On our trip to Germany I had not expected to see the graves of any of my ancestors since it is the custom usually to reuse a grave after a certain number of years. (There are some exceptions.) Imagine my delight when my cousin Hinrich Groeneveld showed us the graves of our common ancestors, Willem Engelkes (1560-1625) and Hinrick Willems (1604-1689). The burial location is in the chancel of the Grotegast Church. (I do not fully understand the reason for this placement, but they must have figured prominently in the history of this church.)
Willem Engelkes is my ninth great-grandfather; Hindrik Willems my eighth great-grandfather.
My thanks to Anke Groeneveld for providing these photos.