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Arie Kranenburg (1931-1977)
> Dale Kranenburg, USA, 12-10-2004
While collecting information on Kranenburgs a few years ago, I received an email from his son. A Kranenburg who died in the service of his nation. We mourn the loss of Police officer Arie Kranenburg. Police Utrecht (NL). Cause of death Shot. Day of death 22. September 1977. Service years. Weapon unknown. On 22 September 1977 the Netherlands police officer Arie Kranenburg to be shot, as two officers(?) looked for presumed RAF terrorists in Utrecht (NL) to arrested.

> Jan Nijhuis, South Africa, 25-5-2005
I found the old farm Kranenborg in Beltrum, which is still in existance (but in poor condition) on the corner of Ringweg and Havelandschedijk just outside Beltrum.
> Bernard Kranenburg, 28-5-2005
Yesterday I found the old farm. It stands at the crossing of the Ringweg and the Haneveldsweg. The farm is indeed in a shabby state. I was not allowed to make a foto, so I have to find one along other lines. Thank you anyway for your information.

English: Bulbregion
Region in the province of South Holland between Noordwijk, Voorhout, Sassenheim, Lisse, Hillegom, Bennebroek, Heemstede, Haarlem and the dunes along the North Sea Coast. This region is famous for its tulips culture and other bulb plants. It starts in the 16th century with tulips imported from Turkey. It turns out to be a very lucrative business, despite a short collapse in the 18th century. Many Kranenburgs lived and worked in this area.

Cranenburgh Australia
One Cranenburgh from Holland went in the 18e century with the Dutch East Indies Compagny (VOC) to India. That may be Cornelis Reyniersz Cranenburgh (b 1580), who sailed with the VOC from Amsterdam to the Far East. He stayed on Madagascar for a short while. There his name is engraved on a stone, commemorating that the ship arrived there on September 1610.
One descendant of the first settler reached the position of a barrister and magistrate in Calcutta. He wrote several important Law Books, that are kept in the India House in London. During last century several Cranenburghs left India and migrated to England and Australia.
Geoffrey Cranenburgh in Australia is one of them. Other Cranenburgs stayed in India. Like Ratna, Mark and Yvonne, who in 2008 are living in Calcutta.

> Patricia Lee, New Zealand, 17-3-2007
Hi Bernard,
The barister is Delmerick, my whom I knew about. His father was Pascal Cranenburgh, his grandfather Mathew Cranenburgh and his gr.grandfather was Mariano Cranenburgh.
Mariano Cranenburgh married ---------------
Mathew Cranenburgh married Emelia Cantopher
Pascal Cranenburgh married Jessamine Cardozo (father Louis Cardozo)
Delmerick Cranenburgh married Amelia Crouch (father Frederick William Crouch)
Eva Cranenburgh, Delmerick's daughter, is my gr.grandmother.
The Australian Cranenburghs are from Delmerick's second marriage to Constance Alexander.
Mariano Cranenburgh is as far back as I got, so, you have given me some new names to follow up which I'm really grateful for.
Please keep in touch.
Many thanks, Patricia Lee

Drogo Beuvriere (ca. 1040-1100)// Halewijn I van Leiden (ca. 1050-1110)
Both are possibly sons of viscount Diederik III van Beveren in Diksmuide, Flanders. There are several reasons to believe so.
Drogo joined William the Conquerer to England and got some possessions there as reward. Untill 1090 he stays in Northern Yorkshire, where he built some castles. About 1090 he got in trouble with William, since he was falsely accused of maltreating and finaly murdering his wife, a niece of William. It seems that William feared the growing power of Drogo and committed faul play, as he did with conquering England on false grounds of alleged promisses to the throne of England. He then confiscated all possessions of the English nobility, for which the English called hem the Bastard King. Drogo apparently fled, never to be found again. Several families in England claim to be decendants of him. I.e. Burton, Brewer and Drewe. So chances are high that Drogo hided somewhere in England or Scotland. Fleeing to Holland was to dangerous an option. Boats to Holland were always packed with English and Dutch spies. Hostile Scotland offered more secure hiding places.
Halewijn (Adelwinus, Alewin) I van Leiden first is mentioned in 1083 as 'Adaluuin castelanus'. Meaning: Adalwin, Lord of the castle. According to the text he served already several years in the falsum of count Dirk V of Holland. In fact Halewijn was his viscount of the borough of Leiden and had a close and confidential relation with Dirk V.
Drogo and Halewijn had similar shields of arms: on a blue (azur) field a horizontal bar in gold. That is one of the strong reasons to presume that they were close family. Because of their skills and professions, one tend to assume that they may be brothers. However, as some suggested, there is not a single reason to believe that they might be the same person. In chronological perspective it is simply impossible. Halewijn already lives in Holland many years before Drogo had any reason to flee. Besides, Halewijns offsprings lived in Holland. Those of Drogo, as mentioned, are sure to have stayed in England. But most importantly, king William would know in very short time of Halewijn in case he was in fact nobody else than Drogo. England always was well informed about the Continent. And William particulary, since he came from Normandy. Knowing that Drogo should stay in Leiden, William in very short time would have found him and had him arrested and taken him to trial in England.
Putting all facts together, there is no one single logical reason for believing that Drogo and Halewijn were one and the same person.

