What's New / Quoi de Neuf?

April 18, 2021

The Spring 2021 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online.
Includes Spotlight #11 website stories:
  • Crommelin Crater: Our Man in the Moon!
  • Marinus Crommelin
  • The Misadventures of Charles Crommelin at St. Thomas in the Caribbean
  • Daniel Crommelin article - Amsterdam Family Group Portrait

January 15, 2019

The Winter 2019 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online.
Includes Spotlight #10 website stories:
  • Klein Berkenrode: Door Brand Geruineerd en Herbouwd
  • Regents of the St. Elisabeth Gasthuis, Haarlem in 1740
  • Gaoler's Mews, Gastown - Vancouver, B.C.
  • Voyage To The Moon! - by Isaac Mathieu Crommelin

August 30, 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online.
Includes Spotlight #9 website stories:
  • Edward Crommelin: The War Record
  • Charenton: Protestant Temple near Paris in the 1600's
  • Frank Crommelin: Australian WWI Casualty
  • Jean Crommelin Bible
  • The Life of Anthony Benezet - by Maryse Trannois

January 17, 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online.
Includes Spotlight #8 website stories:
  • Cornelis Spoor, painter
  • Rudolf Spoor: "Man On The Moon!"
  • A 1900 Silver Anniversary
  • Lisburn Memorial Refurbished

April 2, 2016

The Spring 2016 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online.
Includes Spotlight #7 website stories:
  • Remembering Barry Crommelin
  • A Trip to the Moon (Marinus Crommelin)
  • Collecting on an Overdue Loan! (Jean Crommelin)
  • De Coninck Letters Translation Project

January 21, 2016

A biographical study of Marie Crommelin (1639-1681) has been added. Marie lived in the time of Louis XIV when a sordid scandal called the 'Affair of the Poisons' rocked Parisien society. The scandal touched close to home with the involvement of her second husband, Pierre Cadelan.

April 4, 2015

The Winter 2015 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online.
Includes Spotlight #6 website stories:

August 22, 2014

The Summer 2014 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online.
  • [Spotlight #5 is an article on Charenton Temple - the place of worship near Paris which many of our ancestors attended in the 1600's.]

    February 15, 2014

    The Spring 2014 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online. This issue features last year's family reunion and welcomes the new Chairman of the Crommelin Foundation, Michiel Crommelin.
    Spotlight #4 features website stories on:
    • 'A Visit In A Dutch Country House' (May Crommelin)
    • Long Ago and Far Away (Miff Crommelin)
    • 'A Christmas Carol' (drawings by Miff Crommelin)
    • J.H. Scheffer Family Archive

    November 9, 2013

    The book by J.H. Scheffer has been added. This was the original genealogical resource compiled from data provided by Jacob Crommelin in 1712, and then later expanded by J.H. Scheffer to include information up to the year 1878 when the book was published.

    August 31, 2013

    The Summer 2013 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online. It contains coverage of the decommissioning of the USS Crommelin.
    Spotlight #3 has website stories on:

    June 17, 2013

    A section has been added reviewing the biographies of the 'Dixie Demons' - the five brothers from Alabama who sacrificed much for their country during WWII while fighting with the Navy.

    An article on ‘Bueries’ (Bleacheries) - the first ‘factories’ in St. Quentin has been added.

    A new article showing the location in Le Havre, France, where the Oursel/Crommelin family lived in the late 1600's. This is where all the many letters from Catherine Crommelin to her son, Frederic de Coninck, would have been written.

    March 25, 2013

    An article called Remembering Anton Pieck has been posted. It recalls the time when Mr. Pieck was Edward's art teacher at Kennemer Lyceum, Bloemendaal, from 1931-33.

    December 4, 2012

    An old Hebrew Psalter published in 1637 and once owned by Pierre Crommelin gives us reason to think about the history of the small Swiss branch of the Crommelin family.

    The church registers of the Temple of Quevilly which served the Protestants of Rouen, France, before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes contain records of the births, marriages and deaths of many Crommelin relations connected with the letters of Frederic de Coninck and his mother, Catherine Crommelin, in the mid-1600's.

    Old maps of Rouen, France, reveal where the old Huguenot cemetery was located and where several Crommelin family members (children of Jean Crommelin and Rachel Tacquelet) were likely buried.

    A collection of pictures taken by Marinus Crommelin in 1898 shows the newly crowned Queen Wilhelmina, age 18, making her first official visit to Amsterdam.

    August 21, 2012

    Family members who are interested in the French origins of our family will be pleased to find a transcript of letters from Frederic de Coninck [son of Catherine Crommelin and a nephew of Daniel Crommelin] dating back to the late 1600's. These letters deal with the life and times of our ancestor, Daniel Crommelin, around the time of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685; Daniel's residence at Greenway Court, Kent, England in the 1680's; his departure for Jamaica in 1693; and his eventual migration to New York in 1694. These letters also mention the Testarts and van Wickevoorts so they help bring many of our early ancestors to 'life'. This translation project is still in progress. It covers the years 1676 - 1730.

