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I'm trying to locate information about my great grandparents and back.  

Joannes “Jan” “John” Braem (my great grandfather) was born on June 4, 1882 in Nieuwerkerken, Belgium. He married Victorina Marie Malfroid (my great grandmother) on September 14/23, 1908 in Nieuwerkerken, Belgium. Victorina was born on March 9, 1882 in Nieuwerkerken, East Flanders, Belgium. Her parents were Lodewyk “Louis” Malfroid and Virginia Hoebeeck. John immigrated first to Canada on March 21, 1911. He was listed as alone and 29 years old. He was traveling with his brother-in-law Donatus Malfroid.  They were traveling on the vessel “Mount Temple”. They landed in St. John Newfoundland and Mary Canada on March 21, 1911.   He was described as 5 ft. 10 in. tall, fair skin, blue eyes, and brown hair. The language he spoke was Flemish and he was born in Belgium. His distinguishing marks were listed as 3 fingernails disfigured. His religion was listed as Roman Catholic.

They had two children in Belgium Virginia Marie Braem was born on August 18, 1909 in Nieuwerkerken, Belgium. and Charles Louis Braem who was born on December 12, 1910 in Nieuwerkerken, East Flanders, Belgium.  He died on June 6, 1911 in Belgium. He was 5 months old.

I have not been able to find the cemetery for him. 

Can anyone help me know about their lives in Belgium. 

Thank you, 

Susan 

Susan M Gonzalez

Joannes Braem was born June 4th 1882 in the hamlet of Edixvelde (in the commune of Nieuwerkerken, in the province of Eastern Flanders) as soon of Josephus Braem, age 42 & his spouse Julianna Desaedeleer, age 42 (she is a lace worker). [see here]

he had the following siblings:

01.07.1866 Leontius [here] born in Restert (in the commune of Nieuwerkerken)

06.10.1869 Leontina [here] born in Pijpenbeek (in the commune of Nieuwerkerken); deceased 13.10.1873 [here]

12.11.1873 Leontina [here] born in Pijpenbeek (in the commune of Nieuwerkerken)

26.01.1877 Maria Silvea [here] born in Pijpenbeek (in the commune of Nieuwerkerken); deceased 24.03.1879 [here]

22.12.1879 Remond [here] born in Pijpenbeek (in the commune of Nieuwerkerken)

22.07.1884 Carolus [here] born in Restert (in the commune of Nieuwerkerken); deceased 21.08.1885 [here]

Josephus and Juliana married on 15.09.1865 in Nieuwerkerken: "Josephus Braem, farmer, living in Nieuwerkerken, born 19.12.1839, son of Franciscus Braem, linnenweaver, deceased 27.03.1851 in Nieuwerkerken, and Scholastica Dhaeseleer, deceased 22.07.1865 & Juliana de Saedeleer, farmer, living in Nieuwerkerken en born 01.09.1839, daughter of Carolus Desaedeleer, age 61, and Dorothea van der Waerden, age 60" [here]

the birth records of Josephus here and Juliana here.

Franciscus Braem died on 27.03.1851 in Restert: "Franciscus Braem, age 68, linnen weaver, born in Haeltert, living in Nieuwerkerken, spouse of Scholastica Dhaeseleer, son of Jacobus Braem and of Catharina van Geert, both deceased" [here]. He was baptised in the catholic church in Haaltert on 27.09.1782, born on the same day [here] (please note: this is before the introduction of the civil registration): "baptizatus est in Haeltert Franciscus Braem filius legitimus Jacobi et Catharinæ van Ghert ex Idderghem conjugum habitantum in Haeltert (natus eodem die hora septima matutina). susceperunt Franciscus Braem et Livina Callebaut, habitantes in Haeltert"

Scholastica Dhaeseleer died on 22.07.1865 in Pijpenbeek: "Scholastica Dhaeseleer, age 69, born and living in Nieuwerkerken, widow of Henricus Lievens and of Franciscus Braem, daughter of Joannes Dhaeseleer and of Anna Philips, both deceased" [here] (Henricus Lievens, her 1st husband had died on 31.05.1834 in Pijpenbeek [here]

Peter B

Thank you for all the information!   It is so helpful for me to understand more about my family. 

