De geslachten Schilperoort uit Charlois en omgeving (14de tot 17de eeuw)
(The Schilperoort families from the Charlois area - 14th-17th century)

by: Kees Sigmond, Kees Jan Slijkerman and Gert Schilperoort

Published October 2009, this book is a breakthrough in the genealogy of the Schilperoort families from the Charlois area. It depicts three Schilperoort families, all traceable to the village of Charlois (now part of the city of Rotterdam) and surroundings.

Chapter I deals with the Schilperoort family from Charlois, which can be traced to ab. 1500. The progenitor had four sons, of which the eldest was stabbed to death at a young age during a tragic fight. From the other three sons came extensive lines Schilperoort that settled on the island of IJsselmonde and in the Hoeksche Waard. Some descendants settled in nearby Rotterdam, where they intermarried patrician families. One of them was a captain of the West-India Company, in command of the ships Swarte Ruijter (1628-29) and Muyen (1630). He is mentioned several times in stories of the conquest of the Spanish ‘Zilvervloot’ in 1628 by the famous admiral Piet Heyn, in particular as commander of the yacht that was able to chase and conquer a fleeing ship of the Spanish fleet.

Chapter II deals with a family that can be traced back to the 14th century (1368). However, the name Schilperoort was not used in this family until ab. 1650. The name the family adopted was the surname of their mother, a member of the original Charlois family. This family also adopted the family coat of arms, only with a difference: they turned the shells upside down. In the 14th and 15th century, the family lived in the area of Pernis/Poortugaal, situated directly west of Charlois. At the end of the 15th and in the 16th century the family moved to the Charlois area. In the 17th century, the family emigrated further south and settled in new polders in the Hoeksche Waard: they were among the first inhabitants of Numanspolder and the village of Numansdorp. Their pioneer blood can be recognized in later descendants of this family: they were the first to settle new areas in Brabant near Willemstad and Fijnaart.

Chapter III depicts a family in which the Schilperoort name appears only in one pair of sisters. Other members of this family did not use a surname, although in the early 17th century some of them were known by a nickname ‘Romein’ (roman). The name of the two sisters appear in 17th century genealogical publications of Dordrecht and Rotterdam patrician families. One sister married a Cranendonck and the other married a Van Driel. Many patrician families count this second sister, wife of a Dordrecht brewer, among their ancestors. To adorn their tombstones and pedigrees, ambitious descendants wanted impressive surnames and a coat of arms for all their ancestors, especially their 8 great-grandparents or 16 great-great-grandparents. Although the two sisters themselves never used a surname, somehow they were awarded the Schilperoort name. Also, they were provided with a coat of arms, which was clearly based on the Schilperoorts, with different colours: in red three white Jacob’s shells (2 and 1). The two sisters are descendants from Goessen Willemsz., who is first mentioned in Ridderkerk in 1495.

The 467 page book is in Dutch, with a summary in English, and has many illustrations of family crests, seals, maps, portraits, photographs, etc. The connecting lines within and between the Schilperoort families are clarified by diagrams.

The reduced price of ‘De geslachten Schilperoort uit Charlois en omgeving (14de tot 17de eeuw)’ is € 19,50 (ab. US $ 21,00), plus shipping/delivery. You can order your copy at the e-mail address below. Costs of shipping may vary for different locations and will be added to the amount mentioned. Payment through is possible.

ISBN 978-90-814506-1-4, bound (cloth), illustrated, index, 467 pages, 17 x 24 cm, Dordrecht 2009.

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