My great great grand mother Lijsje Manten
The last thing we had to do cleaning up my mother’s things after her death, was deciding about the last pictures, important, old pictures. Among them the portrait of my great great-grandmother, Lijsje Manten, in the middle of the picture above this blog. On this picture she is eighty years old, in 1940. A beautiful old lady.
Lijsje Manten lived her whole life in Loosdrecht, in the middle of the Netherlands. She was born there on July 22nd, 1860, as the oldest child of Gerrit Manten and Neeltje Vlug. They married on November 11th of the previous year, so she was born eight months and eleven days after the marriage. After her two other daughters and a son were born, who all got fairly old (between 79 and 82 years old) and after them a son that died after two months and a daughter that only lived for six days.
Lijsje married at the age of 24 with Jan Spijker, who was also born and raised in Loosdrecht and was three years older than she. Lijsje and Jan had six daughters and three sons. The youngest, a son named Maarten, only was three years old when his father died. Jan Spijker drowned in the river Vecht after having had some sort of attack. The oldest child in the family was around 19 years old at the time. Difficult times were there. There was a lot of sorrow about the father, that only was fifty years old, there were a lot of mouths to feed. All the children still lived at home, probably three worked at the time. My great grandmother Johanna was a maid and when she had to work upstairs, she would make some noise now and than, while she was knitting socks in the meantime. Her mother sold these socks.
Two of her children marry in 1917, her second daughter Johanna, my great grandmother and her third child, son Jan. The oldest daughter never married. 1917 is the year the youngest child turned twelve and probably went to work too. Daughter Johanna is nearly thirty years old when she marries and son Jan is 25, they marry six days after each other. In 1921 there are two more weddings, in 1922 one. In 1933 youngest son Maarten marries, three of her daughters stay unmarried.
Lijsje died in April of 1948 on the age of 87 years. Her whole life she lived in Loosdrecht. Lijsje’s daughter Johanna, my great grandmother, looks a lot like her mother, see the old lady on the left of the portrait. On a picture where whe is younger, right of the portrait, lady with little child, she looks exactly like her daughter Loes, who was born as Lijsje, but changed her name because she hated it so much.
The album of aunt Alida
Mijn betovergrootmoeder Lijsje Manten
my great-aunt Loesie