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Willem Willemsz de Lierman 1
born Deventer
died before 3 October 1686, Mauritius 2
He was known by the nickname of 'De Lierman' according to Zacharias
Wagenaar's diary entry of 6 November 1664, when Willemsz brought to
the Castle a young rhinoceros whose mother he had shot behind the
Rondebergh, about four miles from the Castle towards Robben Island. He
hoped it might be sent back to the fatherland with the expected return fleet.

He is on the muster rolls of company's servants from March 1657 onwards,
by 1660 he appears as a labourer for Pieter Cornelisz van Langwoudt, free

By 1662 he had become the owner of a farm in parthership with Pieter Jongh van
Statmeer; by 1663, farming on his own, he is stated to have owned 12 morgen,
presumably along the Liesbeek River (Diary of Zacharias Wagenaar, letter to the
Directors at Amsterdam, 21 November 1663, C.494)

On 27th April 1672, he shot and wounded a Hottentot servant and the same evening
he fled into the veld to avoid arrest. He escaped from the Cape on board a Danish
ship, the Magelos, which sailed for Europe on the 4th May 1672. The Hottentot had
died by 16th May and Willem Willemsz was declared a fugitive.

The next year he was back at the Cape having come on the Europa (which arrived
1st July 1673) and presented to the Council of Policy the answer to a petition he
had presented to the Prince of Orange. The Council thought it wise to check first
with Europe before doing anything and Willemsz was committed to Robben Island
for the duaration, not being released from there until sometime in 1676.

Upon his release he found a wife who had, during his absence, had two children
by Ocker Cornelisse and who no longer wanted to live with him. They were
apparently reconciled and apparently sent to exile in Batavia in September 1676
on the ship De Vrije Zee.

They would seem to sailed to Batavia but shipped back again in 1677 since a
Council of Policy resolution of 14th July 1677 refers to him as just recently
returned from Batavia (his daughter Datje was baptised in Cape Town 24th June
1676) but decides to ship him out to Mauritius, considering his reputation with
the Hottentots. And a resolution of the 23rd July 1677 refers to his and his wife's
imminent departure for Mauritius, presumably on the hooker De Bode, then ready
to leave Table Bay for Mauritius. (See my note on this episode here)

The Bode left Cape Town on 18th June and arrived at Mauritius on 18th July 1677,
carrying not only Willem Willemsz and his wife Maria Jans Visser and their children,
but also the new Commander of the island, Johannes Lamotius and his family, and
the Maurtius free burgers, Daniel Zaaiman and Bartholmeus Borns who took with
him as his ward Petronella van Meerhof the daughter of Eva and Pieter Meerhof.

In a roll of the free settlers on Mauritius, apparently taken around October 1677,
Willem Willemsz van Deventer is listed with one wife, three children and two slaves.

On Mauritius he and his family were located as farmers on the Noordwijk Flats, but
Willem Willemsze did not prove happy farming and became a hunter and general
thorn in everyone's side.

married circa 1664 at at the Cape 3

Maria Jansz Visser
circa 1649-circa 1718







children of Willem and Maria Jansz Willemsz

Aeltje Willemsz born 1667
born 1667 4
baptized 20 June 1667, Cape Town 5

Notes: Reference no.: MOOC8/2.64
Arij Simonsz, 24 April 1711

Staet en inventaris der goederen naergelaten en met 'er doot ontruijmt bij wijlen Arij Simonsz van Catwijk in sijn leeven baessmit op 't eijland Mauritius, ten voordeele van desselfs naergelaten vrouw Aaltje Willems ter eenre, en desselfs erfgenamen ab intestato ter andere zijde


Jannitje Willemsz born 1669
born 1669 6
baptized 16 July 1669, Cape Town 7

Hendrick Willemsz born 1670
born 1670 8
baptized 26 October 1670, Cape Town 9

Willem Willemsz born 1671
born 1671 10
baptized 15 November 1671, Cape Town 11

Daatje Willemsz born 1677
baptized 27 June 1677, Cape Town
 married 4 September 1691 Cape Town

Carel Adriaanz De Brak 12 circa 1649-circa 1718

Pietertje Willemsz 13
born Mauritius 14

Notes: On 1 March 1716 a Pieterje Willemsz and Gerbrant Weijbrandsz
were witnessed to the baptism of Johannes, son of Geertruij
Sijmonsz and Martinus Akkerman.

 married 29 August 1705 Stellenbosch 16

Gerbrand Wijbrandsz: 15
Junior Assistant, Dutch East India Company, at the Cape (between 1697 and 1699) 17
born Batavia 18

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