Note: The first source listed minimally state the parents of the ancestor. Other sources may complete the picture
After ancestor #8 the parents may be found in http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55
1. Laurentius (Lauran) Petrus Ketelaars
married to Nelly Willems

He was born on 19 Oct 1913 in Tilburg NL and died on 23 Jun 1973 in London ON. He married on 5 Jan 1942 to Cornelia (Nelly) Antonia Willems in Tilburg. Nelly was born on 9 Apr 1917 in Dongen NL and died on 20 May 1999 in London, ON. She was the daughter of Jan Willems and Drieka Koreman.

Like most of his brothers, Lauran worked in the Woolen textile industry. He was not satisfied with being a simple weaver, so he took night school over several years and was promoted several times. When wool began to be replaced by synthetics Lauran became unemployed along with many other Tilburgers.

In 1959 the family moved to Canada, first to Aylmer, where there was seasonal work in tobacco. Lauran worked for a time as assistant cook at St. Peterís seminary, delivering bread for Melrose bakery. He started a cleaning company and cleaning offices of, among others, St. Willibrordís Credit Union.
Their children: (all born in Tilburg)
  1. Johannes (John) 6 Nov 1942
  2. Hendrikus (Henk) 12 Apr 1944
  3. Laurentius (Larry) 9 May 1945
  4. Hendrica (Henny) 4 Jun 1946
  5. Cornelia (Nelly) 5 Sep 1947
  6. Ignatius (Ian) 5 Jul 1949
  7. Josepha (Sepha) 30 Aug 1950
  8. Engelina (Laney) 4 Jun 1952
  9. Robertus (Robert) 5 Jun 1953
  10. Maria (Maria) 22 Mar 1955
Lauran was the son of:

2. Hendrikus Julianus Stephanus (Harrie) Ketelaars
married to Maria van de Velde

He was born on 6 Aug 1875 in Hooge & Lagere Zwalue and died: 29 Nov 1953 in Tilburg. He was married to Maria on 2 May 1899 in Vught. She was born on 2 May 1875 in Vught and died on 1 Oct 1961 in Tilburg. Maria was the daughter of Petrus van de Velde and Barbara van de Wittenboer.

Harry was a shoemaker, first in Amsterdam in his own shop and later in Vught in a shoe factory. In 1908 the family moved to Tilburg where he worked for the railroad, while repairing shoes at home.
Their children:
  1. Petrus (Piet) 9 Feb 1900
  2. Robertus (Rob) 11 Jul 1901
  3. Franciscus (Frans) 11 Feb 1903
  4. Barbara (sister Barbara) 4 Sep 1904
  5. Henriette (Yet) 19 Mar 1906
  6. Maria (Marietje) 21 Jul 1907
  7. Hendrikus (Harry) 31 Jan 1910
  8. Alphonsus (Fons) 30 Mar 1911
  9. Maria Geziena (Marie) 2 Jul 1912
  10. Laurentius (Lauran) 19 Oct 1913
  11. Gerardus (Gerard) 18 may 1918
  12. Engelina (Lena) 1 Nov 1920)
Harrie was the son of:

3. Robertus (Rubert) Ketelaars
married to Geziena Halsema

He was born on 14 Dec 1842 in Erp and died: 6 Aug 1911 in Bergen op Zoom. He married Geziena on 1 Aug 1872 in Winsum. Geziena was born on 8 Jun 1846 in Leens and died on 1 apr 1907 in Putte. She was the daughter of Julius Halsema and Geziena Boerema.

Robertus was at first a school master but later became a tax officer, a job for which he was stationed in various places in the Netherlands. He settled in Putte, a border town with Belgium, with his growing family, where he processed people and goods across the border.
Their children:
  1. Julianus (Julius) Ketelaars, 12 Feb 1874
  2. Hendrikus (Harry) Ketelaars, 6 Aug 1875
  3. Henriette Geziena Ketelaars,12 Feb 1877
  4. Petrus Ketelaars(27 Jul 1879)
  5. Geziena Henriette Ketelaars, 21 Dec 1882
  6. Maria Antoinette Ketelaars, 10 Jun 1885
  7. Martha Ketelaars, 28 Dec 1887

Rubert was the son of:

4. Hendrina (Hendrica) Voets

married to Hendricus (Hein) Ketelaars.

Hendrina was born on 29 Dec 1815 in Schijndel and died on 12 Oct 1852 in Erp. She married Hein on 16 Oct 1836 in Erp. Hein was born on 12 Nov 1811 in Veghel and did on 13 Feb 1891 in Son. He was the son of Hendrikus (Driek) Ketelaars and Anna Maria (Annemarie) Oppers.

Hein was a school teacher. When Hendrina died, Hein married Wilhelmina van Otterdijk, widow of Lambertus Hoofs and daughter of Peter van Otterdijk and Maria Catharina van Hulsen. There were no children from the second marriage.

Their children:
  1. Maria Antoinette Ketelaars, 23 Oct 1838
  2. Hendrika Ketelaars, 24 Jan 1841
  3. Robertus Ketelaars, 17 Dec 1842
  4. Petrus Ketelaars, 25 Jun 1845


Hendrina was the daughter of:

5. Antonet Verhagen

married to Hendrikus Voets

Antonet was born on 13 Nov 1791 in Schijndel and died on 2 December 1826. She married Hendrikus on 13 April 1815 in Schijndel. He was born on 14 Jul 1786 in Schijndel and died there on 11 April 1819, the son of Adriaan Voets and Gordina van Roosmalen.

