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2.1 Huset de Créqui
2.2 Senere ledd n
3 de Créqui-våpen
4.1 la Roche n
5 Fam. i Nederland n
Ahasverus de Créqui
6 Ahasverus n
7 Militær karriere
8.1 1. Carl Gustav n
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11.1.1 Johanna n
11.1.2 Catharina n
11.2.1 Ahasv. dy n
11.2.2 Karen, Judith og
11.3 Betje Adriaens
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Aner og annet
12.1 Sweers n
12.1 Sweers e
12.2 Isaac Sweers e
12.3 Abt. Sweers
13 de Vinck e
14.1 Riisbrich n
Sweers Island e
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Chapter, Part 1b:|
branch of the noble family Sweerts de Landas
First time published on
20th March 2001
Last updaten on 15st October 2007
Coat-of-Arms of the Landas family, according to Th. Leuridan: Parti émanché
d'argent et de gueules de dix pièces (Per pale dancetty of ten
argent and gules). These were the arms of Landas, who were seigneurs in
the twelfth century. Leuridan gives the same arms to the communities of
Landas and Raucourt-au-Bois, Nord. Th. Leuridan used by Brian Timms in
"Studies in Heraldry" (http://www.briantimms.com/) where the illustration
to the right is found. Landas and Raucourt-au-Bois are villages southeast
of Lille, close to the Belgian border in Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
- Genealogie van de Adelyke
Familie van Sweerts de Landas - an eight pages long printed genealogy
starting with Amaury VIII, Sire van Landas mentioned 1174 and the 11th
of December 1228, presented to me by Mr. Peter Sweers of Germany, October
- I. a copy of a statement
of the Knighthood of the county Zutphen
- II. a plano paper, on
which the genealogy beginning with Gerard Count of Ast (NB: this
part is not presented on this web site because of it dubious character.
The author himself states that this part must be read with cautiousness.
This part presents a family line going all the way back to Count
Gerard van Ast (NedLeeuw 1893/56v), a person said to have lived
25 generations prior to Judith Sweers' uncle, the Vice Admiral Isaac
- In our context, three
particular pieces of information found in De Nederlandsche Leeuw
No 9, 1893 seem to underline its trustworthiness (see also 17th generation below):
- A: It is mentioned
that Judith Sweers was married to Ahasverus de Créqui
dit la Roche, and that the couple had moved to Norway. This
is not common knowledge in Dutch genealogy circles.
- B: Two of the couples'
children born in Norway are mentioned in NL9; Salomon and Frederik
Henrik. The three children born in The Netherlands before they
moved are also mentioned; the daughters Johanna, Alida and Catharina.
- C: It is mentioned
that Judith Sweers was brought back to The Netherlands to be
buried in her parents' grave in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam after
she died. This last piece of information has previously never
been mentioned in Norwegian genealogies of the couple. All in
all, it seems that A, B and C tell us that the information presented
in De Nederlandsche Leeuw No 9, 1893 comes from a source very
familiar with this material.
- Various original documents
from several archives, found by Ms. Annette Sweerts, Amsterdam, 2001
above: The seven families holding the keys to the gates of Brussels: Steenbooghe,
Dirkhuyge, Coudenberghe, Semdendoffin, Rodenbeecke, Sweerts and Sleens.
Illustration from Annette Sweerts' private files, possibly from the Belgian
genealogy magazine Ons Bestaan (Our Existance) which is no longer being
published. The original image comes from the 1656 book Bruxellas Septenaria history of Brussels by Erycius Puteanus' (1574-1646).
below: The coat of arms of today's Sweerts family. From Annette Sweerts.
