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Evert Cornelisse
Catharina Everts Van Der Zee 1
born 1673, On the ship Europa, at sea
between the Netherlands and the Cape 2
baptized 2 July 1673, Cape Town 3
died circa January 1722, (assumed from filing date of will) 4
will dated 1710
and filed 21 February 1722 5
Her place of birth, 'van der zee', seems to have become her
surname, whereas her brother and sister continued to use the
patronymic instead.

for a note on her parentage see below#

married 5 August 1685 at Cape Town 6

Coenraad Jansz Visser
1663-circa 1743
farmer 7
of Veelverjaagt, Stellenbosch 8


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1695 -

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children of Catharina Everts and Coenraad Jansz Visser

Jacomyntje Visser 9 born 1688
born 1688 10
baptized 23 May 1688, Cape Town 11
 married (1)

Hendrik Schreuder 12 1663-circa 1743
 married (2) 29 August 1705 Stellenbosch 14

Jan Beukes 13 1663-circa 1743
born Otmesbeukhold 15

Aeltje Visser 1690-before 1744
born 1690
baptized 23 April 1690, Cape Town
died before 1744

Claas Swart 16

Evert Visser 1691-1723
born 1691 17
baptized 29 July 1691, Cape Town 18
died between 1723 and 1744

Notes: He was mentioned in his parents' will of 1710,
and made opgaaf returns in 1709, 1712, 1719 and 1723 as
living in Stellenbosch. He is not mentioned in his father's
estate accounts of 1744 so had presumably died between
1723 and 1744 without leaving surviving heirs.

Geertje Visser born 1694
born 1694 19
baptized 21 March 1694, Cape Town 20

Augustus Meijhuijsen 21

Catharina Visser 1695-before 1744
born 1695
baptized 21 October 1695, Stellenbosch
died before 1744

Jurgen Beijer 22

Jan Visser Coenraadsz 23 circa 1697-after 1761
born circa 1697 24
died after 1761

Notes: He is included on the opgaaf returns made
between 1719 and 1752 as a single man, living in the
Stellenbosch district, presumably not a farmer, since
all these returns list no farm animals or crops, merely
the usual possesions of a single man, a gun and a

In the return of 1757 and 1761, however, he is listed as
having a wife, after which there are no more returns for

 married 11 August 1754 Stellenbosch 25

Catharina Smit died before 1744

Maria Visser 1707-circa 1785
born 1707
baptized 8 October 1707, Cape Town
died circa 1785

Fredrik Brand 26

Jannetie Visser born 1711
born 1711 27
baptized 1 February 1711, Stellenbosch 28

Dirk Martensz: 29

Marta Visser born 1713
born 1713 30
baptized 2 February 1713, Stellenbosch 31

Laurens Martensz: 32

Geesje Visser 33

Juriaan Hendriksen 34

# The parents of Catharina Everts Van Der Zee

In her will, dated 1710, she states very clearly that she was born
aboard the ship Europa sailing to the Cape from the Netherlands
( gebooren op't schip Europa (herwaarts komende) tusschen
't patria en Cabo voorsz' oud negen en dertigh jaren
) thirty
nine years before.

The VOC Ship data web site lists two ships named Europa in use at
that period. The one was first used by the VOC in October 1672
when it was captured from the French and sailed from Batavia for
Europe, arriving at the Cape on 15 April 1673 and departing again
on 29th April. It was captured by the English at St Helena May 1673.

The second ship Europa first came into service in 1671 and seems
to have made its first voyage to the East from Texel on 20 December
1672 for Colombo, calling at the Cape between 1st July 1673 and the
18th July 1673.

Although she states her age as 39 in November 1710, suggesting a
birth dated of 1671, during 1670, 1671 and 1672 there was not one
child recorded in the Cape Town baptismal registers with the name
Catharina. The first to appear is Catharin the daugher of Evert
Cornelisse and his wife Maria, baptised 2nd July 1673, which would
match both the date of arrival of the ship Europa and the name of
the father. We note, too, that Coenraad Jans Visser is also stated to
be 2 years older than he in fact was. It is not uncommon to find ages
incorrectly stated in these documents, but they are usually a year or
two less than the true age, but in this case both are stated to be
about two years older than they in fact were. The childrens' ages,
given in the same docuemnt, start at three years older for the eldest
child, and get progressively less for each child till the ages match the
true ages for the younger children.

I first became aware of this information through Elmien Wood and
Mansell Upham, to whom my thanks for making their findings public.

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