburg in 1745

In the mid-17th century, Adriaen Van Woggelum walked out of the door of Dutch Reformed church and through the Geestpoort (Ghost Gate) in the western end of the walled city of Alkmaar. As he crossed a wooden bridge over the broad canal that encircled the city, he saw the broad tree-lined Geestweg. Van Woggelum crossed a second bridge, and then a third over the Houtvaart. He turned right, walking down the Wognumsebuurt which ran along the bank of the Houtvaart. Shortly he was at his house in a small village on the left. This was Woggelummerbrug, one of the places of origin of the Van Woggelum family.


The western walls of the city of Alkmaar point like an arrow toward
Woggelummerbrug on the Houtvaart.
Dou, J. J.
van het Hoogheemraadschap van de Uitwaterende sluizen in Kennemerland en West-Friesland, 1745. 5th edition, page 16. A portion of the map in black and white.
Map contributed by Johannes Cornelis Van Woggelum.


The location of Woggelummerbrug on the previous map clarified.

Woggelummerbrug is marked with a semicircle in the lower sheet of the map. West is at the bottom of this portion of a 1745 map by J. J. Dou. The Houtvaart (wood canal) runs through where the left end of the semicircle meets the upper edge of the lower sheet to just left of the lower right corner. The Woggelummerburg is on the Houtvaart, just to the left of the intersection with the Geestweg. The Geestweg is the road indicated with the double lines leading fom the Geestpoort in the western city wall.

Wognummerbuurt in 1867


The Wognummerbuurt is seen on the left, and Oudorp on the right.
Source: Kuyper, Jacob. Gemeente-Atlas, Provincie Noord-Holland, Gemeente Alkmaar, 1867.

The Origin of the name Wognumsebuurt

Gerrit Allertsz of Wognum (fl. Jan 1603) established the farm Vamebroek at the corner Westerweg and Kalkovensweg. At the time of his second marriage he lived in a house, possibly a drinking establishment, at the corner of Bergerweg west of the ring canal the Egmondermeer.

Source: Van Woggelum, Johannes Cornelis. De Rusteloze Van Woggelums 1485-present (The Restless Woggelums from 1485-present)

Source: Historisch Kadaster, Extractions about Gerrit Allertsz van Woggenum by Johannes Cornelis Van Woggelum of Delft, South Holland, Netherlands.

Since 1613, the neighborhood in the extreme northeast corner of the Egmondermeer called Woglums or Wognums, and the bridge over the canal called Woglumsbrug clearly have their origin in the surname of Gerrit Allertsz van Wognum. Later the area was called the Woggenummerbuurt or Woggelummerbuurt.

Woggelummerbrug in the Egmonder Meer

Woggelummerbrug, on the west side of the Houtvaart, was in the Egmonder Meer, as shown on this unsourced map of North Kennemerland.

Woggelummerbrug in the Egmonder Meer

The location of Woggelummerbrug on the map above is west of the Houtvaart in the Egmonder Meer.

The Wognumsebuurt

The Wognumsebuurt about 2000
Contributed by Johannes Cornelis Van Woggelum of Delft, South Holland, Netherlands.

van den Berg,WJ. Historisch Kadaster van de Binnen-Egmonden (Historical Register of Inner Egmonds), Vol. 4. Utrecht, 1985, p. 1322.

Kadastrale Atlas Noord-Holland 1832 (Cadastral Atlas North Holland, 1832), Vol. 2, Alkmaar, Haarlem, 1990, map 8 and 10.

Source: Van Woggelum, Johannes Cornelis. De Rusteloze Van Woggelums 1485-present (The Restless Woggelums From 1485-present).


This painting suggests the appearance of the Houtvaart in the 17th century. These windmills are zaagmolens or sawmills. Hout vaart in Dutch means roughly "timber transport canal." The large building in the background is the Sint-Laurenskerk. or St. Lawrence Church.

