Gerrit Hek

24 February 1878–5 November 1948 (Age 70)
Leersum, Utrecht, Netherlands

The Life of Gerrit

When Gerrit Hek was born on 24 February 1878, in Leersum, Utrecht, Netherlands, his father, Gerrit Hek, was 40 and his mother, Trijntje Harskamp, was 36. He married Maatje van Ruller on 12 December 1912, in Leersum, Utrecht, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 5 November 1948, in his hometown, at the age of 70.

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Gerrit Hek
Maatje van Ruller
Marriage: 12 December 1912
Peter Rijk Hek

Spouse and Children

12 December 1912
Leersum, Utrecht, Netherlands


Parents and Siblings

    Gerrit Hek


    Trijntje Harskamp




    Hendrik Hek


    Gerritje Hek


    Cornelia Hek


    Rijkje Hek


    Willemina Hek


+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 12

Death by suicide of van Gogh.
1890 · Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Separates from the Netherlands

Age 12

Luxembourg had gained their independence in 1867, but they were still under the possession of the kings of the Netherlands until William III died and the grand duchy passed to the House of Nassau-Weilburg.
1899 · Hague Peace Convention

Age 21

The Hague Peace Convention was a series conferences that produced treaties and declarations. The convention took place in Hague, Netherlands. The conferences were among the first formal statements of the laws of war and war crimes in secular international law.

Name Meaning

1 Danish: habitational name from any of several places so named from a word meaning ‘shining’, ‘clear’, with reference to a river.2 Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads in the county of Hedmark named He, from Old Norse hæð ‘hill’, ‘mound’.3 Dutch: habitational name from the common place name ten Heede, meaning ‘on the heath’.

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

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