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The Zwolle and Arnhem family

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Background on the family van Dorth from Zwolle and Arnhem

In Zwolle we find Wolter van Dort. He is a priest and lives in ca. 1550 in the Sassenstraat in Zwolle. In 1350 we find N. van Dorth in the region of Arnhem, Gorsel or Zwolle. In the 17th century a lot of van Dorth's can be found in Arnhem, Zutphen, Gerlikum and Roozendaal (Gelderland). Hendrick van Dort was in 1677 owner of a house In de Sack (=street name) in Grave. (Bron: De Brabantse Leeuw) 4). It seems that the origen of the family lies in the "Hof Dorth" and the "Huys Dorth", built by Seyno van Heeckeren 16). More information on the history of Zwolle can be found on the Zwolle archive pages
De Hof Dorth and the Huys Dorth
The Hof Dorth is an old "oversticht" (country-seat) in the province Overijssel in The Netherlands. The country house is part of the province Gelderland. Owners of the hof and house were the family Van Heeckeren. Eliger van Heecker became owner of the country-seat in 1311. He must have had 3 sons: Jan, Seyno and Hendrik. Seyno later became owner of the country-seat and built the house Huys Dorth. He named himself Seyno van Dorth, after his possesions. In 1329 Seyno declared: "dat ie mijn huys ende mijn veste tot dorreth ontfaen hebbe van enen eraftighen vader in gode minen here, heren Johan biscop van Utrecht" - "That I have inherited my house and fortress from my father in good arrangement with my lord bishop Johan from Utrecht.

 

 The Huis Dorth in the 18th century. Copy by A. Rademaker, pen-drawing from the Library of the University of Leiden.
The family
Seyno built his house south from the Hof at bank of the brook the Dortherbeek. He dedicated his house in 1348 to the duke of Gelre (Gelderland). Seyno had a son Henrick van Dorth, who married Anna van Keppel tot Verwolde. Henrick got in1379 the estate on loan: "sijn huys te Dorte met den voorbocht als 't gelegen en nu getimmert is ofte getimmert mag worden." Henrick and Anaa had a son Derck van Dorth. Derck married Belie van Essen. Derck got in 1396 the Hof on loan and received the house on loan in 1402.

 

 The coat of arms of the family van Dorth from 1422.
From the collection Muschaarts, NGV 

Derck's son Seino van Dorth married Berthe van Wilacht. He got the whole estate in 1422 on loan: "dat huys to durrete met den voorborchte, als 't gelegen is het allen sijnen tobehoor ende met den nijen lande, binnen de palen gelegen". Their son Dirk van Dorth got the Hof and House on lan in 1443. Because of the loan he received the right to be a knight in the province Overijsel and Gelre. Dirk was married to Johanna van Vianen.

 

 The Huis Dorth about 1730. Copy of a pen-drawing by Cornelis Pronk (?). (Stedelijk museum Zutphen).

Their son Seino van Dorth inherited the estate. Because the estate was lying at the border of the two provinces, it got involved in several quarrels. Therefore Seino the Duke of Gelre relieved Seino from his duty to pay taxes in 1528. Seino was married to Henrica van Aeswijn and had a son Dirck van Dorth. Dirck married Johanna van Rossum. She was a niece of the famous army leader from Gelre: Maarten van Rossum. They had a son Seino van Dorth. Dirck died in 1546 in the battle against the english in Boulogne. 

Their son Seino married Marie Droste. Seino was an enemy of king Philips, because he gave permission for the housing of the state garrison on the Huys Dorth. Seino's son Diederick van Dorth married Adelheid van Bodelschwingh in 1596. He inherited the estate from his father in 1606. However Seino and Adelheid didn't have a son, so the Hof went into the possesion of another family 16).

 Christina van Dorth lived in the same era as Seino and Diederick. Her relation to them is unknown. She was married to Wulff van Itterssum Wulffszoen.An acte from both of them from 1559 can be found in the archives of Zwolle.
More about the jurisdiction in the hof Dorth and Zuidloo can be found in the Archives of Zwolle and in a book by J.W. Mulder, Bijdrage tot de kennis van den rechtstoestand der marken, in het bijzonder van die in Overijssel (Leiden, 1885), on page 63. 17) 

 The House Dorth in the 18th century. Pen-drawing by Paul van Liender (?) from the Library of the University of Leiden. 
Real estate
The Huis Oldhagensdorp (near Vollenhove) was also property the van D orth's for several years. The havezate Hagensdorp belonged in the 14th century to the family Hagen. In the 17th century it became in the possesion of the family Van Uterwijck as huis Oldhagensdorp. After the Van Uterwijck's the Van Dorth's came into possesion of the huis folowed by the VanMiddachten's. The house was demolished in ca. 1862. It served as an archive of thedocuments of knighthood of Vollenhove. See also J. Westra van Holthe, Vollenhove 1354 - 1954 en haar havezathen(Assen, 1958), pages 264 - 268 17). It was also a "leenkamer". The loans were "achterlenen" - part of the loans of the province Overijsel. When the loan system was abolished, the leenkamer was also abolished in 1798.

In the Havezathe Harreveld lived also some van Dorth's for several years. The house was part of the village Harreveld and housed several noble families and priests. 

Debts and Orangisten
In 1798 it was in possesion of Judith van Dorth and her brother Toon. They were in debt and were forced to sell their goods by amongst others the family Van Heeckeren van de Wiersse (Van Heeckeren was the name of the van Dorth's before they named themselves after the house). The complete invetory list is still available. 
In 1799 the lady (freule) van Dorth was shot by the French, because she was very much in favour of the Dutch King and Queen. 19)

 

A painting of a Lady
In castle Doddendael in Ewijk hangs a painting of a lady van Dort. Was she related to the van Dorth's? The castle is now a restaurant, Restaurant Slot Doddendael, Binnenweg 2, 6644 KD Ewijk. 18)


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