After the death of Hendrikus Antonet married Adriaan Rijkers in Schijndel on 8 August 1822. Adriaan was born on 2 May 1797 in Den Dungen and was the son of Jan Rijkers and Cornelia Thomisse. With three small daughters, Adriaan married again, to Ardina van Scijndel, on 30 Jun 1827 in Berlicum. With Ardina Ariaan had one other daughter, Hendrina (1830). He died on 5 February 1872.

Children: Antonet and Hendrikus:
  1. Hendrina Voets, 29 Dec 1815
  2. Adriana Voets, her twin
  3. Johannes Voets, died young (1821)
Children: Antonet and Adriaan:
  1. Hendrika Rijkers, 25 Jul 1823
  2. Gijsbert Rijkers, 9 Nov 1825 (died young)

6. Gijsbert Andries Verhagen

married to Hendrina Hendrik van Liempd.

Gijsbert was born 19 October 1761 and died on 6 February 1822. He married Hendrina on 5 Jun 1785 in Schijndel. Hendrina was born abt 1761 in Schijndel and was the daughter of Hendrik van Liempt and Anna Maria Verhagen. She died on 24 December, 1815 in Schijndel.

Children:
  1. Antonij, 19 Nov 1786
  2. Adrianus, 31, Jul 1789
  3. Antonet, 13 Nov 1791
  4. Hendrina, 14 Jan 1794
  5. Emericus Eijmerti (9 Jul 1797)
  6. Petronella (19 Jun 1799)
  7. Embertus (21 Dec 1801)
  8. Johannes (17 Jul 1804)
Gijsbert was the son of:

7. Antonetta Jan Antonij (Antonia) Verhoeven

married to Andries Teunisse Verhagen (van der Hagen).

Antonetta was baptized (RC) on 20 Nov 1721 in Schijndel and buried there on 20 March 1776. She married Andries on 9 Jul 1744 in Schijndel. Andries was baptized on 26 Jun 1717 in Schijndel and was buried there on 2 March 1789. Andries was the son of Anthonius Joannis Verhaegen and Adriana Wilhelmi.

Children:
  1. Antonius Verhagen, 6 Feb 1753
  2. Gijsbert Verhagen, 19 Oct 1761

  3. (five other children died in infancy)
Antoinette was the daughter of:

8. Jan Antonij Verhoeven

married to Wilhelmina Jansdr. (Guielma) van Roosmalen.

Jan was born abt 1692 in Schijndel and was buried there on 29 April 1750. He married Wilhelmina on 17 October 1717 in Schijndel. Wilhelmina was baptized (RC) on 22 April 1685 in Schijndel. She was the daughter of Johannes Henrici van Roosmalen and Ida (Eijcken) Janssen.

Children:
  1. Anna Maria Verhoeven, 23 Nov 1718
  2. Arnoldus Verhoeven (died 18 Sep 1727)
  3. Antonetta Verhoeven, 20 Nov 1721

Jan was the son of:

9. Anna van Amstel

married to Antonius (Antonie) Peters Verhoeven.

Anna was born abt 1660 and died in Schijndel on 7 Jan 1705. She was the widow of Christianus van Gerwen. She married Antonie on 11 Feb 1685. Antonie was baptized (RC) on 19 Feb 1658 in Schijndel and buried there on 9 Jul 1721. Antonie was the widower of Joanna Willems. He was alderman (schepen) between 1708 and 1711.

Children:
  1. Johannes Verhoeven, 1 Jan 1695
  2. Petrus Verhoeven, 18 Nov 1696
  3. Franciscus Verhoeven, 4 Sep 1702
Anna was the daughter of:

10. Peter Hendriks van Amstel

married to Marie Peters van Grinsven

Peter was born 17 Feb 1632 in Gemert and died 30 Nov 1683 in Schijndel. Peter married Marie van Grijnsven on 20 Apr 1657. Marie and her husband Peter died within a couple of months from each other. Their son-in-law Corstiaen (Anna's first husband) also died at the same time as Marie and the two were buried at the same time on 24 January 1684.

Children:
  1. Anna van Amstel (abt 1660
  2. Claes van Amstel (died on 18 Nov 1676)
Peter was the son of:

11. Hendrik Hendriks van Amstel

married to Anna van Griensven.

Hendrik was baptized on February 8, 1589 in Gemert and died in Schijndel. He married Anna on 13 Oct 1613 in Gemert. In 1619 he was a glass writer (gelaesscrijver) and in 1633 a glass maker (gelaesmaker). In 1634 a brewer. Anna was born in Schijndel the daughter of Peter van Griensven, Schijndel Secretary, brewer and glass maker, and Anneke van Helmond, daughter of the Bailiff of Heeswijk, Dinter, Schijndel and Berlicum.

Anna inherited a house with backyard and outside cookery, barn, brewery, and farmlands in Schijndel. The family moved therefore from Gemert to Schijndel in 1633. Their son, Johannes, is better known as "Jan van Amstel, captain with the Amsterdam Admiralty".

Children:
  1. Hendricus van Amstel, 19 Feb 1615
  2. Johannes van Amstel, 12 Dec 1618
  3. Guilielmus van Amstel, 18 Sep 1619
  4. Emerentiana van Amstel, 8 Jan 1623
  5. Elisabeth van Amstel, 11 Nov 1625
  6. Joanna van Amstel, 19 Apr 1629
  7. Petrus van Amstel, 17 Feb 1632
Hendrik was the son of:

12. Hendrick van Amstel

married to Hildegonda (Hilleken) van der Aa.

Hendrick was born abt 1555 in Gemert and died there before 1609. He married Hilleken abt 1580. She was the daughter of Jan Gerardsz van der Aa and Elisabeth Jan Marcelis Haesen. She died after 1624.

