Jan van Passel1

M, #17016, b. circa 1630

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Last Edited21/06/2015
BirthOrigin*Jan was from Geel and was perhaps born there circa 1630. His age is estimated.1 
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)On 31 May 1657 Jan van Passel was enumerated in the muster roll, as a soldier earning f 10.1
On 15 February 1658 Jan Reijniersz and Wouter Mostert were enumerated in the muster roll, among the freemen, as owners. Enumerated with them were Jan van Passel, Roeloff Hansz: and Claes Schrijver, described as 'in their service.2'
Vrijbriewen and Burgher StatusOn 31 May 1657, Jan van Passel 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.3


  1. [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), pp.287-289. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
  2. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.294.
  3. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.264. As above to:- Jan van Passel, of Geel, soldier, d.d. 31st May, 1657.

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