The Van Wyks have a long genealogical trail, with records going back to about 1350. Following is a generation-by-generation account of the Van Wyk family, starting with Seger Van Wijk as Generation #1 and ending with Willem Van Wijk as Generation #17. This information comes from two sources:
- The original Van Wyk book completed in 1992 by Freda R. Vande Wall. She received this genealogical information from Michael Van Wyk, who verified the accuracy of the data for Freda’s book.
- A web site put together by David A. Poll: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/o/l/David-A-Pol/index.html. This website weaves together the data with historical events, both on a national scale and on a personal level with the individuals involved.
Seger Van Wijk (1350-1418)
Below is the very earliest documentation on our ancestor Seger, taken from the Heusden records of 1418 and 1420. The first action in 1418 involves a house in Heusden on the dike (aan de Damme) that is apparently being rented to Seger with 3 schillings going to the convent, and 2 French crowns going to Jan Tack (Henricszn). This document was then notarized and recorded by officials in Huesden. The second record in 1420 apparently shows this rental agreement being assigned to Emont Henrik Boudewijnszn, and again refers to the payment to the convent.
Kapittel van Heusden, regesten, 1339-1694, November 10, 1418
440 1418 november 10 (op sente Mertensavont in den winter)
Schepenen van Heusden oorkonden, dat Jan Tack Heinricszn heft opgedragen aan Zegher van Wijc, een huis te Heusden aan de Damme, belast met een cijns van 3 schelling ten behoove van de Onze lieveV.-Broederschap, welk huis Zegher weer opdroeg aan Jan Tack tegen een cijns van 2 Franse kroon; voorts geven schepenen vidimus van de akte van 1418 juni 25 (regestnr 436)
457 1420 april 27
Schepenen van Heusden oorkonden, dat Zegher van Wijc heft opedragen aan Emont Henric Boudewijnszn de akte van 1418 november 10 (regestnr 440), waardoor deze is gestoken, ten behoove van het convent (te Heusden)
Seger Van Wijk was born in 1350 and died after 1418. It is not known how he died, but he survived one of the most dangerous period in human history, the Bubonic plague, or Black Death.
In the early 1330’s, an outbreak of deadly bubonic plague occurred in China. Plague mainly affects rodents, but fleas that infest the rodents can transmit the disease to humans very rapidly. Plague causes fever and a painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes. The disease can also cause spots on the skin that are red at first and then turn black. It was only a matter of time before the outbreak of plague in China spread to western Asia and Europe.
In October of 1347, the plague had reached Italy, and by the following summer it had spread as far north as the Netherlands, where people called it “The Black Death” because of the black spots it produced on the skin. A terrible killer was loose across Europe, and medieval medicine had nothing to combat it. In several cities Jews were tortured until they confessed to poisoning the town wells, after which they were burned to death. The fact that Jews had been dying at about the same rate as Christians seemed not to be pertinent.
In winter the disease seemed to disappear, but only because fleas, which were now helping to carry it from person to person – are dormant then. Each spring, the plague attacked again, killing new victims. After five years, 25 million people were dead, one third of Europe’s people, and estimates as high as 75 million deaths during the 20 years that it raged. The plague continued in force through 1367, before dying down to sporadic outbreaks for the next 200 years.
Aernd Segersson Van Wijk (1375-1438)
Aernd Segersson Van Wijk, son of Seger Van Wijk, was born about 1375, died about 1438. Aernd was very likely born after the initial ravages of the bubonic plague had ended, but sporadic outbreaks continued for several hundred years. Various laws were enacted over the years in an attempt to deal with the problem. In the Netherlands, a fine of 20 stuivers, a substantial sum, was levied against those who left the doors or windows open in a home that was infected with the plague. To put this into perspective, the fine for throwing a dead animal into the town well, or relieving oneself therein, was only 9 stuivers. Selling a diseased ox, however, was considered serious, and drew a fine of 23.5 stuivers.
Aerent Aerndszn Van Wijk (1405-1477)
Aerent Aerndszn Van Wijk, son of Aernd Segersson Van Wijk, was born in 1405, died in 1477. In 1438 Aerent mortgaged land that he had inherited upon the death of his father Aernd. In 1409 Aerent mortgaged about 20 acres of land located in the town of Veen at Kievitsvenne.
