Camstra Burials: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way – 52 Ancestors #333

In final week’s article, The Camstra Trail, I used to be gifted with the gorgeous miniature photograph of Douwe Baukes Camstra and his spouse and subsequently discovered the burial location of the couple, not less than generally phrases.

It’s attention-grabbing how publishing one thing like that opens the floodgates. Effectively, possibly not floodgates on this case, however positively the tap.

Three issues occurred.

  • One other photograph of Douwe surfaced
  • We discovered the burial places of Douwe Bauke Camstra who died in 1869
  • We discovered the burial location of his father, Bauke Douwe Camstra who died in 1866

Douwe’s Precise Burial Plot

Because it seems, I really HAD extra details about Douwe that had been beforehand offered by Yvette Hoitink. After all, I made this discovery proper AFTER I hit the publish button.

Yvette unearthed a letter written nearly a century in the past.

Ybeltje Camstra – a granddaughter of Douwe Bauke Camstra wrote in Might 1923:

“My grandfather was any individual of pretty giant psychological presents. He seems to have been a superb mathematician, in that we had in our household an vintage silver tobacco jar with an inscription, which learn that this tobacco jar was given to him for necessary companies, rendered to the Metropolis of Leeuwarden; these companies had been relating to calculations that he was required to do. This tobacco jar disappeared through the theft that passed off in Maartensdijk round 1895, which is a disgrace.”

On 12 Might 1846 the household Camstra settled in Leeuwarden. For years, the household lived in the home on the Grote Kerkstraat nr. 262. From this marriage had been born six kids, whereas the household Camstra-Kijlstra additionally took care to boost a niece Anna Elisabeth Camstra.

Additionally in the home lived Catharina Proost, college trainer, charged with instructing the youngsters. Servant was Berbertje Koopal.

The couple Camstra-Kijlstra lies buried on the outdated Cemetery on the Spanjaardslaan in Leeuwarden, part 3, row 26, nr. 11.

There you will have it. If I had been Douwe’s direct descendant, I’d be inserting a FindAGrave request for a photograph – even when there is no such thing as a marker and even when he’s at present sharing a grave with a couple of of his neighbors.

Yvette offered extra details about Douwe too.

After he married, Douwe B. Camstra was first head trainer in Drachten for a number of years, however was later appointed arrondissementsijker [district calibrator].

He was joint founding father of the “Selskip foar Fryske Tael en Skrifekennisse [Society for Frisian language and writing knowledge]” and for a few years was a member as “earste skriuwer [first writer]”. Douwe additionally wrote Frisian novellas, of which 12 had been revealed in “Idu[…]” and “De Swanneblom.”

With regard to his appointment as district calibrator in Leeuwarden we discover the next within the Resolutiën van Burgemeesteren der Stad Leeuwarden [Resolutions of the City Leeuwarden]:

28 February 1846 – Was learn a decision of the Provincial Executives of Friesland of 24 February 1846 nr. 29 relating to details about the switch of district calibrator D.B. Camstra from Heerenveen to Leeuwarden, to interchange the fired assistant calibrator G.M. Cahais, in addition to figuring out the time for the calibration of the measures and weights, over 1846 and all of the Cities and Municipalities of the province and many others. This decision has already had the required impact, so was determined to think about as notification.

By C messier – Personal work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Douwes Bauke Camstra would have been very conversant in “The Waag,” or weigh home in Leeuwarden the place all sorts of items had been weighed, situated on the canal middle metropolis, a couple of blocks from the place Douwe was born.

Talking of a Descendant

My cousin, a descendant of Douwe, dropped me a observe instantly after he learn final week’s article. He had been gifted with a duplicate of the identical photograph in 2013 together with one other one in every of Douwe apparently taken a couple of years later.

Courtesy of cousin Glenn

Douwe seemed to be a bit older and his black eye appeared to have healed. So my hypothesis that Douwe may need been blind was clearly fallacious. Now I’m wondering if what we thought was a black eye was an artifact of very early images.

These two pictures present secondary affirmation of the identification of this man.

