E-mail: info@crommelin.org


In Memoriam: Mr. Johan Christiaan Donker

(Zwolle 1933-01-24 - Deventer 2017-11-22)

Deventer - A.S. Donker-Crommelin
Amsterdam - Dies en Edzard Koole-Donker
Amsterdam - Heleen Donker
Amsterdam - Joop Donker

In Memoriam:
Jan Willem Deodaat Berkelbach van der Sprenkel

We hereby wish to announce the passing of Jan Willem Deodaat Berkelbach van der Sprenkel, since 2014 the widower of Nora Crommelin.

Haarlem, Nederland, 19 September 1919
- Rougemont, Switzerland, 4 January 2018

A ceremony of remembrance was held on 19 January 2018
in the cemetery chapel of Westerveld in Driehuis.

In Memoriam: Govert C. Deketh

The Crommelin Foundation mourns the passing of Govert Carel Deketh in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 10, 2018.

Following a third operation on his back in early November, his recovery was soon hampered by the onset of pneumonia. After treating this complication with medications, he felt strong enough toward the end of December to spend some time with his wife, Mieke, at their lovely retreat in the French Alps. Unfortunately the illness returned. In January he returned to Geneva and was admitted to hospital with double pneumonia, an illness from which he was not able to recover.

His passing was observed in Geneva at a private ceremony consisting of close family members on Monday, January 15, 2018.

If I may add a personal note, I would like to say that Govert was more than a friend. As the co-webmaster of the Crommelin Family website, he was more like a brother who shared my interest in family history and gave me endless encouragement, both in his emails and his readiness to purchase valuable documents over the internet. He made my work a joyful experience.

I enjoyed discussing our annual 'Spotlight' articles for submisstion to the Crommelin Journal, several of which he wrote himself. Govert also maintained the official Family Tree archives and promptly furnished inquirers with detailed family tree outlines on any ancestors they were interested in.

On his travels outside Switzerland, Govert often visited archives in France in search of new information about distant relatives such as Isaac Mathieu Crommelin who lived during the French Revolution. Govert will also be missed at future family reunions which he regularly attended.

He was always the proud son of Antonia Catharina Deketh-Crommelin, the 'doyenne' of the Crommelin family who still lives in Holland at over 100 years of age. To her, wife Mieke, daughter Olowine, sons and grandchildren in England and Switzerland, I offer my heartfelt condolences on the passing of a perfect friend, co-worker and gentleman.


Miff Crommelin
Mission, B.C.

New Arrival in Amsterdam!

Proud grandparents, Elske and Mariad Crommelin, are pleased to announce the birth of their second grandson, Hugo Michiel Robert Crommelin, on September 24, 2016 at Amsterdam.

News from 'Down Under'...

Tim and Sharnie Crommelin of Cottesloe, Western Australia, happily welcomed twin girls, Charlie Rose and Evelyn Mae, into the world on 16 February 2015. They were born in Perth almost two months before Barry, their grandfather, passed away. For photos and more click on the 'Tim and Sharnie Crommelin' link above.

Barry Crommelin of Perth, Western Australia passed away on April 10, his 83rd year, following a lengthy battle with mantle cell lymphoma. In 1958 Barry founded the notable Crommelin Chemicals business which has become a leading supplier of waterproofing products and sealants in Australia and Asia. He was active in civic politics having served as shire president of the Peppermint Grove community in Perth. Barry was also passionate about the Crommelin family and in the process of compiling a history of the English side of the family with the help of a genealogist in Britain. Some relations will recall celebrating his 80th anniversary in 2013. We offer our condolences to Carole, his wife of 45 years, and sons, Tim and Peter and their families.

The 'Order of Australia' medal was awarded on 5 May 2013 to Barry's wife, Carole Crommelin, Peppermint Grove, Perth, WA for her activities with regard to health and charitable work in that community.

Family Reunion: Date and Venue Change!

You may have been aware that a family reunion was planned for 16th June, an event that takes place about once every 2 years. Due to practical problems the date had to be changed.

