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Geertjen Gerrits 1
born Hardenberg 2
died 7 March 1692 3
She and her children were granted a passage to the Cape, departing on the
ship Malacca from Vlie on 3rd October 1661 and arriving at the Cape on 4th
February 1662. (information from Letters and Documents Received
1649-1662, by HCV Leibbrandt, page 183 and Van Riebeeck's Diary.
References supplied by Lorna Newcomb

So far as I have been able to establish, there are no surviving church records
of baptism or marriage from the 1600s for Ommen and Hardenberg which are
small towns a few miles apart in the province of Overijssel. So we have only
the Cape Archives documents to rely on, but no children brought over from the
Netherlands are named in these records, nor how many children there were.

In the Commander’s diary, 18 December 1662 are mentioned ‘the wife and 5
small children’ of Jan Coenraadsz Visser. In the muster roll of 1664, the
earliest to list numbers of children, we find Jan Coenraet Visser, of Ommen,
and Geertje Gerrits of Hardenburg listed with 3 children. Since the daughter,
Maria Jansz Visser was already married by the time of that muster roll (we
do not know its exact date, but she appears with her husband at that muster),
the three children mentioned would presumably have been Gerrit Jansz,
Geesje and Coenraad. If there were originally five children it would seem
that by 1664 two of them had died, but the number of children given may
simply have been a mistake. At all events we know of only three children born
other than at the Cape who must, therefore, have accompanied Geertje Gerrits
from Vlie to the Cape.

Interestingly enough, in the muster rolls from 1662 to 1665 she is named as
Geertjen Gerrits, but from the baptism of Zacharia, Aug 1665, she is known, in
the church registers and the muster rolls as Grietje Gerrits. I would have thought
that Geertjen and Grietje were two different names, but the muster roll of 1665
lists the couple with four children, which must mean it has overlapped the birth of
Zacharia at whose baptism entry she appears as Grietje. Presumably, then we
are talking about the same person all through from 1662 until 1692 when she died.

On the 7th March 1692 Grietje was murdered. She came home in the evening from
visiting one of her daughters to find that the slave, Claas van Malabar, was behind
with his duties. She scolded him, was not satisfied with his answer and took up a
stick to beat him when he let fly with the axe he was using to chop firewood, gave
her several blows and decapitated her.

In the accounts of the murdere she is said to have been 82 years old. In the
Commander's Diary this age appears twice, once in words and once in figures and
there can be no mistake about. It must, however, surely have been a mistake on
someone's part as this would mean that her last three children were all born during
her sixties. Someone, I feel, must have misheard or exaggerated the age of the victim.


Jan Coenraadsz Visser alias Jan Groff
died circa 1696

Maria Jansz
c1649 -

Gerrit Jansz

Geesje Jans
d. c1713

Coenraad Jansz
1663 -

Zacharia Jansz
1665 -

Jan Jansz

children of Geertjen and Jan Coenraadsz Visser

Maria Jansz Visser circa 1649-circa 1718
born circa 1649, Ommen
died circa June 1718, (assumed from date of inventory)
 married (1) circa 1664 at the Cape

Willem Willemsz de Lierman 4 died circa 1696
 (2) 1674 extramarital relationship

Okker Cornelisz: Olivier 5 died circa 1696
 married (3) circa June 1690 Mauritius

Lambert Simonsz Stam 6 died circa 1696

Gerrit Jansz Visser died 1713
born Ommen
died between February and September 1713
 married 4 August 1675 Cape Town

Jannetie Thielemans circa 1659-1717

Geesje Jans Vissers died circa 1713
born Hardenberg
died circa June 1713, (during the smallpox epidemic)
 married (1) 12 July 1671 Cape Town

Hendrik Gysbertsz Verschuur 7 died circa 1709
of a farm on the Liesbeeck River
 married (2) 26 December 1694 Cape Town

Dirck Gijsbertsz Verwey 8 died circa 1709
of a farm situated on the Paardeberg

Coenraad Jansz Visser 1663-circa 1743
born 1663, at the Cape
baptized 8 April 1663, Cape Town
died circa December 1743
 married 5 August 1685 Cape Town

Catharina Everts Van Der Zee 9 died circa 1713

Zacharia Jansz Visser 1665-circa 1721
born 1665, at the Cape
baptized 23 August 1665, Cape Town
died circa 1721
 married (1) 29 October 1679 Cape Town

Diederik Putter 10 1673-circa 1722
 married (2)

Johannes Basson 11 1673-circa 1722
 married (3) 5 July 1706 Stellenbosch

Andries Krugel 12 1673-circa 1722
farmer (1713)
of the farm, 't Blomkooltje, Paarl
and by 1734 Weltevreden, Joostenberg

Jan Jansz Visser born 1667
born 1667, at the Cape
baptized 16 January 1667, Cape Town
 married 8 May 1689 Cape Town

Catrina Janse Van Der Zee 13 circa 1675-1734

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