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Onderwater Alderneering 1763

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Location: Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland, Nederlandmap
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Transcripted and translated text of baptism record dated January 26 1749: "Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Church Records, 1076-1916," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-31137-11731-79?cc=2037907 : accessed 21 February 2016), Nederlands Hervormde > Noordwijk > Dopen 1621-1811 > image 435 of 443; Rijksarchiefdienst Nederlands, Zuid-Holland (Netherlands National Archives, Zuid-Holland).

A child baptized Kornelis
Father Thomas Kornelisz Underwater
Mother Aalt Jansdr Alderneering
Witnesses The parents themselves

Note: This child was born more than 3 weeks before the baptism illegitimate and from adultery by above reported parents, being the father Thomas Kornelisz Underwater a widower and mother Aalt Jansdr Alderneering who was married to a soldier named Jan van Leeuwen, born in Leiderdorp, knew not whether this her real man who they had not seen in more than two years, deserted from the service, was killed in war or died his natural death, or whether he was prisoner of war in France, nor where he were in the world, so she being ignorant of this, committed adultery with the aforementioned Thomas Kornelisz Underwater and borne him this child; because both the parents of this child and their parents and ancestors had been devoted to the Reformed religion, and both in their infancy were incorporated by baptism in the Reformed Christian Church though the mother was attracted early to the Papist Religion that she till now practiced, so the father has asked the Vicar more than once to also incorporate the child in the Reformed Christian Church by baptism; which the Pastor has not refused but from the beginning has adopted and promised to do if the father not just came himself to baptize this child, but also brought with him a Church Member of a pious and irreproachable walk to witness: but as the father was unable to get anyone to do so and not even just an orderly Church Member to do so, not only the father but also the mother with him appeared before the Church Council and asked the Pastor to baptize this their child offering not only that the both of them will be holding the child at the baptism and also to put up with a serious punishment, but also under pledge by the mother that she would no longer attend the Papist services but those of the Reformed Church instead and under the commitment of both the Parents of this child, that henceforth they would no longer live in immorality, but in honor, and would raise this child in the Christian religion, at which the Pastor, with the consent of the Church Council, baptized this child, offered to the Holy Baptism by his adulterous parents themselves after having severely punished, warmly admonished, and recalled their commitment before the face of the church, on the 26th of January 1749.

This child died the 26 August 1749. The aforementioned pair then still together living in fornication against their promise made, has reported Aalt Jansdr Alderneering who as yet could give no evidence of the death of her real husband Jan van Leeuwen, and therefore could not marry Thomas Kornelisz Underwater, on the 11th of June 1750 given birth again to a stillborn child that Thomas Kornelisz Underwater has confessed to the Pastor he was the father of.

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4 children of Aaltje and husband Thomas were baptised on 27 Nov 1763. [1] So it would seem that Jan was declared dead shortly after 1750 so that they could marry.
posted by Rae Santema