The new date is Sunday, 15th September 2013

The new venue will be in beautiful Gorssel, Achterhoek, the Eastern-most part of Gelderland in the Netherlands.

Obviously, a more detailed invitation for the reunion will follow. We would love to welcome many of our family members from abroad to this day.

With warm family greetings,
Nina Crommelin - Overdick
May van Oordt - Crommelin

Liesbeth Crommelin & Henk Visser recently advised that they moved houses from Weerdestein, Amsterdam to:
Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 1107
1081 HL Amsterdam
Tel. (+31) 20 40 44 201
E-mail: cromvis@planet.nl
Eff. 01-05-2012

The European Heritage Days in Saint-Quentin (France)

The event takes place on 17 and 18 September 2011. The theme this year is travel heritage. Genealogy Aisne aims to honor well-known travelers from Saint-Quentin by organizing this exhibition. The municipality has cooperated, and the main City Hall will be opened for this event.

Daniel Crommelin will be highlighted with two panels prepared by Maryse Trannois which recount his adventurous life (like many others in the eighteenth century).

Panel 1

Panel 2

July 2, 2011

Lodewijk Crommelin, son of Lous and Robert Crommelin married Sarah Summerfield on the 2nd of July in Amsterdam, in the presence of their two lovely children Noortje and Marieke. On the same day Lodewijk’s first CD, a solo piano performance was presented to him.

Composers: Samuel Barber, Charles Griffes
CD Review

Dick Kattenburg - Chamber Music
[Music by Dutch Jewish Composer, Dick Kattenburg, who died in World War 2.
Lodewijk Crommelin, pianist.]

Crommelin Family Day [In Holland]: 17 September 2011

Dear family,

On the 17th of September 2011 there will be a Crommelin-Family Day which is specifically aimed at families with children, for which we would like to invite you. The location will be the Archeon in Alphen a/d Rijn. Of course all grandparents, uncles, aunts and everybody who likes children are also more than welcome!

We will meet up between 10:15 and 10:30 just behind the ticket counter and then explore the Archeon together. If enough people are interested, 20 or more, it is possible to book a guided tour with activities. For lunch we will provide a picnic.

In the afternoon everyone is free to explore the park on their own or in small groups. For those interested there will be shows with birds of prey the entire day in the Archeon.

Admission to the Archeon:
Visitors between 10 and 65 years of age: Euro19,75
Visitors 65 and older: Euro18,25
Children from 5 to 10 years of age: Euro17,25
Children up to 5 years of age: Free

Picnic lunch:
Euro4,- per adult, Euro2,- per child

The guided/activity tour costs Euro4,- per person.

Website Archeon (a park full of fun historical activities):

Please let us know before the 1st of August if you want to come along by sending an e-mail to nina@rijdendeschool.nl or by telephone at 06-41188765. Also please indicate if you want to participate with the guided/activity tour.

We are very much looking forward to a fun day with all of you!

Kind regards,

Walter en Nina Crommelin
(Walter is son of Gulian en Trix Crommelin-de Jonge)

June 5, 2011

In the Beurs van Berlage on April 29, 2011, Liesbeth Crommelin was appointed to Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau because of her work in the area of ceramic art. The words that accompanied this honour were among others: "Your support of ceramists and jewellery designers has been of great importance in the development of this art form”.

March 25, 2011

The book, A Young Dutchman Views Post–Civil War America, the Diary of Claude August Crommelin, (mentioned below) is now available from the Indiana University Press.

March 16, 2011

Visit this webpage to see an interview with Maryse Trannois, president of the Academic Society of St. Quentin who has done so much for us in preserving our family's heritage. (Click on the video...)

January 27, 2011

Dutch concert pianist, Lodewijk Crommelin, has a new website which you are invited to visit.

January 10, 2011

A Young Dutchman Views Post-Civil War America
The American edition of this travel diary of C.A. Crommelin will now also appear in the spring of 2011. The translation is by Guus Veenendaal, who with Roger Grant, Professor of History, provided the introduction. The book will be published by Indiana University Press and can be ordered via their website. The price is $29.95 ISBN 13: 978 - 0-253 - 35609-3. Given the significance of this journal for the history of America after the Civil War, this edition features a detailed explanation of persons and events.

