Bernhardus van Niekerk1,2

M, #13027, b. before 20 January 1709
Father*Cornelis Gerritsz van Nieukerk3 b. c 1670, d. b 15 Aug 1710
Mother*Maria van der Westhuijsen3 b. b 6 Oct 1675

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NGK Drakenstein Marriages 1717-1740NGK Drakenstein Marriages 1717-1749
Last Edited16/09/2016
Birth*Bernhardus van Niekerk was born before 20 January 1709 in de Caep de Goede Hoop.4
BaptismBernhardus van Niekerk was baptized on 20 January 1709 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by Barend van der Westhuysen and Aletta Verwey. This witness has not been positively identified but Aletta Verwey is(are) potentially the correct individual(s.)5 
Marriage*He married Aletta Hendrina van den Heuvel, daughter of Nicolaas van den Heùvel and Maria Segers, on 24 July 1746 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop. The marriage was performed by Ds. Salomon van Echten.6,2


Aletta Hendrina van den Heuvel b. b 25 Feb 1725
  • Cornelis van Niekerk1 b. b 23 Sep 1753
Names in the record, in publications, etc.24 July 1746, the name of Bernhardus was written in the record as Bernardus van Nieuwkerke.6
Vrijbriewen and Burgher StatusBernhardus van Niekerk became a burgher circa 1745, 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


  1. [S190] C.C. de Villiers & C. Pama, Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families II L-R (Cape Town / Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1966), p.646. Hereinafter cited as Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families II L-R.
  2. [S226] GISA, South African Genealogies 6 N, GISA SA Genealogies (Stellenbosch, South Africa: Genealogical Institute of South Africa, 2000), p.262. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 6 N.
  3. [S190] C.C. de Villiers & C. Pama, Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families II L-R, p.634, 646.
  4. [S736] VC 605 (NGK G1-8/2), NGK Baptism Registers 1713-1742 (Cape Town), 2012, transcribed by Corney Keller, (1713-1742), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as NGK Baptism Registers 1713-1742 (Cape Town).
  5. [S736] VC 605 (NGK G1-8/2), NGK Baptism Registers 1713-1742 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: [20 d:o (Jan) 1709] van Cornelis Nieukerken, en Maria van de Westhuijse, de getuigen Bernardus van de Westhuijse, en Aaltie Olivier. - Bernardus, 1713-1742, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch
  6. [S470] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Marriages., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Marriage Register, Personen in den Huwelyken Staat bevestigd door Predekant. Salomon van Echten.
    24 July [1746]. Bernardus van Nieuwkerke van Cabo de Goede Hoop. Burger aan Stellensbosch. - en Aletta Hendrina van de Heuvel van Cabo voornoemd.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Marriages.

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