M, #16930, b. circa 1630
|BirthOrigin*||Harmen was from Cologne and may have been born there circa 1630. His age is estimated.1|
|Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)||On 20 March 1656 Harmen Remajenne was enumerated in the muster roll, as an arquebusier.1|
On 31 May 1657 Harmen Remajenne was enumerated in the muster roll, among the free men, or vrijlieden.2
On 15 February 1658 Harmen Remajenne and Jan Martensz de Wacht 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.3'
|Vrijbriewen and Burgher Status||On 11 April 1657, Harmen Remajenne 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.4|
- [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.263. The Commander and Council of the Company’s Fortress and further establishment at Cabo de Boa Esperance, &c., to all who shall see or hear this read: greeting! Be it known that:--
As Harmen Remajenne, of Cologne, sailor, in the service of the Company, has requested us to be discharged from the Company’s service, and placed in freedom, notwithstanding he has still to serve 10 months longer – which he will remain bound at any time to do – we have by this granted his request, and permitted him to reside as a free burgher here at the Cape under the obedience and dominion of the State of the United Netherlands; to choose his domicile here, and maintain himself with agriculture and lawful trade, submitting himself to all such ordinances and articles as have been framed, or may hereafter be still drawn up and published for the service of the general Company, provided that he shall remain a freeman for 12 years at least, according to contract made with him.
In the Fort “ The Good Hope,” the 11th April, 1657.
(Signed) RYCKLOFF VAN GOENS.