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Henriette Jeannette and Gualtherus Johannes Kolff

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Henriette Jeannette and Gualtherus Johannes Kolff, founders of the Netherlands Library for the Blind (Nederlandse Blindenbilbliotheek)
contribution by: Marius Kolff (CBCD XVIIw4), using partly this source: Kolff in Zeven Eeuwen (Kolff in Seven Centuries), by Nelleke Manneke
From Kolff Genealogy CBA XIVh the following persons:

link naar staak XIVh. Johannes Kolff, born Rotterdam 25 Aug. 1799, civil servant (1826), broker (1832), deceased Rotterdam 25 Jan. 1868, married 1st Leiden 18 Oct. 1826 Constantia van Lelyveld, born Alkmaar 19 July 1800, deceased The Hague 11 Apr. 1829, daughter of Pieter and Cypriana Anna Margaretha van Royen, married 2nd Haarlem 27 Apr. 1832 Christine Hermine Hacke, born Heilo 24 Feb. 1809, deceased The Hague 13 juni1877, daughter of Rev. Coenraad and Niesje van der Elst.
From the second marriage:
link naar staak 5. Henriette Jeannette Christine Kolff, born Rotterdam 8 July 1835, philantropist, founder and vice-president Ver. Kolff's Blindenfonds, deceased The Hague 1 May 1927.
link naar staak 11. Gualtherus Johannes Kolff (R.O.N.), born Rotterdam 31 Jan. 1846, founder and director Ned. Blindenbibliotheek (Neth. Library for the Blind), deceased The Hague 14 Oct. 1918.

Gualtherus Johannes KolffGualtherus was a great-grandson of Adrianus Quirinus (1745-1826), wine trader, ship owner and governor from Middelharnis. Gualtherus' father Johannes (1799-1868) was a business man as well; he earned his living as a broker in coffee and lived with his family at Rotterdam. His first wife died after giving birth to their second child. Johannes remarried and got twelve more children with his second wife. Their eldest daughter. Hermine Agnes (1833-1870) married the famous dr. Hendrik Pierson (1834-1923), theologist, philantropist, fighter of prostitution and director of the Heldringgestichten at Zetten. Ninth child from this marriage was a boy named Gualtherus Johannes. The young Johannes had a weak health. At the age of twenty he was sent to Baden-Baden in Germany to strengthen his health. The stay at this spa did not do well for him: he got an eye infection which, after a couple of years, made him blind. The infection also started to affect his hearing which caused him to become deaf at the end of his life as well. Walking also became more and more difficult and Gualtherus became dependant of a wheelchair. At first Gualtherus worked with his family in the coffee broker's trade, later - after 1871 - with his brother Marie Henri who was a merchant in the Dutch East Indies. It seemed that Gualtherus would, just as his father and brothers did (one of his brothers was a partner at Kolff & Witkamp), stay in commerce. His handicap however made him follow a different track.