My roots dating back from 1629


We have got this awesome family tree dating back from 1629.

When on holidays from South Africa to The Netherlands Lee and I were walking in Amsterdam where we came across this home with a plaque saying:

“Door den Tijd wordt de Spruijt een Boom” or “Through Time the Sprout becomes a Tree”

I love how my father is saying that his mothers surname is Spruit, you know sweetheart: from “spruitje”, which is a Dutch Winter vegetable. A Brussels sprout, a miniature cabbage.

From whom I am descending?

(their names arise in documents of the “Schepenbank”)

You can find my family tree on


Opa, always happy with his very well-looked after flowers


Oma Spruitje, as my Dad calls her sweetly


From their 4 children my father, Richard Dagevos, married my mother Jannie Carolina Ykema in Arnhem in 1963


From their 3 children, Carolina Erna Dagevos married Lee-Ann Ruth Millin in Naarden-Vesting, The Netherlands in 2006

5 thoughts on “My roots dating back from 1629

    1. Thank you Megala. I am very fortunate that a gentleman, Mr. Teppema from Veghel, The Netherlands was intrigued by our family name. He decided to start our whole family tree. Recently, I received the family tree from my wife. From South Africa, Australian, English and Scottish descents.

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