There is a poem from the 16th century in the Low Countries about a certain Halewijn: Het lied van Halewijn. I.e.: The song of Halewijn. This poem appears in the southern part of the Low Countries five centuries after the death of Halewijn I and has nothing to do with him as some think. Neither is it a real song. Halewijn is a popular and romantic name in those times in the Low Countries. It is even quite likely that the poem has nothhing to do at all with a real person. It seems to be more an abstract lyric as so many lyrics are.

Hendrik te Cranenborg (1702-1765*)
Born in Beltrum (Gld). Baptised NH 5.3.1702. Son of Reiner Cranenburgh and Gerritjen Vrackinck. Lives in Groenlo/Beltrum in Gelderland. Married to Fenneken NN.
Children: 4 including doughter Stijne te Cranenborg.
=* Hendrik ten Kranenburg (1738")
Haaksbergen is a town in Twente not far away from Groenlo/Beltrum. They both live in the same era.

Jan Cranenborgh (b 1626*)
> Bernard Kranenburg, Netherlands, 11-9-2004
There is a Jan Cranenborgh (1626*-1686*) in Beltrum and his son Tonnis Cranenborgh recorded in page LEXICON.

Jan Weulen Kranenburg (b 1706*)
> Rita Kranenborg, Canada, 2-5-2006
I thought I had our family tree together!!!
Jan Weulen Kranenburg died Feb 18,1766 Vorden Married to Mechtelt Garritsen Kranenborg died Nov 24,1777 Vorden they were married Nov 8,1728??
Now I find in Nederduits Gereformeerde Gemeente Vorden Trouwboek 1718 - 1771 That Michelt Garritsen Kranenborg was married to Jan Jansen Bovenman son of Jan Bovenman Nov 8,1728
Can anybody help me to find out who Jan Weulen Kranenburg married??
> Bert Kranenborg, Netherlands, 6-5-2006
Jan Jans Bovenman married Mechtelt Garritsen Kranenborg Nov 8,1728. Mechtelt's father must have been a farmer on a farm called 'Kranenborg'. After his death Jan and Mechtelt inherited the 'Kranenborg'. In this area people got the family name from the place where they lived. So Jan became Jan Kranenborg, when he became farmer on the 'Kranenborg'. I don't know about the name Weulen.
> Bernard Kranenburg, Netherlands, 19-8-2008
Jan is a member of the Weulen Kranenburg family, who were originaly called Woellen Cranenborch. See Page Lexicon > Weulen Kranenburg and Woellen Cranenborch.

