Sunday, May 18, 2014

Signature Sunday: TUINSTRA, MUD, and WEILINGA Ancestors

I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my ancestors' signatures as I find them in documents. Yesterday, I happened across the marriage record of my 3rd-great-grandparents, Auke Caspers TUINSTRA and Aaltje Jans MUD, who were married in Franeker, Friesland, the Netherlands on 23 January 1848. On the bottom of the second page were eight signatures, and after double checking the document wording, realized that the first four of them were my direct ancestors:

A: C: Tuinstra - this is the groom, my 3rd-great-grandfather, Auke Caspers TUINSTRA

A J Mud - the bride, my 3rd-great-grandmother, Aaltje Jans MUD

K: A: Tuinstra - the groom's father, my 4th-great-grandfather, Kasper (or Casper) Aukes TUINSTRA

G Wielinga - the groom's mother, my 4th-great-grandmother, Geertje Beerents WIELINGA

A J Mud - the bride's oldest brother, Aan Jans MUD

E A Mud - another older brother of the bride, Edser Jans MUD

B: C: Tuinstra - the groom's brother, Berend Caspers TUINSTRA. The groom, Auke, was the oldest child, and Berend was the second son.

E C Tuinstra - the groom's next younger brother, Eelke Caspers TUINSTRA; third son

The bride's father, Jan Aans MUD was deceased and her mother, Aukjen Lammerts SCHAAFSMA (a.ka. Aukjen Lammerts JONGBLOED) probably was living in Leewarden, so their signatures do not appear in this marriage record. I'll have to continue translating the marriage record, which mentions Aukjen, to make sure of my guess.

Source: Netherlands. "Burgerlijke Standregister." Database and images. AlleFriezen. : 2014.

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