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The Surname: van Belsen / van Belzen / van Bilsen

Author: Lieven van van Belzen.
The first person with the name van Belsen I found in the Middelburg city accounts, Pieter Jansz, the city surgeon. [1] This was for additional fee "during the course of the black Plague" from 22 March to 22 June 1531, a pound Vlaamsch a month and enjoyed such a grant until 22 December 1532. He had, under the name of Peter Belsen, as usual fee of 5 pounds a year, in 1532. Whether there is any connection between the above Peter and the man with whom our family tree begins in the city of Arnemuiden will always remain a question mark. Following is the transcribed text of our founding father Daniel Meeuwsz in the marriage certificates of Arnemuiden in 1602.

Bann Daniel Meeuwsz en Tanneken Heyndrickx

Den lesten Augusti Anno 1602 is ondertrout Daniel Meeusen gheselle van Geertruytenberch met Tanneken Heyndrickx van Opghem in Vlaenderen bij Maldeghem. Getuyghen van den bruydegoms syde Wouter Adriaens ende met Margriete van Bilsen, moeder van de bruydegom dewelcke verclaerden in dit houwelick tevreden te syn ende van den bruyts zyde Heyndrick Joosten de schoenmaecker ende Ariaengen Callebouts vader en moeder van den bruyt die verclaerden in dit houwelick te vreden te syn.

The last of August Anno 1602 is intended marriage Daniel Meeusen, from Geertuytenberg, with Tanneken Heyndrickx from Opghem in Vlaenderen near Maldeghem (Belgium). Witness of the groom: Wouter Adriaens and Margriete van Bilsen, mother of the groom who stated this marriage to be satisfied and witness of the bridal side Heyndrick Joosten the shoemaker and Ariaengen Callebouts father and mother of the Bride who stated this marriage to be satisfied.

here also follows the act of the burgher book from 1605:

Daniel Meeusen van den Thole, veerthien ofte vijfthien iaeren hier gewoont hebbende. with in the margin: Enden Sol Op recken VIS

This would mean that he paid six shillings (redeemed) and lived already around 1588 in Arnemuiden.

Daniel's mother was Margriete van Bilsen and his eldest son Bartholomeus, so in the patronymic system the father of Daniel was Bartholo (meus). In the court archives Arnemuiden called one Bartholomew Danielsz counter Dirrick Pieters Pronck, skipper on "The Moriaen" act on 04.04.1578. However, this brings us no further. Daniel had two sisters, namely Janneken (she was a witness at the baptism of his daughter Trineken on 11.08.1604) and Trineken. His sister Trineken marry as young daughter of Rees in Gelderlant 18 / 2-11 / 4-1612 Cornelis Adriaens (Guest) Arnemuiden. Their father Bartholomeus might have been skipper or soldier? Geertruidenberg and Rees are both on the river and both garrison town (has been).

In the earliest books of Arnemuiden such as baptismal and marriage records, burgher book, tax cohieren homes leads Margriete van Bilsen and (her husband) Meeus not against (either as owner or as tenant), nor to the communicants.

Research in Tholen, Hasselt (Bilsen-Belgium), Den Bosch and Rees (in Kleve Germany) has so far yielded nothing (not even through patronymen). Daniel Meeusen and Tanneken Heyndricks got two daughters ( Trineken and Josintgen), and four sons Barthlo (meus), Adriaen, Cornelis and Daniel. All four sons were married in Arnemuiden and their children began to use the name van Belsen. About 5000 names in this family tree processes from throughout the Netherlands, even in the United States.

Arnemuiden 1791

1819-1910 Legendary figure

Lieven Tak van Belzen and Jerina Geldhof had 12 children, seven of them died shortly after birth. In a stormy night, he had his eldest, 20 years old son Jacob let go, after which drowned when they were with the rest of the crew on the side of Lieven's fishingboat, after it had capsized. They were rescued and the boat was shattered and sailing charge brought to Hellevoetsluis. The children of Lieven were named after their mother nickname, Wullem of Riene, Kees van Rine, Joos van Riene and Mientje of Riene.


His two brothers Lieven, Joos and Jacob, drowned. Joos drowned in the stormy night of November 3, 1863 in the sea nearby Flushing (the rest of the crew was rescued by Charles Lievens van de Gruiter). Jacob drowned in the stormy night of 3 on December 4, 1863 aboard "The Young Jacob" (bazaanschuit Lieven de Ridder), the Dutch coast, killing all the crew (7 fishermen). The tragedy is that Jacob one month earlier was rescued aboard his brother Joos.

Schoolfoto met zes van de kinderen van Lieven en Cornelia.

1918 Fatal accident

On February 15, 1918 got the Arm-16, while she was fishing in the Oostgat, a mine in its nets. The mine was carefully detached and embedded. Pilotboat no. 14 with skipper Vader arranged for making mines harmless, it went off, the Arm 16 took in tow and went looking for the mine. They discovered the height of Westkapelle. At the moment the naval officer who was aboard the no.14, switched to the arm 16, the pilot boat ran on a mine. The consequences were terrible: skipper Vader and five other crewmembers were slain. Also fishermen skipper 'Lieven van Belzen' his son (17) Cornelis van Belzen and sailor Hendrik Marijs (25) found death. Furthermore, there were still several wounded.

Quote from the book "A century and sheds on the Scheldt"

  • The steam pilot vessel "14" is in the run of the Oostgat on a mine, where eight people on board are killed. Simultaneously explodes (by the same mine) also 'fishing vessel' Arnemuiden 16 , killing three fishermen.


  • Bron: L.L. von Münching: 'De verliezen van de Nederlandse koopvaardij in WO I'.
  1. Stadsrekeningen van Middelburg, 1500-1549, Pieter JJansz' alias Pieter van Belsen, Tijdschriften Zeeland, Archief | 1 januari 1881 | pagina 312

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