fs Judocus and Anna Beelaert
° Lembeke 26/11/1685
x around 1711 Ludovica Roets
xx Lovendegem 26/8/1735 Petronella Verbanck
xxx Zomergem 3/5/1751 Anne Marie Denaegel
† Lovendegem 11/1/1758
Adrianus was born in 1685. He was a contemporary of Johan Sebastian Bach (21/3/1685 - 28/7/1750). What, we wonder, did he know of the great composer ?
After his wedding to Ludovica Roets, fa. Joannes Roets, around 1711 the couple went to live in Lovendegem in the Vellare quarter.
We already spoke about the terrible suffering inflicted on our ancestors by foreign troops passing through our regions. The Bruges-Ghent Canal ("Brugse Vaart") had been dug from 1623 to 1625. Many considered it a strategic line of defense. It passes through Lovendegem which is one of the reasons why this town wasn't spared like so many others. At the end of the 17th Century a little more than 80 hectares of fertile land (197 acres) was not used any more or totally neglected and a little less than that had been handed back to the parish because the tenants who had used this land couldn't pay their rent.
The War of the Spanish Succession was practically over when Adrianus came to Lovendegem. After the Treaties of Utrecht (1713-14), the Southern part of the Netherlands came under the rule of Charles VI, the Austrian king. This was not an unfavorable period for our regions.
Adriaen lived in the middle of what has been called the "Age of Enlightenment". Benjamin Franklin, the great philosopher and statesman, tried to discover the secrets of electricity. In 1760 he invented the lightning rod. Lavoisier discovered oxygen and gave his contemporaries an idea of its importance. It was the time of the artistic style called Rococo characterized by fanciful curved spatial forms and what we now consider excessive ornamentation.
The nobility and bourgeosie began to speak French: they saw Flemish as the language of the underdeveloped. But at the same time men such as Verlooy satirized especially the inhabitants of Brussels because they disapproved of the Flemish language of their forebears.
For country folk this Age of Enlightenment was a quieter and more prosperous period.
But Adrian probably didn't have a lot of time to enjoy all that: Ludovica gave him 9 children and died in Lovendegem on 13/2/1735. She was only 48 and he remained behind with their eight children. Her brother Joos Roets and her brother-in-law Livinus Engels were the guardians. He was obliged by law to make the usual estate reckonings but their household effects didn't amount to much. Adrian submitted a request to the mayor and town council of the baronetcy of Lovendegem to be discharged from this obligation and on 18 May 1735 this request was granted. The house was Adrian's property but not the land on which it stood. The value of the house and its contents were estimated at 3-15-0 pounds while the negative, including the funeral costs were 4-18-3 pounds.
Adriaen was also the owner of a small house in the Bredestraat ("brede" means wide). And this was also a leasehold. On 30 August 1735, shortly after marrying for the second time, he sold this house to Jan De Pauw for the sum of 14-10-0 pounds.
On 26 August 1735, six months after the death of his first wife, Adriaen remarried in Lovendegem. His new bride was Petronella Verbanck. Adrianus' son-in-law Livinus Engels and Livina Van Vooren were the witnesses. Petronella was born in Lovendegem on 27/4/1675, the daughter of Martinus Verbanck and Petronella Goossens. She was the widow of Zeger Netesonne. She died in Lovendegem on 2 January 1751.
And aged 66 Adriaen married a third time, in Zomergem on 3/5/1751. This time his bride was the 28 year old Anna Maria Denaegel (or Den Haegel). She was the daughter of Petrus Denaegel en Jacoba Van Lovendegem. She was born in Vinkt on 22/11/1722.
His youngest son was already 21 years old when Adriaen once again became a father. Anna Maria then gave him two more children. But a fortnight after the birth of his twelfth child (her third), Adriaen died in Lovendegem on 11 January 1758. He was 71 years old.
Life has been far from easy for Adrianus. He began his adult career as a small farmer at a time when things were very difficult for farmers. Not for no reason was so much land neglected and abandonned while social security provisions were a long way in the future. These farmers tried to make ends meet by adding spinning and weaving to their work load. This way the wife and children could also help and add a few extra pennies. Little by little these moonlighting jobs became the main source of income for their descendents until the factories took over. And that then once again meant poverty for those who failed to find other work in time.
In 1759 Anna Maria remarried. Her new husband was Martinus Standaert. He eventually died in Lovendegen on 19/2/1781 and Anna Maria herself died in the same town the day after her 61st birthday on 23 November 1783.
Adrianus had 9 children from his first marriage. Eight of these were still alive when he died:
From his third marriage to Anna Maria Denaegel 3 children were born:
Most recent update: 09 January 2012