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Jan Smit 1
in the company of Captain Moor
(1681) 2
of the garrison at Delft
and, from 1687, Jonkers Hoek in Stellenbosch
born Maastricht 4
died October 1696 5
At his marriage he was described as a soldier in the company of
Captain Moor, at present garrisoned in the town (of Delft).

A child of Johannes Smith was buried at the Oude Kerk, Delft on the
2nd March 1683, described as ' een baarkind' (ie. between one and
12 years old). Could this have been Christoffel, the son of Lucretia
van Senne? Or might it have referred to his son, Johannes, baptised
just two months previously?

In a declarion signed before the Secretary of Stellenbosch on the
11th October 1705 and witnessed by Augustus Meijhuijsen and
Jacobus Smit, Johannes Mulder and Dirk Coetsee, both Old
Heemraden, stated that it was known to them that a certain farm
in Jan de Jonkers Hoek, to the east above the farm of the late Jan
de Jonker, had been in the possesion of Jan Smit from 1687 until
his death and was still in the possesion of Andries Cuijper as the
husband of Jan Smit's widow.

A Jan Smit is listed in the Cape muster rolls from 1690 on, (there are
no muster rolls between 1686 and 1690) but Jan Smit and Adriana
Tol as a couple are first mentioned in the1692 rolls, resident at
Stellenbosch with four children.

In the 1692 Opgaafrol (tax return) they are listed as having three sons
and one daughter, one pistol, one rifle (?- seijd geweer), one flintlock,
two horses and six oxen.

In 1693 and 1695 they are listed again, on both occasions with five
children, Johannes Smit being described as 'from Maastricht' in the
1693 roll. In 1696 we have just 'the widow of Jan Smith' (this muster
roll made no note of children) and in 1698 'the widow of Jan Smith
with 6 children'.

On 1st October 1696 Jan Smit was insulted by Jacob Cloete. Enraged,
Smit drew his rapier, but Cloete evaded the blows and clouted Smit
with a piece of wood, beat him with his fists and kicked his chest,
shouting: 'Lie there, you dog!'. Within a very few days, during which he
suffered continual pain in his chest, Jan Smit died.

(source: Cape Archives, 1/STB 18/153, Notarial Declarations)

(1) circa 1680 extramarital relationship

Lucretia van Sennen


married (2)  7

( see notes for circumstances surrounding their marriage)

Adriana Tol
1656-after 1722
of Oudenlangendijck, Delft
later, of Stellenbosch, Cape of Good Hope

1683 -

1688 -

1689 -

1691 -

c1693 -

1695 -

children of Jan Smit and Lucretia van Sennen

Christoffel Smit born 1680
baptized 19 November 1680, Delft, Sint Hippolytus op het Bagijnhof 6

children of Jan Smit and Adriana Tol

Johannis Smit 8 1683-circa 1714
born 1683, Delft
baptized 10 January 1683, Nieuwe Kerk, Delft 9
died circa 1714 10

Notes: Jan/Johannes Smit first appears in the monsterollen on his own in 1704, then
appears each year after that, often listed next to Christoffel and Jacobus Smit,
until 1711 when he appears living with Eva Zaijmans, but neither of this couple
appear again after this year.

He appears in a declaration dated 29th July 1712, described as Johannes Smith,
arriving one Sunday in 1711 on an ox wagon seeking to serve an invoice on behalf
of Andries Kuyper and accompanied by Christoffel Smit. (1 STB 18/155)

He appears to have died in July 1714 according to his deceased estate
distribution account (the bill for the coffin is dated on the 19th July, 1714); it
would seem that his wife, Eva Zaaiman was also dead. But this inventory may,
of course, have referred to deaths during the smallpox epiedemic of 1713.

According to the inventory drawn up at that time he possessed very little,
and what he had, tables, chairs, pots, teapot, etc. were lodged with six
different people: Overholster, Cornelis van Dalen, Kreloff Jonasz:, Andries
Cuijper (nine oxen and a horse), Mathijs de Beer and Hendrik de Vries.

Although there is nothing conclusive here, the inclusion of Andries Cuijper,
who would have been his stepfather, and Matthijs de Beer, who would have
been his brother-in-law, seems to me to make him a good candidate for the
son of Jan Smit and Adriana Tol.

 married 20 September 1711 Stellenbosch 11

Eva Saijman 1656-after 1722

Christoffel Smit 1688-1770
born 1688
baptized 9 May 1688, Stellenbosch
died 11 August 1770, Overberg
 married 9 February 1721 Stellenbosch

Catharina Lafebre 12

Jacobus Smit 1689-circa 1752
born 1689
baptized 16 October 1689, Stellenbosch
(baptism recorded in the Cape Town registers)
died circa 1752
 married 3 March 1709 Cape Town

Elisabeth Slabbert 13 died 1760

Hilletje Smit 1691-1760
born 1691
baptized 1 April 1691, Cape Town
died 16 December 1760, Waveren
 married (1) 24 October 1705 Stellenbosch

Matthijs Andriesz: de Beer 14 1691-circa 1771
wagonmaker (1705)
 married (2) 3 April 1757

Jan Georg Zorn 15 1691-circa 1771

Francois Smit 16 circa 1693-circa 1758
farmer (1722) 17
born circa 1693, Cape of Good Hope 18
died circa 1758, (before 7th September 1758 when his will was filed) 19
will dated 30 June 1722
and filed 7 September 1758 20

Notes: In his will of 1722 reference is made to his mother, Adriana Tol, the
widow of Andreas Cuijper.

His birth date is a guess based partly on the Muster Rolls where Jan Smit
and Adriana Tol are credited with four children in 1692 and five in 1693
and partly on naming convention whereby a son named after Jan Smit's
side of the family should appear between Jacobus and Alewijn (both
named, I assume, for Adriana Tol's side of the family)

In 1724/5 he signed a memorial to the Council of Justice as one of the far-
mers of Stellenbosch. (HCV Leibbrandt - Requesten, vol 3, 1715 - 1806)

On 17th April 1729 he and his wife, Maria van Staden, were witnesses at
the baptism of his nephew Francois Smit, the son of Jacobus Smit and
Elisabeth Slabbert (Cape Town Baptism Register).

At the end of 1729 the couple were presented with a ready made family of
their own in the shape of Elsje, Cicilia, Hendrik and Sophia van Rensburg,
the orphaned children of Maria's mother, Aletta Willems van der Merwe,
who had died on 30th September 1729.

At the session of the Orphan Chamber 21 November 1729 it was recorded
that these children were to live with their brother-in-law Frans Smit.

On 23rd November 1742 they were both again witnesses at the baptism of
her nephew, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, at the Drakenstein Church.

(These last three facts from the amazing Van Rensburg web site created
by André van Rensburg).

 married 19 November 1719 Drakenstein 22

Maria van Staden 21 died after 1761
farmer 23
of Land van Waveren (?) 24
born Cape of Good Hope 25
died circa 1785, (before 30th April 1785 when her will was filed) 26
will dated 2 November 1758 27
and filed 30 April 1785 28

Alewijn Smit de oude 1695-1774
born 1695
baptized 28 September 1695, Stellenbosch
died August 1774, Land van Waveren
 married 25 December 1718 Drakenstein

Hester Bekker 29 died circa 1785

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