Children:
  1. Johannes van Amstel, 3 May, 1587
  2. Hendrikus van Amstel, 8 Feb 1589
Hendrik was the son of:

13. Sophia van Eijnatten

married to Peter Adriaens van Amstel

Sophia was born abt 1514 in Gemert and died after 1579. She was the second wife of Peter (aka van Weert) who was the widower of Aeltken Mickaert. Peter was born abt 1520 in Weeert and died after 1579 in Gemert. He was master glass maker in Helmond and Gemert and almsmaster (heilige geestmeester, 1568-1578) in Gemert. In 1579 he was alderman (shepen) there.

Children:
  1. Henricus Peters van Amstel, abt 1550
  2. Maria van Amstel, abt 1553
  3. Wijnand van Amstel, abt 1553
  4. Jan van Amstel, abt 1558
  5. Adriaan van Amstel, abt 1559
  6. Thijbout van Amstel, abt 1563
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-sanders-ruifrok/I11347.php
Sophia was the daughter of:

14. Hendrik van Eijnatten

in partnership with Maria van Haendel.

Hendrik was born abt 1485 and died on 17 Jul 1544 in Gemert. He was a knight of the German Order and Commander (Bailiff) of Gemert. Maria was born abt 1490 in Gemert. She was the daughter of Jan Evertsen van Haendel and Sophie van Lanckveld

The order is an order of knights, founded in 1189 as a community of monks with the task of caring for wounded crusaders. As commander, Hendrick was not allowed to marry. Since he got married anyway, all his children were deemed illigitimate and no longer considered part of the nobility.

Their oldest son, Hendrik was pastor in Nistelrode and chaplain of Gemert . Although a priest, he too married and had a daughter, Remigia. He was acting commander after the death of his father until 1550.

Children:
  1. Barbara van Eynatten (abt 1512)
  2. Sophia van Eynatten (abt 1514)
  3. Hendrik van Eynatten (abt 1516)
  4. Margarita van Eynatten (abt 1520)
  5. Jan van Eynatten (abt 1523)
  6. Jenneke van Eynatten (abt 1525)
  7. Marije van Eynatten (abt 1527)
  8. Anna van Eynatten (abt 1530)
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-familie-kuipers/I25069.php
Hendrik was the son of:

15. Marie van Brandenberg

married to Johan van Eijnatten.

Marie was lady of Bolland and Julémont (province of Liège, Belgium). She married Johan shortly before 8 Jan 1485

Johan was lord of Neubourg, Gulpen and Margraten, son of Johan van Eynatten and Alide Bock. He was a member of the knights of the
diocese of Luik (Liège) and the county of Loon (Limburg). He assigned the 1/3 part of the vineyards of Hastière under the protection of the bishop of Liège (8 Jan 1485). He also placed the castle Bolland, donated to him and his wife by the uncle, under the feudal protection of Brabant (29 Apr 1492). He died in 1510.

Marie's cousin, Dirk V of Brandenberg occupied the castle of Bolland after the death of her husband Johan claiming he, not she had a right to it. She repeatedly asked for the duke of Brabant to intercede. In 1511 he ruled in her favour, as did Charles V in 1516. Finally, on 19 Aug 1517, Dirk vacated the premises. Marie died on 28 January 1534 and was buried in Bolland.

Children:
  1. Hendrik van Eynatten, abt 1485
  2. Johannes van Eynatten, abt 1490

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/
Marie was the daughter of:

16. Frederik VI of Brandenberg

married to Cathérine de Crupet (de Hun).

Frederik III of Brandenberg was also named Frederik of Bolland. He inherrited the lordship (heerlijkheid) of Château-Thiéry with the protectorates that were attached: Hastière, Baimont, Falmignoul and Anseremme and the vineyards of Hastières (27 Jan 1454). On 30 Jan 1480 he gave his son Dirk on the occasion of his wedding, the lands of Château-Thiéry and allotted him as inherritance the protectorate of Hastiére and 2/3 of its vineyards. He died before 14 Apr 1492.

Children:
  1. Dirk IV, died 1495
  2. Marie
  3. Romette Friederike
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/
Frederik was the son of:

17. Dirk II of Brandenberg

married to Agnes de Glymes.

He was Co-lord of Stolzembourg, lord of Bolland and Hubinne. He was counted among the lords of the County of Namen (1429 - 1430). He accepted a ruling with the duke of Brabant regarding his rights in Saint-Paul-sous-Wavrin (1436) and was appointed as castillian by duke Philip the Good of Burgundy. Philip appointed him as sub-count of Limburg (1 May 1439), as well as his counselor and chamberlain (7 May 1439).

Unfortunately he asaulted and robbed a company of Englishmen, who were traveling under safe conduct from the Duke through Limburg (2 Feb 1440). As a result he was imprisoned at Calais and later (9 Jun 1444) he had to pay a large sum in penalty. He was present at the crowning of Philip the Good as duke of Luxemburg (25 Oct 1451).

Agnes de Glimes was lady of Saint-Paul-sous-Wavrin. Her father was lord of Glymes and Tourinne. Her mother, lady of Thorembrisoul.

Children:
  1. Johan III of Brandenburg, died 1492
  2. Frederick VII , died 1492
  3. Dirk III, died 1491

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/
Dirk was the son of:

18. Kundigunde of Bolland

married to Frederik IV of Brandenberg

Kundigunde was heiress of Bolland, Stolzembourg and Châteay-Thiéry. She inherited from her brother part of Stolzembourg and the house at Hosingen (12 May 1398). When Frederik died she got into financial difficulties, so that with the permission of her children she sold one half of the castle of Bolland to her uncle Thierry de Petersheim, lord of Haaren (24 Apr 1406). She also sold one half of her castle Stolzembourg to her relative Everard de la Marck, lord of Arenberg en Neufchâteau (2 Mar 1408).

