Photo gallery Kolenbrander-Colenbrander

Theodorus Christiaan Colenbrander

Theodorus Christiaan came to Natal from Java in 1854 with an associate, Wilhelm van Prehn. They tried growing and manufacturing indigo at Pinetown in partnership with Archibald Keir Murray, but without success. Van Prehn left the Colony, but Theodorus remained. He acted on behalf of an emigration company named the Nederlandsche Landbouw Emigratie Maatschappij established in Holland by his brother reverend Herman Colenbrander and his two sons Johannes Arnoldus and Adriaan together with the Amsterdam ship-owner M.C. Lapidoth. They gained the approval of the Natal Executive Council to introduce young mechanics, farmers and labourers, who had been educated by a benevolent society. The aim of this emigration was to place these young people in other parts of the world, and thus to remove them from what was described as, ‘the contamination of European poverty’. The first batch arrived in May 1857, and from then until July 1860, at least six ships landed at Durban, introducing to the Colony surnames such as Wassink, Theunissen, Ente and Gielink, as well as more Colenbranders.
He was the founder of New Gelderland Natal (RSA) where he owned a farm and the New Gelderland Sugar Factory.

Willempje Haalboom

She emigrated to the USA in 1856 with her husband Jan Kolenbrander (1809-1870) and four daughters and one son, Hermanus Kolenbrander (1841-1864). While working on a nearby farm Hermanus was recruited on 01.03.1862 and served in the Civil War as a private in Iowa's 17th Infantry Regiment K Company. He was taken prisoner of war on 23.11.1863 at Missionary Ridge (TN) and died on 12.07.1864 at the infamous POW camp at Andersonville GA.

Because her husband had died and Hermanus would have been her sole provider Willempje applied for a pension, but this was rejected. She went to court and finally on 26.07.1880 she was awarded a pension of $ 8 per month.

Gerrit Jan Gosselink and Derkje Colenbrander
(1829-1908) - (1836-1916)

Maria Johanna Arnolda Colenbrander

Together with two of her grandchildren.

Hendrika Kornelia Colenbrander

Baroness van Brakell van Wadenoijen en Doorwerth

Jacob Adriaan Sweder Baron van Brakell van Wadenoijen en Doorwerth

Theodoor Christiaan Adriaan Colenbrander

He was a well-known designer of ceramics, pottery and carpets. Today his work is highly sought-after and displayed in museums all over the world, for instance the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Victoria and Albert in London. On the open market it fetches very high prices with antique dealers and at auctions.

For his work he rearranged his initials to T.A.C.

Petrus Jacobus Colenbrander

Derk Willem Colenbrander and Berendina Johanna Westerveld
(1850-1931) - (1853-1943)

50th Wedding anniversary (1929).

Willem Kolenbrander

Antonetta Berndina Overgoor

She brought a hereditary hearing impairment into the family.

Johanna Cornelia Kopmels

Nicolaas Gijsbertus Weijland and Johanna Berendina Kolenbrander
(1854-1936) - (1853-1937)

Johan Willem Colenbrander

Standing are two of his fellow officers, one of them is his brother-in-law Frank Mullins.

Johan Willem Colenbrander

During his lifetime he participated in a number of key events, including the Zulu War, the visit of Lobengula's indunas to Queen Victoria, Rhodes' expansion into Mashonaland where he acted as interpreter, the Ndebele Rebellion, and the Anglo-Boer War (during which he raised and commanded a unit named 'Kitchener's Fighting Scouts'). After several unsuccessful business ventures, he obtained employment in 1917 with I.W. Schlesinger's film company, helping to organise labour for the filming of The Symbol of Sacrifice. He played the part of Lord Chelmsford in the film and drowned as he tried to cross the Klip River on horseback.
For his military services he was awarded with the CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath).

In The Netherlands he was renounced by his Dutch family because he fought on the English side during the Angla-Boer War. However they probably didn't realise he grew up in the English part of South-Africa and had no feelings whatsoever to the cause of the Boers.

Maria and Elizabeth Mullins
(1861-1900) - (1860-1935)

Maria Mullins was the first wife of Johan Willem Colenbrander and lived a great part of her life with him at the kraal of king Lobengula in Bulawayo in today Zimbabwe. Johan and she were trusted by the Matabele king and both spoke the language.

