Adriaen's World

"Adriaen Cluijt, glaesmaeker, j.m. van Strijen, woonende buijten
de Vuijlpoort: en Ariaentgen van der Hutten, j.d. van Dordrecht,
woonende in 'Groote Spuijstraet."
This is what we found up till now, 7 July 2001: Adriaen Cluijt, glassmaker, young man from
Strijen, living outside the "Vuijlpoort": and Ariaentgen van der Hutten, young daughter
from Dordrecht, living in Groote Spuijstraet

The date is 5 July 1648 when these two people entered their names in the registers of the
"Our Lady's Church" of Dordrecht (Holland). On the 18th of August the marriage took place,
also according to the same register.
"j.m. from Strijen" was written in the register, and also "woonende buijten de Vuijlpoort".
This can be translated as "living outside the Waste-gate". Probably this was originally
the gate that was used in former times to bring out all the waste of the city.
Since the "St. Elizabeth Flood" in 1421 this was still dry land and here emerged some
kind of a suburb. In 1574 a part of this suburb was encapsulated by the town and the
not encapsulated part of "Buijten de Vuijlpoort" was the area where Adriaen lived.
When you look at the picture (link Vuijlpoort) you can see left below the encapsulated
triangle with the gate. Outside the gate you can see several houses. Is one of them
where Adriaen lived? Were his father and his mother still living in Strijen?
Was he a servant in his father-in-law's trade? Questions, questions, questions!

This web-site has the intention to publish the found answers in a well-arranged
document. Moreover I hope to reach people with more information to enrich this web-site.

Let's start with the beginning: Strijen or Strien, a village in de Hoekse Waard,
a polder in Holland, close to Dordrecht. There was his childhood, in Strijen.
Anyway, his mother Jannetje Cornelisz Snel came from Strijen, because according
to a deed of conveyance, dated 12th July 1656 he represents all the children and
grantchildren of Jan Cluijt for the half of property in Strijen.

Further I want to collect information about the area outside of the Vuijlpoort and
the "Groote Kerk". We know he was a glassmaker and belonged to the guild of
St. Lucas.

(To be continued)