Wolff, Elizabeth

BORN 24 Jul 1738, Vlissingen, Zeeland - DIED 5 Nov 1804, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
BIRTH NAME Bekker, Elizabeth
GRAVE LOCATION Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland: Begraafplaats Ter Navolging, Corner of Scheveningseweg and Duinstraat (cleared (bones transported to mass grave 100))

Elizabeth Bekker was called 'Betje'. She married the clergyman Adriaan Wolff in 1759. In 1763 she pùblished "Bespiegelingen over het genoegen" ("Reflections on Pleasure"). After her husband died in 1777 she started living together with Agatha Deken and from then on they wrote together and published books like "Historie van mejuffrouw Sara Burgerhart" (1782, "The History of Miss Sara Burgerhart").

As patriots they were forced to leave the country in 1788 and they lived for several years at Trévoux, not far from Lyons. During the French Revolution they ran into trouble, but Wolff managed to survive. In 1795 thery returned to Holland, where they lived at the Hague. Elizabeth passed away on 5 Nov 1804 and Agatha died only only nine days later.

Related persons
• was a friend of Deken, Agatha


The plaque for Elizabeth Wolf and Agatha Deken at the Ter Navolging cemetery, The Hague.
Picture by Androon (19 Jan 2003)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betje_Wolff

Wolff, Helen

Published: 30 May 2010
Last update: 04 Jan 2022