Kranenburg Chicago
> Dale Kranenburg, Chicago, 9-2-2007
Dear Bernard,
I have bits and pieces from when I had my "Kranenburg" web site many years ago. I thought I would send them to you if you are interested?
I have a web page that Jaap Lucassen asked me to put on my old site. It is his family line from "H.J. Barendregt "Het geslacht Kranenburg uit Kijfhoek.", a typewritten report, published in 1974.".
Dr. Lucassen was very gracious in finding information on my family line. He traced my line back to the Nieuwkoop Kranenburgs.
I am sending the document explanation and photo where he made the link. My Grand Father was born in Oude Wetering but, that was about all the information I had. Once Dr. Lucassen made the link on my Great Great Grandfather to Nieuwkoop, I was suddenly connect to many more Kranenburgs.
In 1985, my brother David and I visited Kranenburg, Germany. It is a very pleasant town in the "Grenzland". A Mr. Bongers took us on a tour of the town and the nature preserve. We stayed at his Gastehaus, the "Gode Nacht".
When we were leaving, the local paper, the Grenzland Post, came and took our picture. The caption is a little off though. We do have six children in my family (I have five brothers and sisters: David, Deborah, Denise, Dean and Dirk. And yes, all of our names start with "D"). But, most of us live in and around Chicago, not in Minnesota. My brother David was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota when he came to visit.
I was then stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Spangdahlem Air Base, not far from Bitburg. They thought it was a very funny incident to have two Kranenburgs staying in Kranenburg.
Thanks for all you are doing. I learn so much from your site, it is fantastic.
Thanks, Dale Kranenburg.

Dale Kranenburg and his brother David on visit in Kranenburg Germany in 1985.
The local paper Grenzland Post placed this picture and text.


The brothers Kranenburg from Minesota (USA) arrived today in Kranenburg. Dale (left), who nowadays is stationed on Military Airport Bitburg, felt the existence of the place, that bears the same name, just like his eight members family. Now they all want to visit the border town one after each other. David Kranenburg (middle) started. Herbert Bongers of the local town council welcomed now the "Kranenburgs".

> Bernard Kranenburg, 9-2-2007
Dear Dale,
Thank you very much for your very nice email. All your informations will shortly be used for the update of Kranenburgia!
All the best with you there in the US!
Bernard Kranenburg
See Page Documenten

This website provides an assortment of information about people with the name Kranenburg from past and present. Also mentioned are names of places, locations and organisations with the name Kranenburg. In addition and where possible information is provided about farms, stately homes and manors with this name. Not only is the spelling Kranenburg included, but also the many variations thereof. Such as Kranenburgh, Cranenburg, Kranenborg, Kranenberg, Kranenbarg, Cranbury, Cranborough, and so on.

The name Kranenburg appears in many forms in the Netherlands. It is a family name as well as a company name, but also a name for towns, localities, farms or stately homes. In the city of Groningen is located at Peizerweg 160 a very old farmhouse with the name Kranenburg. A few years ago a nearby suburb was names after this farm. Near Zwolle was once the stately home Kranenburg. Today it is the name of the cemetery which is located on the grounds which surrounded this home. In Bleiswijk was long ago the manor Cranenburg, while in Eikenduinen near The Hague a country home existed with the name Cranenburg. In Bergen is located the Museum Kranenburgh and near Vorden in Gelderland one find a neighbourhood named Kranenburg. In Germany, just across the border and close to Nijmegen is the town Kranenburg (region Kleef) which was named after the long gone castle Kranenburg. And to close of this list, in Germany between Bremen and Hamburg (Lower Saxony) is a village named Kranenburg, nestled on the river Oste. Remarkable is that almost all the mentioned locations are abutting peat areas and the name might indicate "the sanctuary (burcht) of the crane birds". Good examples of this are castle Cranenburg at Bleiswijk, castle Kranenburg at Zwolle and castle Kranenburg near Kleef.

The great number of the crane birds in the swampy areas has possibly lead to the naming of the birds' sanctuary "Kranenburg". There is also a possibility that the mythological properties of the crane bird, alertness, trueness and ethical, that these values have contributed to the choice of the name Kranenburg. In any case, many families gained their name from the crane bird, even with the many variations to the spelling of the name such as: Cranenberg, Cranenborg, Kranenburg, Kranenburgh, and so on. It is even possible that in the genealogical sense some families might not be related at all, just a historical coincidence. Based on the frequency of occurrence it is certain that the name was reasonable popular. E.g. a high incidence of the name crops up in Rotterdam, Geldermalsen, Kampen, Zwolle, and Groningen (city and province). Maybe there is a link between all the borgen, burchten, localities and persons. In order to make some sense out of this, we have to sort the facts in logical order. This website aims to contribute. Kranenburgia is presently restricted to two categories of people:

