Willem Cornelis Potharst

8 March 1797–3 August 1866
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

The Life Summary of Willem Cornelis

When Willem Cornelis Potharst was christened on 8 March 1797, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, his father, Jacobus Potharst, was 39 and his mother, Maria Lieffelt, was 35. He married Anthonia Stutser on 7 November 1821, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 8 daughters. In 1852, at the age of 55, his occupation is listed as schoenmaker. He died on 3 August 1866, in his hometown, at the age of 69.

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Willem Cornelis Potharst
Anthonia Stutser
Marriage: 7 November 1821
Johanna Maria Potharst
Willem Hendricus Jacobus Potharst
Elisabeth Johanna Potharst
Jacobus Potharst
Hendricus Johannes Potharst
Anna Maria Potharst
Alida Maria Potharst
Antonius Potharst
Maria Christina Potharst
Anna Maria Potharst
Johannes Potharst
Catharina Potharst
Geertruida Maria Potharst

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  • Marriage
    7 November 1821Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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    World Events (8)

    The United East India Company is liquidated.
    1815 · United Kingdom of the Netherlands
    During the Napoleonic Wars, the Netherlands was freed from the French by Prussian and Russian troops. William Frederik declared himself king of the region on March 16, 1815. Tensions rose between the southern and northern regions of the Netherlands. Eventually, Belgium declared themselves independent on October 4, 1830 during the Belgian Revolution (which broke out in August of 1830). William did not accept this change, and launched a invasion that ultimately had to be called off. The Treaty of London was signed in 1839, recognizing Belgian independence by the Dutch in exchange for certain land acquisitions.
    1820 · Construction of the Noordhollandsch Kanaal
    "In order to shorten the sea route into Amsterdam, King William I had authorized the creation of the ""Great North Holland Canal"". This helped resolve issues (like shoals and shallows) that prevented many ships from reaching the city's harbor. Unfortunately, the canal quickly encountered issues: it was unable to handle the increasing number of ships, and it froze during the winter season."

    Name Meaning

    German: variant of Potthast .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (33)

    • Willem Cornelis Potharst in entry for Maria Christina Potharst, "Netherlands Births and Baptisms, 1564-1910"
    • Willem Cornelis Potharst in entry for Antonius Potharst, "Netherlands Deaths and Burials, 1668-1945"
    • Willem Cornelis Potharst in entry for Hendrik Keijzer and Johanna Maria Potharst, "Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records, 1600-2000"

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