Willem Cornelisz1

M, #13927, b. circa 1640

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Last Edited03/09/2015
BirthOrigin*Willem was from Rotterdam, , and was perhaps born there circa 1640. Date is estimated.2,1 
(Accused) Attestion On 20 May 1661 Cornelis Willemsz: and Georgius Frederick Wreede declared that the gunner, Willem Cornelisz was absuive toward Fredericus, creating a commotion in the process. The commander, Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck, ordered that he be put in irons, but before the fiscal, Abraham Gabbema, arrived on the scene to implement the order, Cornelisz: retrieved his his side arm [sword] and ran toward Fredericus. Fortunately for the latter Hendrick Hagens and François de Coninck intervened and disarmed Cornelisz:. I have assumed Cornelis Willemsz: to be the individual from Linden, elsewlhere in the record described as a cadet. Corrections are welcome.3 
Misc* On 22 August 1662, the Castle, Maria da Costa van Bengale was discovered in flagrante delictu with Willem Cornelisz. He was fined and dismissed from his post as constable - she was not punished.4 
Occupation* On 22 August 1662 Willem Cornelisz was Constable.1 
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)In 1660 Willem Cornelisz was enumerated in the muster roll, he was recorded as of Rotterdam, gunner and trumpeter.2
On 1 March 1661 Willem Cornelisz was enumerated in the muster roll, he was recorded as of Rotterdam, gunner and trumpeter.5

Citations

  1. [S657] Mansell Upham 'Hell and Paradise... Hope on Constantia / De Hel en Het Paradijs... De Hoop op Constantia: Jan Grof (died ante 1700) and his extended family at the Cape of Good Hope', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), February 2012. "On Sunday night (22 August 1660) Maaij Ansela’s lover (François de Coninck), with the surveyor Pieter Potter and the sergeant Jan Danckaert, testified before the Council of Justice [about] trapping the constable Willem Cornelisz: (from Rotterdam) and Marij in flagrante delictu. They were discovered in each other’s arms between 10 and 11 that night in the constable’s room adjacent to the magazine where the gunpowder was stored. Van Riebeeck sent Marij back to her room. Cornelisz was put into custody. For his transgression (dereliction of duty?), Cornelisz: had his original sentencei50 years in the public works and fine of 100 realsjcommuted (50 reals and dismisssal as constable. Thus, Marij [da Costa], who found her own way to Cornelisz:’s room, was saved from the clutches of Cornelisz:."
  2. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1652-1662 to which are added land grants, attestations, Journal of voyage to Tristan da Cunha, names of freemen, &c. Vol III, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1900), p.299.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
  3. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.451. Declaration of Corn: Willemsz:, Corporal, and George Fredericus, of Uts [Oedt, near Cologne?], that on Monday, the 16th inst., about 8 p.m. the gunner, Willem Cornelisz:, of Rotterdam, used some bad words towards G. Fredericus, which went so far that a great commotion was created at the Fort. The commander ordered the gunner to be put in irons. The latter (whilst deponent, the corporal went to inform the fiscal [Abraham Gabbema] of the row, and who also heard the bad words), went into his room for his side arms which he brought out bare in his hand. He ran with it to G. Fredericus, but H. Hagens and Frans de Coninck took the sword from him and prevented him from doing any mischief. He swore and scolded and made a great noise, &c. The above certified by oath, 27th May.
  4. [S657] Mansell Upham 'UL04 Hell and Paradise', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), "They were discovered in each other’s arms between 10 and 11 that night in the constable’s room adjacent to the magazine where the gunpowder was stored. Van Riebeeck sent Marij back to her room. Cornelisz was put into custody. For his transgression (dereliction of duty?), Cornelisz: had his original sentence (50 years in the public works and fine of 100 reals) commuted (50 reals and dismisssal as constable. Thus, Marij [da Costa], who found her own way to Cornelisz:’s room, was saved from the clutches of Cornelisz:."
  5. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.303.
 

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