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Saturday, December 27, 2014

HvS KIN | Heentie Kooiman-de Jong, daughter of Mary Boissevain

Maria Cornelia (Mary) Boissevain de Jong,
daughter of Charles E.H. Boissevain,
eldest son of Charles B. the newspaper editor.
Mary was the mother of Heentie de Jong
 Kooiman.
I received a nice note from my second-cousin Heentie responding to something I sent out about the family. As plans mature for another reunion of the Boissevain clan - it looks now that it will be in April 2016 - I would like to provide a place where some memories can be collected.

Here is what Heentie, who would be called Heentie de Jong Kooiman in the United States, daughter of Mary Boissevain de Jong, says:
I remember that somewhere in the 1950's the Marlin family came to Holland. My uncle Menso Boissevain had a very important birthday (60th?), celebrated in some small  hotel in Amsterdam. There were a lot of taartjes (little cakes) and I remember they were popular with all the children, nephews and nieces.   
I think some of the Marlin family were also at a celebration of a wedding anniversary of my aunt Heentie and uncle Dick Mesman in Amstelveen (in the 1960’s?). I think it was there that I admired a book with wonderful illustrations of Hilda van Stockum. My mother Mary de Jong-Boissevain [in the USA we would say Mary Boissevain de Jong] was a sister of aunt Heentie.   
When my husband Bas and I were in Dublin on a trip (in the 1990's), we went to a museum, and saw a self-portrait hanging there [probably the National Gallery of Art] of Hilda van Stockum. A wonderful surprise!!   
Nice that you are also interested in the Boissevain family. Thys Boissevain (in Connecticut) was busy writing a book, but he passed away before finishing it. I had heard his daughter was going to try to do it. 
My cousin Bob (Robert Lucas) Boissevain in Heemstede (Holland) is also always very busy with all the Boissevain news. 
We have the same great-grandfather Charles Boissevain, who started the newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad. Your grandmother was Olga van Stockum-Boissevain [Olga Boissevain van Stockum, mother of Hilda van Stockum], a sister of my grandfather Charles, and your mother Hilda was a first cousin of my mother Mary de Jong-Boissevain.