The NoŽ Family from the Meetjesland in Belgium: the St-Margriete branch
C VIII c Emiel NoŽ
fs August and Justina De Decker
į Kluizen 11/7/1877
x Watervliet 27/4/1904 Irma
† Watervliet 4/11/1955
Emiel was the only son of August NoŽ and Justina De Decker.
He was only 3 years old when he moved with his parents and sisters to the polders in
|Emiel and Irma on their wedding day.|
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On 27 April 1904 he married Irma Victorine Melanie De Bock, the daughter of
Charles Louis De Bock and
She was born in Watervliet on 8 August 1880. They took over from August on
the farm and many years later they retired to Watervliet when their youngest son
married and took over from them.
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But long before that, on 30 May 1916, Emiel was sentenced to a fine of 3 Marks by
the "Mobile Etappen Kommandantur" of the German Occupation forces for not
delivering enough butter during the previous week ("... weil Sie in der letzten
Woche zu wenig Butter geliefert haben"). On that day at least 26 other
farmers from St.-Margriete were fined up to 15 Marks for the same offence.
Here with our thanks to Mr. Alex De Reu is the
official document, the "StrafverfŁgung".
They both died in Watervliet where
they had retired, Irma first on 6/7/1951 and Emiel on 4/11/1955.
They had 4 children:
- Estelle NoŽ
į St-Margriete 12/2/1906
She never married. She took care of her parents in their old age but died
before her father, on 14/3/1952.
or on the picture
for a larger copy of it.
Here we now
have some photographs, Estelle's souvenirs.
- Gerard NoŽ
į St-Margriete 24/6/1907
He married Georgine Vandevelde in Knokke on 13/7/1935.
She was born in St.-Joris-aan-de-IJzer on 2/10/1912. She was the daughter
of Cyriel Vandevelde and Alice Broucke.
Here we bring you a great photograph
of the bride and groom with the wedding guests, here
you can admire a photograph of just the bride and groom on the same great day and
finally click here for more information on the
Vandevelde family and some of the other wedding guests.
Gerard was a pharmacist. He had a dispensing chemist's (in American, a
drugstore) in the center of Deinze where he was a very popular figure.
Gerard and Georgine both passed away in Oudenaarde, he on 7/3/1992 and she on
They had 4 sons and 3 daughters. They have 22 grandchildren and since
11 March 2014 they also have 35 great-grandchildren.
One of their twin daughters died very young.
Here we have two different funeral
cards for her.
One of their granddaughters married an American. They live in the USA and
now have a daughter of their own whose first name is Noe.
A grandson, ophthalmologist Dr. Piet NoŽ, was in the press, i.a. on 5 May 2010.
Knack, a Flemish weekly magazine and Kerk en Leven (Church and Life) both told
us that he performs more than 3000 surgical interventions per year in his medical
center in Kabgayi in Ruanda. That means he is responsible for about 85% of
all eye surgery in this central African country. Some of the credit also
goes to two Belgian not for profit organisations "Licht in het Duister-Rwanda
vzw (LIHD) (Light in the Darkness-Ruanda) and
Light for the World,
who collect donations to help pay for it all.
On 12 June 2014 we were in the HQ of Light for the World for a presentation of his work
in Kabgayi by Dr. Piet NoŽ.
you can see some pictures made before and after that presentation. We were told
that a huge percentage of the blind live in Africa and that very few
ophthalmologists work on that continent. Ruanda for instance with its population of
12 million has only 12 ophthalmologists. Most of them work in the capital Kigali and
are far too expensive for the poor who most need their services. Belgium on the contrary
with its 11 million inhabitants has more than 1,000 ophthalmologists.
- Maurice NoŽ
į St-Margriete 3/4/1909
He took over the family farm shortly after WW II.
