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Marten Jans van Staden
circa 1638-1716
Maria Ariens van Amerongen
died circa 1677
Martinus van Staden 1
farmer (1707) 2
of Paarl Diamant 3
born 1675 4
baptized 6 June 1675, Werkhoven, Utrecht 5
died between September and December 1707 6
There is no record of their marriage and it is likely that it took
place at Drakenstein since the church registers of that church
before about 1717 are missing, whereas those for Stellenbosch
are extant from 1700 onwards.

In the monsterollen (muster rolls) of 1700 Marthinus Staden is
listed without any wife (although wives are not listed in every
year, in this year they were), In the opgaafrollen (tax returns)
for 1702 he is listed as having 1 wife and 1 daughter and living
in the Cape district - in the same year he and Aletta baptised
their first child in the church at Cape Town.

In 1705 he and his wife, named as Aaltie van der Merwe, still
have just one daughter, but now they are living in Drakenstein.

On 6th September 1707 he signed a document waiving his right
to his maternal inheritance, but by the 31st December of that
year he was dead, since Aletta is listed in the muster rolls of that
date as his widow.

By the time of the Opgaaf of 1709, Aletta had married Claas Jansz
van Rensburg, and he is listed with one wife, two sons and one
daughter, and living in Drakenstein.

It has occurred to me to wonder whether, in the baptism
recorded on the 27th June 1706 at Drakenstein, the name
'Marthe' is in fact a mistake for 'Marthinus'.

circa 1701 (probably at Drakenstein) 7

Aletta van der Merwe
circa 1687-circa 1729

1702 -

c1705 -


children of Martinus van Staden and Aletta van der Merwe

Maria van Staden 8 1702-circa 1785
farmer 9
of Land van Waveren (?) 10
born 1702, Cape of Good Hope 11
baptized 22 January 1702, Cape Town 12
died circa 1785, (before 30th April 1785 when her will was filed) 13
will dated 1775 14
and filed 30 April 1785 15

Notes: In her will of 1764 she names a loan cattle farm situated 'beyond
the Twenty Four Rivers, across the Little Elsebos'. This would appear to
have been where she herself lived.

Later the codicil to her will made on the 25th July 1777 was signed and
dated 'on my dwelling place situated across the Four-and-Twenty Rivers,
across the Little Elsenbosch'.

On her cattle farm she had not only the house with farm buidings but a
cellar and a smithy and she owned several slaves. She mentions eight
slaves in her will of 1775 but names only three of them: a woman called
Philiela, a youth called America and a boy called Cham (they are named
on separate occasions, not as a group).

She had also two loan farms situated in the Roggeveld, 'Vogelfonteyn'
and 'Houd den Beck' as well as another, 'beyond the Oliphants River,
at Langefonteyn'.

She left the buildings on the two Roggeveld farms to her nephew, Isaac
Schalk van der Merwe. By 1825, one of these, 'Houdenbek', had passed to
one of Isaac's nephews, Willem Nicolaas van der Merwe, when it was the
setting of the slave uprising of that year.

 married 19 November 1719 Drakenstein 17

Francois Smit 16 circa 1693-circa 1758
farmer (1722) 18
born circa 1693, Cape of Good Hope 19
died circa 1758, (before 7th September 1758 when his will was filed) 20
will dated 30 June 1722
and filed 7 September 1758 21

Marthinus van Staden circa 1705-circa 1746
born circa 1705
died circa March 1746

Catharina Botha 22 died before 1791

Marthe van Staden born 1706
baptized 27 June 1706, Drakenstein 23

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