The Family of
"Stamvader" Byvoets
and (Unknown)




"In Loving Memory Of Those Who Came Before Us!"




Family Background


The parents of "Stamvader" Byvoets are unknown.



Birth


"STAMVADER" (meaning "Forefather") BYVOETS
was born about 1440 in Belgium.

He is one of the earliest family members found.

His actual first name is unknown.



Marriage


There is no known information.



Children


The known children born from our "Forefather" are:


1.  PETER BYVOETS

Birth unknown.

He married Marii Byvoets.

He died in 1555.



2.  GOISSEN BOYVOETS

Birth Unknown.



3.  OY BOYVOETS

Birth Unknown.



4.  WILHELM LILLE BYVOETS

Birth Unknown.

His spouse is unknown.

    One known child born from his marriage:

    1.  Wilhelm Byvoets



5.  GERARD PEELT BYVOETS

Birth Unknown.

His spouse is unknown.

    One known child born from his marriage:

    1.  Gerardus Byvoets



Religion


It is possible that he belonged to the Roman Catholic Church.



Death


The death of our Forefather,
"STAMVADER" BYVOETS, is unknown.



Other Information


According to the "Bijvoet & Byvoet Foundation" in Belgium, it is possible that the son "Peter Byvoets" is the same person as his son, "Peter Byvoets." Both "Peter's" are deceased in 1555 and both are married to "Marii Byvoets." There are records, however, that mention a second "Peter Byvoets" but in different contexts and in a different period of time.

From the Bijvoet & Byvoet Foundation:

The name "BYVOETS" is the Dutch name for a medicinal herb known in English as "mugwort." Its scientific name is Artemisia Vulgaris. Literally Bijvoet can also be translated as "by or near the foot."

One folk-etymological theory for the origin of the Dutch name of the herb is that Roman footsoldiers put mugwort in their sandals to prevent sore feet.

Why the name of a medicinal herb came to be used as our family name will probably always be shrouded in the mists of history.

Neerpelt, Belgium is where the Byvoets / Bijvoet come from originally. Most family members living in the 16th and 17th centuries lived there. Neerpelt is in the northeastern part of Belgium, in the northern part of the province of Limburg, not far from the Dutch border.

The family became so scattered because in the 17th century the inhabitants of Neerpelt, many of our family members included, developed a market niche as itinerant sales and tradesmen. In spring they would swarm out in organized companies to sell their wares throughout the Low Countries, the Rhineland and the Alsace, returning to North Limburg in the fall.

Individuals would often return to the same area year after year, eventually purchasing property for use during the summer months. In many cases this seasonal settlement turned permanent and the traveller put down roots in his market area.

There are not many family members in America although several family members crossed the Atlantic, mostly in the twentieth century and settled in the USA. There is a cluster of Byvoetses in Indiana and Illinois. Their forefather Arjen landed on Ellis Island in 1913 with a family of ten.

Jan Albert Bijvoet moved to Alabama in the 1970s, where he settled with two of his sons, who now have their own families. Additionally, scattered individuals live in a number of states, including Florida, Colorado and California.

Strong circumstantial evidence points to the existence of one common ancestor with all individuals with the Byvoets surname.

Most of the more than 5,000 individuals that is in the "Bijvoet & Byvoet Foundation" database belong to one of four lineages. These are referred to by the name of their common ancestor:

1.  Dierick Beyvoets
2.  ‘Stamvader' (forefather) Buijvoets
3.  Arien Bijvoet
4.  Gerardus Beyvoets

The following surnames are in current use in various branches of the family:
    Bijvoet, Bijvoets, Buijvoets, Buyvoets, Byvoet, Byvoets.

There are many more variations in historical records that include:
    Beiffits, Beijvoet, Beijvoets, Beivoets, Beuvoets, Beuyvoets, Beyevous,
    Beyffits, Beyvoedts, Beyvoets, Boeijvoets, Boeyvoets, Boyvoets.

The Bijvoet & Byvoet Foundation has coined the following collective name to cover all branches of the family. This is a fantasy name that is not in actual use: "Buijyvoets."