Aerent was a vassal (Leenman) of the Count of Holland during a time of great changes in Europe. The plague of the last century had destroyed the underpinnings of the feudal system by creating an extreme shortage of labor, and ended the many hereditary ties to the land. The resulting social unrest put great strain on all of Europe.
Aerent experienced the single most catastrophic flood in the history of the Netherlands, the St. Elizabeth’s Day Flood. In November of 1421, a violent storm from the west battered the Netherlands. Ferocious winds broke the sea dikes along the coast, drowned 20 villages, and 10,000 inhabitants. In Noord Brabant, the storm wind ruptured the dikes near Heusden at the junction of Waal and Maas rivers, pouring enormous amounts of seawater onto the villages and farms and flooding the entire countryside. Although most of the town of Wijk was destroyed, the church was miraculously saved. Although most of the town of Wijk was destroyed, the church was miraculously saved.
This document was filed in the Huesden records and dated the last day of December in 1465, reflects one of his official acts:
Kapittel van Heusden, regesten, 1339 – 1604, dated December 31, 1465
1465 december 31
Willem van Wijc Arntz, van Wijc en Arnt van Wijc Arnts Zegerszoonsz, leenmannen van de graaf van Holland, oorkonden, dat op 17 september 1465 Cornelis van Zuudoert namens zijn onmondige zoon Govert aan Claes van Heeswijck het leen verzocht heft, dat Govert van zijn moeder geerfd heft en daarbij aan zijn verplichtingen jegens de leenheer voldaan heft
Translation: In the Huesden records dated December 31, 1465 – two Van Wijks – Willem van Wijc Artz. van Wijc and Arnt van Wijc Arnts Zegerzoonsz, were involved in witnessing a sale of land rights to Claes van Heeswijck, with the seller being Cornelis van Zuudoert who was acting on behalf of his handicapped son Govert, who had inherited these land rights from his mother.
Zegher Airt Van Wijk (1431-1501)
Zegher Airt Van Wijk, son of Aerent Aerndszn Van Wijk, was born about 1431, died after February 5, 1501. He married Mechteld about 1460. She was born about 1432.
The period of Zegher’s life was one of the momentous times in the history of Europe. During his lifetime, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, the Turks conquered Constantinople, Guttenberg printed the first book in Europe, Columbus discovered America, and the Hapsburg family gained control of the Netherlands.
Jan Segersz Van Wijk (1460-?)
Jan Segersz Van Wijk, son of Zegher Airt Van Wijk, was born 1460, death date unknown. He married Mechteld about 1485. She was born about 1362.
By the time that Jan grew to manhood, Guttenberg’s invention of the moveable type printing press had begun to change the face of Europe. Prior to that time, books were so rare and expensive that few outside the clergy bothered, or had the opportunity, to become literate, and even the nobility could do little more than sign their name.
Mass production made inexpensive books more readily available, and literacy grew apace. Not only were the Bible, theological books, and Greek and Latin classics made readily available, but also pamphlets and periodicals that spread new concepts and ideas beyond the confines of the universities. It is hard to imagine the ideas contained in Luther’s 95 Theses spreading so rapidly without the ability to reproduce and distribute them easily.
Seger Janszn Van Wijk (1485-?)
Seger Janszn Van Wijk, son of Jan Segersz Van Wijk, was born 1485, death date unknown. He married Uda Hannaertsdr about 1515. She was born about 1487 and died before March 28, 1564.
The cornerstone of the economic system of the middle ages was the hereditary rents that each level of society owed their overlords. These obligations were generally paid in kind, (quantities of grain, meat, days of labor, military service, etc) since money was so scarce, but a specified amount of money was acceptable in lieu of these services, and usually this amount could not be changed.
During Seger’s lifetime, Columbus’ discovery of the New World put the finishing touches to the destruction of the feudal system. The vast amounts of gold and silver brought into Europe from Mexico and Peru created inflation of a magnitude never before seen, and allowed all levels of society access to money with which to discharge their obligations. This, coupled with the labor shortage created by the ravages of the plague, freed peasants from their ties to their lands and brought on the rise of capitalism.
Hannaert Segersz Van Wijk (1515-1564)
Hannaert Segersz Van Wijk, son of Seger Janszn Van Wijk, was born about 1515 and died after March 28, 1564 and before October 10, 1577.
