The Petrus Henricus van Overdijk Family Web Site
The Tilburg/Oirschot van Overdijks
When I opened this web site in November 2008 I never dreamt that I would receive so much help from
researchers in Holland. A sincere thank you to Eef van der Lee and Theo vanden Bogaard for their
collective help in helping to build a family tree.
To see the full family tree on a PDF file , click on the the photo above to bring up an enlarged
tree . I am currently working on a larger tree that will include the brothers and sisters and familes
of the van Overdijks shown at the top of the tree
Dear Sir and or Madam,
Geachte Meneer of Mevrouw,
Van Overdijk/Overdiek/Overdyk was born in Holland around 1882 , he went to England as a young man [about
18] to work as a Musical Instrument Maker for a company called Boosey and Hawkes.. He married Sarah Bailey
and they had three children, Peter, Susie and Ann. I now know that his ancesters came from the Oirschot
Petrus Henricus Van Overdijk/Overdiek/Overdyk was geboren in Nederland rond 1882,
hij immigreerde naar Engeland als een jonge man (zo tegen 8 jaar oud) om als een muziekinstrument bouwer
voor een firma van 'Boosye and Hawkes'. Hij trouwde Sarah Bailey, en ze hadden drie kinderen, Peter,
Susie, en Ann. Ik heb reden om te geloven dat hij oorspronkelijk uit de Oirschot omstreek kwam.
The marriage only lasted about seven years when Sarah Bailey left her husband and the three children.
Petrus Van Overdijk stayed close to the children all of his life until he died at age 54 in 1936.
Het huwelijk heeft ongeveer zeven jaren standgehouden voordat Sarah Bailey haar man en drie kinderen
verliet. Petrus van Overdijk had gedurende zijn leven een hechte verhouding met zijn kinderen tot aan
zijn dood in 1936 op 54e leeftijd.
My name is Peter Townsend , I was born in England but
have lived in Canada for the last 60 years. I am the son of Peter's daughter Susie and therefore the
Grandson of Petrus Hendricus Henry Van Overdijk.
Mijn naam is Peter Townsend, ik ben in Engeland
geboren maar heb in Cnada gewoond voor de laatste 46 jaren. Ik ben de zoon van Peter's dochter Susie,
en zodoende de grootzoon van Peter Henry van Overdijk.
My reason for writing this letter
is to try and re establish contact with my Dutch relatives that my Uncle Peter [ now deceased] once had
, and to try and learn more about the Dutch side of the family. I would also like to be able to draw
a more complete family tree. If you have a Petrus Henricus Van Overdijk in your family that fits the
description above or know of one in another family I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
Mijn reden voor het schrijven van deze brief is om te proberen weer kontakt optenemen met mijn
Nederlandsche familie die mijn oom Peter (nu overleden) ooit eens had, en om te proberen meer te leren
kennen over de nederlandsche kant van de familie. Als het enigszins mogelijk is zou ik graag de familieboom
optekenen. Als U een 'Peter van Overdijk' in uw familie hebt op wie de beschrijving past in bovengeschrevene,
of U kent iemand in een andere familie met die naam, zou ik ontzettend graag wat van U willen horen.
I can be contacted by Email at email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ik kan gemailed worden op email@example.com
or by phone at 613 592 3536
[ Canadian number]
per telefoon op 613 592 3536 (canada)
or by mail at Peter Townsend
21 Sandwell Crecent, Kanata K2K 1V2, Ontario Canada.
of via de post aan Peter Townsend, 21 Sandwell
Crecent, Kanata K2K 1V2, Ontario Canada
This letter has been very kindly translated by
a family friend who is originally from Holland. If you could reply in English please do, otherwise I
am sure she will translate your letter for me.
Een vriend van de familie was zo vriendelijk om
deze brief voor mij te vertalen, zij is oorspronkelijk van Nederland. Als het mogelijk is antwoord U
alstublieft in het engels, het dat niet kan, weet ik zeker dat zij uw brief wel even voor me wil vertalen.
Yours Sincerely Hoogachtend,
PS. I have opened a Van Overdijk web site to help in
the search for my Dutch relatives
Background Story |
The marriage between Peter Van Overdyk and Sarah Jane Van Overdyk [nee
Bailey ] in the early 1900's, was neither happy or successful. Peter who came to England from Holland
and was a musical instrument maker, was said to have been very authoritarian to hear my Nanís side of
the story. This was a very traumatic event which completely broke up the family, and the best way to
explain what happened will be to quote verbatim from a letter I received at Christmas 1998 from my Aunt
Doris who was married to the son Peter. Shortely after writing this letter Aunt Doris passed away.
ďYour Grandfather Peter Henry Van Overdyk died Oct 1936 aged 54, I remember this because
it was the year our son David was born. He [ your Grandfather] was born in Osterwyk [ subsequentaly
turned out to be Oirschot ]. It is a village in the south of Holland near the Belgium border. He came
to England at the age of 18 I think, and went to work for Booseys musical instruments [ now Boosey and
Hawkes ]. He was a very clever man and became foreman, he remained there until he died. I donít know
when he was married or split up, Peter was seven and Ann five. Susie went to a family and Peter and Ann
were separated and sent to Convents. I donít think either of them had a very happy childhood, the Nuns
were very strict and things went on in those days that would not be allowed now. Grandfather lived
the rest of his life in lodgings, when Ann and Peter were fourteen they left the convent and went to
work . Poor Ann was put straight into service, Peter lived in lodgings with his Dad and went to work
at Boosey and Hawkes as an apprentice , not a very good life. That is how I met Peter, my mother let
out rooms when my father died, I think Grandfather died mainly from neglect....the foregoing was copied
from a letter from Aunt Doris.
Actually my Grandfather died from Consumption [ T
B ], I saw his death certificate when examining family documents when my mother died. By all accounts
my mother Susie had a much better life and was looked after by a family as a foster child. Sometime in
the late forties or early fifties she was to meet some of the family members again and their reunion
was a very happy one
Above photo of Peter Henry [Petrus Henricus van Overdijk]. Plus children Peter, Ann and Susie and mother
Left photo is of Wilheminia van Overdijk, photo on the right are unknown van Overdijks. Both photo's
supplied by Cobie Vanca.
This family tree included many Dutch Family names including Walschots, de Baas, Vanca, Vrijman,
Aarts, mostly from the Tilburg area.
click here to go to top of page.
To contact Peter Townsend... click here.