Susan M Gonzalez

following up from yesterday...

Scholastica D’haeseleer was born in the Kerkwijk, Nieuwerkerken, on “Nivôse 6th in the 11th year of the Republic” – the Belgians had adopted the Napoleontic calendar – which equates to 27.12.1802 as daughter of Joannes Baptiste D’haeseleer & Anna Catharina Philips [here]

Her 1st marriage was on 02.05.1832 in Nieuwerkerken:

Henricus Lievens, age 34, linnen weaver, son of Petrus Lievens, farmer living in Nieuwerkerken, and of Catharina Meert & Scholastica Dhaeseleer, maid, age 29, daughter of Joannes Baptista Dhaeseleer, and of Anna Catharina Philips, deceased in Nieuwerkerken 02.04.1828 [here, page 5]

11.02.1833 - Philemond Lievens, born in Nieuwerkerken [here]

15.10.1834 - Felicitas Lievens, born in Nieuwerkerken [here] (she was born 4 months after her father passed away)

her second marriage with your ancestor Franciscus Braem was on 20.05.1835 as well in Nieuwerkerken:

Franciscus Braem, weaver, age 52, born in Haeltert and living in Nieuwerkerken, son of Jacobus Braem, weaver, deceased in Kerkxken on 09.03.1816, and of Catharina van Geert, deceased in Haeltert 18 Messidor year VIII (07.07.1800) [this should be year XI as per the marriage addenda, the civil servant put the wrong year in the marriage record, so it's 07.07.1803], widower of Cecilia Morauw, deceased in Nieuwerkerken 05.01.1832 & Scholastica Dhaeseleer, spinster, age 32, daughter of Joannes Baptista Dhaeseleer, and of Anna Catharina Philips, deceased in Nieuwerkerken 02.04.1828, widow of Henricus Lievens, weaver, deceased in Nieuwerkerken 31.05.1834 [here, page 6]

27.10.1836 - Petrus Johannes Braem, born in Nieuwkerken [here]; deceased 17.12.1839 [here]

20.02.1838 - Egidius Braem, born in Nieuwerkerken [here]; deceased 24.02.1839 [here]

19.12.1839 - Josephus Braem, born in Nieuwerkerken [here]

02.08.1842 - Catharina Braem, born in  Nieuwerkerken [here]

26.02.1847 - Paulina Braem, born in Restert [here]; deceased 13.03.1852 [here]

Franciscus' 1st marriage was on 08.07.1808 in Nieuwerkerken (in the time of the French empire, so the records and the names are now in French):

Francois Braem, age 25, born in Haeltert on 27.09.1782, weaver, living in Nieuwerkerken, son of Jaques Braem, weaver living in Kerkxken, and of Catherina van Ghert, born in Iddergem, deceased & Cecile Morauw, age 32, born in Nieuwerkerken 25.11.1775, daughter of Jean Morauw, farmer deceased, and of Maria Catherine Baetens, born in Nieuwerkerken, deceased [here, page 5]

18.08.1809 - Jean Braem, born in Nieuwerkerken [here]; deceased 28.05.1832 [here]

27.02.1810 - Gillis Braem, born in Nieuwerkerken [here]; deceased as Egidius Braem 02.12.1838 [here]

21.06.1813 - Joseph Braem, born in Nieuwerkerken [here]

04.06.1815 - Charles Louis Braem, born in Nieuwerkerken [here]; deceased as Charles Braem 21.12.1817 [here]

Franciscus 1st spouse died on 05.01.1832 in Pijpenbeek: Cecilia Morauw, age 55, spinster, born in Nieuwerkerke, daughter of Petrus Joannes Morauw and of Catharina Baetens, both deceased [here]

I haven't been able to find out (yet) what happened to the first son called Joseph, who was born in 1813; I would presume he passed away before in 1839 the second Josephus was born...