December 7, 2010

Born: Hylke Pieter Halma, 7 december 2010 in Nijmegen,
son of Koen Halma en Pauline Henderson, grandson of Pieter Henderson and Else-Lous Crommelin.

November 24, 2010

Bronze Portrait of Louis Crommelin Disappears
We have received word that the bronze plaque depicting a cameo portrait of Louis Crommelin in the Lisburn Cathedral graveyard has disappeared - either stolen or spirited away. The Lisburn Museum and Town Council are anxious to stop any more of the monument from disappearing such as the plaques with names of the dead, etc. The local Huguenot Society hopes to get the railings renewed to which the plaques are attached. We will learn if there is any fundraising to be done.

3 September, 2010

Lodewijk Crommelin and Sarah Summerfield are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Noortje Johanna Crommelin. She was born in Amsterdam September 3, 2010. Noortje is a sister of Marieke and the grand-daughter of Robert and Lous Crommelin.

Weaving and Textile Exposition
Maryse Trannois, President of the Saint Quentin Academic Society will - at the request of the organizing Committee - be giving a lecture on the Crommelin family during the forthcoming Textile Exposition at Caudry, France on 6th November 2010. For further details, visit the Exposition Website.

March 7, 2010

Birth: Lincoln Eaton Crommelin. Born 9th February 2010 in Melbourne. Second son of Peter and Jade Crommelin and younger brother to Fraser Crommelin, of Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria.

March 7, 2010

In Memoriam: Hendrik de Kanter (1929-2010), age 81, passed away on March 4, 2010 following a brief illness. Henk was enthusiastic about his family's heritage and regularly travelled from California, USA to attend every family reunion in Europe where he would enjoy displaying his 'tightrope walking' skills to an appreciative audience. Henk was an ingenious designer and inventor whose biography appears elsewhere on this website. Besides producing artistic mobile sculptures he designed and manufactured fine glass-tube cutting machines that are used extensively in the manufacture of computer components.

February 7, 2010

Een Amsterdammer in Amerika, 1866 - 1867
A report by Claude August Crommelin on his trip to the United States and Canada, edited and commented by Guus Veenendaal in cooperation with H. Roger Grant, published by De Bataafsche Leeuw, price Euro 19.50. This book was first published on 9th January 2010. In the course of 2010 an American version of this book will be published, by H. Roger Grant (refer also to this website section.)

January 30, 2010

The Crommelin Foundation is pleased to announce that Maryse Trannois of St. Quentin, France, was invested as the new president of the Société Académique de saint-Quentin on January 29, 2010.

Not only has Maryse undertaken major research projects and expositions regarding notable figures in St. Quentin's history, but she has been of immense benefit to our family by way of unearthing rare historical documents and transcribing entire book manuscripts for translation purposes.

We are most appreciative for all that Maryse has done for the Crommelin Foundation and we wish her a long and fruitful tenure as president of this distinguished society.

November 7, 2009

In Memoriam – Sander Bolhuis (1976-2009), son of Gijs and Olowine Bolhuis-Deketh and grandson of Totie Deketh-Crommelin, passed away unexpectedly during the night of 7 November at the house of his parents. He was laid to rest 12th November in the grave of his grandparents at the Ooster Cemetery in Amsterdam. Sander was artist painter in Amsterdam.

October 3, 2009

Birth on June 5, 2009 of Julie Daantje Crommelin in Amsterdam, daughter of Daan (D.T.) Crommelin and Ernestine Meijer, and sister of Max and Tobias, granddaughter of Lous and Robert Crommelin.

September 16, 2009

In Memoriam - Tante Gerrie Bruinisse, widow of Oom Henk Crommelin (1918-2007), passed away at home on August 7 after a short period of illness, at the age of 91 years. She leaves two children: her son, Walter, and wife, Sannah, (and granddaughter Feyoena) and her daughter, Janine Crommelin.

September 4, 2009

This year the city of St. Quentin in France is celebrating the anniversary of its Hotel-de-Ville (Town Hall) and on October 3, 2009 there will be a special remembrance of Jean Crommelinck who established the linen industry in St. Quentin. This should be an interesting day for family members to visit this historic city.