    August 12, 2012

    Family members visiting Amsterdam might like to pass by the addresses of houses that were formerly lived in by their forefathers. This webpage will guide them.

    July 11, 2012

    The Spring 2012 edition of Crommelin Journal is now online. This issue features a new 'look' and contains a good mix of English and Dutch articles as well as a fine blend of current Crommelin activities and historical notes.
    Spotlight #1 contains website stories on:
    • Lucy Godwin's visit to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the old Crommelin-Verplanck Family Bible
    • 'The Brig Maria' (George Whiting Crommelin, Australia)
    • Jean Testart's Misadventures in the late 1600's (son of Rachel Crommelin and Pierre Testart)

    June 28, 2012

    A new guestbook......made necessary because of heavy SPAM infiltration. This should now be taken care of by the 'captcha' - the few letters code at the bottom before you send out your comments and questions. It's different, but easy to get used to: go to 'Guestbook' (top menu), then click 'Sign Guestbook'. We look forward to your comments.

    March 18, 2012

    A biography of Rudolph (Ru) Maximiliaan Crommelin (1908-1993) of the Royal Dutch Navy has been added.

    January 16, 2012

    A more comprehensive account of the brig Maria tragedy in Australia has been posted. This voyage in 1872 ended in tragedy but one of the fortunate survivors was George Whiting Crommelin (1845-1905). This story should appeal to younger family members who have a taste for adventure and excitement.

    December 15, 2011

    The new digital Crommelin Journal for December 2011 is now online.

    December 4, 2011

    A profile on Patrice Crommelin Longley has been added, a gifted artist who cherished the Nantucket region of the United States.

    November 28, 2011
    A glimpse of family history going back more than three centuries has been added. This article is about Daniel Crommelin (son of Jean Crommelin and Rachel Tacquelet) and his involvement with 2 orphans of the de Coninck family who were related to him by the marriage of his sister Catherine Crommelin to Francois de Coninck. The de Coninck’s were an important textile trading house with whom the Crommelins had extensive commercial and family ties. During a visit to the SHPF (Societe d’Histoire de Protestantisme Français in Paris) Maryse Trannois found extensive correspondence between our two families. She has provided invaluable help in transcribing some of these letters to facilitate translation into English. This collection of correspondence provides interesting reading.

    September 12, 2011
    A letter from Frederic de Coninck's 'Letter Book' written to Daniel Crommelin has been translated. It carries a glimpse of Daniel's precarious financial position around 1716. Daniel was living in New York at the time, while Frederic, his nephew, was living in Schiedam, Holland.

    August 7, 2011
    The preface to Isaac Mathieu Crommelin's book, Mes Radotages (My Ramblings) or, "the Art of Killing Time", published in 1809 when he was 78 years old, has been translated.

    Another book, Partners Three by May Crommelin, pubished in 1903, was recently acquired by Govert Deketh for the Crommelin Foundation archives - a project undertaken together with Miff Crommelin a few years ago. An inventory of the books collection will in coming months be made and published on our website and/or Crommelin Journal.

    December 23, 2010
    The December 2010 issue of Crommelin Journal is now online.

    A picture essay of the 2010 Reunion at Blaricum, Holland is now online. [Can you help identify some of the participants!]

    October 7, 2010
    An article about an old family Bible belonging to the Verplanck-Crommelin family in New York has been added.

    August 26, 2010
    Several new articles have been posted on the website:

    Gilbert Derings - a Swedish edition of the book Goblin Gold by May Crommelin

    May Crommelin's Book Covers

    Notable Signatures

    Isaac Mathieu Crommelin: His Books, His Legacy

    "Who's Who?" - Adrian Crommelin

    "Who's Who?" - Louis Crommelin

    "Who's Who?" - The Testart Family

    Jean Testart - Last Days of a Robinson Crusoe

    Family Reunion - Vancouver, 2004

    June 11, 2010
    The new June 2010 issue of Crommelin Journal is now online. (All in Dutch this time...)

    December 30, 2009
    The new December 2009 issue of Crommelin Journal is now online.

    April 25, 2009
    The Spring 2009 issue of Crommelin Journal is now online.

    April 2, 2009
    A new profile has been added for Walter Crommelin, a talented pianist, actor and screen personality.

    November 3, 2008
    A page has been added that recounts the notable career of Lt. Gen. William Arden Crommelin (1823-1887) with the Royal (Bengal) Engineers during a turbulent period in the history of India.

    A link has been provided in the 'Geography' section to a house in Spokane, WA, U.S.A. known as the "Henri Crommelin" house.

    October 10, 2008
    A profile on Robert Crommelin (chairman of the Crommelin Foundation) has been added.

    October 9, 2008
    A new edition of the Crommelin Journal is now available online.

    Another possible portrait of Ann Crommelin-Sinclair (wife of Charles) has been discovered. For details see the bottom of their portraits page.

    August 28, 2008
    A profile on George Saunders Crommelin provides us with a harrowing account of his near-tragic escape from a Liberator bomber following a bombing run over Poland in 1944.