At the time Hannaert was born, Europe was about to undergo another major societal change, the Great Reformation. When Martin Luther published his 95 Theses in 1517, he not only changed the face of religion in Europe, but started forces that changed the political and economic landscape for years to come.
Cornelis Hannaerts Haspels Van Wijk (1539-1631)
Cornelis Hannaerts Haspels Van Wijk, son of Hannaert Segersz Van Wijk, was born 1539 in Wijk, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands, and died before June 14, 1631. He married (1) Digna Dircksdr. She was born after 1541. He married (2) Helleken Gijsbertsdr about 1570. She was born about 1542, died after June 14, 1631.
Cornelis was born into the Catholic religion. He was the first Van Wijk to make the historic switch from Catholicism to Calvinism. Cornelis joined the Dutch Reformed Church of Wijk and served as the Church Warden (Kerkmeester). He was appointed to the office of Mayor (Burgomeester) of Wijk, and was in charge of the village’s finances.
Cornelis is one of the few 16th century individuals for whom we have reasonable knowledge of his birth. At least two sources indicate that he was probably born in last half of 1539. In Heusden NA3991, akte 57, dated April 19, 1612, his age is given as 72 years old.
Dirk Cornelisse Haspels Van Wijk (1570-1633)
Dirk Cornelisse Haspels Van Wijk, son of Cornelis Hannaerts Haspels Van Wijk, was born 1570 in Wijk, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands, and died after May 6, 1633, in Wijk, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands. He married Anthonia Jansdr about 1600. She was born about 1580.
During Dirk’s lifetime the long civil war against Spain raged. The fortress town of Heusden, only a few miles from Genderen, was alternatively the southernmost fortress of Protestant Holland or the northernmost fortress of the Spanish empire, depending on the current fortunes of war.
The largely Catholic Noord Brabant was a major battle ground for the war, and cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam were thronged with Protestant refugees from the Dutch speaking towns of Antwerp and others in Flanders. Unlike the previous population displacements, in which farmers were absorbed into the community as craftsmen, these newcomers were merchants and traders with the skills, connections, and often the capital to continue their activities in their new environment.
Rochen Dirkse Haspels Van Wijk (1600-1647)
Rochen Dirkse Haspels Van Wijk, son of Dirk Cornelisse Haspels Van Wijk, was born 1600 in Wijk, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands, and died 1647 in Aalburg, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. He married Teuniske Adriaensdr Van Aelborch, daughter of Adriaen Mertens Van Aelborch, about 1630. She was born about 1609 and died after 1647.
It was during Rochen’s lifetime that the long civil war finally came to an end. Begun in the 1560’s, the war alternatively raged and sputtered for about 80 years, finally ending in 1639.
Surprisingly, it was during this period that the Netherlands became a major center of world trade. The Dutch expansion was spearheaded by private interests, rather than the Government, which probably accounts for the fact that they tended to traders rather than colonizers. The Dutch East India Company was established in 1602, and was followed by the Dutch West India Company in 1621. These organizations targeted the quick returns coming from trade rather than the expensive, slow returns of colonization. The inflow of wealth into the Netherlands raised the average standard of living to a level higher than most of Europe, and tended to reduce the poverty that served as a goad to emigration in many European countries such as England. Many Dutchmen did live and work in America, Indonesia, and South Africa, but usually considered themselves as Dutchmen, only temporarily living overseas.
Jan Rochenszn Haspels Van Wijk (1641-1718)
Jan Rochenszn Haspels Van Wijk, son of Rochen Dirkse Haspels Van Wijk, was born July 6, 1642 in Aalburg, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands, and died August 20, 1718 in Aalburg, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. He married (1) Marij Petersdr. She was born about 1680. He married (2) Lijsbeth Theunisdr, daughter of Anthonij Corneliszn and Dingena Jacobsdr, May 15, 1667, in Aalburg, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands. She was born June 1641 in Aalburg, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands, and died before June 10, 1695, in Aalburg, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. Parents of Anthonij Janszn Haspels surnamed Van Wijk.
By the end of the Civil War, an unusual situation had developed in the Land of Altena. Although Noord Brabant was almost totally Catholic, the northernmost towns of Genderen, Eethen, Drongelen, and Doeveren were completely Protestant. There is no clear explanation of why this should be so, but it has largely continued on to this day. Aalburg also had a sizeable Reformed population, with Jan taking an active role in the Reformed Church there.