Burial Location of Bauke Douwes Camstra (1779-1866) and Anna Elizabeth Jonker (1778-1856) 

I surmised within the article that since Douwe Bauke Camstra and his spouse had been buried within the Spanjaardslaan cemetery in 1869, that his mother and father had been certainly buried there too. That appeared cheap, on condition that his father solely died three years earlier than Douwe and since there was no different cemetery in Leeuwarden following the 1827 edict that burials may now not happen in church buildings and churchyards for sanitation causes.

Then, I acquired this from Yvette:

About Bauke’s burial place, all the best way again in 2013, I did a analysis report for you with the stock of the property of Bauke Douwes Camstra, created on 21 July 1866, after his dying.

Among the many property was:

“Graves: 4 graves on the churchyard in Goutum, the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grave from the church in row 18, with the 2 grave stones, valued at fl. 20 Deducted for upkeep and prohibition to open the 2 graves wherein the deceased will probably be buried inside 20 years.”

So Bauke was buried in Goutum simply south of Leeuwarden. I as soon as had a McDonald’s picnic dinner there and despatched you a photograph.

Yvette to the rescue as soon as once more, and my unhealthy for not rereading the Camstra stories. The good irony right here is that I used to be very enthusiastic about receiving that picnic photograph from Yvette on the time and keep in mind it effectively.

Courtesy Yvette Hoitink

I even managed to seek out the photograph on my laptop.

Yvette continues:

They owned 4 graves on the churchyard in Goutum, a small hamlet simply south of Leeuwarden. They owned graves 4, 5, 6 and seven in row 18.

After all, this begs the query of who was supposed to be buried within the different two graves, and if anybody within the Camstra household really was ever buried there. I additionally thought his spouse predeceased Bauke. I must do some extra studying and digging. Really, what I must do is write their very own particular person ancestor articles the place I evaluation all the pieces.

That must be on the north aspect because the south aspect doesn’t have 18 rows. I made a guess that they began counting the rows from the tower and indicated the placement of those graves on the Google Map.

Yvette even marked their grave places.

Google Streetview drove by the churchyard as effectively, however the timber had been so filled with leaves you possibly can hardly see something.

The property invoice included a provision for upkeep of the graves of Bauke and Anna Elisabeth for 20 years, in order that’s lengthy passed by now as many graves are cleared within the Netherlands after 20 years, I don’t assume these graves are nonetheless there. There’s a small likelihood that they nonetheless exist as a result of this was an owned grave, not a rented grave.

The graves on the Goutum cemetery are listed at Graftombe however the Camstra grave shouldn’t be amongst them so it was in all probability cleared.

You may see the realm the place they’re/had been buried from the road beside the church. They’re close to the rear of the church, simply the opposite aspect of the timber.

Why Was Bauke Buried in Goutham?

OK, so my logic was sound, nevertheless it was additionally fallacious.

It made excellent sense that Bauke was buried in the one cemetery in Leeuwarden when he died. It made sense, particularly since his son was buried there three years later.

In truth, now I’m wondering why Douwe wasn’t buried in Goutum with Bauke.

Moreover, why WAS Bauke buried in Goutum?

In any case, Bauke was a deacon within the Grote of Jacobijnerkerk Dutch Reformed church in Leeuwarden, simply down the road from his dwelling. He didn’t attend church in Goutum.

The gorgeous new Leeuwarden cemetery park was simply throughout the bridge, outdoors the town wall, a lot nearer than Goutum.

This doesn’t make sense, not less than not at first look.

The church in Goutum (Buorren 23) is simply south of Leeuwarden, about 3 miles because the crow flies from Bauke’s dwelling church. Bauke would definitely have been conversant in the church buildings surrounding Leeuwarden.

My guess, at this level, is that Bauke was NOT in favor of being buried in a grave outdoors of a churchyard. There have been gravesites accessible on the church in Goutum, and Bauke took benefit of the chance to buy 4. I believe this comes underneath the class of, “The place there’s a will, there’s a approach.” Bauke discovered a technique to be buried in a churchyard, even when it wasn’t his dwelling church and even inside the town of Leeuwarden. It didn’t matter. The churchyard in Goutum is the place he rested till not less than 1886 when his 20 years was up.

Had been it not for the acquisition famous in Bauke Douwe Camstra’s property document, we might by no means have recognized.



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