Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WW2 | Tilly den Tex van Hall (1907-1988)

Tilly and Wally van Hall at their marriage,
1932. Wally was shot by the Nazis
 in 1945. Tilly lived on to 1988.
July 28, 2015–My Dutch relatives love to talk about Anna Matilde (Tilly) den Tex van Hall, because she was so lovely and so brave. Wally van Hall could never have been the hero he was without her full support.

In the hyphenated Dutch format, which puts the husband's surname first, that would be Tilly van Hall-den Tex.

She was the wife of Walrave (Wally) van Hall, the "Banker to the Dutch Resistance."

The following post is an addition to my original one on Wally van Hall, which includes a tribute to Tilly in a letter in Dutch to my grandmother Olga Boissevain van Stockum. It was sent by Attie Engelberts den Tex, granddaughter of Hester Boissevain den Tex (1842-1914, NP 49), twin sister of Charles Boissevain, the newspaper publisher, my grandmother Olga Boissevain's father.

The letter was translated from the Dutch by my late mother, Hilda van Stockum. Tilly van Hall was Attie's first cousin–their shared grandparents were Nicolaas Jacob and Hester Boissevain den Tex (Hester being the the twin sister of Charles Boissevain of the Handelsblad).

Ms. Chickie Massa wrote to me a few days ago:
My late mother, Elsie Engelbert, was Tilly’s cousin and I remember well staying with her in Amsterdam as a child in 1966. I had heard the stories of Tilly’s late husband being a member of the Dutch Resistance and spent time on that visit with Mary-Ann and her husband, Drea, who, at the time, were a very hip young couple and a lot of fun for a 12-year-old to be around. Unfortunately, after Tilly’s death [in 1988] there seemed to be little contact between my mother and her Dutch relatives, so my brothers and first cousins know very little about them. My first cousin, John Engelberts, was just in Holland trying to track down family history and had delved into Wally’s story, thus leading me to your article on him. Very moving. And, it looks like, from your article, that perhaps you’re a distant relative of ours as well since a lot of the family seems to circle back to the Boissevain family, a name I’m not actually familiar with. Derek Engelbert – who was my grandfather, as well as John and Derck Engelbert’s – came to the US as a young man seeking his fortune (and redemption, I think, since he was kind of the black sheep in the family). I believe he and Tilly were first cousins, but I’m not sure. Any more info you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I’m copying this to my cousin, my brother and my daughter, since we’re all interested in finding out what we can about our Dutch family.
I forwarded her email to Charles Leidschendam Boissevain, father of Aviva Boissevain, with whom I visited in April 2018. He lived outside of the Hague (he has alas passed in 2018). At my request, he prepared and sent me a detailed genealogy for Tilly van Hall, making the connection to the Boissevain and Engelberts families. I have edited it slightly to conform more to the style I am using for other family trees. I have checked it against the Nederland's Patriciaat of 1988 (NP), which is the Boissevain-den Tex family reference book. I am not sure whether the latest generations of Engelberts in the United States have dropped the "s" at the end.

Relatives of Anna Mathilde (Tilly) den Tex van Hall

Tilly's father was Paul den Tex (NP 457, 1871-1958), the fourth child and third son of Hester Boissevain (1842-1914, twin sister of Charles Handelsblad Boissevain) and Nicolaas Jacob den Tex (1836-1899). 

Tilly's mother was Abramina Adriana Engelberts, b. Voorschoten (near Leiden) Dec. 4, 1877, d. Sept. 1962. She married Paul on  February 15, 1900. 

Paul and Abramina den Tex had two children (NP 464-5)
- Jules den Tex
- Anna Mathilde ("Tilly") den Tex

Jules den Tex, 1900-1977, m. Maria Elisabeth Waller, 1905-1978. 
They had three children:
1 Paul, 1931-2006,  m. Olga Constance van Eeghen, b. 1933. 4 children:
   1a Catharina Margaretha den Tex, b. 1960, m. Maarten Wolf.
   1b Theodoor den Tex, b. 1962, 1987 m. Cornelia Anna Elisabeth van Giffen, b. 1952, at least 2 children:
       1b1 Maria Janna Henriëtte ("Mariëtte") den Tex, b. 1988.
       1b2 Paul den Tex
   1c Jeroen den Tex b. 1962 (twins with Theodoor), m. Tanya Peshkova, at least 2 children:
       1c1 Nika
       1c2 Ella
   1d Robert-Jan den Tex, b. 1969, m. Kathelijn Balfoort, at least 1 child:
       1d1 Josephine
2 Helena den Tex, b. 1934.
3 Anna Mathilde den Tex, b. 1938.

Anna Mathilde ("Tilly")  den Tex, 1907-1988, m. 1932 Walraven ("Wally") van Hall, b. Feb. 10, 1906, d. Feb. 12, 1945.
Wally was a Resistance hero, about whom a book has been written (in Dutch) and a movie has been made in Dutch (PS October 21, 2018: It has been dubbed in English and is available through Netflix.) He was the son of Adriaan Floris ("Aat")  van Hall, 1870-1959 m. Petronella Johanna ("Nella")  Boissevain, 1873-1970. Aat and Nella had 10 children – 3 daughters, then 3 sons, 3 daughters, then 1 son. Charles knew all of them quite well, except Wally. Charles and his wife visited "Aunt" Tilly not long before her death. "She was such a nice person," Charles said. 
Wally and Tilly had three children:
1) Attie b. 1933, living in Leiden, m. Jongenelen (ex). 3 daughters, 2 alive, 8 grandchildren. Charles has met them all.
2) Aad b. 1936, married etc. [Interviewed about his father in Dutch here:] (PS: I visited with Aad and his wife in April 2018.)
3) Mary-Ann, b. 1940, m. Dré Boon. (I had a meeting with her in 2016 and earlier - JTM.)

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