Verkade family

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Verkade, a Dutch family, found since the 15th cen­tury in the province of South Holland, where they were farmers; in the 18th century a few had small businesses such as bakeries and cheese shops. They all belonged to the Reformed Church. Pieter Ver­kade (Nootdorp, 1767-Vlaardingen, 1848) broke with the family tradition on two points: he left the farm to become a public notary, and he left the Reformed Church to join the Mennonites. His grandson was Ericus Gerhardus Verkade (Vlaardingen, 1935-Hilversum, 1907), who was the found­er of the "De Ruyter" bakery at Zaandam. He was a faithful member of the church and served as deacon of the Zaandam-West congregation in 1864-73 and 1875-76; in 1876 he moved to Amsterdam where he was a deacon 1877-81. His nephew Cornelis Pieter Verkade (Harlingen, 1864-Haarlem, 1934), under whose leading the bakery at Zaandam developed into the famous Verkade Factories, pro­ducing cookies, chocolates, and other confections, was also a deacon of the Zaandam-West congrega­tion, serving 1895-1900 and 1901-10.


Nederland's Patriciaat XL (1954): 373-83.

Lootsma, S. Bet Nienzve Buys. Zaandam, 1937: 195, 196.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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