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Johannes van Wessel (Coat of Arms) ...

Description. Shield: Gules cross formée fitchée (red broadarmed cross) on argent (silver) with below it 3 or (gold) six-pointed stars on an azure champain (shieldbase). Mantling and Wreath: gules, argent, azure and or. Crest: Single or six-pointed star. Motto: Honestum gaudium dolor preferendum est (An honoust hapiness is prefered over suffering).

Johannes van Wessel (Bernefeldensis), scribebat de 10 majus anno 1656. [31*.2 Oct., 1655] (1)

Wapen Jacobus van Wessel

Sources: (Dutch sources have not been translated)

  1. Information found in 'Album Studiosorum Academiae Gelro-Zutphanicae MDXCLVIII-MDCCCXVIII' Accadunt nomina curatorum et professorum per eadem secula, cura D. G. van Epen; University Library Utrecht; Hagae Comitis apud JACOBUM HOEKSTRA MCMIV, with the following entries: 1656: Recore Francisco Jacobo Cochio; Dec.18. Johanus A Wessel, Barneveld. J. — 1658: Rectore Arnoldo Schoene; Apr.16 Johannes A Wessel, Barnev.-Gelr. J. Cand. — Rectore Magnifico Arnoldo Schone promoti sunt doctores. In jure 11 Junij, 1658 Johannes a Wessel, Barneveldia Gelrus, promotus publice, promotore d. Arnoldo Schone. — 1662: Rectore Michaele Wolferdo; Aug.26 Jacobus van Wessel, Barneveld.-Gelr.Ph. — 1664: Rectore ?; Dec.15 Johannes a Wessel, J.U.Dr dedit 12 Staf. — 1689: Rectore ?; Apr.29 Johannes van Wessel, harderv.Th. — Recore Johanne Meyero; Apr.21 Johannus van Wessel, harderovico-Gelrus.L.

Comments: This is one of two 17th century students (see also Jacobus van Wessel using a similar coat of arms). Whether these were acquired (as fasion commanded) or based on a family tradition is not known. Reference to Barneveld are consistent with what we know. And one of our family members does move to Harderwijk, although that's nearer the end of the 17th century.

As a little aside ... Mr. Otto Schutte is my 7th cousin, a descendent of Elberta van Wessel and Rijkert Jan Appeldoorn (Married on 31 March 1776 in Hierden, NL). I first came across Otto's name on 18 October, 1976 in the Hilversum library, it was also my first encounter with genealogy. I had found the first 'van Wessel' printed in a book ("Kwartierstatenboek 1958', pag. 256 - Kwartierstaat Schutte-Appeldoorn).