A Letter from the Regional Archive at Alkmaar

Regionaal Archief Alkmaar
Bergweg 1
1815 AC Alkmaar
12 January 1988

Dear ____,

The map of J. J. Dou van het Hoogheemraadschap van de Uitwaterende sluizen in Kennemerland en West-Friesland, 1745, 5th edition, page 16, shows that outside the Geest (or Berger) gate was Woggelummerbrug on the Houtvaart. Later on they called it the Wognumse buurt.

The village perhaps was named after the farm of a family from Wognum [near Hoorn.] Also is it possible that there was regular service by boat to Wognum.

The name of the Wognumse neighborhood appeared for the first time in the index of the transport registry of Alkmaar in 1654.

In the cronicle of W.A.Fasel, Alkmaar en zijne geschiedenissen, 1600-1813, it is noted concerning the Wognumse buurt that in the beginning of 1769 "the pelmolen was burned outside the Geestpoort on the Woggelummer-buurt."

There was a drawing at Prinsegracht 4 in the Haag that we do not have in our atlas collection. We are not aware of the present availability of that drawing.

Sincerely yours,
for the Regional Archive
P.A.A. van Vliet-Mak
Director of Topographic Atlases

Source: The original translation of this document was done by J.C. Van Woggelum at the Hague in the Netherlands in 1998. The translation has been edited. The name of the person to whom the letter is addressed is not shown.

Anna Pieter's Marriage to Adriaen Joosten

Anna Pieters was from Holstein, Denmark. The assumption that her father's name was Pieter is based on her patronymic "Pieters," meaning daughter of Pieter. The date and place of Anna's marriage to Adriaen Joosten Van Woggelum, her first husband, are unknown. The family lived in the Wognumsebuurt, just outside the Geestport of Alkmaar. The marriage is documented, however, in the marriage record for her second marriage to Jacques Kinnekem below, "Anna Pieters, widow of Adriaens Joosten of the Spiringbuurt." A third marriage, to Barent Jansen Bal, took place in New Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Only two of Anna's children, sons of Adriaen Joosten, are known, Jacob and Pieter Adriaensen Van Woggelum.

Anna Pieter's Marriage to Jacques Kinnekom

Anna Pieters married, as her second husband, Jacques Kinnekom, a Scottish soldier under the command of Colonel Balcklough, 2 Mar 1630/31. The marriage took place in the Dutch Reformed church in Oudorp, an ancient village outside the walls of the city of Alkmaar, North Holland. See the

Anneken Pieter's Marriage to Jacques Kinnekom

Anna Pieter's Marriage to Jacques Kinnekem
The year at the top of the marriage record of is difficult to read, but it is 2 March 1631.

2 March 1631. Attestatie op out dorp: Jacques Kinnekem schotsman, soldaat onder den Collonel Balcklough; Anna Pieters wed van Adriaens Joosten op de Spiringbuurt.

2 March 1631. Attested at Oudorp: Jacques Kinnekem Scotsman, soldier under Colonel Balcklough; Anna Pieters, widow of Adriaens Joosten of the Spiringbuurt.

Source: Netherlands, Noord-Holland Province, Church Records, 1523-1948, image 270 of 510. FamilySearch.org, accessed 15 Nov 2013.

't Dorp Ouddorp by Alkmaar, 1726

Reformed Dutch church, Oudorp, 1726
Koninklijke Bibliotheek

At the time of her second marriage, Anneken and her two orphaned sons, Jacob and Pieter Adriaensen, lived in the Spiringbuurt, a neighborhood in the old section of Alkmaar, North Holland, the Netherlands. One secondary source says she lived "in de Spieringhbuert, vlak achter de zoutwallen. Een zeer armoedige buurt," (in the Spieringhbuurt, just behind the salt sheds, a very poor neighborhood.). The word buurt in Dutch means neighborhood rather than street.

Marked on this portion of a 1603 map of "Plattegrond van Alkmaar" is the word "Zoutketens" meaning salt sheds. The Spiringbuurt is the block with the windmill.

Shortly after their marriage, Jacques Kinnekom, Anna and her children left for the southern Netherlands with the military forces, where in June a battle was fought against the Spanish. At that time spouses commonly travelled with the army.

