Gritie Livens was born circa 1600, likely in Vereinigte Herzogtümer Jülich-Kleve-Berg, Heiliges Römischen Reiches (now Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany), though her exact origins are unknown.
She married Antonij "Tönnijs" Enloos around 1620. He was a goldsmith - a very closed guild where the custom was that silversmiths and goldsmiths strictly marryied within each others' families. Therefore, it is highly probable that Gritie was from a family well known within the guild.
The couple was Mennonite and together they had at least five children:
She and Antonij came to Amsterdam with their children in early 1643.
Gritie Livens and her husband were deceased before son, Jan Enloos’ marriage in 1656, but burial records have yet to be found. This may be because they likely died during one of the “plague years” when the Black Death ravaged the population in Amsterdam during the mid-17th century.
Gritie Livens is named as mother of her sons Johannes "Jan" in his 1663 baptism record in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Amsterdam (he was 32 years old).
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