Ghiliam Provoost and Maeijken Stevens

    Ghiliam Provoost was a merchant residing in the business quarter of Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium. He married first Maria Karreman in June 1536 in the Sint Walburgis Kerk (St. Walburgis' Church), Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium and second Maeijken Stevens [1] 17 October 1564 in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk (Church of Our Lady), Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium. The Provoosts were members of the underground Protestant movement but had their children baptized in a Catholic Church for safety reasons. Ghiliam, Maeijken, and their family fled Antwerp because of war, religious persecution, or both and eventually settled in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands. Ghiliam's will was dated 28 Aug 1606 and is in the Notarial Archives in Amsterdam. Maeijken, in this document, was noted as having died.

Ghiliam and Maria had:

1. Maijcken Provoost, children mentioned in father's will, married Hans Mertens, died 5 Sep 1584 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.

2. Elijsabeth Provoost, child mention in father's will, married Andries Jansz van der Muellen.

Ghiliam and Maeijken had:

1. Anna Provoost, baptized 1 Jun 1566 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium.

2. Margareta Provoost, baptized 18 Dec 1567 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, probably died before 10 Mar 1569.

3. Margareta Provoost, baptized 10 Mar 1569 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium.

4. Katherina Provoost, baptized 7 Jul 1570 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, resided in the Nieuwezijds Afterburgwal in Amsterdam for four years before her marriage, married Engbert Jobsz 17 Apr 1607 in Amsterdam, North Holand, Netherlands.

5. Wilhelmus Provoost, baptized 12 Jan 1572 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, married Jenne Eerdewijns 2 Mar 1603 in the Waals Hervormde Kerk (Walloon Reformed Church), Dordrecht, South Holland, Netherlands.

6. Sara Provoost, baptized 7 Aug 1573 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium.

7. Esther Provoost, baptized 13 Sep 1574 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium, married David Damman (marriage intention filed 14 April 1602) in Middleburg, Zeeland, Netherlands.

8. Adam Provoost, baptized 14 Aug 1575 in St. Walburgis' Church, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium.

Source:
1. Slok, Hendrik O., "The Provoost Family in the Netherlands", New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Vol. 113, No. 1, Jan 1982, pgs. 1-9.


Footnotes

[1] In Ghiliam's will, Maeijken is called Marie Stevens Pietersdaughter. This raises the question: was her father then Steven Pieters?


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