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Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche (b. 1620, d. 15 Jan 1678)Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche (son of Jonkheer Jean de Créqui, gesigt Larosge and Gjertrud "Geertruijt" Rengers) was born 1620 in Of, S Gravenhage, Zuid Holland, Netherlands, and died 15 Jan 1678 in Marsland in Sweeden.He married (1) Elisbeth [Betje] Adriaens in Not Married.He married (2) Judith Sweers on 01 Aug 1648 in Wallone Church in Den Hague as well as in the church in Amsterdam..He married (3) Mette Volqvartsdatter RIISBRICH on 1670, daughter of Volquard Brodersen Riisbrich and Karen Johanne Lem.
Notes for Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche:
An episode from Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche's life in the Hague
He is mentioned in the official Notary Archives in Den Haag, dated 30 Nov 1647 - and found again the autumn 2000 by Sigurd Lambek :
On this day Ahasverus was out walking in Den Haag with a friend, Nicholas Ravensberg, when they came across a glassmaker by the name of Martin Bemmewits. This man shouted at Ahasverus: "Why don't you pay your debt?" and Ahasverus answered him "I owe you nought, and if my brother owes you it shall be paid". The glassmaker Bemmewits answered "I need not speak to your brother and if he does not do me right I shall search my rights myself". To that Ahasverus answered "Do that" . Ahasverus then wanted to continue his walk, but Bemmewits called after him "You are nothing but despicable cads" and upon hearing these words Ahasverus turned around and pulled his sword and hit Bemmewits with the flat side of his sword on the man's body without wanting to seriously wound him. Hereupon, Bemmewits father came running, sword in hand...
Unfortunately, the report stops here, as the second page is missing, so we shall never know how it ended up, but surely nobody got hurt or taken to jail, let's hope...
Other mentionings of Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche in Dutch arcives:
On 26 July 1648 the posting of the banns between Jonkheer Assuerus de Créqui dict la Roche, young man living in Den Haag and Judith Sweers, young daughter from Amsterdam took place in the Wallone Church in Den Haag as well as in the church in Amsterdam. The Church records in Amsterdam shows that the marriage took place on 1 Aug 1648.By the middle of the 17th century, Denmark-Norway was in desperate need of trained officers. Sweden had taken part in many wars where both officers and soldiers had achieved much war experience, while more peaceful times in Denmark and Norway had left the countries with weaker armies. In this weak condition, the Danish-Norwegian king, Frederik III, still prepared an attack on Sweden. The ancient Norwegian landscapes of Jämtland and Herjedalen and the Danish landscape of Halland were lost to Sweden already in 1645, and the war in 1657-58 was an attempt to regain the lost territories.
The outcome was disastrous, as Denmark lost the county of Skåne, and Norway lost the counties of Bohuslen and Trøndelag in 1658. By 1660, Norway had regained Trøndelag, but the rest remains Swedish even today. Ahasverus de Créqui's first assignment in Norway was in the 1657-58 Krabbe War.
He was among the men who took the opportunity for a military career abroad when Jørgen Bjelke went to Holland in search of suitable men as a preparation for the coming war against Sweden. He emigrated to Norway with his family in 1657. Ahasverus de Créqui is mentioned in "Norges Historie" (History of Norway) (1911) among other Dutch officers who should eventually form the basis for the Norwegian Army's corpse of officers.In The Netherlands, Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche was a soldier, a "sprengbuchsenmacher", a High Explosives, Artillery Shell Maker, and was married on 1st October 1648 in Amsterdam with the not yet 15 years old Judith Sweers, baptized on 17th April 1633 in Neue Kirche in Amsterdam.
"Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche was a captain in Trondhjems infantry regiment, and he took part in the military actions against Sweden in Jämtland 1657-58 (the Krabbe War). In June 1657, just after arriving in Norway the first time, Ahasverus de Créqui returned to The Netherlands in order to obtain war material. At this occasion, he brought what is believed to be Norway's first mortar to the country. Captain at the New Trondhjemske national inf. regt. and in command of Frostenske comp. 15th June 1657 to 1st May 1658. The New Trondhjemske regiment was formed in 1657 when Trondhjemske regiment was divided in a New and an Old regiment. Captain de Créqui served under colonel Jørgen Bjelke, and Ahasverus de Créqui's company consisted of 124 men from Leksvik, Frosta, Åsen, Skogn and Levanger north of Trondheim. At the same time, he was an artillery captain in Trondheim from 1st December 1657 to 10th May 1658, when he was granted leave at the end of the Krabbe War.
"Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche is mentioned in particular at the conquest of Frøsø Skanse in Jemtland, Sweden. At the arrivel in front of this small fortres, a special artillery force is set up under his command. The soldiers are probably from the infantry, but this force took in use what is believed to be the first mortar ever used by Norwegian forces.
"Jørgen Bjelke kept large parts of the Norwegian force for later use, and despite the fact that all foreign officers were officially dismissed on May 10th 1658 by a royal decree of 11th April 1658, boats were prepared in June this year in order to bring officers and soldiers atTrondhjemske Infanteriregiment down to Bergen. Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Roche is mentioned in the litterature as he is in Bergen on 12th July 1658. ( Dr. Yngvar Nielsen )
"After the Krabbe War, he was again employed by the Army, this time as a Major at Vesterlenske national infantry regiment and in command of Stavangerske comp. from 24th November 1658. The company is called Ryfylkeske from 1660.
"In 1659, he participated in the defence of Fredrikshald (Halden), and on February 4 1659 he took part in war actions agains Swedish attackers together with captain Johan Nilsen's company - while de Créqui's own company did not participate. On 6 February 1660, he is reported to have been in Fredrikstad with 250 men while the fighting with the Swedes took place at Borge church close to the city (C. O. Munthe: Fredrikhald's history until 1720). ( C.O. Munthe : Fredrikhald's history until 1720).
"In Stavanger, he is mentioned in some sources: Major de la Roche moved to the farm Hapnes appoximately 1665. This farm was in Leranger at Vikedal parish in the northern part of Rogaland (source: Ætt og heim , p. 98), and it is mentioned that he sold a boat, the "Fortuna" (source: En by i kamp ). Both these events are reported to me by Erik Tøndevold by e-mail in July 1999.
"Ahasverus de Crequi was commandeered to the navy in 1666, but asks himself excused as he easily gets sea sick. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in Ryfylkeske regiment on 12th September 1675, at a time when his regiment had already left the Stavanger area in preparation for the Gyldenløve War in Bohuslen. In 1676 he was appointed to be General Adjutant at horse, but Bernhard Christoffer Koss is on 26 Feb 1676 promoted in his place.
"He took part in the Gyldenløve War, where his last major achievement was his command during the occupation of Marstrand in July 1677. It also seems that he took part in the Battle of Uddevalla in August 1677, a battle which is considered among the most successful any Norwegian army has ever fought. Ahasverus de Crequi was in Colonel Wyllem Coucherons staff at the Carlsten Fort, where he is mentioned on 4th October 1677. On 15th Januar 1678 Ahasverus de Crequi died here in his 61st year of living.
The war actions on the Norwegian side were successful in the Krabbe War. As in the Gyldenløve War some 25 years later, the negative result was due to actions elsewhere. This does not mean that the Norwegian army was unbeatable. The fact that Sweden focused its forces on the more important Copenhagen and on Denmark may explain most of it. Denmark was the real goal, Norway was not that important. Yet, history shows that the Norwegian army did well in those days, even if Sweden achieved most of its goals against Denmark-Norway. This goes both for the 1657-58 and the 1675-79 wars, in both of which Ahasverus de Créqui had the honour to serve as an officer.
More About Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche:
Record Change: 13 Sep 2007
More About Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche and Elisbeth [Betje] Adriaens:
Marriage: Not Married.
Record Change: 04 Sep 2007
More About Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche and Judith Sweers:
Marriage: 01 Aug 1648, Wallone Church in Den Hague as well as in the church in Amsterdam..
Record Change: 09 Sep 2007
More About Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche and Mette Volqvartsdatter RIISBRICH:
Record Change: 02 Sep 2007
Children of Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche and Elisbeth [Betje] Adriaens are:
- Swerus Sweruszoon Laroche, d. date unknown.
Children of Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche and Judith Sweers are:
- Salomon de Créqui de Rochie, d. date unknown.
- Johanna - or Jeanne de Créqui, b. 1650, d. 1724.
- Alida de Créqui, b. 1651, den Haag, Holland, d. 09 Jul 1723.
- Catharina de Créqui, b. 1654, den Haag, Holland, d. 1703, Bergen.
- Frederik Henrik de Créqui de Rochie, b. 17 Jun 1661, d. date unknown.
Children of Ahasverus De Crequi De La Roche and Mette Volqvartsdatter RIISBRICH are:
- Karen de Créqui dit la Rochie, d. date unknown.
- Antonette Augusta de Créqui dit la Rochie, d. date unknown.
- +Ahasverus de Créqui dit la Rochie, b. 1671, d. date unknown.
- Judith de Créqui dit la Rochie, b. 1673, d. 1738.
- Gjertrud de Créqui dit la Rochie, b. 1675, d. Apr 1707.