He married Martina De Neve who was born in
Lovendegem on 13/9/1677.
She was the daughter of
Gerardus De Neve and
Nicola De Coeyer. They had eleven children, 9 daughters and
2 sons. But only one son carried on the family name and then only for one more generation.
His oldest child was born in Waarschoot
and all the others in Lovendegem.
Lovendegem was particularly hard hit during the War of the Spanish
Succession (1700-1713). The years 1708 and 1709 were particularly
difficult. De Bruges Canal was the frontline between the allies to the
north and the French in the south (in the Lo district) and Lovendegem, cut in
half was right in the middle of it all. The siege, the army manoeuvers and
a frozen harvest in 1709 resulted in such extreme poverty "that not a
single penny in rent was received..." (Achiel De Vos in "Appeltjes van
het Meetjesland", 1957 p. 44). In
July and August 1708 no less than 44 "soldiers children" were born.
Further evidence, if that were needed, of the extreme turbulence of those
days is the fact that nine months later not a single child was baptised between
24 March and 1 July 1709: most had fled to nearby villages. Especially in
Waarschoot many Lovendegem children were baptized. In the margin of the
baptismal register the sexton had added: "Note: That here 68 days have
passed before a single child was baptized which is attributed to the preceding
difficulties with the French army that was encamped here for 42 days."
Between 1725 and 1734 Joannes and Martina moved to Waarschoot-Beke where she
died aged 65 on 29/4/1742. Joannes then moved in with his eldest son in
St. Laureins where he died on 24
° Lovendegem 13/7/1704
He received the christian name of his godfather Petrus De Neve.
His godmother was Catharina Cromheecke.
He married very young. His first son was born before his seventeenth birthday.
His bride was Joanna Vermeersch (also called Vandermeirssche).
We don't know when or where she was born, married or died. But we do know that Petrus
remarried in St. Laureins on 21/7/1743 with
Petronella Van De Kerckhove. Petronella was born in Adegem on 6/2/1690 the daughter of
Cornelius Van De Kerckhove and Georgia Van Damme. She was already the widow with two
daughters of Jan De Clercq fs Geeraert, who was himself already the widower of Isabella Schepens.
They lived in St. Laureins where Petronella died on 26/1/1760 and Petrus exactly one year later.
Petrus had 4 sons but his estate reckoning dd 11/3/1761 (RAG Maldegem folder 267) shows that
none survived him:
° Waterland-Oudeman 11/1/1721
† vóór 1728
° Lovendegem 15/7/1707
Married in Eeklo on 1/5/1731 with Gerardus De Baerdemaecker and remarried again in
Eeklo on 23/4/1754 with Petrus Van de
Meulebroecke (also called Meulebroeck) fs Petrus, widower of Georgia Willemaert,
Maria Van Voorwynckel and Joanna Focquaert.
Petrus died in Lembeke on 26/2/1764. He had no children with Jacoba
(RAG Lembeke 156 p. 23). .
Jacoba died in Lembeke on 23/1/1768.
° Lovendegem 29/10/1708
† Lovendegem 7/11/1708
° Lovendegem 6/8/1710
She married in Waarschoot on
29 August 1734 with Judocus Van Boechoute. They lived "in het
hoecxken van de kerkstraete", the little corner of Churchstreet.
Home was a small farm of 75 rods which Judocus had inherited from his mother
and stepfather, together with a field of 200 rods to the west of their farm.
Joanna died in Churchstreet on an Easter Monday, 14/4/1751 and 4 children were
orphaned, one of them barely 8 weeks old. Pieter Noë was their
guardian. Pieter and Judocus knew how to write their name.
Judocus then married Petronella De Groote. He was 70 years old when he
died in Waarschoot on 28/9/1777.
° Lovendegem 17/7/1715
She married in Waarschoot on 30/4/1740 with Judocus
Van Laere who was born there on 17/2/1716, the son of Petrus
Van Laere and Joanna Batseleer. As correctly pointed out by Mr Chris Van
Laere, she died in the Voorde district of Waarschoot on 9/12/1765. (Thank
you, sir !) Judocus didn't remarry. He died almost 20 years later
in Waarschoot on 6/2/1785, aged 69.
Judocus and Adriana had 9 children:
Joannes Franciscus Van Laere
° Waarschoot 1/7/1741
Maria Brigitta Van Laere
° Waarschoot 25/8/1742
Joannes Baptiste Van Laere
° Waarschoot 19/1/1745
Petrus Van Laere
° Waarschoot 8/3/1748
Carolus Van Laere
° Waarschoot 11/1/1751
Petronella Jacoba Van Laere
° Waarschoot 1/11/1753
Benedictus Van Laere
° Waarschoot 26/12/1755
Petrus Christophorus Van Laere
° Waarschoot 16/8/1757
° Lovendegem 22/2/1717
Married in Lovendegem on 24/7/1735 with Joannes Van Vlaenderen. He died
there aged 33 on 15/11/1741. She remarried in Waarschoot on 23/11/1754 with
Judocus Van de Kerckhove, born there on 28/9/1723 the son of Judocus Van de Kerckhove
and Judoca Engels.
Judoca Noë died in Waarschoot on 15/1/1776 and her widower remarried in the same town
with Maria Bekaert.
Judoca had a daughter with Judocus who was 16 years old when her mother died.
Her uncle Georgius Meiresonne became her guardian. Like her sister Joanna and Judocus
Van Boechoute, they lived in the Little Corner of Church Road, now called Hoeksken
(Little Corner). After the construction of the railway Church Road was split in three:
one part is the current Church Road (Kerkstraat), another is now Station Road, and the
last part, on the other side of the railway station is called Hoeksken.
° Lovendegem 28/12/1718
She married in Waarschoot on 3/11/1742 with Georgius Meiresonne. He was from
Sleidinge and died there on 20/7/1778
aged 63. Marianna died in Waarschoot on 15/12/1784.
° Lovendegem 5/11/1720
She married in Waarschoot on 31/4/1745
with Judocus De Backere. He died there in the Voorde quarter on 15/7/1757.
He was only 39.