• Those persons who were born before the introduction of the "Family Name Act" (Naamwet) of 1811. Genealogical searches of forebears born before 1811 is very difficult due to the lack of reliable sources. With the proclamation of the "Family Name Act" of 1811 the Registry Office (Burgelijke Stand) was established. Anyone born after 1811 can easily be traced through the Registry Office and the Archives of the municipalities.
• Those persons whose details are available and are of sufficient significance to be mentioned. In this category are the Kranenburgs~ who are well known. E.g. Kees Kranenburg, the famous drummer of 20th century band The Ramblers. But also Tom Kranenburg, Member of the Dutch Resistance, who fought and was executed by the Germans during World War II.

This website will be regularly updated. Every contribution will be appreciated. Any remarks or corrections and additional information can be submitted through FORUM or CONTACT, parts of the website.
# Translation of Homepage (Bill Kranenburg, Brisbane 8.5.08)

Nieuwkoop is a small village in the province of South Holland, where many Kranenburgs lived. They worked mostly in the peat industry, but since the 18th century many started with small factories (smithies, machines and transport). The Nieuwkoop branche of the Kranenburg Clan starts with Huybert Kranenburg (bn 1595*). Some of his descendents emigrated to the USA during the 19th century.
** Kranenburg Chicago

Stijne te Cranenborg (b 1729)
> Linda Kramer-Edwards, USA, 11-9-2004
I have traced my ancestors back to Henrick Tanckinck and Stijne(Christina) te Cranenborg/Kranenborg in Groenlo/Beltrum, Gelderland. Their marriage record indicates Christina's father was Hendrik, but no further information or record in Groenlo/Beltrum exists. Would anyone have any information on Cranenborg/Kranenborg in the area of Groenlo/Beltrum?
> Linda Kramer-Edwards, USA, 13-9-2004
Hello again and thank you very much for your reply. I found the information you refer to in LEXICON. In my excitment upon finding your site, I forgot to indicate that the date of marriage for Hendrik Tanckinck and Christina Cranenborg was 29.05.1749. I have more microfilm on order (including indexes) where I hope I can connect Hendrik to Tonnis or Jan. I subscribed to your newletter, so perhaps more information will appear there.
> Bernard Kranenburg, Netherlands, 13-9-2004
Yesterday afternoon I drove by car through the country side of Twente and suddenly I saw a road called Tankinkweg. That was near Bentelo. Maybe it is something of use to you in your roots search.
> Linda Kramer-Edwards, USA, 14-9-2004
That is interesting because I've traced some of the Tankink/Tanck/Tanckinck family into the area of Haaksbergen. My direct ancestors ended up near Vreden Germany, where they stayed about 30 years before moving on to Wisconsin ca 1855.
> Jan Nijhuis, South Africa, 25-1-2005
Stijne (Christina) te Cranenborg was baptised 16-1-1729; daughter of Hendrick te Cranenborg from Beltrum who married Fenneken ??(maybe on 18-6-1770) This Hendrick was a son of Reiner (Reynder) Cranenburgh from Beltrum, who was married to Gerritjen (Garritjen) Vrackinck. Reiner might be a brother of Tonnis (married to Lutgert Langenbergh from Ruurlo) and also from Willemken te Cranenborg (married to Jan Heerdink on 9-10-1701).

Willem ten Kranenburg (b 1710*)
> Jan Nijhuis, South Africa, 25-1-2005
My ancesters were Willem ten Kranenborg, married on 9-1-1735 to Geertjen Klein Swerick in Haaksbergen. I try to determine whether his parents were Reiner (or Reynder) Cranenburgh from Beltrum (near Groenlo) and Gerritjen Vrackinck. This Reiner had at least a daughter Grietjen (bapt. 10-12-1693 in Groenlo), a son Johannes (bapt. 23-1-1698 in Groenlo), a son Garrit (bapt. 18-12-1701 in Groenlo) and a son Berent (bapt.15-9-1709 in Groenlo and married to Gerritjen te Woort (or Wuerd). My Willem had 5 sons: Reindt, Jan,Gerrit, Reind and Anthoni ten Kranenborg, also called Toone Nijhuis.


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