It turned out that by going back from my great grandparents I could find the data of his father Jan Kloosterman (27-04-1859) en his father Leendert Kloosterman (29-03-1824) and at that point I could connect to the already known genealogy line of the Kloosterman family. The Kloosterman Genealogy was also printed and the 2e edition can be found in the Zeeland Archives in Middelburg, in the collection of Zeeland Genealogies, number 745. After the first print, I published the Kloosterman Genealogy on the web. Afterwards I received an email from mr. Cees Kaiser, who lived in Schoonhoven. It turned out that a large part of the genealogy of the Kloosterman family originally came from him. He allowed me to publish the information on the internet and was so kind to send me even more additional information.
So I owe him also a lot of thanks for a job well done. Through Cees Kaiser I contacted mrs. S.H.P. Hofman-Bos from Goes, because a lot of the information he had received from her, especially on the emigration of members of the Kloosterman family to America, was originally hers. I talked quiet a few times on the phone with mrs. S.H.P. Hofman-Bos and she also permitted me to publish her data on the internet. Thanks to her information I was able to extend the webpage on “the emigration to America” extensively. Through the website I received (and still do!) a lot of email from members of the Kloosterman family from America and Canada. Without the cooperation and the generous contributions of mr. M.J. Karman, mr. Jos Kiser, mr. Cees Kaijser and mrs. S.H.P. Hofman-Bos it would not have been possible to publish all the now available information on the internet.
My great-grandfather was called Jan Kloosterman and was born in Heinkenszand 26 April 1859, on 31-05-1878 he married Jannetje Slabbekoren, born 7 march 1859 and worked all his life as a signal station watchman for the Dutch railroads. On the left you see a picture of my great grandparents at their 50e wedding anniversary. My great grandmother Jannetje Slabbekoorn is wearing the traditional Zeeland costume. She is wearing the traditional Zuid-Beveland costume, with the distinctive large, stiffly starched hat, including large gold square kissers worn at the temples. Jannetje died 26 march 1931 en Jan died 13 April 1944 in what was called the “hunger winter”, during the German occupation of Holland in the second world war. My great grandfather Jan, had 4 sons: Jan, Cornelis, Hendrik, Leendert and 2 daughters Marie and Anna.
My grandfather was the second son Cornelis (born 09-02-1893 at Vlissingen, died 01-08-1972 Dordrecht). Cornelis married Johanna Bosselaar (born 08-08-1892 at Souburg, died 06-07-1992 Dordrecht). They had two sons Jan (born 21-08-1913, died 1999) and my father Adriaan (born 18-12-1918) both born in Vlissingen. On the left you see a picture of my grandfather Kees, my fathers older brother Jan, my grandmother and my father Adriaan. The picture was taken around 1929. The family moved during the depression years to Dordrecht.