Schalk Willem van der Merwe1
M, #12845, b. before 1 January 1735
|Vrijbriewen and Burgher Status||Schalk Willem van der Merwe became a burgher circa 1759, in Dutch vryburgher or vrijburgher, initially a status in which a soldier or other employee of the VOC was released from their contractual obligations to the VOC and permitted to farm, become a tradesman, or work for others. Subsequently some individuals, including the Huguenot refugees, were brought to the Cape specifically to farm and were burghers from the time of their arrival Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.1|
- [S150] Edited & augmented by GISA Originally compiled by J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 5 L-M, GISA SA Genealogies (Stellenbosch, South Africa: Genealogical Institute of South Africa, 1999), p.549. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 5 L-M.