He was the eldest son of Jan Noë and Judoca Slock. He was baptized on the day he was born. Livinus Slock and Maria Vereecke were his godparents.
In 1724 he lost his father. His three sisters were already married. In December 1731 he lost his mother and his brother Joannes on the same day. Five months later, on 18 May 1732, het married Joanna De Bast in Boekhoute. Her name was also written as De Baest and once as De Bats. Petrus Martens and Joanna Noë were the witnesses. The bridegroom was 42 years old. In the marriage certificate and in the baptismal records of the children there was no umlaut (diacritical mark) or accent on the Noë family name. Elsewhere we even find Petrus' name written as "Pieter Noije fs. Jan".
They farmed in Boekhoute. Click here for a word or two about the history of Boekhoute.
As a child and as a young man Petrus lived through very turbulent times. Armed troops of different countries did a lot of damage to buildings and to the crops in the fields as they passed through our regions. And a lot of work on the farm was thus wasted. Later on in his life the Austrians brought peace and a little more prosperity for all.
Joanna gave her husband three children but the first died less than 2 months after his birth and Petrus himself died aged 48 when the youngest was only a few months old.
Petrus and Judoca had 2 men to help on the farm, a cowherd and a maid-servant so he must have had a fairly prosperous farm. The annual rent for the farm was 47 pounds and the balance of the estate reckonings after his death came to 300 pounds for:
"... lantsbaete, besaeythede van diversche vruchten, houtwas, beestiaelen, ghedorsschen ende ongedorsschen graenen, hoy en stroodt, mes ende brandhaut, huyscattheylen, cleederen ende lijnwaet, vlees, botere ende smeir, als hetgonne anderssints binnen huyse bevonden sijnde..."
"... landrights, sowing land of various kinds, standing timber, animals, threshed and untreshed grain, hay and straw, manure and wood for burning, kitchen and other utensils, clothes and cloth tissue, meat, butter and rendered fat, and everything else that could be found in the house..."
His estate reckonings closed on a positive balance of more than 175 pounds. A tidy sum !
Petrus also farmed 15 acres in the St John's Polder (St Janspolder) in Assenede where "... lantsbaete, labeur en naerbaete, verwas van haut..." were valued at 41-10-10 pounds.
But his real estate holdings didn't amount to much:
" Gelijck de hauderigghe oock te kennen gheeft dat sij niet en is wetende dat haeren overleden man eenige gronden van erfven ofte andere vaste goederen ten houwelijcke soude hebben gebracht, ofte op hem souden ghesuccedeert wezen als alleenlijck een deurgaende vierde paert van een huyseken met ontrent 75 roeden eirfve daer medegaende ghestaen ende gheleghen op de prochie van Bassevelde tressort van de voornoemden ambachte in den wijck van den Oosthoeck, daervan in het geheele is abouterende oost en noort d'eersaemen Pieter De Deckere causa uxoris, suyt en de west de straete, ligghende also voor als noch ghemeene ende onverdeelt met sijne medeconsorten, met voorder te kennen geven dat het huyseken en boom cattheylen daer opstaende niet en sijn gheprezen soo om de cleene weirde..."
"As the holder also informs that she knows of no land or other real estate that her deceased husband might have brought into their marriage or acquired as inheritance except only a fourth part of a small house standing on a property of about 75 rods situated in the parish of Bassevelde in the Oosthoek district and bordering to the east and north on the property of Pieter De Decker causa uxoris and to the south and west on the road, in indivision and further state that this house and the trees surrounding it were not included in the estate reckonings and valued because of their low worth..."
Less than 3 months after Petrus' death Joanna had remarried. Her second husband was Francies Willems but we have not yet found out what then became of them.
The children of Petrus and Joanna:
Most recent update : 05-02-2018