Last will dated October 12, 1689 of
Peter Anthony Roovers (nr 512) and Cornelia Hendrik Bouwens (nr 513).


Nr 512 signs "Peeter anthoonis Roovers", his wife Cornelia cannot write and puts a cross. Their son Adriaan (nr 256) signs "Adriaen Peeter Roovers". The will stipulates that the adult children must provide for the schooling of their under age brothers and sisters so that these may learn to read and write.

Although illiterate Cornelia Hendrik Bouwens was astute enough to carry through a court action from circa 1690 to 1697 against second cousins of her deceased husband in order to safeguard the rights of her children.



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