July 27, 2009
Birth on July 1, 2009 of Marie Felicia Hélène Crommelin in the Martini hospital, Groningen, daughter of Walter and Nina Crommelin, sister of Sophie Charlotte, and grandchild of Gulian and Trix Crommelin.

July 20, 2009
Deceased: Paul G. Crommelin, Jr.

Paul G. Crommelin, Jr., 86, of 950 Willow Valley Lakes Dr., Willow Street, PA, formerly of Medford, NJ, where he had lived for 31 years, passed away Monday evening at the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA. Born in Orange, NJ, he was the son of the late Paul G., Sr. and Florence Austin Crommelin. Paul was the husband of Mary Ann Cassady Crommelin; together they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Aug. 31, 2008.

He served with the United States Navy during World War II as an aviation machinist mate and was a 1948 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. Paul worked for the Shenango China Co. of New Castle, PA, in sales and marketing for 25 years before he retired in 1988. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Elks Lodge in Illinois and enjoyed reading, traveling, fishing and conversation.

In addition to his wife Mary Ann, he will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Kathryn, wife of Richard Lieb of Valley Forge, PA; his son, Paul G. Crommelin III and former daughter-in-law, Kathleen F. Crommelin of Franklin, TN; four grandchildren, Suzanne, Amy and Benjamin Lieb and Robert Crommelin; his sister, Patrice Longley of Florham Park, NJ; "Danish son" Peter Zeuthen of Glen Ellyn, IL; and his many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Life Celebration Memorial Service from Willow Valley Manor North, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA on Saturday at 1:30 PM. A private family burial will be held at Indiantown Gap National Military Cemetery, Annville, PA. If desired, memorials may be sent in Paul's memory to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603 or to the Nantucket Historical Association, P.O. Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.

Fred F. Groff Inc.

March 30, 2009
Aernout Broekhuysen, the husband of Claudine Crommelin, was presented with the Great Order of the House of Orange by Her Majesty the Queen on 25 February 2009. Among various tasks he was aide-de-camp of Prince Bernhard in 1979 and later, after her inauguration, aide-de-camp of Queen Beatrix. He returned to the Navy and was appointed in 1987 by the Royal House as Comptroller of the Royal Palaces. In 1996 he became Secretary to Prince Bernhard, the position he held until the Prince's demise.

September 9, 2008
Lodewijk Crommelin and Sarah Summerfield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Marieke Gesina Crommelin in Amsterdam on August 9, 2008.

September 8, 2008

Between 13th September and 30th November, 2008 an exposition will be held in 'Museum Het Prinsenhof', Sint Agathaplein 1, 2611 HR, Delft, The Netherlands:
"Hugo Tutein Nolthenius, Portrait of a Delft Art Collector"
'Uncle Hugo', as remaining family members say, was a director of the "Nederlandse Oliefabriek" (today: 'Calvé') and during his life in Delft he amassed a great collection of paintings (Israels, Van Gogh, etc.), ceramics and many other articles of rare and valuable art. Uncle Hugo is related to the Crommelin family through his sister, Julie who married Robert Daniel Crommelin (1841-1907), son of Gulian Cornelis, grandson of Claude. The exposition will be opened for the family on the 12th by Aunt Liet de Kanter (descendant of Robert Daniel) and others.

August 2, 2008
Peter William Crommelin and Jade Clare Crommelin-Eaton of Prahran, VIC, Australia proudly announce the birth of Fraser Peter Loton Crommelin born on August 2, 2008 in Melbourne.

May 6, 2008
Gulian and Trix Crommelin (hosts of the recent Crommelin reunion in Joppe) sent us this lovely story "Een Koninklijke Aai" (A Royal Caress) for their granddaughter Sophie Charlotte, which happened during a recent visit by HM The Queen Beatrix in the Northern Province of Drenthe. The story is in Dutch but the pictures give a good feeling how important the Dutch Royal Family and "The House of Orange" still is. When the Queen visits........everybody must be there to see.

