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a dramatical and highly exceptional Dutch-American life
# Picture of a woman undoubtedly not any longer in the flower of her youth .....
This old woman was 78 years of age when she was 'immortalized' - and she may very well have been CORNELIA VAN DER GROEF , living then in the USA , and still wearing the 'kuivel' , the traditional hat worn by (almost) all the women in days long gone bye now on the former island of Goeree-Overflakkee in the Netherlands , the island where Cornelia van der Groef was born and raised .
## The life of CORNELIA VAN DER GROEF started off and continued both dramatically and exceptionally.....
Cornelia , born in the year 1855 in Sommelsdijk in the Netherlands , was the only child of the matrimonial alliance between her father JACOB VAN DER GROEF and her mother , Jacob's second wife ADRIAANTJE DROOGER .
Cornelia lost her mother at a very young age : Adriaantje already died ten days after she had - in hard labour ...?! - given birth to her daughter Cornelia .
So, Cornelia grew up without a mother but with a stepmother , Cornelia Tulp , and she became a young woman who had to start working as a labourer / maid-servant , since there really can't have been any other option for Cornelia , considering the very poor conditions of living in those days .
Cornelia worked in different places on the island : in Oude-Tonge , Nieuwe-Tonge , Sommelsdijk and in the tiny place of Herkingen , until she met her first husband , DANIEL BREUR , to whom she married in her hometown Nieuwe-Tonge in the year 1875 .
The hopefully very happy married couple just got one son : Mattheus - after three years of marriage husband and father Daniel Breur would already pass away , not being older than 27 years .....
And now Cornelia had to make a living once again as a maid-servant , but this time also for her still very young son , until Cornelia came across JOHANNES SLINGER , tailor by profession , the man who was to become her second husband .
Johannes had also been married before : in 1879 he had lost his first wife Maatje Klapmuts .
On the first of october 1880 the marriage between Johannes and Cornelia took place . It must have been a highly sober marriage , since a copy of a specific document was found by us , a copy of a so-called 'certificate of insolvency' , issued by the mayor of Nieuwe - Tonge , but not after a "thorough investigation had taken place into their mutual personal and financial situation ....." , carried out by two independant fellow-villagers , Abraham Gerritsen , tailor , and Cornelis Tieleman , smith by profession .
It was not until these two independant locals had established that both Cornelia van der Groef and Johannes Slinger were so very poor that they were allowed to marry without being charged !
And what kind of marriage it would turn out to be .....?? A real disaster-marriage , possibly right from the start .....
It may have been the huge poverty , it may have been the very sinificant disparity in age between the two (Johannes was 18 years older than Cornelia) or the fact that just a short time before they both had been married to an other partner , or it may have been some other circumstance we know nothing about , but whatever the real cause may have been , the marriage between Johannes and Cornelia must have been a plain-spoken dreadful marriage , possibly already from the very beginning .....
Within a year since the day of the marriage-ceremony , Cornelia in the company of her then five years old son Mattheus , and without (!) her new husband Johannes , left Nieuwe-Tonge and went to the United States of America , to the place Paterson in the state of New Jersey .....but not for a very long time ....
A few months later already , on february 8 , 1882 , Cornelia and her son Mattheus returned ! But this stay in Nieuwe-Tonge would become a very short one ...
A little bit more than two months later , on april 15 , 1882 , Cornelia and her son left their home in Nieuwe-Tonge again and five days later Cornelia and son Mattheus would leave Nieuwe-Tonge and Goeree-Overflakkee behind , for the second time already in a short period of time , but now for good , and also this time without (!) Johannes Slinger ....... a rather unique deed that certainly wouldn't stay without consequence .......
D E S E R T I O N
With the lapse of some years Cornelia's husband Johannes Slinger - though they were very much seperated from one another , they were still legally married - started up a divorce suit because of d e s e r t i o n ["kwaadwillige verlating"] , a so-called poor persons' suit (or 'pro deo-suit' ) , for husband Johannes anyhow ......
By the end of 1889 the divorce suit would result in the following judicial sentence :
" CONSIDERING THAT BY THE STATEMENTS OF THE WITNESSES , IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES , AND IN DEFAULT OF CONTRADICTION , IT HAS BEEN TURNED OUT SUFFICIENTLY ......THAT THE RESPONDENT HAD DESERTED THE PETITIONER AND THEIR HOUSE IN COMMON IN NIEUWE-TONGE ON APRIL 15TH 188
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Lauderhill. Florida, USA.
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Poem To A Sunflower
~By Katherine R. Lane (April 19, 1995)~
I see you there in glory shining bright,
Following the sun and its path of light.
Standing tall above all others in the field,
You grow, conquer, and do not yield.
The little birds take great delight
In playing round you, from day to night.
With your petals of yellow and leaves of green
How very easily you are seen.
But there is more to you than first sight,
More than beauty and grander to delight.
Every beautiful aspect that appears,
Gives praise to the Father dear.
He made you a part of creation,
And you praise him in glorious celebration!
The beauty that within you is expressed,
Gives testimony to his greatness.
Sunflower, how I long to be like you!
Glorifying God in all I do.
Following the Son and His path of light,
To worship Him in His glory shining bright.
I can learn from you, my friend,
With every breath, praise to God, I might send.
With all of his creation telling the story,
Might I, with you, proclaim His glory.
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