Differences between "Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van
Sweerts de Landas" and De Nederlandsche Leeuw No 8, 1893
first 12 generations presented below are transcribed from the genealogy
of the noble family van Sweerts de Landas, sent to me by Mr. Peter Sweers
of Wachtberg, Germany in October, 2001. This seven pages long genealogy
is in many ways similar to the genealogy presented in De Nederlandsche
Leeuw No 8, 1893, but it differs in some important details. The main differences
- De Nederlandsche Leeuw No
8, 1893 goes too far back in history, all the way back to a Gerard van
Ast who is said to have lived eight generations prior to Amoury VIII,
Sire van Landas. The "Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts
de Landas" starts with the knight - or "Ridder" - Amoury
VIII, Sire van Landas mentioned in 1st generation below, eight generations
later than De Nederlandsche Leeuw No 8. Some genealogists bring this
lineage all the way back to Charles the Great, king of France, further
six generations prior to Gerard van Ast's wife Gesella, but due to the
outspoken uncertainty about the generations before Amoury VIII,
Sire van Landas from the author himself (De Nederlandsche Leeuw No 8,
1893), we have chosen not to include these altogether 14 generations
here (see http://www.home.zonnet.nl/stapelveld/afst-sweerts.htm where the complete lineage is presented).
- For the next 12 generations,
the two genealogies are similar, with one exemption: In generation No
eight after Amoury VIII, Sire van Landas, one genealogy presents a "Gerard
Sweerts de Weer, born 1341" (NL No 8), while the other mentions
a Jan Sweers (Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts de Landas).
In this last one, no Gerard Sweerts is mentioned among the children
of the parents in generation No 8, also a Jan Sweerts, and it may seem
possible that the "Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts
de Landas" is correct. Never the less, I cannot be sure about this
without further documentation or confirmation.
- What seems more certain, is
the fact that the article in De Nederlandsche Leeuw No 8, 1893 seemingly
mixes up some people and marriages . The line presented in De Nederlandsche
Leeuw No 8, 1893 is similar to one particular line continued from Dirck
Sweerts son Jan Sweerts de Weer - see 11th and 12th generation below. From
this point on, the "Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts
de Landas" continues to be similar with the article in De Nederlandsche
Leeuw No 9, 1893 where Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche and his
wife Judith Sweers are mentioned (see 13th
to 17th generation below). The actual mistakes
which seem to appear in De Nederlandsche Leeuw No 8, 1893 are presented
under generation No 11 below.
A copy of a statement of the Knighthood of the county Zutphen
statement of Knighthood constitutes part I of the 1893 article about the
Sweer(t)s van Landas family in De Nederlandsche Leeuw No 8 1893. The Statement
of the Knighthood of the county Zutphen reads:
- That the lineage Sweerts
is an Old and Noble lineage, and comes from the lineage of Landas of
the year 1228, which proved to us from papers of the family, as we have
seen this also from common acts from that time, that they are often
called Knights and Shieldbearers/Squires.
- That is proved to us from
a diploma from emperor Ferdinand III from 30th May 1652, that the lineage
Sweerts was acknowledged as an old noble lineage, and declares that
the same is admissible in all German and Imperial Knight hoods
- That are shown to us the
letters of acceptation from 33 May 1653, out of which is acknowledged
that Jacob Sweerts in the free Government/Public Knighthood of the Frankish
department, is been admitted.
- That is proved to us from
several public acts, transports, maagescheyden (?= heritage), matrimonial
contract and baptize records, an accurate filiation, made in 1228, beginning
with Dirck van Landas, father of Jan Sweerts and going till the year
1650 till Jacob Ferdinand and Maarten Christiaan, both sons of Jacob
Sweerts, being a time of sixteen following lineages. Also is proved
to us that they are legal, matrimonial and not originated from bastards.
In truth's document we have sealed and signed. Actum Zutphen the 12
June 1769. signed by: J.C.M.C.H. van Heeckeren tot Barlham
original is in possession of Jonckeer E.E. Collot d'Escury, major of the
Regiment van D'Eneri (?).
Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts de Landas
"Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts de Landas" starts
like this - here in its Dutch original language - where it is explained
how the genealogy is based upon original documentation and how the family
name is written in several ways:
- Frederick Sweerts
- Jan Sweerts, mentioned 8th
- Dirk Sweerts
- Ryckaert Sweerts
- Hendrik Sweerts
- Lodewyck Sweerts, Canoninck
- Jacob Sweerts
- Aerent Sweerts, married with
Hecren daughter of van Heewwyck
- Geraert Sweerts
- Maria Sweerts, Religious
- Jan Sweerts, member of the
government in Brussels
- Margaretha Sweerts, married
to Gosewyn de Cock tot Aalrt, his mother was Ryswyck
- Elizabeth Sweerts, natuurliyke
daughter (which I think must mean born outside of wedlock), mentioned
1369, married with Dirk can Bruhese, with whom she had three children:
Jan, Govaert, and Sofia.