April 20, 2008
On April 13 about 10 descendants of the Crommelin family visited the recently opened Municipal Archives of the City of Amsterdam. The archives were moved to the "De Bazel" building at the Vijzelstraat, constructed in the early part of the 20th century by architect Karel de Bazel on behalf of the large trading bank "Nederlandsche Handel Maatschappij" (NHM).

Mrs. Fris showed us the actual archives and explained how the system operated, followed by a very expert and charming student (Aleid) who explained to us the history of the building. The "Poen Tunnel" ['poen' is a slang word for money and rhymes wih Coen tunnel, a well-known tunnel in Amsterdam] was the tunnel dug underneath the Keizergracht, connecting the NHM with another building opposite the Keizergracht where the cash was kept. Whenever cash was needed at the NHM they ordered this and the money was transferred by wheelbarrow underneath the canal... Desiree Crommelin, a freelance journalist had recently written an article on this new Archives:
http://www.het-interview.nl/geschiedenis.html (which is in Dutch, of course).

The Archives already contain archives concerning Daniel Crommelin & Soonen. The recent work by Anne Marie and Liesbeth Crommelin will enable further archives (from the legacy of uncle Onno Joost) to be inventoried and added to the Family Archives. The finances still require a bit of work that Mariad Crommelin and Govert Deketh will pursue. The visit was concluded with a bit of lunch and a glass of wine in the pleasant lounge of the Municipal Archives. This was a nice and enjoyable way of ending an interesting day.

January 17, 2008
Last April, Robert Crommelin, the eldest son of Gulian and Trix Crommelin (hosts of the recent Crommelin reunion in Joppe) passed his doctoral thesis at the Leiden University. See details (in Dutch) of the thesis and ceremony.

2007 Family Reunion
Dear Family Members,

After 3 years it is time for a big family reunion again. It will be organised on Saturday, the 15th of September! This reunion will be preceded by a family golf party on Friday the 14th.

We are very happy that Gulian Crommelin and his wife Trix are giving us the opportunity to organise our family day at their house and beautiful garden in Joppe (near Gorssel and Deventer) in the eastern part of the Netherlands, near "the Lathmer".

The program for the day will be:

11.00 hr. beginning of the day
13.00 hr lunch
14.30 hr afternoon program
16.00 hr teatime
16.30 hr end of the day

The afternoon program includes:
* A lecture on special aspects of family history
* A short presentation of the exhibition (February 2008) from Tutein Nolthenius
* A slide presentation of our family website
* A workshop on "family stories"

We would love to meet lots of our family members from abroad again.

The costs are :
euro 50,-- for adults
euro 30,-- for children 4-18 years.

If you are interested in coming please contact us for more information:

Elske Crommelin
e-mail: m.crommelin@crommelin.speedlinq.nl
Lous Crommelin,
e-mail: r.crommelin@worldonline.nl

With kind regards,
Elske and Lous Crommelin.

November 20, 2006
There was a pleasant reunion for our older family members when Aunt Sonja hosted a lunch in Zeist, Holland for 16 family members. Totie Deketh-Crommelin captivated all with a moving account of significant events in her life. Thank you, Sonja, for being the perfect hostess, and Lous for all your excellent preparations. We will organize this event on an annual basis and announce it in our Journal.

November 2, 2006

Born on November 2, 2006 in Amsterdam:

Tobias Frederik Crommelin
Son of Daan (D.T.) Crommelin and Ernestine Meijer,
a little brother for Max.

October 27, 2006

The domain "www.crommelin.nl" has now been coupled with "www.crommelin.org". Visitors can now access this website via either address.

August 25, 2006

Born on August 25, 2006 in Amsterdam:

Cato Ariënne Crommelin
Daughter of Mariëlle and Guus (C.A.) Crommelin
and little sister to Sophie Louise and Gijs Daniël

Grandparents' comments: Robert en ik zijn natuurlijk apetrots op weer zo'n mooi en gezond kleinkindje...
[Cato Ariënne is the great-granddaughter of Rudolph Maximiliaan (Oom Ru), the former navy attaché.]