I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now, and by “for a while” I mean a couple years. In the following photos, you will see an ancestor I believe to be on the Swalve side of the family. Initially, I thought she was Helena Catrina Koster, who married Freerk Bellinga Swalve and was mother to Wubbina Swalve and A.J. Koster (Swalve).
Not only is she photographed with Freerk and Wubbina, but the years that she lived line up with the photos. Koster was born in 1852 in Amsterdam and died on January 10, 1912 in Beverwijk. However, cousin Willem Vliestra sent me a photo from an old album that actually noted a portrait as Helena Koster-Swalve, which none of these photos do. (Otherwise, they wouldn’t be mysteries!)
Helena Catrina Koster (Willem Vlietstra)
Sometimes, I think the woman in the portrait could be the same as the woman you see in the following photos, but then I dismiss it because of her dark eyes. This effectively leaves the mystery of who is in these photos (and repeatedly with Freerk). A general consensus could sway me, but in general, I don’t trust my own judgment on this since I don’t want to re-write history all willy nilly like.
In the first photo, the woman’s head appears just behind a wagon driver with supplies for the Swalve bakery in Beverwijk:
A wagon of supplies outside the Swalve family bakery in Beverwijk in 1887. (Willem Vliestra)
The bakery is where Helena Catrina gave birth to her children.
Here is the unknown ancestor’s portrait:
Here she is again, with Wubbina, Wubbina’s husband, Dirk de Wit, and father, Freerk.
From left to right, Wubbina Swalve, unknown ancestor, Freerk Bellinga Swalve, and Dirk de Wit. This photo was initially very washed out, so I did some editing for better or for worse in Photoshop to try to make it view-able.
And, finally, here she is with Freerk and possible Wubbina:
Freerk Bellinga Swalve with unknown ancestors. This photo is one of those that gets darker with age.