Jan was a farmer near Aalburg, and served as a Dike-reeve on the Aalburg Council. He served as a Deacon in the Dutch Reformed Church of Aalburg in 1677 and 1689 and as an Elder in 1692 and 1693.
Lijsbeth Theunisdr: In the proceeding before the Notary of Heusden on June 6, 1695, it was mentioned that Lijske Tonis, the wife of Jan Roche was dead. Also mentioned in the proceeding were the names of their children, namely Teuntje Jans Roche, Roch Jansse, and Anthonij Jansse, all of legal age.
Anthonij Janszn Van Wijk (1672-1726)
Anthonij Janszn Haspels surnamed Van Wijk, son of Jan Rochenszn Haspels Van Wijk, was born January 31, 1672 in Aalburg, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands, and died about December 16, 1726, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, the Netherlands. Anthonij Janszn Van Wijk was baptized January 31, 1672, Aalburg, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. He married Hendricksken Ariensdr Doedijns, daughter of Arien Lambert Doedijns, alias Van Sluysvelt and Gisbertje Huyberts Van Wijk, June 7, 1705, in Doeveren, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. She wa born August 21, 1678 in Doeveren, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, baptized in Doeveren August 21, 1678 as Hanersken Van Sluysvelt surnamed Doedijns, and died before May 28, 1734, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. They were the parents of eight children, two baptized at Doeveren, six at Genderen. Their sixth child was Lambert Van Wijk.
The Genderen church register recorded Anthonij’s death in 1726. He made out his testament on December 15, 1725 and was deceased by January 28, 1727 when the testament was opened. His widow Hendrina was assisted by her brother in law Adriaen Colijn of Genderen.
On May 5, 1742, a division was made of the inheritance of Anthonij and Hendrina. The property was divided into four parcels and given to the four sons: Jan, Gijsbert, Lambert, and Hendrick. No provision was made for daughters Arien or Hendricka, who may have died before this date. Also not mentioned was Lijsken, who had died six years before, but left a minor daughter that should have received a share. Perhaps a separate arrangement had already bene made.
Hendericksken Ariensdr Doedijns: According to the Genderen tax rolls of 1731, Hendericksken owned two houses in the town of Genderen, one of which she rented to Maira van Gammeren, the widow of Corstiaen Haspels for 15 guilders per year. The rented house included four apple trees and meadowland. The other was a farmhouse and barn or outbuilding. The tax on her dwelling was 11 guilders, the second highest in the entire town, indicating that it was one of the most valuable properties in the town.
Anthonij van Wijk and Hendericksken Doedijns: On May 5, 1742, Jan, Gijsbert, Lambert, and Hendrik, the children and heirs of Anthonij Van Wijk and Hendrina Doedijns, both deceased, appeared before the Schepenen of Genderen to complete the distribution of their parent’s assets. These assets were divided into four portions.
Lot A went to Jan Lambertszn van Wijk, consisting of a house with two morgen of orchard and farmland located in Genderen, together with seven morgen of orchard, farmland, and meadowland also located there. In addition, he received a cabinet and table. This land was burdened with a rent of 50 guilders payable to Lady Lamarck, widow of van Dongen of Heusden, and 162 guilders, two stuivers as an equalization to the next lot.
Lot B went to Gijsbert Janszn van Wijk, consisting of seven morgen of farmland and meadowland located in Genderen, burdened with a rent of two stuivers and eight pennigen payable to the church of Genderen. In addition there was an equalization payment from Lot A.
Lot C went to Lambert Janszn van Wijk, consisting of five morgen and one hont of meadowland located in Genderen, along with 14 honten of farmland and three honten of farmland located there, burdened with a rent of one guilder and eight stuivers payable to the Church of Genderen and an equalization payment of 30 guilders from Lot D.
Lot D went to Hendrik Janszn van Wijk, consisting of three morgen meadowland and three morgen of farmland located in Genderen burdened with a rent of three stuivers payable to the Church of Genderen. In addition the half of four morgen farmland held in common with the widow of Matthuij van Gammeren, burdened with the rent of five guilders and 14 stuivers payable to “Godshouse” of Heusden. It also received an equalization payment from Lot A, and another from Lot C of 30 guilders.