Peter B

one more generation...

Jacobus Braem dies in Kerkxken on 09.03.1816: Jaques Braem, spouse of Jossine Roelandt, age 62, day labourer, born in Haeltert, living in Kerkxken, son of François Braem, day labourer born and deceased in Haeltert en of Thérèse Sonck, born in Kerkxken and deceased in Haeltert [here].

He seems to have re-married after his 1st spouse died in Haaltert on 18 Messidor in year XI (07.07.1803):Catherine van Geert, born in Idderghem and living in Haeltert, spouse of Jacques Dhaem [sic], age 61, daughter of Adrien, born and deceased in Idderghem, and of Margritte de Weghe, born and deceased in Idderghem  [here]

The 1st marriage took place on 27.10.1781 in Haeltert: Jacobus Braem ex Haeltert et Catharina Petronilla van Geirt ex Idderghem. testibus petro Hunninck et Florentina de Schrijver [here]

the following children were baptised in Haeltert:

20.03.1784 - Theresia filia legitima Jacobi Braem et Catharina Petronilla van Geeirt ex Iddeghem. susceperunt Cornelius van Geeirt, Theresia Back  [here]

10.03.1787 - Joanna filia legitima Jacobi Braem et Catharine van Gert ex Idderghem. susceperunt Josephus van Gert et Joanna Catharina van der Traene [here]

05.03.1789 - Constantia filia legitima Jacobi Braem et Catharine Petronilla van Ghert ex Iddeghem. susceperunt Alexander Braem et Elisabetha de Schrijver [here]

25.05.1792 - Maria filia legitima Jacobi Braem et Catharinæ Petronillæ van Ghert ex Idderghem. susceperunt Joannes Baptista Braem et Elisebetha de Schrijver [here]

Jacobus' parent were married on 16.07.1752 in Haeltert: Franciscus Braem et Theresia Sonck. testibus Martin Sonck, Judoca van Sinaey [here]. The following children were baptised in Haeltert:

01.04.1753 - Livinus Braem filius Francisci et Theresiæ Sonck. suscep: Adrianus Matthijs et Livina Sonck [here]

08.01.1755 - Alexander Braem filius Francisci et Theresiæ Sonck. suscep: Adrianus Trock et Judoca van Nieuwerborgh [here]

28.01.1757 - Jacobus filius legit. Francisci Braem et Theresiæ Sonck. suscp: Jacobus Simoens et Livina Braem [here]

18.05.1759 - Cornelius Braem filius legit. Francisci et Theresiæ Sonck. suscp: Cornelius Braem et Maria Catharina de Swaef [here]

20.11.1760 - Dominicus Braem filius legit. Francisci et Livinæ Sonck. suscept: Dominicus Muijsaert et Maria Braem [here]

13.11.1761 - Jacoba Braem filia legit. Francisci et Theresiæ Sonck. suscp: Joannes Sterck et Anna Maria Simoens [here]

14.02.1763 - Dominicus Braem fil. legit. Francisci et Theresiæ Sonck. suscept: Dominicus Meuijsaert et Maria Catharina de Swaef [here]

22.01.1766 - Elisabeth Braem filia legit. Francisci et Theresie Sinck. suscpt: Arnoldus van den Berge et Elisabeth Scheltens [here]

05.09.1768 - Petronilla Braem fil. legit. Francisci et Theresie Sonck. suscept: Melchior Buijens et Sussana Steenhaut [here]

03.02.1771 - Joannes Baptista Braem fil. legit. Francisci et Theresie Sonck. suscept: Jacobus Sonck et Catharina van Impe [here]

 

... there are indexes to the church records that could bring you even further back, but that's all from my side

Peter B


Thank you again for all the wonderful information! Are we related?   Do you know when Josephus Braem died?  or know where I can see a copy of my great grandparents marriage information? 

Thanks again. 

 

Susan 

Susan M Gonzalez







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