Paternal line – The Gay Family

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  1. In 1858 Captain William Gay rescued my ancestor (captain of the Zwarte Zwaan = Black Swan) Simon Stickel (or Stikkel) name not spelt correctly in this article; near Cairncross Island. Captain Stickel’s 12 year old son Abraham Stikkel was with him on this voyage and extremely frightend by the shipwreck. After safely in Soerabaya (Java) their port of destination, the young lad never wanted to board a ship again and remained in Indonesia, where he married 3 lndonesian women and had 16 childeren. And thus our family, still mainly in Holland, spread out over the world, thanks to Cpt. William Gay. Kind regards, I. Stikkel from Holland.

    • That is a very interesting story as I am a desendent of Abraham stikkel. My grandfather was wilem stikkel my father Fikke Stikkel told me of that shipwreck. I believe there were some of the stikkels who went back to Holland. I had heard the wreck was around Australia and then Abraham continued to Indonesia while the others went back home

  2. No Way ! This is amazing to me Ingrid – Here we are over 150 years later with our families reconnecting, wow, you have made my day. I remember reading about the Zwarte Zwaan when I was first researching the Captain. Thank you so much for contacting me this is absolutely remarkable. Kind regards. Darienne.

  3. That is a very interesting story as I am a desendent of Abraham stikkel. My grandfather was wilem stikkel my father Fikke Stikkel told me of that shipwreck. I believe there were some of the stikkels who went back to Holland. I had heard the wreck was around Australia and then Abraham continued to Indonesia while the others went back home.

    • Hello Pat,
      Sheer luck I happend to see your reply here. Yes, many of Abraham Stickel/Stikkels descendents went back to Holland (The Hague, Leiden, Pijnacker area). Abraham 1846-1911) stayed on Java and a few years later his brother Johannes Jacob (1855-?1921?) joined him. It iis said they had 20 chlildren with their Indonesian wives. I do not have info on the dutch/indonesian family, but our mutual ancestor must be Abraham Sijmonsz Stickel (1781-1863) and wife Johanna Jacobsdr Verhoeve (1784-1849) all from the city of Alkmaar in Holland. Kind regards, Ingrid Stikkel (Amstelveen, Holland).
      P.s. Darienne sorry to use the Gay Family site for this message. Hope you are all well.

      • Hi Ingrid and Pat, absolutely no problems, I get significant pleasure in seeing families reconnect and share family history. My warmest regards. Darienne. 🙂

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