Frederick III of Brandenbourg was born abt 1365 and died after 19 Feb 1405. He was cited first as lord of Betzdorf and part of Bourscheid (11 Mar 1384). He becomes Frederick I of Bolland through his marriage to Kundigunde. He recognizes the duke of Orléans as ruler of Luxembourg (Thionville, 11 Oct 1402).

His father, Frederik II van Brandenberg descended from the house of Sponheim-Vianden and his mother Elisabeth was Lady (of) Hubinne.

Children:
  1. Dirk II, died 1453
  2. Jacob
  3. Frederick V, died 1450
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/
Kundigunde was the daughter of:

19. Arnold II of Bolland

married to Marie de Looz.

Arnold was lord of Bolland and Rollé. Through his marriage with Marie he also became lord of Stolzembourg and Château-Thiéry. Arnold died before 28 Oct 1372.

Marie died after 12 May 1398. She was the daughter of Jacques de Looz and Cunégunde de Birbourg. From her father she inherited Château-Thiery and the protectorate of Hastière-de-la-l’Eau (21 Jan 1374) She is cited several times as Lady of Stolzembourg (since 6 Sep 1384) and as Lady of Reifferscheid (26 Feb 1390). She is cited for the last time when she donates part of Stolzembourg to her daughter Kundigunde and son-in-law Frederik von Brandenburg. the part that belonged to her son Arnold, who died 3 Apr 1397.

Children:
  1. Arnold (died 3 Apr 1397)
  2. Kundigunde (died after 1410)

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/
Arnold was the son of:

20. Richardis of Dollendorf

married to Arnold I of Bolland, knight.

Richardis married Arnold I of Bolland, son of Jean de Hoffalize, lord of Bolland and Lutgarde NN. She died after 1353.

Bolland is located in the present-day Belgian province of Liège. It forms part of the municipality of Herve. Of the castle of Arnold I and his decendants, only the tower still stands. The rest of the castle has been rebuild.

Children:
  1. Arnold II

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/
Richardis was the daughter of:

21. Richardis of Cleves-Saarbrücken

married to Gerlach II of Dollendorf .

Richardis married Gerlach II of Dollendorf in about 1285. She was cited in Glabach in 1311. Gerlach was the son of Gerlach I and Mectild van Iseburg-Grenzau and was born abt 1268 and died in abt 1297. As vassal of Duke Jan I of Brabant, Gerlag took part in the battle of Woeringen on 5 Jun 1288.

His aggressive politics landed him in hot water with the archbishop of Cologne and the count of Luxembourg, who ganged up on him in 1307, destroying his castle. Gerlach II is the son of Gerlach I, lord of Dollendorf and Kronenburg, and Mechtilde van Isenburg-Grenzau, heiress of Gladbach.

Children:
  1. Richardis von Dollendorf

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/
http://www.hist-stadt.nrw.de/Stadtkerne/geschichte.php?stadt=13
Richardis was the daughter of:
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22. Dirk Luf I of Saarbrücken

married to Elisabeth N.

Dirk (Dietrich) Luf von Kleef-Saarbrücken, was born abt 1228 and died in 1277. He became count of Saarbrücken when he married his first wife, Lauretta, countess of Saarbrücken and was nicknamed "the big Luf". Shortly after 1252 he was chased out of Saarbrücken and returned to Cleves. However he kept the name of Count von Saarbrücken, to maintain his claim to the title. Meanwhile Lauretta rules Saarbrücken independently as countess.

He is also lord of Wezel, Kranenburg, Malden and other locations in Cleves. After the death of Lauretta, abt 1271, he married Elisabeth and had his only child.

Children:
  1. Richardis of Cleves-Saarbrüken

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and retired website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gomes/Europese adel/

Dirk was the son of:

23. Dirk V count (Nust) of Cleves:

married to Hedwig von Meissen.

Dirk (Dietrich), count of Cleves, was born abt 1195 and married Mathilda van Dinslaken abt 1215. Mathilda died abt 1226 and he married Hedwig von Meissen, the daughter of Dirk "the oppressor" von Meissen and Jutta von Türingen.
Dirk succeeded his father when he was still a minor. His uncle, count Dirk van Holland, was his guardian until 1208. Hendrik, duke of Brabant confirmed him as count of Cleves. This is the start of the bond between the houses of Cleves and Brabant. The Brabander land of Heusden below the Maas was given to Cleves, as well as the old county of Teisterbant.
In 1233 Elisabeth of Brabant, the daughter of Duke Hendrik I married his oldest son Dirk (primogenitus) which tightened the bond.
Dirk V was involved in many actions: He supported the bishop of Utrecht against the nobles and farmers of Groningen and Overijssel. He also supported the archbishop of Bremen in his “crusade” against the farmers of Stedingen. After 1234 he becomes the guardian over the count of Holland. In 1253 the count of Holland battles the French and Flemish on the Island of Walcheren under the leadership of Dirk V. He tried to extend his teritory by taking lands from the archbishop of Cologne. He also tried to take lands from Engelberts von Berg and Konrad von Hochstaden. In Tomburg he restored Clevener sovereignty.
His daughter, Margaret was married off to Otto II of Gelderland in 1241, which was the start of a long association between the two territories.
Dirk V became the actual founder of the county of Cleves, promoting its settlement and building castles and the cities of Cleves, Kaldar and Wesel.

Children (with Mathilda):
  1. Dirk VI of Cleves (abt 1216)
  2. Margaretha of Cleves (abt 1218)

Children (with Hedwig):
  1. Dirk VII of Cleves (abt 1226)
  2. Dirk Luf I of Cleves (abt 1228)
  3. Agnes of Cleves (abt 1230)
  4. Jutta of Cleves (abt 1232)

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and http://www.heimat-kleve.de/
Dirk was the son of:

24. Dirk IV count of Cleves:

married to Margriet of Holand.

