Gerrit and Elsebina van Leeuwen

Gerrit and Elsebina van Leeuwen

Gerrit and Elsebina van Leeuwen

Thanks again to my cousin Carol Mann for providing the above photo.  I had not seen it before and am happy to have it in my collection.  It appears doctored so I have asked for a scan of the original that has not been altered.

I have written of Gerrit van Leeuwen and Elsebina Maria Catharina Weenig before (at this link).  I had a younger picture of Elsebina and another picture of Gerrit in his older years.  But this is one of Elsebina older and you can see the resemblance from her other picture.

Gerrit was born 12 April 1823 in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands and died 19 February 1906 in Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands.  He was an organ builder and seller.  He went into business with Christiaan Frederik Everdinus Weenig as an organ builder and seller, they also sold pianos.  He later married Christiaan’s younger sister, Elsebina.  Christiaan and Elsebina were children of an organist, Christiaan Frederik Weenig.  Gerrit and Elsebina married 22 August 1849 in Leiden.

Elsebina was born 15 November 1826 in Leiden and died 22 March 1884 in Arnhem.  That places this photo pre-1884.  She died at age 57.  Gerrit died at 82.  I don’t know what year they moved to Arnhem (the city on the photo), but that would give us a narrower window in which the photo was taken.

If I get a better copy of the photo, I will provide it.  Apparently Carol Mann has an original of this photo.

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