Property in Delft owned by members
of Leeuwenhoek's extended family

Donkerstraat 51 A

Father-in-law Elias de Meij's widow Maria Verlijn owned it afer his death. ORA 281-283 notes that it came "with two little houses of Jan Kola", which must be D1039 and D1040bis. Leeuwenhoek's daughter Maria inherited the two little houses from her aunt Maria de Meij. She sold them in 1710 to Hendrick van Leeuwen 5r272. Joris Huijsman acquired them between 1727 and 1730 (waarbrief 6b302v).


Brother-in-law Jan Jacobs de Molijn (-1691) owned it.

Dr. Schaepmanstraat

Grandfather Thonis Philips Leeuwenhoek (-1643) is the first owner recorded in the notary archives of those properties across the singel -- A0985 - A0991 now on Dr. Schaepmanstraat. The property records ORA 285 note that it is in the Poortland area south of the Duijvelsgath. On the map below, it's the long rectangle in the center with a sloot on all sides. On the left looks like a dike or path. The end closest to the singel has a gate that has a little house attached to it and another little house just to the left of it. Thonis Philips bequeathed these properties to his son and Antony's uncle Huijch Thonis Leeuwenhoek (-1669) in his will of April 2, 1643 (notary: Guilliaume de Graeff) – (alhier vertoont op June 13, 1668)? From the illustrations on the map, this property was a large cabbage garden (Coolthuijn) with a small gate house, perhaps tool shed? This tradition of...

Gasthuislaan 181 - 203; Zuiderstraat 222 - 256; Kruisstraat 77

In a scheiding of 1701 11/06 notary Adriaen Leeuwenhoek, Maerten Huijchs Leeuwenhoek (1631-1694) bequeathed it to daughter Margrieta (1661-1743) and husband Michiel Hassel(t) (Kastel), (1664 - 1704) testament 1702 02/19 notary Adriaen Leeuwenhoeck; O.R.A. 281-283 has it on fol. 036v1, 036v2, 037r1, 037r2, 037v1, which all refer to 111v.

Gasthuislaan 5

Elias de Meij (-1646) paid the 1632-1654 verponding 383v2. These two properties are adjacent and have the same ownership history and sales letters. His purchase is documents in the Delft archives: Losse aanwinsten Delft, Archiefnummer 598, Inventarisnummer 61, Charternummer 6066 On April 1, 1649, Elias de Meij, saaidrapier, bought this property from Adriaen Claesz Meuijt, who received payments for the verponding (housing tax). The previous owner was Jan Borgersz, a shoemaker. At the time, the city Weeshuis (orphanage) bordered this property on the west. Because Elias seems to have died in 1646, perhaps his widow or his estate bought it?


Maerten Abrahams Hogenhouck (1617-1673) gave it to his son Abraham Maertens (1649-1708) 1675 04/11.

Kerkstraat 3

Maerten Huijchs Leeuwenhoek (1631-1694) paid the 1632-1654 verponding 172r4. He sold it to Wouter Vosmaer. Maerten's wife's name was Jennitgen (Johanna) Arents Vosmaer; her father was Arent Wouters Vosmaer, so this Wouter may have been her brother (1630-1662).

Koornmarkt 105

Adriaen Lambrechts Leeuwenhoek (1662-1739) bought this house, Het Witte Huijs, on 28 juni 1694, for 3,400 gl. Later, his son owned adjacent property on Peperstraat.

Koornmarkt 20

Abraham Maertens Hogenhouck (1580-1641) and his son Maerten Abrahams Hogenhouck (1617-1673) paid the 1632-1654 verponding 336r3, 336r4. In 1642, two properties were united, when Maerten Abrahams, who had inherited from his father Abraham Maertens, bought the property to the north from the widow of Adriaen Pieters Crouser (4f297). Maerten died in 1673 and bequeathed the combined property to his son Abraham Maertens (1649-1708) in 1675. After that, their ownership history becomes the same. Both went to Coccejus with the same sales letter. Was this the brewery the Eenhoorn? It was 1 property south of Koornmarkt 24, one of the Graswinckel family's breweries after 1658.

Koornmarkt 32

Margareta Maertens Hogenhouck (1588-1648) lived here with husband Engelbert (Egbert) Jacobsz Pau (Paeuw) (-1648).