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deLeuw and Smeulders family of
as related by Linda Theresa Gray (Hassler, Barbee) August 2011.
family came from the Netherlands to the United States because of Oma deLeuw (Adriana
Maria Mathijssen, born 3
Dec 1856 in
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands , died 12 November 1916 in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada , wife of Hubertus Franciscus de Leuw my great
grandfather, born 03
October 1856 in
Tilburg, Netherlands, died 1940 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California,
United States . Oma knew that the
Germans were going to get into another war (World War I).
She was in her 60s then, but was determined to save her family from the
Early in 1913 she
had Opa deLeuw sell the family business in
(it was a Café). From the Tilburg
records, regarding the café: “The
current n. s. square, emerged after demolition of the corner House Koestraat
(left) and Enschotsestraat (right starting with the gaslantaarn) and the
construction of the Besterdring. The corner building in the Middle, (Koestraat
202) built in 1887 was always a café. Café holders in the beginning of the
20th century were h. Mansvelt, w. Noë, G. de Leuw and monument the bear.
After the war the property was known as café Spoorzicht.
Café holder until the demolition in the early sixties was J.L. Hanssen.
He is then still café holder at the address kruisstraat 46. In 1903, when H.
Mansvelt innkeeper, one patron, F. van Laarhoven during the digestion of the
dubbeltjespot in this café, fell on the stairs and sustained (sic) a serious
head injury, he died later in the ' Guest House ' on the gasthuisstraat. “
everyone, including the grown married, children got on the SS Belgic and arrived
in April 1913, and they took jobs on the Canadian Railroad in whatever capacity
as steward, waiter, or carpenter. They
ended up in
and settled down there. Some stayed
. A few are buried in St. Mary’s
Photo of deLeuw
family ca. 1912. Alphonsus is front
row at right. Huburtus and Adriana
in front center. Back
row: L-R, male?, male?
, male?, Hubertus. Front row: Joanna, H. F. deLeuw, Adriaan, Adriana Mathijssen
deLeuw, Alphonsus. Adriaan, little 9 year old boy in middle was Andrew in US.
This picture must have been taken in NL before the whole family broke up and
immigrated. Adriana Mathijssen died not long after they got to US....1916.
Listed as immigrants on SS Belgic 13 Apr 1913, Joanna was married to Martinus
Van Houten and had a 1 year old male child, Hermanus.
Some of the
Smeulders came over for the same reason most stayed in the Netherlands.
Marie Smeulders, born 8
September 1892 in
; died 12 December 1976 in Seattle,
Washington, USA. She was accompanied
by her brother, Josephus Smeulders, age 18. They were aboard the SS Frankfurt
and landed May 1914 in
and traveled to Calgary.
Since the Dutch community in
was small they all met each other frequently.
The deLeuw brothers and the Smeulders male family decided that Elizabeth
should marry Alphonsus. My
grandmother wasn’t so sure and she bailed right before the wedding to travel
where she wanted to be a seamstress and live independently. Well, that didn’t go over big with the brothers so they came and took
her back to be married. Pre-WWI
women didn’t have the right to vote or make financial decisions on their own.
the picture on the right below is my grandmother
about 4 years before she passed away. She crocheted lace, rugs, garments,
everything. This is how I remember her. This is my Mother's favorite picture
Family: Back row: L-R Theodore,
Anna, August, Adam, Marie, Hubertus, jr.; Front row sitting: L-R Willem,
Hubertus Smeulders, Elizabeth (leaning on father's knee), Josephine (front of
), Harry, Wilhelmina Van Langen Smeulders, Joseph (in lap), John.
As a small
grandchild I remember my grandparents bickering a lot. My Mom said they did when she was growing up too. Probably not a good memory. But,
since they were Roman Catholic, they didn’t believe in divorce.
They did have 5 children, one, Adrian was born in 1917 in Calgary. Marie, the next oldest was born in
December 1918 in
; followed were Alphonsus Jr. (Bud ) born 1924, Peter born 1929, and Elizabeth
(Betty) born 1932. Alphonsus who was
apprenticed as a carpenter in
got construction jobs in
and built two of their homes in
Seattle, one on 25th Ave.
and the one most remembered is the one at
1630 37th Ave. NE.
They lived there until after WWII
then moved to their final place at 12738 7th Ave. NW. My grandparents went back
to the Netherlands for visits twice, once while my father was stationed in
Germany 1960-63, but that trip got cut short because the Berlin wall went up and
Dad didn't want my Mom's folks in a possible war stuck in Germany just in case.
So he hustled them back to the Netherlands and they didn't stay long to visit
their relatives because Dad was darn sure they got on a plane out of Europe. It
was pretty tense in Germany when all that was going on. My grandmother and
grandfather were a little confused and hurt that Dad was pushing them to go home
thinking they were in the way or unwanted. My Dad, a Lieutenant Colonel, worked
in the HQ for the US Army Europe at Heidelberg then and knew things ahead of
time, but couldn't say what to the "civilians" (us). When they got
back to Seattle and the Berlin wall went up, my grandmother (the sharp one) told
my grandfather "See, Alphonse! I knew there was something Howard wasn't
telling us!!!" My grandparents bickered a lot and they loved to tell
each other what was what. LOL. All the grandchildren loved going
to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. Grandpa
let us play in his carpentry shop in the basement and help him do whatever he
was working on. He was so patient
and loving. Grandma was a quiet
woman but loved all eleven grandkids and tolerated us being underfoot.
We were a large family when we all got together for reunions and the best
thing we all enjoyed was big picnics in one of
’s many beautiful parks, most remembered is
. Grandma was a talented seamstress,
she crocheted lace items that are now heirlooms.
Our collective conscious memory of her was seeing her sitting in the bay
window, overlooking her garden with a crochet needle in her hands.
Just as we remember Grandpa with a saw or hammer in his.
They celebrated over 50 years marriage.
of family on 50th anniversary 4 July 1966.
of the deLeuw brothers L-R: Adrian/Andrew, Hubertus, Antonius, Alphonsus;
Alphonsus Jr. and Marcia (wife of Peter deLeuw) in back.
is the eldest living deLeuw, she is 92 as of August 2011 and is living in
She remembers the old stuff and has helped keep memories alive of the
Her husband, Howard Gray, who she married in 1942 died in 1988 so she has
survived him by over 23 years.
She remembers her folks speaking Dutch in the home, but they never talked to the
kids in Dutch because "they lived in America and should speak
English"; such a shame, so nobody in the family learned Dutch. She did
communicate with a cousin, Minnie (Wilhelmina) Smeulders who was born in
Calgary, but her mom died young and her dad, Ted Smeulders, sent her back to
Tilburg to live with other Cousins/Aunt who raised her. The genes are strong and the Dutch are stubborn.
Various records of the
Birth record Adriani de Helt 7 July 1723
Marriage Adrianus de Helt & Digna Stockermans 11 May 1755
Adriaan de Helt death record 12 March 1797
Dingena Stokkermans death certificate 9 May 1802
Helena de Helt birth record 10 February 1756
Marriage of Jan Stokkermans and Gerardina Musters 1745
Hubertus Franciscus de Leuw birth record 4 October 1856
Johannes de Leuw Birth record 17 January 1826
Marriage Hubertus de Leuw and Adriana Maria Mathijssen 20 June
Marriage Johannes Cornelis de Leuw and Johanna Maria Peters 3
Marriage Hendrikus de Leuw and Cornelia Heerkens 21 August 1823
various birth records of the "de Helt" family
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