Dirk, count of Cleves was born abt 1160 and died in 1200. He married Margriet van Holland in 1182. She was the daughter of Floris III of Holland and Ada of Huntingdon. Dirk VII, count of Holland in turn married Adèle, a sister of Dirk.

Dirk has many feuds with his Gelderlander neighbour.

From May 1189 to 1192 he accompanied Emperor Barbarossa during the third crusade to the holy land. During this time his younger brother, Arnold II ruled in his place.

Margriet of Holland was born abt 1164 and died after 1203.

Children:
  1. Dirk V, Nust of Cleves, abt 1195

Margriet is the daughter of Floris III of Holland and Ada of Huntingdon
Floris is the son of Dirk VI of Holland and Sophia of Salm-Rheineck
Dirk VI is the son of Floris II of Holland and Gertrude of Lotharingia
Gertrude is the daughter of Dirk II of Upper Lorraine and Hedwig of Formbach
Dirk is the son of Gerard IV of Alsace and Hedwig of Namen (Namur)
Hedwig is the daughter of Albert II of Namur and Regilindis of Lotharingia
Margriet and Dirk VI are therefore fourth cousins (see Ida of Namur #27)
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 55 and http://www.heimat-kleve.de/
Dirk was the son of:

25. Dirk III count of Cleves

married to Adèle of Sutzbach.

Dirk, count of Cleves, was born abt 1129 and married Adèle (Adelheid) of Sulzbach in 1155. He was frequently at the court of emperor Frederik I Barbarossa. Dirk died in 1172. Adèle was the daughter of Gebhard III van Sulzbach and Mathilde van Beieren. She died on 12 Feb 1189.

In 1150 Dirk became vassal of the bishop of Utrecht, and extended his lands to include the Betuwe, Woutrichem and the land of Altena between the Old Maas and Waal. In 1159 he uncovered a plot to kidnap the bishop. He also fosters a relationship between Holland and Cleves against the counts of Gelderland and even Brabant.

Note:
Adèle is the daughter of Gebhard III von Sulzbach and Mathilde of Bavaria
Mathilde is the daughter of Hendrik IX of Bavaria and Wulfhilde of Saksen-Billung
Hendrik (abt 1074) is the son of Welf IV of Bavaria and Judith of Flanders
Judith (abt 1033) is the daughter of Baldwin IV and Eleonora of Normandy
Baldwin (abt 975) is the son of Arnulf II of Flanders and Rosala of Ivrea
Arnulf (abt 960) is the son of Baldwin III of Flanders and Mathilde of Saksen-Billung
Baldwin (abt 940) is the son of Arnulf I of Flanders and Adele of Vermandois
Adele (abt 912) is the daughter of Heribert II of Vermandois and Adele of Neustria
Heribert II (abt 880) is the son of Heribert I of Vermandois and Bertha of Morvois
Heribert I (abt 850) is the son of Peppin II of the Carolingers
Peppin II (845) is the son of Bernard I of Italy and Kunigunde
Bernard I (abt 797) is the son of Peppin I of Italy and Bertha of Toulose
Peppin I (abt 777) is the son of Charles the Great and Hildegard

Children:
  1. Margaretha of Cleves, abt 1155
  2. Dirk V, count of Cleves, abt 1160
  3. Arnold III of Cleves, abt 1165
  4. Adèle of Cleves, abt 1165

source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 15 and http://www.heimat-kleve.de/
Dirk was the son of:

26. Ida of Brabant (aka of Louvain):

married to Arnold I of Cleves.

Ida was born abt 1106 and married Arnold abt 1128. She died shortly before 1162. Arnold was the son of Dirk III of Cleves & Tomburg and Bertha.
Arnold laboured to increase the influence and importance of the house of Cleves to the detriment of the monasteries of Lower Rhineland. With Ida came the rich lands of Wesel, which included the abbey of Echternach as well as control over the monastery Oberndorf. Arnold was frequently found in the court of the bishop of Utrecht. His son Dirk will become the bishop's vassal.
Arnold died 20 Feb 1147 and both Arnold and Ida are buried in Bedburg.

The name Cleves (Kleve) derives from the word cliff (German Kliff), as the Schwanenburg (English: Swan Castle), where the dukes of Cleves resided, was built on a steep hill. The old castle has a massive tower, the Schwanenturm 180 feet high, that is associated in legend with the Knights of the Swan, immortalized in Richard Wagner's Lohengrin.

Children:
  1. Dirk III of Cleves




Detail from the gravesite of Arnold & Ida
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 15 and http://www.heimat-kleve.de/
Ida was the daughter of:

27. Godfrey I (with the beard):

married to Ida of Namur.

Godfrey I count of Louvain and margrave of Antwerp, was born abt 1063. He married Ida (aka of Chiny) in 1105. After her death he married Clementia of Bourgundy in 1121.
Godfrey succeeded his brother, Hendrik III, who died without sons in 1095.
Godfrey took part in the first crusade and after the taking of Jerusalem he was chosen to be king, however he preferred the title of "protector of the holy sepulchre"
He supported the German king Hendrik V against his father, Hendrik IV, which earned him in 1106 the duchy of Lower Lotharingia as Godfrey V and received the title of Duke of Brabant.
After the death of Hendrik in 1125 he backed the wrong person as successor and Lotharius, the winner, took the duchy away in 1128, but he was allowed to keep the title of duke of Brabant.

Godfrey died 25 Jan 1139 and was buried in Afflighem.