Gijsbert Janszn van Wijk received all other portable goods and money, including farm animals and tools and was responsible for all debts and other obligations of the estate.
Hendrick Antonisse van Wijk: ON May 5, 1742, the property of his deceased parents was divided up between the heirs. Hendrick’s share consisted of about six acres of pasture and six acres of farmland, situated in Genderen, burdened with rent of three stuivers per year to the church of Genderen. Also a half interest in about eight acres, together with the widow of Matthijs van Gammeren, burdened with a rent of five guilders and 14 stuivers, annually to be paid to the church (Godtshuysen) of Heusden. In addition, an equalization payment will be received from his brother Jan, and another guilders will be paid to Lambert.
Lambert Antonisse van Wijk (1714-1785)
Lambert Antonisse van Wijk, son of Anthonij Janszn van Wijk, was born November 25, 1714, in Doeveren, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died before June 8, 1785, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. He married Teuntje Jans vanden Heuvel January 26, 1744, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, daughter of Jan Direkse vanden Heuvel and Sijken Willems Versteegh. She was born December 21, 1721, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died July 27, 1788, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. They were the parents of eight children, one baptized at Aalburg, seven at Genderen. Their eighth child was Pieter Lambertssoon Van Wijk.
Lambert was a farmer near the town of Genderen. He served as a Deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church of Genderen in 1742 and 1743. He and Teuntje had two sons, Lambett born on January 9, 1752, and Govert born on December 23, 1753, both died young, before their parents’ testament was made on January 17, 1781.
On May 5, 1742, the property of Lambert’s deceased parents was divided up between the heirs. Lamberts share was about 10.75 acres of pasture land and about ﬁve acres of farmland located in the town of Genderen, and an additional acre of farmland also located there, burdened with a rent of one guilder and eight stuivers to be paid to the church of Genderen, also, a sum of money from Lot A and 30 guilders from Lot D to equalize the value of each inheritance.
The rent burden attached to the land was probably due to a “perpetual loan” given by the Church in Genderen to Jan Antoniszn van Wijk or even one of his distant ancestors. The loan would be given with the land as surety, and the rent would be due on an annual basis until the loan was repaid, if ever. It would have the same effect as a perpetual lien or mortgage against the property, reducing the value by the amount of the rent or interest.
On June 8, 1785, the testament of Lambert’s brother Hendrik was opened. Since he had no children, one third of the estate went to his brother Jan, one third to his brother Gijsbert, and one third to the children of Lambert who had died before this date.
Marriage Note for Lambert van Wijk and Teuntje vanden Heuvel: On January 17, 1781, Lambert and Teuntje made out their testament, in which the surviving spouse was given custody and responsibility for any minor children. Each child was to receive the sum of 400 guilders. Their oldest son, Jan, who was retarded, was given an additional bequest of 600 guilders for a total of one thousand, and his brothers and sisters were to be his legal guardians with power of attorney over his property. The second son, Anthonij, was to receive the buildings and crops of property named “Mannikenhofi” located in the town of Wijk. The third son, Pieter, was to have access to and management of a house and nine hond of land located in Genderen. The other heirs were to receive a payment of 1600 guilders.
Pieter Lamberts Van Wijk (1762-1817)
Pieter Lamberts van Wijk, son of Lambert Arrtonisse van Wijk, was born about August 15, 1762, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died April 26, 1817, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. He married Aartje Willemse Vos Branderhorst March 22, 1789, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, daughter of Willem Branderhorst and Johanna Wouterse Vos. She was born about October 18, 1767, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died December 28, 1838, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. They had four children who were all baptized in Genderen. Their second child was Willem Van Wijk.
Willem Pieters van Wijk (1794-1854)
Willem Pieters van Wijk, son of Pieter Lamberts van Wijk, was born August 1, 1794, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, baptized August 3, 1794, Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died September 2, 1854, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. He married Jenneke Jans vanden Heuvel, daughter of Jan vanden Heuvel and Angenieta Verkuijl, December 12, 1814, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. She was born July 10, 1791, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died February 9, 1852, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. Parents of three children: Pieternella, Jan, and Pieter Lambert, all baptized at Genderen (Reformed State Church.) Their second child was Jan Van Wijk.
