The first founder, Engelbert Brascamp, was born
around 1600 in Borculo, a small town in the east of The Netherlands. His son, Wolter, moved to
the town of Deventer on the river IJssel where he and his wife became a member of the Reformed
Church 29 September 1665. They probably moved to Deventer expecting an attack of Borculo by the
bishop of Munster when in 1665 the Republic of the United Netherlands came into war with England.
Wolter's son Engelbert became a sexton and schoolmaster in Twello, a village on the other side of
the IJssel, which the Brascamps stayed for four generations. The Brascamps in The Netherlands and
New Zealand descend from Engelbert's youngest son, Wolter. They lived in Twello and later on in
Olst, a bit north of Deventer, for several generations before they spread only recently.
Engelbert's eldest son, Goossen Braskamp, is the ancestor of Braskamps in The Netherlands and the USA. Initially descendents lived in Apeldoorn for a few generations leading to major Dutch branches in Amsterdam and The Hague. The first member of the The Hague branch was Willem Hendrik Braskamp, born 1840.
Bernardus Gozewijn was a eighth generation Braskamp, carpenter in Apeldoorn, born in 1812. He had 7 children, of whom 4 emigrated to the United States. These children initially settled in Alton, Iowa, but spread over the USA in later generations.
Click this link for a schematic overview of the decendents of Engelbert Brascamp.
The third founder with descendents living today is Georg
Ferdinand Braskamp, born in Lenzen on the river Elbe, Germany, in 1812. At the occasion
of his registration as a conscript at Lünenburg Georg Ferdinand lived in Hannover and it
is stated that his mother was called Anna Katharina Schilling. His father was
"Brascamp französicher Offizier", a french officer called Brascamp. Untill now no further
information has been found about this Brascamp, presumably member of the army of Napoleon
Bonaparte. There was a Braskamp found, however, in a document about the expedition of Napoleon
to Moscou in 1812 and also a Willem Hendrik Braskamp who served in the army of Louis Bonaparte.
Possibly these two are the same individuals which leads to a hypothesis
about the connection between the German branch and the branch of Engelbert Brascamp.
Descendents currently are living in northern Germany.
Click this link for a schematic overview of the decendents of Georg Ferdinand Braskamp.
The last founder with descendents living today is
Joséphine Braskamp. According to the birth certificate of her son, Louis, born in Brussels
in 1812 she was from Amsterdam-Zuiderzee. At that time the Netherlands was part of empire
of Napoleon Bonaparte and Amsterdam-Zuiderzee was one of its provinces. Untill now in Amsterdam
records no trace has been found of Joséphine, although there were Braskamps living in Amsterdam
then, tracing back to Engelbert Brascamp. Descendents are Braskamps around Roubaix and
Brascamps around Reims, in France.
Click this link for a schematic overview of the decendents of Joséphine Braskamp.
Apart from these four founders above there are 8 more founders. Three of these are from Borculo
and may be related to Engelbert Brascamp. Actually, the pedigree of a contempory of Engelbert,
Jan Brascamp, traces back one more generation and his father Berent
, born about 1565 may be the father or uncle of Engelbert, Jan, Herman and Gerrit.
Among the remaining four Harmen Brascamp and Willem Breskamp may be related to Henrick Braskamp, but Henrick Tonis and Jan Oltwater certainly are unrelated to the other founders. The name Braskamp in the branch of Henrick Braskamp comes from a farm in Geesteren, near Borculo. The name Klein Braskamp comes from another farm near the Braskamp. Jan Oltwater's children were called after this latter farm, but why Henrick Tonis' children near Zwolle (north of Deventer at the river IJssel) were called Braskamp is completely unclear. The name Braskamp also appears for a family of slaves at the Dordrecht sugar plantation at current Suriname; more family names with Bras occurred there.
A special case is Th Braskamp, a painter who worked in The Netherlands in the first half of the previous century. Apart from a number of paintings, nothing is know about this Braskamp.