Reference: Stichting Historisch Oudorp (Historical Foundation Oudorp)

Source: "Mackelijck is anders." Notes that appear to be those of Tom Van Baar, mentioned above.

Future Research

Sources concerning the Scots Brigade can be used to trace the location of Jacques Kinnekem and Anna Pieters before and after their wedding, essential to further research about them in the Netherlands.

Walter Scott, 1st Earl of Buccleuch, 2nd Baron Scott of Buccleuch (before 1606 – 20 November 1633) was a Scottish nobleman. The son of Walter Scott, 1st Lord Scott of Buccleuch and Mary Kerr, he married Lady Mary Hay, daughter of Francis Hay, 9th Earl of Erroll and Elizabeth Douglas, around 15 October 1616, with a tocher of 20,000 merks Scots. He succeeded his father as Lord Scott of Buccleuch on 15 December 1611 and created Earl of Buccleuch, with the subsidiary title Baron Scott of Whitchester and Eskdaill on 16 May 1619. He was commander of the Regiment in the service of Holland in 1627 against the Spaniards. He died on 20 November 1633 in London, but was not buried at Hawick until 11 June 1634 as the ship carrying his body was driven over to Norway in a storm.

Reference: Wikipedia: Walter Scott, 1st Earl of Buccleuch.

In the chapter "Extracts Relating to the Claims and Services of the Earl of Buccleuch, 1623-1635" (pp. 378-395), there is correspondence from 1629 between the King of Scotland, the States-General and the Earl of Buccleuch showing he achieved the rank of Colonel and command of a Scots regiment (p. 389).

Reference: Ferguson, James, ed. Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in the Service of the United Netherlands 1572-1782, Vol. I 1572-1697 Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 1899.

In the middle of the 16th century there was a new industry in Alkmaar, the saltworks. Alkmaar had several saltworks, mainly in Alkmaar's oldest industrial area, Schelphoek. The Eendragt was the last salt plant founded in 1782. Coarse sea salt from Spain, France and the Caribbean was refined to fine crystal salt. Salt was an essential product for preserving and transporting fish. Vessels at the saltworks were filled with seawater from the North Sea in which crude salt was dissolved and cooked, stirring continuously, and dried. Because they were the cause of fires in the city, the several saltworks like the Zoutziederij de Eendragt in Alcmaar were moved outside the walls.

Reference: Zoutziederij de Eendragt.

Anna Pieter's Marriage to Barent Jansen Bal

Jacques Kinnekem died before 1652, and Anna Pieters married, as her third husband, Barent Janse Bal, in New Amsterdam, New Netherland, 22 Nov 1652.

1652 de 22 Novemb. Barent Janszen Bal, Van Velthúÿsen in't Graefschap Benthem, en Anneken Pieters Úÿt Holsteÿn, Wede. Van Jacqúes Kinnekom.

1652 22 Nov.; Barent Janszen Bal, from Velthuysen in the Graefschap Benthem [Vetthuysen in the County of Benthem]; Anneken Pieters from Holstein, widow of Jacques Kinnekom.

Source: Source: New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 3, p. 81.


The House of Woggelum

† Pieter Adriaensen was the progenitor of the Van Woggelum family in America.
‡ Jan Mangels was the progenitor of the Roll family in America.

The House of Woggelum

The Mohawk River frontier

Anna Pieterse Soegemakelyk was a widow by the death of her [third] husband, Barent Janse Bal; she d. in Dec. 1669.

Source: Pearson, Jonathan, Contributions for the genealogies of the first settlers of the ancient county of Albany, from 1630 to 1800. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 1872), p. 104.

Jacob and Pieter went up to the Mohawk River frontier to make their fortunes. At first both brothers lived in or near Beverwyck, now Albany. Later Pieter Adriaensen moved deeper into the wilderness to become one of the founders of the city of Schenectady. At Albany they were innkeepers and tapsters. Read more about Jacob and Pieter in the article Jacob A. and Pieter A. Van Woggelum: The Soogemackelyck brothers.