- Emanuel Sweerts, mentioned
1369, married with Agnes van Alteren. (Nine generations after them are
mentioned in the Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts de Landas
- Jan Sweerts, Priester
- Henrick die Weert, son of
Jan Sweerts, hy is geweest Kamerling van Vrouwe Johanna Hertoginne van
Brabant, known from letters of 28th May 1430 and 1441
- Willem Sweerts
- Margareta Sweerts, married
with Lauweryns van Backel, called (gezegt) van Cuyck.
- Jan Sweerts, Priester
- Dirck Sweerts
- Goyaert Sweerts
- Catharina Sweerts, mentioned
1497, married with Jacob Crabbe.
- Hendrick Sweerts, married
- Mr. Philippus Sweerts
- Margareta Sweerts
- Willem Sweerts
- A: NL8 says that Jan Sweerts
de Weer born 1529 - grandson of Jan Sweerts de Weer born 1464 -
was married to Lucia van Valkenburg, The "Genealogie van de
Adelyke Familie van Sweerts de Landas" says he was married
to Elisabeth van Hofstad. Both the "Genealogie van de Adelyke
Familie van Sweerts de Landas" and De Nederlandsche Leeuw No
8, 1893 (NL9) says that Lucia van Valkenberg was married to Jan
Sweerts de Weers (born 11529) second cousin Jan Sweers/Sweerts,
son of Dirk Sweers (see 14th generation below)
- B: NL8 says that Jan Sweerts
born 1565 was married to Alida van Bronckhorst, while both The "Genealogie
van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts de Landas" and NL8 says
that she was married to Arnold/Aarnout Sweers born 1574 (see 15th generation below).
- Conclusion: These two
generations (14th and 15th below) seem so well documented that we
may conclude that NL8 is wrong in its presentation on this particular
- Mr. Philippus Sweerts, called
Zuerius, Knight (Ridder). His grandson Jacob Sweerts married Johanna
Lopez de Villanova, daughter of Marten and Sara de Landas, and from
this line descends the noble family of Sweerts de Landas, described
with another six generations and altogether 44 persons descending Mr.
Philippus Sweerts in the Genealogie van de Adelyke Familie van Sweerts
- Helena Sweerts, Canonnesse
at Binderen near Helmont
- Margareta Sweerts, Nun in
- Johanna Sweers, married with
- Aeltje (Alida), born 30th
October 1561, dead unmarried at Hoorn, North-Holland 15th October 1638.
NUMAGA 1986 says she was born in 1671.
- Catrijna (according to FamilySearch,
but she is not mentioned by R.B. Prud'homme van Reine in NUMAGA 1986)
- Jan (also called Hans), born
12th February 1571, dead at Hoorn, North-Holland 7th February 1647,
buried at Grote Kerk. NUMAGA 1986 says he was born in 1574.
Sweers , born 11th November 1575
in Nijmegen (NUMAGA 1986 offers two possible dates: 21st November and
11th November 1575 [O.S.]).
- Lucia Beeckman, who died on 3rd and was burried
on 6th december 1630 in Amsterdam. Married with Jonkheer and infantry
major in Nijmegen Charles or Carel Pagniet (or
Panier), also a lieutenant-colonel and Lord of Kermestein. There are descendants after this couple.
Sweers, born 5th April 1609, dead
1639 and buried in Amsterdam. See his family under 16th
Sweers, born 15th June 1611, dead 2nd March 1674, buried in Amsterdam.
Educated as a merchant, bailiff of the island Texel (North-Holland)
(NL) in service for the counts of Holland, later he became an under
merchant in India
for The East-Indian Company (VOC) where he became ordinaris counselor.
For four or five years he was the manager for one of the Dutch offices,
but was eventually dismissed from his position after repeated events
of private enterprise in conflict with VOC's interests. He returned
to The Netherlands in the mid 1640ies. There exist several documents
showing that he took care of his niece, Judith Sweers' fiscal interests.