Note:
Ida of Chiny was the daughter of Otto II of Chiny and Adele of Namur
Adele was the daughter of Albert III of Namur and Ida von Saksen-Billung
Albert III was the son of Albert II of Namur and Regelindis of Lotharingia
Regelindis was the daughter of Gozelo I ‘the Great’ and Junea of Italy
Ida and Godfrey were therefore second cousins.

Children (with Ida):
  1. Adeliza of Louvain (1103)
  2. Godfrey II of Louvain (1107)
  3. Clarissa of Louvain
  4. Ida of Louvain
Children (with Clementia):
  1. Joceline of Louvain
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 15 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_I,_Count_of_Louvain
Godfrey was the son of:

28. Henry II, count of Louvain:

married to Adele van de Betuwe (of Orthen)

Henry, count of Louvain (Leuven), was born abt 1020 and died abt 1079. He married Adela abt 1050. She was born about 1027 and died after 1086. Adela was the daughter of Everhard van de Betuwe. As dowry she added the lands of Orthen to the domains of Leuven. At the death of her husband Adela makes a gift of that dowry to the church of St. Martin and the bishop of Utrecht for the good of her soul and that of her husband. The bishop returns the use of it back to her as his vassal.

Little is known about Henry. He helped Richilde van Henegouwen against her brother-in-law Robrecht I, de Fries in the conflict over the county of Flanders. His daughter subsequently marred the second son of Richilde.

Children
  1. Henry III, Count of Louvain
  2. Godfrey I, Count of Louvain
  3. Albero I of Louvain, Bishop of Liège
  4. Ida of Louvain married Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 15 and http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrik_II_van_Leuven
Henry was the son of:

29. Lambert II (Balderik):

married to Oda of Lotharingia (aka Verdun)

Lambert II (aka Balderik), was born abt 990 and married Oda of Lotharingia abt 1020. This was a political alliance to bring peace between the houses of Louvain and Verdun, after the battles of Florrennes
Oda was the daughter of Gozello I "the great" who was margrave of Anwerp (1008), duke of Lower Lotharingia (1023), duke of Upper Lotharingia (1033), and count of Verdun.
Lambert succeeded his nephew, Otto, who only ruled Louvain and Brussels for a short time after the death of his father, Hendrik I, in 1041. Lambert was lord of Strijen and protector of the abbeys of Nijvel and Gembloers.
In Brussels he founded the St. Goedele chapel in the church of St. Michael. There he had the relics of the saint brought.
He joined Baldwin V of Flanders against the German Emperor Hendrik III and in the engagement was slain near Doornik in 1054. Both Lambert and Oda are buried in the abbey of Nijvel.

Children
  1. Hendrick II of Louvain, abt 1020
  2. Adèle of Louvain, abt 1025

Note:
Oda of Verdun was the daughter of Gozelo I of Lower Lorraine and Juea of Italy
Gozelo was the son of Godfrey of Lotharingia and Mathilde of Saksen-Bilung
Godfrey was the son of Gozelo of Lower Lotharingia and Uda of Metz
Gozelo was the son of Wicherich of Lotharingia and Kunegonde of France
Kunegonde of France was the daughter Irmintrud of France
Irmentrud of France was the daughter of Louis II, the Stutterer, and Ansgard of Burgundy
Louis II was the son of Charles II, the Bald, and Eermentrude of Orléans
Charles II was the son of Louis I, the Pious, and Judith of Bavaria
Louis I was the son of Charles the Great and Hildegard
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 15 and http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambert_I_van_Leuven
Lambert was the son of:

30. Gerberga of Lower Lotharingia:

married to Lambert duke of Louvain

Gerberga was born abt 971 and married Lambert I "with the beard" of Louvain (Leuven) before 991. Lambert was the son of Renier III "with the long neck" of Hainaut (Henegouwen) and Adèle of Louvain.
Lambert was count of Louvain. Through his wife he also came into possession of Brussels. He was protector over the abbeys of Nijvel and Gembloers.

His father, count of Hainaut, waged war on Bruno, archbishop of Cologne and duke of Lotharingia to whom he lost Hainaut in 953. With his sons Renier and Lambert he was banned to Bohemia where he died. Both children grew up in West Francia, and during several engagements agains Lotharingia (973, 974, 976) they tried to gain back their father’s lands of Hainaut. In 977 Renier received Hainaut back from Otto II and became count Reneir IV, count of Hainaut while Lambert inherited Louvain from his mother.

Children
  1. Mathilda of Louvain, abt 984
  2. Hendrick I of Louvain, abt 991
  3. Lambert II of Louvain, abt 990
  4. Ansfried of Louvain

Bishop Balderik II of Liège (Luik) had decided to build a fortress at Hoegaarden. Lambert took that as a thread, and demanded that he stop. When the bishop continued building the fortress, Lambert invaded Liège. With the help of many deserters of the bishop he won the battle of Hoegarden in 1013 and annexed a large part of the county of Brunningerode (Tienen and surrounding), thereby creating the beginnings of Brabant.
When the duchy of Lotharingia (Lorraine) was given to Godfrey of Verdun, Lambert declared war on the house of Verdun. This lead to the battle of Florennes (1015) which Godfrey won with the help of the bishop of Liège and where Lambert was slain.

Gerberga was poisoned together with her son, Hendrik, soon after the death of her husband. She is buried in the abbey of St. Gertrude.

