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Willem Willemsz van Zijl 1
in 1694 in Amsterdam, he was a gardener,
at the Cape first a gardner with the VOC
and then a free farmer
of Vreed' en Lust, Drakenstein 3
heemraad of Drakenstein
born circa 1668, Delft 4
died circa March 1727 5
will dated 23 June 1722
and filed 21 March 1727 6
When he registered his intention to marry, in the Amsterdam Ondertrouw
register, dated 12th Novmeber 1694, he declared that he was from Delft,
26 years old and that his parents were dead. His will of 1713, however
states that he was then 47 - a 2 year discrepancy.

He first appears at the Cape in July 1699 as an under master gardener
in the employ of the Dutch East India Company.

In their joint will of 1713 he and his wife, Christina van Loveren, left to
Hendrik Elbertsz, infant son of the deceased Johanna Cok and Gerrit Elbertsz,
a share in their estate equal to those of their children, stating that they
bequeathed this as grandfather and grandmother (grootvader en

The children are listed in the order they appear in the Estate Accounts
drawn up after the death of Christina van Looveren in 1730.

In addition to the farm Vreed en Lust, they owned two other farms,
De Honingh Fonteijn, situated at the Honingbergh and De Leeuwenbank,
situated at Vier en Twintig Rivieren, according to the inventory drawn up
in 1728. Their house had the normal Voorhuis (main room) with a room on
each side, as well as a small room at the back, a gallery (galderij) and the
kitchen, as well as a separate Wine Cellar near the house, and a Bake

They were obviously pretty well off for their time and place and in this
house was listed an enormous amount of furntiture, curtains, linen, china,
curtains and goods of all kinds, much of it packed into the lofts above the
main rooms.

married 28 November 1694 at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam 7

Christina van Loveren
circa 1671-1730

1695 -









children of Willem Willemsz van Zijl and Christina van Loveren

Willemina van Zijl 1695-1763
born 1695, Haarlem
baptized 21 October 1695, Statie St Anna, Haarlem
died 1 November 1763
 married (1) 6 May 1714 Stellenbosch

Jan Durand 8 died circa 1727
 married (2) 4 October 1727 Drakenstein

Jacobus Louw Pietersz: 9 1700-before 1778
of De Doornfonteijn, a loan farm on the Klijne Paardeberg

Albertus van Zijl 10

Johannes van Zijl 11 born 1700
born 1700, at the Cape 12
baptized 4 July 1700, Cape Town 13

Hendrina van Zijl born 1701
born 1701 14
baptized 30 October 1701, Cape Town 15

Notes: She is not mentioned in the Estate Accounts
drawn up in 1732 after her mother's death, and since
only 8 children are mentioned in her father's Estate
Accounts of 1728, all 8 of whom are named in the later
1730, accounts, she presumably died before the year
1726 without leaving any heirs.

Gideon van Zijl 16 born 1703
born 1703 17
baptized 9 December 1703, Drakenstein 18

Pieter van Zijl 19 born 1706
born 1706 20
baptized 12 December 1706, Drakenstein 21

Hester van Zijl 22 born 1709
born 1709 23
baptized 20 April 1709, Stellenbosch 24

Notes: She was baptised in April 1709 and
her sister Christina in September of the same year.


Henrik Nusscher

Christina van Zijl 25 born 1709
born 1709 26
baptized 14 September 1709, Stellenbosch 27

Notes: She and her sister Hester wer both
baptised in 1709, Hester in April and she in September.

A child, WilhelmChristiaans Frappé, was baptised at
Drakenstein 19th January 1727, witnesses Willem van
Zeijl and Christina van Loveren.


Hendrik Frappé

Johanna van Zijl 28 born 1718
born 1718 29
baptized 11 December 1718, Drakenstein 30

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