    June 7, 2008
    A profile was added of Paul Alexander Crommelin , a son of missionary director Ds. Daan Crommelin and Hélène Niehans who, after the war emigrated from Holland to the United States (Palo Alto, California).

    June 6, 2008
    A Visit In A Dutch Country House is an account of [Irish Author] May Crommelin's trip to Holland in 1884. This article, published in 1887, contains lovely descriptions of the Dutch landscape, scenery, interior of houses, her welcome by relatives in Holland and the life in a 'well-to-do' Dutch family in the late-19th century

    April 23, 2008
    A new Menu section called 'Geography' has been added under the heading of HISTORY. This section shows some places in the world where the Crommelin name appears. It has some interesting new articles such as Newtowncrommelin, Northern Ireland, Mars, and The Moon.

    April 20, 2008
    A new page called "The War Record" has been added which recalls Edward Crommelin's clandestine shortwave recording work during WWII.

    March 23, 2008
    Another instalment on the "Crommelins in India" appears with the story of James Arden Crommelin of Darjeeling, India who served with the Bengal Engineers.

    March 12, 2008
    The following links will take you to see 3D images of Crommelin Crater on Mars! These, no doubt, were named after Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin, a well known British Astronomer who also has a crater on the Moon named after him.
    Link 1 / Link 2 / Link 3

    March 9, 2008
    An overview of Huize Reehorst has been added, the summer residence of J.W.H. Crommelin in the early 1900's.

    January 30, 2008
    A biography of Thomas Lake Crommelin has been added. Thomas Lake is the "adventurer" ancestor of the Crommelin family branches in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

    January 26, 2008
    A biography of Daniel Crommelin is now online. It covers the firm Daniel Crommelin & Sons which traded successfully between Holland and America for several generations.

    January 25, 2008
    A biography of Antonia Catharina Crommelin-Deketh recalls her early days in Holland and other lands. (In Dutch...)

    January 16, 2008
    A biography of Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin, a well known British Astronomer, has been added.

    January 16, 2008
    The latest issue of the Crommelin Journal is now online.

    January 3, 2008
    The house in Amsterdam that Claude August Crommelin occupied at the end of his short life (1840-1874), a 17th century house on the Herengracht (#132), was destroyed by fire on new year's eve 2007/08. Claude August Crommelin was a jurist (from Utrecht university 1865), a member of Council in Amsterdam 1868-1874, a member of Provincial States of North Holland 1868-1874, and a collector of paintings (mostly aquarelles).

    (Source 1 / Source 2 / Source 3)

    Herengracht 132 (.pdf)

    September 30, 2007
    A report on the last Family Reunion in Joppe-Gorssel, Holland is now online.

    October 15, 2007
    A new Profile on the 'Swiss Crommelin Branch' has been added.

    September 28, 2007
    Two new Profiles were added. One deals with a diary kept by Claude August C. during his business trip to Minnesota in 1866. Another is a profile on Richard Pugh, author of various articles on the history of the Crommelin family in India.

    September 20, 2007
    A biography of Wigbold Crommelin (1712-1789) and his father, Benjamin, has been added. Wigbold was a Governor-General of Suriname in the mid-1700's.

    August 12, 2007
    Visiting the old, old, old homestead...
    Paul and Mary Ann Crommelin of Pennsylvania, descendants of Daniel Crommelin, visited Chester recently. Daniel Crommelin once owned a 3,066-acre homestead called Grey Court, which encompassed parts of Chester, Goshen and Blooming Grove in New York State. The original house that Daniel lived in still stands! Read about Paul and Mary Ann's recent visit.

    May 11, 2007
    A section on May Crommelin (Marie Henrietta de la Cherois Crommelin) has been added. She was a prolific Irish author in the Victorian era.

    May 1, 2007
    Another discovery pertaining to Daniel Crommelin turned up recently. Dating back to 1720, an indenture (deed/mortgage) written on a sheepskin was discovered in the attic of a lawyer's offices. This document effectively transferred ownership of Daniel's 'Greycourt' property to various creditors to help satisfy debts incurred by his son, Charles.

    February 3, 2007
    Two other Petitions signed by Daniel Crommelin in the 1700's have been discovered. One deals with the "French Scare" that caused trouble for the Huguenots in New York at a time when Britain (which governed New York) and France were at war. Another petition deals with the rash dismissal of the pastor of the French Reformed Church.

    January 30, 2007 - Family Profiles
    Two new family profiles have been added: Mariad Crommelin (Holland) and Edward Crommelin (Canada).

    December, 2006 - Family Profiles
    Photos and Notes to augment the Genealogy Report have been added. Visit:

    November 21, 2006 - Will of Mary Sinclair-Duykinck
    Notes on the will of Mary Sinclair [Charles Crommelin's mother-in-law] have been posted. It outlines some of the peculiarities of inheritances in colonial New York City during the early 1700's. Source: The Cornell Library New York State Historical Literature. Visit:

    October 27, 2006 - Website News
    The www.crommelin.nl domain is now coupled to the www.crommelin.org domain.

    October 24, 2006
    Charles Crommelin Chronology has been updated.