Elizabeth Mullins was married to Johan Willem's brother Alphonse Charles Colenbrander (1867-1904). They also lived at Bulawayo.

Both women were perfect shots.

Derk Jan Koolenbrander and Elisabeth Kolenbrander
(1858-1940) - (1865-1918)

Jan Colenbrander

Together with his wife Grada Hendrika Colenbrander (1862-1944) and two of their children, Engelina Johanna (1890-1981) and Johan Hendrik (1893-1950).

Dirk Johannes Kolenbrander

Dirk Johannes Kolenbrander

Together with his wife Margaretha Hermanna Cator (1861-1916) with seven of their children.

The children from left to right  -  Burgje, Andries, Gerrit, Margaretha Hermanna, Dirk Johannes, Gerardina Hermanna  -  in front  -  Thomas.

Gustaaf Paul van Hecking Colenbrander

Hendrik Willem (Henry) Kolenbrander and Martha De Bruin
(1861-1943) - (1870-1942)

After the death of his parents he lived with relatives in Aalten; he emigrated to the USA on 21.07.1880. His brother Gerhardus Bernardus followed him in 1882.

Hendrik Willem (Henry) Kolenbrander and Martha De Bruin
(1861-1943) - (1870-1942)

He and his brother moved from Michigan to Pella IA for, as they said, to look for 'a good christian girl to marry'. They found them in the sisters De Bruin.

Gerhardus Bernardus Kolenbrander and Cornelia Magdalena Hollebrands
(1863-1945) - (1874-1958)

After the death of his parents he lived with relatives in Ede; he followed his brother Hendrik Willem (Henry) and emigrated to the USA on 08.02.1882. After the death of his first wife Wilhelmina De Bruin he married Cornelia Magdalena Hollebrands.

Gerhardus Bernardus Kolenbrander

Together with his family.

Standing -  Anna Angeline Kolenbrander (1909-2003), Elias Kolenbrander (1905-1992), ?, William Bernard Kolenbrander (1911-1983), ?,  Henry William Kolenbrander (1907-2001), James John Kolenbrander (1912-1993),  -  front  -  Berdina Magdalena Kolenbrander (1914-2003), Cornelia Magdalena Hollebrands (1874-1958), Gerhardus Bernardus Kolenbrander (1863-1945), Janet Sarah Kolenbrander (1909-2002)

Cornelia Magdalena Hollebrands

With Grace Opal Quick (1918-1989) and Berdina Magdalena Kolenbrander (1914-2003).

Berendina Willemina Kolenbrander

After the death of her parents she was taken in by relatives in Varsseveld. From then until her marriage she had to do household chores and take care of the livestock. Because of this she hardly attended school and stayed illiterate. This was stated in bold letters on her identy card during World War II.

Her grandson Jan Willem Huitink (1931-2008) remembered that because of her illiteracy people thought of her as ignorant. After the death of her husband in 1911 she took over the farm and Jan Willem said 'how can you run a farm and be ignorant'.

Berendina Willemina Kolenbrander

Hermina Arriëtta Colenbrander

She is standing behind her daughter Willemina Arriëtta Geurkink (1902-1987) and her husband Hendrik Jan Willem Raat (1908-1955) on their wedding in 1933.

Henriëtte Engbertine Colenbrander

Baroness van Sytzama

Her father Frederik Christiaan Colenbrander (1835-1914) was one of the richest men in The Netherlands. Through her his vast fortune came into the Van Sytzama family. The family lived on the estate Reuvensweerd in Brummen (Gld).

Her son Baron Johannes Galenus Willem Hendrik van Sytzama (1900-1945) was mayor of Brummen. He was executed by a Dutch SS firing squad on 13.04.1945. His widow stipulated that Reuversweerd never again should be occupied or entered. The clock at the front of the house was fixed on the time the baron died.

Andries Kolenbrander and Antonia Lamfers
(1866-1939) - (1861-1950)

Mattheus Colenbrander

Maria Kolenbrander

Pieter Willem van Tuijl

Herman Theodoor Colenbrander

Jan Karel Kolenbrander and Harmina Sieveking
(1872-1937) - (1873-1958)

Grace Jane Essery

Adriana Cornelia Pieternella Colenbrander

Derk Willem Colenbrander

Berendina Antonetta Luimes

Johan Frederik Colenbrander

Johan Frederik Colenbrander and Jantina Catrina Boswijk
(1887-1964) - (1885-1964)

With their two youngest daughters Alida (1918-2003) and Dedje Cathrina Gezina (1922-1992).

