A wooden tableau hangs on the wall in the church of Durgerdam, on which is recorded the name of Durgerdam's naval hero Gerrit Frederiksz, who in 1639 captured and took as prize a Spanish
warship in the naval battle near Duins.
Alida Spaander (of Hotel Spaander) told K C Spaander that this Jan Spaander (a son of a brother of her great grandfather) spoke excellent French and told her that the Spaanders came from the south of France, namely from Cannes. They came to Holland on a warship around 1600.
'Nico' even heard once that the Spaanders were of French nobility, who later in diminished
circumstances turned to privateering. Once, when in a tight situation, they landed at Santpoort and traveled into Holland.
K C's investigations over many years, however, failed to deliver any evidence of this.
Pieter Spaander continued...
This Pieter Spaander and the Jan Spaander of page 84 both worked at the same institution and to
distinguish one from the other in conversation, Pieter was called 'the Water Spaander' and Jan was called 'the Blood Spaander'.
Joannes Spaander continued...
K C Spaander had the following to tell:
This Joannes Spaander was likewise a rich man and owned 60 hectares of land including 3 forests and 5 houses. He was an unusual and eccentric man, always wore a half high hat and walked around and over his property once a day.
For years he was the public registrar and as such presided over all marriages. He was also
Treasurer of the Hondsbossche's sea-defense works, a manmade dike to cover a big gap in the dunes to keep the North sea out..
A punctual man, honest, righteous but brash and forthright . He said once to his colleague Jan Lip, who was a member of the Lower House, "So Jan, now I'm going to count sheep because I don't have a father-in-law who pays my debts."
Dr. Kniphuizen, his friend and neighbour, was to ride with him to the town of Hoorn. They arranged to leave at 9 o'clock and exactly on the hour Joannes rode away despite the fact that
Dr Kniphuizen was approaching. This characterized Joannes. He was not easy to get along with. He milked his cows until he was 80. Very aged, stalwart and vigorous to the end, he died at 93 years and 10 months. The villagers from many years back gave him the nickname 'broekie' ('little one'), to distinguish him from his nephew, the other Joannes Spaander, who was called 'red John' due to his red complexion.
Gerrit Stapel cont...
Children of Gerrit and Dieuwertje Over: Gerrit, Cornelis, Klaas and Trijntje.
Trijntje married Pieter SCHUURMAN and had a daughter Dieuwertje who married Jacob RUITER,
a brother of Vokeltje RUITER, see pge 196.
Children of Gerrit and Guurtje DE GEUS : Simon and Gerrit.
Tjade Spaander cont...
K C had the following to tell:
He had a splendid manor house built for the then formidable sum of Dfl. 40.000 and later bought
a farm in Twisk for his oldest son for Dfl. 90.000. He always rode in a horse and carriage (Charet).
When the President of Transvaal, Paul Kruger visited our country for the first time in 1884, he came in contact with Jan Zijp from Abbekerk, Member for West Friesland in the Lower House, who