Vloten, Martha van

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Vloten, Martha van Gender: F
born on 18 February 1857 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Deventer, Netherlands, 52n16, 6e10
Timezone LMT m6e10 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Schepel
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°59' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 17°18 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 17°19'

Martha van Vloten


Dutch member of a noted family and translator of Hans Christiaan Anderson.

She was born in Deventer as the eldest of the "Van Vloten sisters": Martha (1857-1943), Betsy (1862-1946) en Kitty (1867-1945), who were raised in the Liberal and culturally very active house of her parents Johannes van Vloten (18 January 1818 - 21 September 1883) and Elisabeth van Gennep (7 April 1824, Rotterdam - 17 March 1906, Noordwijk).

As a child she was grew up between the debates of the political and cultural Dutch intelligentsia who met in her parental house in respectively Deventer, Bloemendaal and Haarlem.

She went to school in Deventer and Haarlem (1868), where she and her sisters studied at the first (1867) Dutch High School for girls (Middelbare meisjesschool) in Haarlem. Her father was convinced that higher education was needed by all, thus also for his girls, which was unusual then.

On 15 April 1886 she married the psychiatrist and writer Frederik van Eeden. They got two sons: On 12 May 1887 Hans and in February 1889 Paul, who died 21 February 1889.

They divorced 29 July 1907, when het husband Van Eeden fell in love with Geertruida Woutrina Everts. He married her 21 August 1907.

In a social historical study, we read that the psychiatrist Frederik had problems with Martha's spontaneity and her violent reactions. He preferred the "harmonious peaceful whole" spouse. Martha's response was: "Ja, lieveling, maar mijn ongelukkige natuur zal je nog veel verdriet en strijd kosten. Ik zal doen wat ik kan en als ik niet ben zoals ik zou moeten zijn dan kán ik dat niet, zul je dat nooit vergeten?" ( "Yes, darling, my unfortunate nature will give you much grief and struggle. I'll do what I can do, but if I am not like the one I should be, it is because I cannot do so. Will you never forget that?")

At that time Van Eeden was a vital, active and bold man, and was not at all a peaceful and harmonious whole. He just strived for his utopian world and tried it in the colony Walden. Martha has to swallow a lot in this marriage, like Van Eedens depressions, his sorrow about the lost son Paul, financially bad situation, his Walden project, his extramarital affairs and his sexual aversion her. When they met, they did not fall in love, but were more like friends.

Martha had few literary aspirations, but she translated the work of Hans Christian Andersen and English fairy tales into Dutch. She published under the name Martha van Eeden-van Vloten: Martha van Eeden-van Vloten · dbnl.

Martha had a good relationship with the poet Albert Verwey, the husband of her sister Kitty. Their letters can be found online.

She died age 86 in Nigtevecht, near Loenen on 4 June 1943.

Link to Wikipedia biography (Dutch)


  • other kin relationship with Verwey, Albert (born 15 May 1865). Notes: Kins and friends


  • Relationship : Marriage 15 April 1886 (Frederik van Eeden)
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  • Death of Child 21 February 1889 (Son Paul died as infant)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1899 (Sprookjes. Werelduitgave. Deel 1 (1899-1900))
  • Death of Mother 17 March 1906 in Noordwijk aan Zee (Elisabeth van Gennep)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 4 June 1943 in Loenen Am Vecht (Nigtevecht)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 12 May 1997 (Hans born)
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Source Notes

Selma Schepel quotes Municipal Archive of Deventer for 18-02-1857 16h00 LMT in Sterrentijd No 40.

De gezusters van Vloten de vrouwen achter Frederik van Eeden, Willem Witsen en Albert Verwey


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work at Home more than 10 yrs (Translator)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator (Hans Christiaan Andersen)