Theresia Kolenbrander

Together with two of her siblings, Bernhardina Maria Kolenbrander (1888-1986) and Wilhelm Jakob Kolenbrander (1885-1973).

Albert Helenus Colenbrander

Antonie Herman Colenbrander and Rienje Cornelia Hoekstra
(1880-1937) - (1882-1969)

Rienje Cornelia Hoekstra

Hendrik Kolenbrander

Andries Johannes Kolenbrander

Petrus Johannes Kolenbrander

Aagje de Graaf

Petrus Johannes Kolenbrander and Aagje de Graaf
(1881-1981) - (1883-1958)

On their 50th wedding anniversary.

From left to right
top row  -  Antje Poldervaart, Petronella van Wezel, Magdalena Mol, Johanna Schouten, Johannnes Nicolaas Kolenbrander, Klaas Rijpsma, Gerrit Visser
middle row  -  Petrus Johannes Kolenbrander, Jan Karel Kolenbrander, Dirk Kolenbrander, Petrus Johannes Kolenbrander, Aagje de Graaf, Jacoba Kolenbrander, Cornelia Kolenbrander
bottom row  -  Ida van der Touw, Leendert Kolenbrander, Johannes Verschoor, Aagje Kolenbrander, Cornelia vd Meeberg, Gerardus Kolenbrander.

Jantje Kolenbrander

Jantje Kolenbrander

From left to right Annigje Klaassen (1898-1987), Jantje Kolenbrander (1882-1971), Gerrit Kolenbrander (1885-1976), Geertje Berends (1889-1978), Hendrik Jan Kolenbrander (1891-1970) and Gerrit Jan Kolenbrander (1897-1968)

Gilles Nicolaas Kolenbrander and Maria Martha Elisabeth Gottman
(1884-1957) - (1885-1957)

Derk Willem Colenbrander and Gerritjen Tuenter
(1885-1984) - (1905-1994)

Wilhelm Jakob Kolenbrander and Maria Johanna Elisabeth Bosch
(1885-1973) - (1896-1934)

Marinus Hendricus Colenbrander

Johanna Jacoba van der Vegt

Gerrit Kolenbrander

Charlotte Henrietta Matthews

Gustaaf Paul van Hecking Colenbrander

Burgje Kolenbrander

With her two sisters Margaretha Hermanna Kolenbrander (1890-1954) and Gerardina Hermanna Kolenbrander (1887-1973).

Bernhardina Maria Kolenbrander

Antonius Theodorus Colenbrander

He was a well-known horseman who took part of the Olympic Games in Paris 1924 and Amsterdam 1928. At the games in Paris he won a gold medal in the discipline Military Teams together with Gerard de Kruyff, Charles Pahud de Mortanges and Adolph v.d. Voort van Zijp. He died in 1929 as a result of a fall of his horse during a jumping event in Zelhem (Gld).

Antonius Theodorus Colenbrander

Geertje Berends

Johanna Berendina Colenbrander and Johan Herman Semmelink
(1890-1981) - (1884-1953)

With their children and on the right Berendina Johanna Westerveld (1853-1943).

Engelina Johanna Colenbrander

She's sitting on the right side.

Henricus Kolenbrander

Catharina den Heijer

Janna Kolenbrander

Hendrikus Hindriks

Johanna Maria Cornelia Gerardina Kolenbrander

Hermanus Cornelis Groen

Dirk Johannes Kolenbrander

Bernard Christiaan Koolenbrander and Hermina Aalderink
(1895-1936) - (1898-1961)

With their children Bertus, Cornelis Johannes and Gerard Albertus.

Antonia Kolenbrander

Geesje Kolenbrander and Geert Leferink
(1898-1947) - (1888-1984)

Together with their children.

From left to right:
back row: Hermina (1930), Johanna (1923-1997), Dina (1921-2004), Gerrit Jan (1924), Herman (1926) and Gerrit Jan (1924)
front row: Geertruida (1934), Aaltje (1938), Albert (1936) and Geert (1933).

Grada Wesselina Colenbrander

Arend Gerrit Willink

Derk Hendrik Koolenbrander and Catharina Jantina Bijmolt
(1899-1976) - (1901-1985)

With their children Elisabeth Kornelia and Egge Derk Jan.