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Updated August 26, 2009


Other Surnames On My Mother's Side of the Family:
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ALBERS, Johan
SCHWEINEFUS, Catharina
ALLES, Josef
NATTER, Maria
ALLES, Bartholomew
DEUBEL, Luzia
ALLES, Johann
FETZER, Anna
ANDRINA, Antonio
SCIACERO, Lucia
BAETEN, Hendrik
REYMAN, Elisabeth
BAKEN, Joannes
THONIS, Cecilia
BAKEN, Arnoldus
(UNKNOWN)
BECKER, Matthias
SCHWARTZ, Anna
BYVOETS, Joannes
SMEETS, Heyl
BYVOETS, Pouwels
(UNKNOWN), Heyl
BYVOETS, Peter
BYVOETS, Marii
BYVOETS, Peter
BYVOETS, Marii
BYVOETS, “Stamvader”
(UNKNOWN)
COPPENS, Arnoldus
VLEMINX, Lijn
CORSTIENS, Christianus
KNUYSEN, Antonia
CORSTIENS, Christianus
OP DEN HOECK, Maria
DE  SMET, Theodorus
(UNKNOWN), Joanna
DEUBEL, Michael
GRIMM, Anna
EYDT, Henry
(UNKNOWN), Anna
FETZER, Johann
WENDEL, Anna
FETZER, Johann
EYDT, Anna
FETZER, Johann
(UNKNOWN), Anna
GROSSO, John
TASSET, Marie
GROSSIO, Francesco
ANDRINA, Grace
GUENS, Paulus
CLAES, Maria
JANNIS, Leonardus
SMEETS, Joanna
JOOSTEN, Theodorus
NOITS, Gertrudis
JOOSTEN, Joannis
BIJL, Elisabeth
KNUYSEN, Theodorus
GEUNS, Joanna
KNUYSEN, Henricus
VLEMINX, Maria
KNUYSEN, Henricus
SMETS, Joanna
KNUYSEN, Antonius
SMETS, Adeidis
KNUYSEN, Leonardus
LEENT, Dijmphna
KNUYSEN, Henricus
SMOLDERS, Maria
KNUYSEN, Hendrick
BUYVOETS, Barbara
KNUYSEN, Petrus
LOMBERTS, Dympna
KNUYSEN, Henricus
KENENS, Anna
KROGMAN, Johan
SCHEPER, Angelina
KROGMAN, Henrich
KROGMAN, Maria
KROGMAN, Cordt
SCHOMAKER, Anna
KROGMAN, Wernicke
KOKENGE, Gesske
KROGMAN, Gerardus
(UNKNOWN), Anna
LEENDT, Wilhelmus
GOOSSENS, Margareta
LEMMENS, Theodorus
(UNKNOWN)
MAAS/MAES, Henricus
WOUTERS, Johanna
MAAS/MAES, Jacobus
ENGELEN, Maria
MAAS/MAES, Petrus
BAETEN, Hendriena
MAES/MAESSEN, Jacobus
ENGELEN, Maria
MAES/MAESSEN, Adrianus
VAN  HEES, Joanna
MAES/MAESSEN, Henricus
ARNOLDI, Anna
NATTER, Johannes
SCHUCK, Maria
NATTER, Theobald
WESTRICH, Maria
NOITS, Christianus
SCHEPERS, Anna
NOITS, Sijmon
LEMMENS, Anna
OPDEN HOECK, Henricus
WOYTEN, Cathrina
PELSERS, Joannes
TILENS, Joanna
ROSENER, Johannes
ALBERS, Maria
ROSENER, Johan
KROGMAN, Anna
ROSENER, Johan
KLOFFKORN, Anna
RUBERG, Heinrich
RATERMAN, Elisabeth
SCHEPER, Kotter
KROGMAN, Anna
SCHEPER, Otto
MOLLENSTEDE, Catharina
SCHEPER, Sebastianus
VAECX, Antonia
SCHEPER, Gerardus
(UNKNOWN)
SCHUCK, Jacob
ALLES, Carolina
SCHUCK, Lorenz
FETZER, Maria
SCHUCK, Johann
BECKER, Sabina
SCHUCK, Johann
HEMM, Anna
SCHUCK, Jacobus
BECKER, Anna
SCHUCK, Franz
(UNKNOWN), Anna
SCIACERO, Giovanni
GHION, (Unknown)
SMEETS, Hubertus
TEEUKENS, Joanna
SMOLDERS, Petrus
SMOLDERS, Elisabeth
TASSET, John
SCHUCK, Mary
TASSET, Henry
ROESNER, Carolina
TASSET, Johannes
RUBERG, Anne
TASSET, Christianus
MAAS/MAES, Helena
TASSET, Jacobus
CORSTJENS, Maria
TASSET, Jacobus
KNUYSEN, Joanna
TEEUKENS, Jan
(UNKNOWN)
TEEUKENS, Willem
(UNKNOWN)
THIJS, Adrianus
SMOLDERS, Heylwigis
THONIS, Ghybel
(UNKNOWN)
VLEMINX, Arnoldus
JOOSTEN, Antonia
VLEMINX, Joannes
KNUYSEN, Maria
VLEMINX, Arnoldus
(UNKNOWN), Maria
WOUTERS, Johannes
TIELEMANS, Helena
WOUTERS, Johannes
TIELEMANS, Helena
WOYTEN, Gerardus
JANNIS, Ida


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