Families Quarles, Quarles de Quarles and Quarles from Ufford
According to the oldest mentions, from before the battle of Hastings in 1066, the genus Quarles is situated in the county of Norfolk in England. It derived its name from the village of Quarles on the north coast of the aforementioned county. In the fourteenth century, the village became depopulated as a result of a plague epidemic and the resulting bad economic conditions, and virtually disappeared from the map. The family, which until that time was referred to as ‘de Quarles’, later called itself exclusively Quarles without the prefix ‘de’. There is no ground for the originally assumed origin of the family from Scotland and also of old family trees.
The main branch of the family in England died in the course of the nineteenth century. The Dutch branch of the family stems from the London based John Quarles (1596-1646 / 47), who was part of the Court of Merchant Adventurers and as such lived in Delft and Rotterdam. In the latter city he married Petronella van Berckel, daughter of the mayor there. Their grandson Pieter (1677-1744) married Cornelia Splinter van Loenersloot in 1716 and had two sons, Willem (1717-1781) and Lodewijk (1719-1781). William was, in recognition of his nobility, in 1751 by Emperor Francis I held in the nobility and in this way obtained for himself and for his descendants the title of (national) baron. He and his descendants now called themselves ‘Quarles de Quarles’,
Willem Quarles de Quarles married in 1757 Louise Henriette van Wijhe, wife of Tedingsweerd, from which marriage three children were born, including Pierre Guillaume Louis (1758-1826). The latter was, among other things, council, ships and mayor of Tiel. Many of his descendants have in the course of time held various high military and administrative positions, including in the Dutch East Indies.
Lodewijk Quarles married Henriette van der Haer in 1744 and had eight children, including Willem (1751-1826) and Pierre Nicolas (1757-1834) Quarles van Ufford. From these two sons came extensive branches, which are usually distinguished as branches A and B of the Quarles van Ufford family.
Willem, in the period 1795-1796, inter alia, clerk of the States General, married Maria van Kuffeler in 1779 and, in addition to several daughters, had four sons: Louis (1782-1839), Joan (1783-1849), Pierre Philippe (1784 -1857) and Jacques Jean (1788-1855). Joan became deputy maire of The Hague in 1811 and a member of the Provincial and deputy Sates of South Holland a few years later. Pierre Philippe was awarded a doctorate in law from the University of Leiden in 1805 and was appointed as a lawyer at the Court of Holland the following year. He interrupted his relations as a recipient of various taxes in the region of The Hague in 1815 by voluntarily taking part in the army. Jacques Jean was initially appointed as clerk of the States of Drenthe, but soon applied for a post in The Hague,
In 1825 he was assigned the function of secretary-general of the department of Navy and Colonies, and in the first half of 1842 he took the ministry of Marine. Furthermore, he has done a lot of genealogical research concerning the Quarles de Quarles and Quarles van Ufford families. Pierre Philippes son Jacob Karel Willem (1818-1902) obtained his PhD in 1844 from the University of Leiden and subsequently worked as a lawyer in The Hague. In 1850 and 1855 he was appointed as deputy commis and commis at the Ministry of the Interior, after which in 1857 he accepted the office of head commis at the Ministry of Colonies.
Pierre Nicolas was president of the Court of First Instance in Haarlem and obtained every eight marriages from his two marriages with Margaretha Geertruida Hoofman and Maria Susanna Hoeufft.