Thank you for your response. Can you be sure that this is the same family? Is Hendrina Schodt the same as Adrienne Schodt? It also seems a long gap between marriage in 1801 and child in 1813. I suppose these men may have been seamen like my ancestor who came to Britain as they lived in ports. The English line continued the custom of smoked fish for Christmas Eve. I was told that in the First World War my great aunt Gertrude Little who was nursing on the frontline visited her Dutch relatives who were 'spinster ladies with a little school.'