Christina Francisca Colenbrander

Hendrik Koolenbrander and Margarete Johanna Mülder
(1900-?) - (1909-2002)

On the right her mother and sister.

Albert Kolenbrander

Harmina Bekman

Johan Christiaan Colenbrander

He's the one in the middle.

Johanna Engelina Koldewei

With her parents and on her lap her son Hendrik Willem Johan Colenbrander.

Joan Edmee Colenbrander

She died in a car crash in South Africa in the early 1970's.

Hendrik Theodoor van Hecking Colenbrander

Hendrik Theodoor van Hecking Colenbrander and Melania Bierlee
(1902-1973) - (1909-1999)

Hendrik Theodoor van Hecking Colenbrander and Melania Bierlee
(1902-1973) - (1909-1999)

With their children Edward Charles, Evelyne Grace and Beatrix Irene.

Trijntje Kolenbrander and Trijntje Kolenbrander
(1905-1981) - (1921-2008)

Elias Kolenbrander

Gerrit Hendrik Colenbrander

Anna Kolenbrander

Dirk Willem Kolenbrander and Alida Groenendijk
(1908-1989) - (1910-1996)

Dirk John Kolenbrander and Nellie van Heukelom
(1908-1995) - (1907-1999)

Dirk Kolenbrander and Geertrui Magdalena Mol
(1909-1984) - (1909-1995)

With their children

From left to right:
top row  -  Dirk Gerard, Petrus Johannes, Jan Karel, Klaas Jan, Adriana
bottom row  -  Agaatha, Lenie.

James John Kolenbrander

Grace Opal Quick

Arend John Colenbrander and Egbert Arnold Johannes Colenbrander
(1912-1976) - (1917-1921)

Petrus Johannes Kolenbrander

Petrus Johannes Kolenbrander and Antje Poldervaart
(1913-1983) - (1912-1965)

Derk Willem Colenbrander

Johannes Nicolaas Kolenbrander and Jannetje Schouten
(1916-1997) - (1917-1993)

Maria Diderika Kolenbrander and Pieter Gerrit Jautze
(1916-1995) - (1910-1972)

Adrian Montague Colenbrander

He took part in the Battle of Alamein and while leading his squadron (2nd South African Fighter Squadron) was killed in action, shot down by flak. He crashed in the Gulf of Bomba, 4 miles East of Timini, flying a Curtis P-40D Kittyhawk MK I.

Adrian Montague Colenbrander

On the left Lt. Pieter Fritz and on the right Lt. Basil Guest. Only Basil Guest survied the war.

Gerrit Jan Colenbrander

Leendert Kolenbrander and Ida van der Touw
(1920-1980) - (1922-2007)

Bertus Koolenbrander and Marie Kranenbarg
(1921-1972) - (1922-2005)

With their children Angelina Bernarda and Marinus.

Adriana Johanna Colenbrander

Gerardus Johannes Kolenbrander and Cornelia van de Meeberg
(1922-2002) - (1929)

Wilhelmus Stephanus Kolenbrander and Johanna Geertruida Maria Cornelissen
(1922-2000) - (1938)

Bernard Colenbrander and Elisabeth Jenneke Schouten
(1924-1991) - (1924-1995)

Standing in front of their bicycle shop.

Cornelis Johannes Koolenbrander and Houkje Kremer
(1924-1996) - (1928-2012)

Antonius Bernardus Hendrikus Kolenbrander and Helga Adèle Kersten
(1924-1983) - (1934-1970)

Willem Kolenbrander

Frances Penelope Mackay

Wilhelmina Antonia Alberta Kolenbrander and Theodorus Martinus Beijer
(1925-2015) - (1930-2000)

Vernon Franklin Colenbrander

Gerard Albertus Koolenbrander and Stoffelina Huberdina Overbeeke
(1927-1998) - (1927-2013)

Together with their children Bernard Christiaan and Marina.

Theodora Wilhelmina Kolenbrander and Antonius Theodorus Berendsen
(1929) - (1924-2002)

Clasina Kolenbrander and Arie van 't Hoog
(1931-2005) - (1922-2004)

Joachim Bernardus Kolenbrander and Johanna Hermina Bernhardina Bergevoet
(1933-1995) - (1937-2011)

Paul Edwin Kolenbrander

Lawrence Gene Kolenbrander