- Occupation : Tabakscerwersknecht (in 1839)
Uilke and Eeke lived at number 188 Grootzand, Bolsward.
Siebrigje Laagland (Langenberg) is the great great granddaughter (2nd great granddaughter) of Uilke Tietes De Jong. Siebrigje has in her possesion the bible of Uilke Tietes De Jong. One can only speculate as to why the leather bound bible with an embossed silver clasp has the follow dedication engraved on the back of the clasp:
'18 September 1838, to Uilke Tietes De Jong, in memory of Sara Cremer'
The bible no doubt even in the early 1800s' would have had significant monetary and religious value. The Friesland Archives reveal that a Sara Jans Cremer died on the 18th of September, 1838 in Uilkes hometown of Bolsward, Friesland. She was just 33 years old. Sara Jans Cremer was of the family de La Lande Cremer. The Cremer's owned a local Pharmacy and a Tannery. It is believed that Uilkes worked for the Cremers in either their Tannery or Pharmacy. It is recorded the Uilke was a 'Winkelbediende' or shop assistant so it is most likely that he worked at the Cremer pharmacy. The de La Lande Cremer trace their ancestors back to the French Huguenots of Southern France. Sara was just 33 years of age when she died, at the time Uilke would have been 25 years of age. The archives show Sara was married at the time of her death to Hendrikus Brouwer, they had five children the youngest a boy of two years. The archives also show Uilke married Eeke Gerrits Koster in May 1839. It would not be unreasonable to speculate that Uilke and Sara had been good friends. Perhaps Uilke worked for Sara in the pharmacy. The dedication in the bible (the bible was quite possibly Sara Cremers) suggests they at least shared a strong religious commonality. Who presented the gift of the bible to Uilke is unknown, probably a Cremer relative, possibly Sara's husband, parents or sibling. Coincidently Uilke Tietes died in 1846 at the age of 33 years, the same age that Sara Cremer died. (Ref 1 & 3)
NOTES: Family de la Lande Cremer
Sara Jans Cremer was the daughter of Jan Cremer and Joanna de la Lande. Sara's older brother Jacobus, born 2 February 1800, was the first to adopt the surname de la Lande Cremer. Sara appears to have retained only her fathers surname, Cremer. Sara's parents married in Amsterdam 25/1/1799. Jan, a mechant from Gronigen took Joanna with him to live in the province of Friesland. Joanna was the great great granddaughter of Pierre de la Lande, a haberdasher and manufacture of ribbon, chord and rope in Paris. Pierre de la Land, born about 1640, was a Huguenot and had to flee from France as a result of religious persecution. Together with his wife Jacomijn (Jacomine) Mouche and his young son Jean Pierre de la Lande they settled in the religiously tolerant Amsterdam. Their descendents lived in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Bolsward and Keulen (Germany). For a long time they were members of the Wallonian Church. (Ref 2)
1. Tresoar Archives Leeuwarden
2. J. Quispel (www.xs4all.nl/~jquispel/lande_en.html)
2323 EJ Leiden
3. S. Laagland - Langenberg