Jan Martensz de Wacht1
M, #13944, b. circa 1630
|BirthOrigin*||Jan was from Vrelant and was perhaps born there circa 1630. His age is estimated.2,1|
|Marriage*||He married Neeltjen Arensz circa 1659.1|
|Neeltjen Arensz b. c 1630|
|Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)||On 20 March 1656 Jan Martensz de Wacht was enumerated in the muster roll, as an arquebusier.2|
On 31 May 1657 Jan Martensz de Wacht was enumerated in the muster roll, among the free men, or vrijlieden.3
On 15 February 1658 Jan Martensz de Wacht and Harmen Remajenne were enumerated in the muster roll, among the freemen, as Herman's Company and owners. Enumerated with them were Jacobi Klauten and Hans Cornelissen described as 'in their service.4'
|Vrijbriewen and Burgher Status||On 14 April 1657, Jan Martensz de Wacht was granted a vrijbrief or letter of freedom which released him from his contractual obligations to the VOC and accorded him the status of vrijburgher or free burgher. The vrijbrief was signed by Rijcklof van Goens.5|
|Slave Transactions||On 19 May 1663 Jan Vos may have been the slave offered as an element of the surety offered by Bartholomeus Boorn to Jan Martensz de Wacht, for the purchase of a home and erf in Table Valley for f 500 which he promised to pay in three instalments, the first of f 100 and the balance in equal annual payments on 1 January. The surety included the new home and erf, as well as half his possessions owned in partnership with Thomas Christoffel Müller, both here [Table Valley?] and on Dassen Island, which were huisie, vaartuie, varke, skape along with his own slaaf. [Hattingh offers the date of 19.5.1662 - but I have assumed the year to be 1663 because of where it appears in the record]6|
- [S654] Mansell Upham 'What can't be cured, must be endured … Cape of Good Hope - first marriages & baptisms (1652-1665)', 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), January 2012. "2 September 1661:
Birth: Son of Jan Martendz: de Wacht
"September 2nd Hard weather from the West, with rain. … Today the wife of the freeman Jan Martensz de Wacht was delivered of a young son".
23 April 1662:
Arent de Wacht (born 2 September 1661) son of Jan Ma(a)rtens(sen) (de) Wacht (from Vreeland [Utrecht]) ?Neeltjen Arensz: (from Vreeland); repatriates (1672) with parents."
- [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.284-286. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
- [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.290.
- [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.294.
- [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.264. As above to:- Jan Martensz:, of Vreelant, arquebusier, d.d. 14th April, 1657.
- [S853] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)", Kronos - Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670) 15 (1988): 19.5.1662 [19.5.1663?] CTD 2, p.66
Bartholomeus Borns van Waerden, vry Saldanhavaarder en vryburger se skuld brief ten gunste van Jan martens de Waght vir die gedrag van f 500 weens die koop van ‘n huis en erf in Tafelvallei. Hy beloof om in drie paaiemente te betaal, die eerste van f 100 en die resterende in gelyke bedrae jaarliks op die eerste Januarie, en bied as pand veral die nuwe huis en erf asook die helfte van sy besittings wat hy saam met Thomas Christoffel Muller [nou sy buurman langs Fortsplein] besit, hier en op Dasseneiland, huisie, vaartuie, varke, skape asook sy eie slaaf. [Naam nie vermeld nie.]. Hereinafter cited as "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)."