Note:
Lambert also was decended from Charlemagne as follows:
Lambert I of Louvain, (abt 950) son of Renier III and Adèla of Louvain
Renier III of Hainaut, (abt 920) son of Renier II and Adèle of Bourgundy
Renier II of Hainaut, (abt 880) son of Reinier I and Alberada of Lotharingia
Reinier I of Hainaut, (abt 850) son of Giselbert of the Darbau and Irmingard
Irmingard, daughter of Lothar I and Irmingard of Tours
Lothar I, son of Louis the Pious and Irmingard in the Haspengouw
Louis the Pious, son of Charles the Great and Hildegard in the Vinzgouw
source: see http://kareldegrote.nl reeks 15 and http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambert_II_Balderik_van_Leuven
Gerberga was the daughter of:

31. Charles of Lotharingia:

married to Adèle NN

Having been excluded from the throne of France, the German Emperor Otto II, made Charles duke of Lower Lorraine in 977.

His father probably gave him royal powers in Burgundy, but Lothair took them back upon reaching his majority. In 977, Charles accused Lothair's wife, Emma, daughter of Lothair II of Italy, of infideility with Adalberon, Bishop of Laon. The council of Saint-Macre exonerated the queen and the bishop, but Charles maintained his claim and was driven from the kingdom. He found refuge at the court of his cousin, Otto II. Otto promised to crown Charles king of France, as soon as Lothair was out of the way. Meanwhile he restored Lower Lorraine to him.

Children:
  1. Otto
  2. Adelaide
  3. Gerberga
  4. Louis
  5. Charles
  6. Ermengarde

In August 978, Lothair invaded Germany and captured the imperial capital of Aachen, but failed to capture either Otto or Charles. In October, Otto and Charles in turn invaded France, devastating the land around Rheims, Soissons, and Laon. In the latter city, the chief seat of the kings of France, Charles was crowned by Theodoric I, Bishop of Metz. Lothair fled to Paris and was there besieged. But a relief army of Hugh Capet's forced Otto and Charles to lift the siege on 30 November. Lothair and Capet, the tables turned once more, chased the German king and his liege back to Aachen and retook Laon.

source: see http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambert_II_Balderik_van_Leuven
Charles was the son of:

32. Louis IV of West Francia (d'Outremer):

married to Gerberga of Saxony.

Louis was born abt 921 and died on 10 September 954 in Reims (France). He was only two years old when his father was deposed by the nobles, who set up Robert I in his place. When he was only three years old, Robert died and was replaced by Rudolph, duke of Burgundy. Rudolph's ally, a Carolingian himself, Count Herbert II of Vermandois, took Charles captive by treachery and the young Louis's mother took the boy "over the sea" (outremer) to the safety of England, hence his nickname.

Children:
  1. Lotharius IV of West-Francia, 941
  2. Charles of West-Francia, Jan, 945
  3. Mathilde of West-Francia, 948
  4. Louis of West-Francia, Dec 948 (died an infant)
  5. Charles of Lotharingia, Summer 953
  6. Hendrik of West-Francia, Summer 953
  7. Hildegard
  8. Alberade

Charles died in 929, but Rudolph ruled on until 936, when Louis was summoned back to France unanimously by the nobles, especially Hugh the Great, who had probably organised his return to prevent Herbert II, or Rudolph's brother Hugh the Black, taking the throne. He was crowned king at Laon by Artald, archbishop of Rheims, on Sunday 19 June 936. Effectively, his sovereignty was limited to the town of Laon and to some places in the north of France, Louis displayed a keenness beyond his years in obtaining the recognition of his authority by his feuding nobles. Nonetheless, his reign was filled with conflict; in particular with Hugh the Great, count of Paris.

In 939, Louis became involved in a struggle with the Emperor Otto the Great on the question of Lorraine, but then married Otto's sister Gerberga of Saxony (914 – May 5, 984). Gerberga was a daughter of Henry the Fowler, King of Germany, and Matilda of Ringelheim. She was the widow of Gilbert, duke of Lorraine with whom she had 4 children.

Louis IV fell from his horse and died September 10, 954, at Rheims, in the Marne, and is interred there at Saint Rémi Basilica.

source: see http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_IV_de_France
Louis was the son of:

33. Charles III of West Francia (aka the simple):

married to Eadgifu (aka Ogive & Edwige) of Wessex

Charles was born on 17 Sep 879 and died 7 Oct 929 in Péronne. He was crowned king of West-Francia at Reims on 28 Jan 893. Charles has various concubines and one earlier wife, but married Eadgifu in 919. Eadgifu was the daughter of Edward the Elder, king of England.

Children:
  1. Louis IV (920)

As a child, Charles was prevented from succeeding to the throne at the time of the death in 884 of his half-brother Carloman or at the time of the deposition of the Holy Roman Emperor, his uncle Charles the Fat, in 887. Instead, Odo, Count of Paris, succeeded Charles the Fat. Nonetheless, Charles was crowned by some nobles in 893. Charles became sole king at the age of nineteen upon the death of Odo in 898.

The kingdom of Charles the Simple was similar to today's France, however, in 911, he was forced to cede Normandy to the Norse leader Duke Robert I..

In 922 some of the barons (including Herbert II of Vermandois) revolted and crowned Robert I, brother of Odo, king. In 923, at the battle of Soissons, King Robert was killed, but Charles was also defeated. Rudolph, Duke of Burgundy was elected king, and Charles was imprisoned.

Charles died on October 7, 929, in prison at Péronne (Somme, France) and was buried there at the L'abbaye de St-Fursy. His son would eventually be crowned in 936 as Louis IV of France.

source: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_the_Simple
Charles was the son of:

34. Louis II of West Francia (the Stammerer):

married to Adèle of Paris (aka de Frioul).

Louis was king of Acquitaine. His first wife was Ansgarde of Burgundy and after his annulment he married Adèle. Louis died on Good Friday, 10 apr 879 in Compiège. Adèle was the daughter of Girard of Paris and Wandelgard.

