The surname certificate of Fokke Hendriks, living in Appingedam:
Appeared the me, R.P. Cleveringa, Maire ... etc. etc.... Fokke Hindriks, living in Appingedam, who declared to accept as his First name the name of Fokke Hindriks and as his Family name the name of Fokkens; that he has Three Sons and ------ Daughter, one Grandson and two Granddaughters, named:
Derk ) Fokko) Hindrik) Sons
Antje ) Grandchildren
And has the Appearer besides me undersigned this certificate, the 4-th February 1812.
[*In the marginal line the following text]:Approved on the sixth line of above [*the word] "surname"; on the eigth line "family" cancelled, on the nineth line "daughter".
Notes Albert Geurink:
Fokke Hindriks Fokkens’ eldest son Derk Fokkes Fokkens married on 8 July 1824 in Appingedam to Jantje Jelles Pelmulder.
Pieter Roelfs chose as head of his Family - he was married before 1811 - the surname Mulder, where Jan Jelles chose the surname Pelmulder, while his father Jelle Jans died about 8 months earlier. Although in the beginning of 1812 the 18 years old son Jan Jelles Pelmulder was quite under-aged, he probably was seen by the government as the new "Head of the Family", not only for himself, but also for his (yet unmarried) sister Jantje Jelles of 26 years and his younger brother Kornelis Jelles of (just) 14 years.
There’s no surname certificate of the old mother Anje Pieters in this list. Why she kept her name Anje Pieters, officially or not, I don’t know. Maybe older people were free of this rule?
In 1810 Napoleon had annexed the Netherlands and made it into a part of his Empire, France, dividing the Netherlands in "Mairie’s", "Cantons", "Quarters" and "Departments". That was the end of the municipalities Tjamsweer, Opwierde and Solwerd, which became now parts of the "Marie Appingedam", as I read in a Groningen history book.
Transcriptions: Albert Geurink.
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