Took a risk.
He spent his June
Off the dune. (Clerihew by JT Marlin.)
Here we are hard at work on the East
End of Long Island, June 2016.
L to R: Noah Sisk and John Tepper Marlin.
We attempted to finish the task that Tice was laboring over when he died in 1998, creating a numbering system for every member of the Boissevain family, male and female.
Part of his motivation may have been that he had three daughters, and they would be losing–in the normal course of things–the Boissevain name. The three daughters were all at the 2016 reunion in Amsterdam and were major participants in the walking tours of the Herengracht and Keizersgracht.
Noah and I have restricted ourselves to filling out Tice's documentation of the first nine generations of the family, starting with Lucas Boissevain who fled France after Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes and made being a Huguenot a treasonous act in France.
Tice's numbering system has significant advantages over the numbering in the Nederland's Patriciaat:
- It includes the descendants of female children who in the past have not customarily retained the Boissevain name as their surname.
- It avoids Roman numerals, which are difficult to sort by computer.
- The system is an accepted genealogical numbering system called the Henry Method.