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My great-grandfather (middle) and his brothers

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First the five sisters, here their five brothers. They are the sons of Herman Gijsbert Keppel Hesselink and of Egberdina Anna Viëtor. My guess is the portrait was made around 1885.

 

In my cousin Gijs's blog we find their names.

 

From left we see (and I quote my cousin):

 

"- Herman Gijsbert (1859-1914), director of a publishing house for the mission in Ermelo, editor of the Nederlandsche Zendingsbode and after 1913 vicar in the Wallonian Protestant church.

 

- Hendrik (1857-1899), civil servant (attorney at law) in the Dutch East Indies, in 1880 co-author of the book 'Succession to the throne in the Netherlands'.

 

- Cornelius Dasse(1852-1917), our ancestor, dealer in Spanish and Portuguese wines and married to Egberta Engberts, whom he divorced in 1902. Later remarried.

 

- Jan Fresemann (1851-1929), wine dealer in Arnhem.

 

- Willem Frederik (1846-1927), partner of Cornelius Dasse in the wine dealership, vice-consul of Spain, citycouncil member in Arnhem"

 

About the relationships between these brothers, their quarrels, trials and tribulations, there is apparently much to tell. All of them were born with the 'double' name of Keppel Hesselink, for instance, but two of them (amongst whom my ancestor, dropped the Keppel part later in life. Why? Ah, that's where the stories begin...

 

And please, don't ask me about the brother whose death (and his wife's...) was surrounded by scandal and nationwide sensationalism...

 

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Taken on December 4, 2007