For example, on 22nd July 1648 he signed the contract regulating the
financial sides of the coming marriage between Ahasverus de Créqui
dit la Roche and Judith, who got married in October that year.
On 29th November 1662, Salomon settled at Keizersgracht in Amsterdam
as a merchant and became a "poorter", which means that he
had his license to become a merchant. In 1664 he became the manager
of the Madhouse in Amsterdam, in 1667 church master at Noorder kerk
Sweers' own island in Australia
To the right: Lyn and Tex Battle live and work at Sweers Island, a popular
fishing resort in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Here they are in
front of the pictures of Salomon's parents on their own wall - second
best to having a picture of Salomon Sweers, whom their island is named
after. Sweers Island is available by boat or airplane, and is situated
at the very southern part of the gulf.Click the image above to go to the Sweers Island site. The initial letter
in "Sweers Island" is taken from Salomon Sweers' own signature,
in a document dated 22nd July 1648.
The charter vessel "MV Salomon" (above) was added to Sweers Island Fishing Resort's range of charter vessels before the 2008 season. MV Salomon is named after Salomon Sweers, after whom the island was named. Read more here!
- Salomon Sweers, dead unmarried
- Catharina, baptized in Amsterdam
16th September 1663. Witnesses were Joachim Irgens and Alida Bickers.
Joachim Irgens (van Vestervig) was married to Elisabeth Bickers other
- Andries (fs), baptized in
Amsterdam 20th January 1666
Sweers, born 25th October 1614
Sweers, born 6th February 1617
Sweers, born in Nijmegen on 9th September 1619, married in Djakarta
(in Dutch, Djakarta is known as Batavia) in June 1642 with
commissioner Jeremias Van Vliedt. Two sons and one daughter.
- Isak (Isaac) Sweers , born in
Nijmegen 1st January 1622. Vise admiral. Married 19th January 1655 with
Constantia Blommaarts, born 3rd March 1626, dead 19th March 1694, daughter
of Samuel Blommaerts (Blommaart) og Catharina Reynst. Read about the
vice admiral Isaac Sweers in a separate article.
- Bemjamin Sweers, born 21 March
Sweers, born in Nijmegen, Gelderland 5th April 1609, dead 1639 and buried
in Amsterdam. In "de Nederlandsche Leeuw", No. 9, 1893 he is
mentioned as Jan Sweers, while he himself signs as Johannes in the wedding
contract of 17th June 1632. Olaf Jæger (NST 1934) called him as
was a book keeper in the East-Indian Company when he was married for the
first time 23 years old on 17th June 1632 with the 20 years old Alida de Vinck, born and baptized on 1st January 1612 (N.H.).
de Vinck was the daughter of Willem de Vinck (born about 1572
(?), married on 14th Nov. 1601, dead 1629), employed at a lawyers' office
and living "in de Cameel" at today's Singel in Amsterdam) and
Ophoven (Ophoogen). Maria Ophogen lived at Koningsgracht, in a part of
today's Singel where also Aarnout Sweers lived. In addition to the daughter
Alida, they also had the daughter Kornelija, baptized on 9th
October 1616 in Oude Kerk, Amsterdam.
To the left Johannes
Sweers and Alida de Vinck's wedding protocol from Amsterdam. The text
is: Johannes Sweers van Nimmegen out 23 jaar geassisteerd met  zijn
halfbroeder Arent Sweers wonent op de Rouaensekaij en Alida de Vinck van
A out 20 jaer geassisteerd met  haar moeder Marija Ophoogen wonent op de
Coninxgraeft. In translation: "Johannes Sweerts of Nijmegen
23 years old assisted by his half brother Arent Sweers, living at Rouaensekaij
and Aledada de Vinck of Amsterdam 20 years is assisted by her mother
Marija Ophoogen, living at Koningsgracht."
Under the text, we see Johannes Sweers and Alida de Vinck's signatures.
