Maria Gerardina Benoist

Female1 October 1859–16 February 1943

Brief Life History of Maria Gerardina

When Maria Gerardina Benoist was born on 1 October 1859, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, her father, Piere Antoine Benoist, was 24 and her mother, Anna Catharina Wassmann, was 30. She married Gerrit Couzij on 4 June 1879, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 16 February 1943, in her hometown, at the age of 83.

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Gerrit Couzij
Maria Gerardina Benoist
Marriage: 4 June 1879
Anna Catharina Couzij
Hendrika Johanna Maria Couzij
Adrianus Albertus Couzy
Johanna Geertruida Couzy
Johannes Petrus Couzy
Dirkje Elisabeth Couzy

Sources (12)

  • Maria Gerdina Benoist im Eintrag für Anna Catharina Couzij, "Netherlands Deaths and Burials, 1668-1945"
  • Maria Gerardina Benoist in entry for Maria Gerdina Couzij, "Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950"
  • Maria Gerardina Benoist in entry for Leonardus Couzij, "Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 June 1879Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
  • Children (6)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    The Dutch abolished slavery in Suriname. The Dutch were among the last Europeans to abolish slavery.

    1865 · Construction of the North Sea Canal

    Age 6

    After the Noordhollandsch Kanaal proved inadequate after several decades, it was decided that a new canal was necessary. Digging began at Breesaap on March 8, 1865. Working conditions were considered horrible: manual labor workers lived in manmade huts and were exposed to diseases, alcohol abuse, and fighting. King William III of the Netherlands officially opened the North Sea Canal on November 1, 1876 The canal is 15 miles long (25 km) and connects to the North Sea by Ijmuiden (a port city in North Holland). It is now considered a vital part of the Western Netherlands' groundwater management system.

    1881 · First Telephone Network

    Age 22

    On June 1, 1881, the very first local telephone network was established in Amsterdam.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: French Alain, Jacques, Andre, Jean Jacques, Pierre.

    French: variant of Benoît (see Benoit ) and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this.

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

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