Louis was crowned on 8 December 877 by Hincmar, archbishop of Rheims, and was crowned a second time in September 878 by Pope John VIII at Troyes while the pope was attending a council there. The pope may even have offered the imperial crown, but it was declined.

Children (with Asngarde):
  1. Louis (863)
  2. Hildegarde (864)
  3. Gisela (865)
  4. Carloman (866)
Children (with Adèle):
  1. Ermentrude of France (875)
    Charles the Simple (879)

Louis the Stammerer was said to be physically weak and outlived his father by only two years. He had relatively little impact on politics. He was described "a simple and sweet man, a lover of peace, justice, and religion". In 878, he gave the counties of Barcelona, Gerona, and Besalú to Wilfred the Hairy. His final act was to march against the Vikings who were then the scourge of Europe. He fell ill and died on 10 April or 9 April 879 not long after beginning his final campaign.

Ansgarde of Burgundy was queen of Aquitaine, but never of West Francia. She was the daughter of Hardouin of Burgundy. She secretly married Louis II of France before he was king; After Louis' death her sons became Louis III and Carloman II of France.
Because Charles the Bald wished to marry his son to mary Adèle of Paris, he had to seek a papal annulment. This he did, and Adéle married Louis in February 878.
Ansgarde was thus repudiated, but at the death of Louis II in 879 she worked to ensure that her sons could mount the throne of France themselves. To that end, she sought to revisit the subject of her divorce with the archbishop of Reims.

Adéle, however, was pregnant, and gave birth to a son on September 17 of that year, which thus called into doubt the inheritance of Ansgarde's own sons.
Ansgarde and her sons attacked Adéle's marriage, accusing her of adultery; consequently, Louis and Carloman mounted the throne together. However, both died without issue, and after a long and difficult process Adéle finally saw her son confirmed as Charles III, the only legitimate heir to the throne.

source: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_the_Stammerer
Louis was the son of:

35. Charles the Bald

Married to Ermentrude of Orleans.

Charles was born 13 Jun 823 in Frankfurt am Main. He died 6 Oct 877 in Maurienne. He was king of France and Holy Roman Emperor. All his life he had to fight his older half-brothers to retain his territories.

Charles also fought against the Vikings, who devastated the country of the north, the valleys of the Seine and Loire, and even up to the borders of Aquitaine. Several times Charles was forced to purchase their retreat at a heavy price. Charles led various expeditions against the invaders and, by the Edict of Pistres of 864, made the army more mobile by providing for a cavalry element, the predecessor of the French chivalry so famous during the next 600 years. By the same edict, he ordered fortified bridges to be put up at all rivers to block the Viking incursions. Two of these bridges at Paris saved the city during its siege of 885–886.

Ermentrude was the daughter of Odo I, Count of Orléans, in 842. She died in 869. In 870, Charles married Richilde of Provence, who was descended from a noble family of Lorraine.

Their Children:
  1. Judith of West-Francia, abt 844
  2. Louis II of West-Francia, 1 Nov 846
  3. Charles of Aquitaine, abt 847
  4. Karloman of West-Francia (the blind)
  5. Lothar of West-Francia
  6. Ermentrud of West-Francia
  7. Hildegard of West-Francia
  8. Gisela of West-Francia
  9. Rotrude of West-Francia, abt 850



charles the Bald

Charles the Bald in old age; picture from his Psalter
Charles was the son of:

36. Louis I the Pious

Married to Judith Welf

Judith was the second wife of Louis, married in Aachen in 819. Louis was crowned co-emperor with his father in 813. When Charles the great died in 814 he inherited all his territories. In 817 Louis was severely injured and in his state of near death issued a decree dividing his empire in the traditional Frankish manner. Lothar was crowned king of Italy and became co-emperor. Pepin was given Aquitaine and Louis received Bavaria.

Two years later he married Judith Welf and his youngest son, Charles was born (see above). Judith was the daughter of count Welf and Eigilwi.

Children with Ermengarde of Hesbaye

  1. Lothair (795–855), king of Middle Francia
  2. Pepin (797–838), king of Aquitaine
  3. Adelaide (b. c. 799)
  4. Rotrude (b. 800), married Gerard
  5. Hildegard (or Matilda) (b. c. 802), married Gerard, Count of Auvergne
  6. Louis the German (c. 805–875), king of East Francia

Children with Judith:
  1. Gisela of Francia, abt 820
  2. Charles II of West-Francia, 13 Jun 823
Louis the Pious

Charlemagne crowns Louis the Pious
Louis was the son of:

37. Charles the Great

Married to his third wife, Hildegard of Savoy.

Charlemagne was born 2 Apr 742 and died 28 Jan 814. He was the first Holy Roman Emperor, crowning himself in the presence of the pope, Leo III. Through military conquest and defense he solidified and expanded his realm to cover most of Western Europe and is today regarded as the founding father of both France and Germany. He was the first truly imperial power in the West since the fall of Rome.

Charlemagne had eighteen children over the course of his life with eight of his ten known wives or concubines. Nonetheless, he only had four legitimate grandsons, the four sons of his fourth son, Louis. In addition, he had a grandson (Bernard of Italy, the only son of his third son, Pippin of Italy), who was born illegitimate but included in the line of inheritance. So, despite eighteen children, the claimants to his inheritance were few.

Children with Hildegard

  1. Charles the younger, abt 773
  2. Rotrud of the Franks, abt 775
  3. Pepin I of Italy, 777
  4. Louis I of the Franks, 16 Apr 778
  5. Bertha of the Franks, abt 780
  6. Gisela, abt 781
  7. Hildegard, abt 782
Charles the Great

Imperial Coronation of Charlemagne, by Friedrich Kaulbach, 1861