This is an interesting piece of information, and in contradiction to Olaf
Jæger (NST 1934) who argues that it was Johannes father Arent who
witnessed with Alida de Vinck's mother. The witness was Johannes' half
brother Arent! We may believe that Arent was a son from Aarnout Sweers
marriage with Judith Coster; see 15th Generation.
When he got married the first time, Johannes Sweers lived in Rapenburg.
de Vinck did not get old. At only 22 years of age she died on 4th January
1634 and was buried in Amsterdam. The married couple had one daughter:
Sweers , baptized at Amsterdam Nieuwe
Kerk 17th April 1633. Witness: Aernout Sweers
14th February 1636, Johannes Sweers was married for the second time with
the 27 years old Maria van der Voorde, born 1609, daughter of Gerard van
de Voorde and Maria Du Fossé. Johannes Sweers then lived at Rouaanse
Kaij, while Maria van der Voorde lived in the Looijer Bushuijs where they
stored gun powder. She had earlier been married on 10th January 1629 with
Guillam De Vick, dead before 1636. In the marriage between Johannes Sweers
and Maria van der Voorde three children:
- Jan (Johannes) Sweers, baptized
23rd October 1635. Witnesses: Pieter Gaduijts and Marijn du Fossé
- Arnout Sweers, baptized 10th
January 1636. Witness: Cornelia van de Voorde
- One child still unborn at
the time of Johannes' death
On 2nd August 1636, Johannes and Maria set up their will, and
after his death in 1639, his heritage was divided between Maria and the
altogether four children (the unborn one included) on 20th October 1639
with 2900 guilders, 8 stuyvers and 8 cents to each. The unborn child
may have been stillborn or died very young, as Maria later had his/her
child part of the heritage. This information is from private family archives
for the Sweers family deposited at the gemeentearchief in Amsterdam.
17th generation: Judith Sweers
Judith Sweers, born at
Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on 17th April 1633.
26th July 1648 the engagement between Jonkheer Assuerus de Créqui
dict la Roche, young man from The Hague and Judith Sweers, young daughter
from Amsterdam was published at the same time in the Walloon Church at
The Hague and in the church in Amsterdam (siec). The Church Records of
Amsterdam show that they got married on 1st August 1648 - see copy of
wedding certificate. As opposed to what was the case with the wedding
certificates of Judith's parents and grandparents, where the newly weds
had signed the protocols themselves, we do not find Judith Sweers and
Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche's signatures in the protocol.
to the article in "de Nederlandsche Leeuw", No 9, 1893 Judith
Sweers and Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche had five children.
In 1893, no descendants of these five were known by the author in The
Netherlands, but when he writes about five children in "de Nederlandsche
Leeuw", this is according to our previous knowledge from other sources:
- Frederik Henrik
is with interest we make a note of the fact that the two youngest of these
were born in Norway, and that the Dutch article of 1893 yet has managed
to include these two. This, seemingly, underlines the possibility that
the original author of this text had firsthand knowledge of the family.
the article in "de Nederlandsche Leeuw" No 9, 1893 also underlines
a correction we have had to make in Olaf
Jæger's 1934 article about Ahasverus de Créqui dit la
Roche in Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift. He writes that Judith Sweers
and Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche possibly had another four
children born in the 1650ies, but discoveries made 2000/2001 show that
these four were his brother Jean's children. See more about this in the
Newsletter No 3 2001 (in English) and in the ancestor list (stamtavle)
in Chapter 11
to "de Nederlandsche Leeuw" No 9 1893, Judith Sweers' body was
brought to The Netherlands and buried in her parents' grave at Oude Kerk
in Amsterdam after shed died approximately 1669.
These Sweers Coat-of-Arms decorate a lead window at the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. Plantin was one of the earliest bookprinters in the Low Lands (Belgium and the Netherlands nowadays), and his daughter Maria was married to Jan I Moerentorf (Moretus in latin) and his grandson Jan II Moerentorrf (Moretus) was married to Maria de Sweert, daughter of Guilliam (William) de Sweert from the Brussels Lineage [Photo: Annette Sweerts, 2008]
Go to chapter 12.3
 In abbreviated form, the text reads geassisteerd met = assisted by (email from Pieter J Cramwinckel, 14th Feb 2012)