|# The parents of Cornelis Ockers alias Willemsz|
The record of his baptism does not name a father and is dated in
August 1673. We can reasonably assume that he was born shortly
before that date, meaning that he was conceived sometime around
September or October 1672, at which time his mother's husband,
Willem Willemsz, was penned up on Robben Island (see my notes).
During this time she is recorded as having stooped 'down lightly to
whoredom out of wedlock and with a certain free burger named
Ocker Cornelisz to procreate two children'.
Cornelis is named in the deceased estate accounts of his mother
as her son, Cornelis Willemsz, deceased, leaving four minor children.
We do not have a Cornelis Willemsz marrying and producing four
children at the Cape, but we do have a Cornelisz Ockers doing just
There is no help on this point to be found in the baptism details of
his children, but they did, later, assume the surname of Olivier.
I think there can be little doubt that he was one of the two children
referred to in the Resolutions of the Council of Policy in August and
September 1676 who had been fathered by Ocker Cornelisz, later
surnamed Olivier, during the period when Willem Willemsz was
imprisoned on Robben Island.