Willem Pieters van Wijk, as elder of the Reformed Church at Genderen, Doeveren and Gansoijer, signed the letter of call to Candidate H. P. Scholte in 1833. He also signed, as a member of said church, the Act of Secession on November 1, 1834.
Jan Willems van Wijk (1817-1888)
Jan Willems van Wijk, son of Willem Pieters van Wijk, was born January 3, 1817, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died September 3, 1888, in Haarlernmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands. Married (1) Hester Sterrenberg, daughter of Engelbert Sterrenberg and Geertje Van Heukelom, born about 1815 at Hellouw, province of Gelderland, Netherlands, died in 1845 at age 30 in Genderen, Noord Holland, Netherlands. Jan Willems van Wijk married (2) Hendriena Lamberts van der Beek, daughter of Lambert van der Beek and Maria Versteeg, December 6, 1845, at Eethen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands. She was born March 3, 1820, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died after 1888 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands. First marriage had three children born at Genderen; second marriage had twelve children born at Genderen. Child #5 of the second marriage was Willem Jans Van Wyk.
When Jan van Wijk moved from Genderen to Haarlemmermeer, county leaders required that each of these newly-created farms in the Haarlemmermeer Polder be given a name for identiﬁcation purposes. The local paper, the Haarlemmermeer Weekblad, printed a two-page listing of these farm names on November 20, 1868. The farm of J. van Wijk was located in Section O, Lot 29. The name of his farm was “Hendrina’s Hoeve” which translates to “Hendrina’s Farmhouse.” This is an obvious tribute to his wife, Hendrina van der Beek.
Willem Jans van Wijk (1849-1917)
Willem Jans van Wijk (also written William Van Wyk), son of Jan Willems van Wijk, was born May 4, 1849, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died May 1, 1917, near Sully, Iowa. (While the record shows that his home was in Pella at the time of his death, he actually died at the home of his daughter who lived near Sully, Iowa.) Married (1) Trijntje Dirks vanden Heuvel, daughter of Dirk vanden Heuvel and Hendrika Boll, February 26, 1873, in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands. Trijntje was born December 28, 1853, in Genderen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, and died December 28, 1893, near Galesburg, Iowa. Willem and Trijntje were the parents of 13 children. Willem married (2) Taekje Theunis Tigchelaar Bontekoe (Tillie De Bont), widow of Pieter Bontekoe, daughter of Theunis Jelleszn Tigchelaar and Dieuwke Berendsdr Faber, February 6, 1903, at Pella, Iowa. Taekje was born February 22, 1864, in Pietersbierum, Friesland, Netherlands, and died April 8, 1915, at Pella, Iowa. Willem moved from Genderen to Haarlemmermeer in 1873, and immigrated to the United States in June of 1892, settling in the Pella, Iowa, area.
Children of Willem van Wijk (1849-1917) and Trijntje van den Heuvel (1853-1893):
- Jan van Wijk, born January 29, 1874 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Dirk Jan van Wyk, born February 28, 1875 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Hendrika van Wijk, born November 24, 1876 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Gij sbert Hendrikus van Wijk, born November 4,1878 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Marius van Wijk, born August 29, 1880 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Lambartus van Wijk, born October 19, 1882 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Jan Willem van Wijk, born July 1, 1884 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Hendrikus Johannes van Wijk, born April 21, 1886 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Willem van Wijk, born January 9, 1888 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Unnamed son, born January 9, 1888 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Allettinus van Wijk, born October 13, 1889 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Casper Hendrick van Wijk, born August 30, 1891 in Haarlemmermeer, Noord Holland, Netherlands
- Cornelis Allettinus van Wijk, born October 18, 1893 in Jasper County, Iowa, USA
Children of Willem Van Wyk (1849-1917) and Tillie Tiechlaar De Bont (1864-1915):
- Irene (Hendrina) Van Wyk, born March 1, 1904 at Pella, Iowa
- Ben Van Wyk, born July 28, 1905 at Pella, Iowa
- Gerrit Joe Van Wyk, born January 15, 1907 at Pella, Iowa
- Joe (Johannes) Gerrit Van Wyk, born January 15, 1907 at Pella, Iowa
- Tillie Van Wyk, born December 14, 1908 at Pella, Iowa