About Sophia Elisabeth Gerritsz, b4
b4 Sophia Elisabeth Gerrits bap. 28.5.1708, died in 1790, aged 82.
Before her marriage she had an illegitimate daughter Elsje Cornelia allegedly by Johannes Stoet (Hoge. Personalia p.l6). The girl was apparently adopted by Adam Frederick Koeleke who married her mother on 16.9.1736. Elsje married Johann Nicolaas Barends of Oldenburg who had been working as a mason for her father. Adam and Sophia had six children but their will4950 reveals that by 1784 only Susanna who was married to Johannes Beck and a son Balthazar and his son Hermanus Frederick were surviving. It seems strange that there is no mention of Sophia’s granddaughter Anna Elisabeth daughter of Elsje who was certainly then still alive.
- Cairns, Margaret: "GERRIT GERRITS OF OLDENBURG AND SUSANNA OF BAMBASER AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY COUPLE"