On 12 June 1945 in
St.-Jan-in-Eremo he married
Marie Elisabeth Van Damme,
the daughter of Karel Van Damme and Hortensia Sturm. She was born in
St.-Jan-in-Eremo on 9 June 1917 and passed away in Watervliet on 20
October 2014. One of her ancestors was
Ambrosius De Clerck.
Follow this link for a wedding picture.
Maurice and Marie had 3 sons and 5 daughters.
Three of their 12 grandchildren are married and on 6 July 2016 their
15th great-grandchild was born. One of their daughters gave birth to a
daughter who gave birth to a daughter. That was 4 generations of the
same sex alive until the demise of Marie.
In Dutch they have a name for it; they call that a "viergeslacht"
("vier" = four and "geslacht" = gender).
Maurice passed away in Ghent on 3 January 1981.
Their youngest son succeeded them on the family farm. We translate here
something about him and his wife from a really great website (in Dutch)
The most meritorious Meetjeslander of 2004
Here according to www.Meetjesland.be is why:
An initiative organized in collaboration with the written and spoken press.
The journalists of the region put forward suggestions for the Meetjeslander
of the year and one of the 5 nominees for 2004 was the NoŽ family from
On the Livinius [sic] Farm in a historic building Carlos NoŽ and Sonja Sucaet
have found a recipe for modern agriculture. They combine contemporary agriculture
with bio-farming, education and social work. They bring children in contact with
agriculture, with the region and with nature. They give less privileged
children the opportunity to help on the farm and thus to experience something
The Livinus Farm is also home to the
Mondina project, a non profit
association whose purpose is to inform children on farming and in particular
Besides restoring the historic buildings there is also room for a modern storehouse
and this characterizes their work: they succeed in preserving that valuable
dimension from the past while seeking in an innovative way for original solutions
where these are required.
In 2004 they were praised for the construction of the watering pool as part of a
project of the Regional Landscape Meetjesland and for housing Mondina, an education
project for the young which meant their being recognized as an environment and
nature education center.
On 22 September they were elected the East-Flemish Concerned Farmer 2004 by
Wellbeing Support (Steunpunt Welzijn) and by the East-Flemish Rural Guilds.
- Agnes NoŽ
į St-Margriete 27/3/1911
On 29 May 1941 she was married in St. Margriete to Willem Van Herreweghe, an
arboriculturist. He was born in Serskamp on 9/2/1911.
Long before the days of easy mass tourism Willem travelled far and wide to promote
and sell his products.
||The wedding picture of Agnes and Willem.|
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for a larger copy.
Willem and Agnes have 2 sons and 3 daughters who each have 3 children of their own.
Like Estelle, her sister, Agnes died fairly young, in Serskamp on 20 November 1959.
Willem remarried in Ghent on 24 December 1960 with Maria De Corte. They have three
children and three grandchildren.
Willem passed away on 1 April 2001.
But not only the family firm Willem van
Herreweghe goes on. His oldest son also grows great plants and successfully
exports them to the four continents
And now, here comes... a riddle !
Achilles Van Herreweghe (į 25-10-1876), Emiel NoŽ (į 11-7-1877) and Cyriel Vandevelde
(į 30/1/1878), where and when did they get to know each other ? We know that
Emiel, Achilles and Stanislas Verbeke were together in the same school in Gijzegem.
Stanislas Verbeke ? He was born in Lede on 27 July 1876. His son
Georges Verbeke got married to Georgina Van Herreweghe, one of Achilles' daughters
and of course Willem's sister.
But Cyriel Vandevelde, where did he go to school after St-Joris-aan-den-IJzer ?
Before the Oblate Friars who arrived in Gijzegem in 1945, the Congregation of Jesus and
Mary, commonly called the Eudists were there from 1903 onwards. What religious
Order ran the school before 1900 or was it a school of the diocese ? Perhaps
the answers to our questions are buried away in their archives if these still exist.
See here a school photograph. Who can recognize our
three (or four ?) heroes in this picture ? And who are the others ?
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