Hof 'Christiaens' - Hof 'Van De Putte'

In this farmer court Michael Christiaens and Gertrudis Heusdens married on 14 May 1668...

According to earlier tax lists it was not possible (because of the lacking of maps), to retrieve former owners of the farm. Supposedly the original farm was built on the end of the 16th century.

Anno 1712 Michael Christiaens is mentioned as lay judge of Zegelsem. Petrus Joannes (Pieter) Christiaens (son of Michael) marries on 17 March 1715 with Adriana Morre. They get 2 daughters, Maria Theresia (1716) and Anna Catharina (1723). Last mentioned steps in the convent of Sion at Oudenaarde, she dies on the parental farm on 30 April 1802 after the convent was shutted down by the French occupiers.

Former, Maria Theresia, marries on 9 November 1741 with Jan D'Haese; they get 5 children: Petrus Jacobus (1742-1754), Joanna Catharina (1745), Christoffel (1748), Petrus Josephus   (1751) and Jacobus (1754, entered at the Augustinians at Elsegem, died on 28 February 1824 as a priest of diocese Ghent). Jan D'Haese dies 26 February 1760 and leaves behind 4 children. We disregards the enumeration of the "state of goods" of 8 July 1760...

Joanna (or Maria) Catharina D'Haese married Gerardus Baert originating from Elst on 1 April 1770; this couple takes over the farm. In 1777, with authorisation of the widow D'Haese her goods are divided between the 4 children. The court goes to Geraert Baert - Catharina D'Haese. They get 6 children: Phillipina (1771), Franciscus (1773), Joannes (1777), Carolus (1780), Isabelle and Usmarsus (who both died young).

Franciscus Baert marries Dorothea Baert (who has the same name). They have a daughter by the name of Hortensia. By the marriage of Hortensia Baert with Petrus Fransiscus Christiaens (St-Kornelis Horebeke 12 April 1831 - Zegelsem 5 January 1899) the farms comes in the possession of last mentioned family. They get 4 children: Henri, Clementina, Celine and Charles. Henri becomes mayor at Segelsem and Charles is a doctor at Nederbrakel at the end of the 19th century. Celine died on 2 November 1886 by the age of 21 years and 2 months. After the death of Henri and Clementine Christiaens, both unmarried, the famm belongs to Leon Christiaens, son of doctor Charles Christiaens (in 1936).

As from 1913 the couple of Van De Putte Theophiel (Schorisse 21-09-1869 - Seghelsem 3-04-1941) and De Vos Alida (Maarke-Kerkem 24-08-1881 - Seghelsem 5-03-1944) lives on the farm in the St.-Ursmarsstreet. From this marriage 5 children are born: Oda (1911), Martha (1913), Remi (1914), Maria (1916) and Frans Van De Putte (1922).

After having belonged to the Christiaens family for more than a century, Remi Van De Putte buys "'t Hof" in 1951 from Leon Christiaens.

In march 1989, Gearges De Busscher bought the farm. He had it restored in the original tradition of the 18th century farmhouses in the Flemish Ardennes...

The weapon shield of Zegelsem...

At decree of 8 augusts 1818 king Willem accorded a characterising weapon shield to Zegelsem. The shield of is made of lapis, loaded with a disc harrow,  accompanied by a crutch and a rake, with in the shield head an eye and a plough point, completely in pure gold. On the frontage of 't Hof Van De Putte a copy of the original weapon shield can still be admired...

 

             
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