Gerrit Sandersz:1

M, #17071, b. circa 1630, d. 4 January 1660

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Last Edited13/04/2017
BirthOrigin*Gerrit was from Blexen and was perhaps born there circa 1630. This location is variously recorded as Blechsum | Blixem | Bletsum, i.e. Blexum or Blexen, viz. Blexum, ein Dorf mit einer Kirche im Budjadinger Lande, in der Grafschaft Oldenburg. Now Blexen in Niedersachsen | Lower Saxony.1,2 
De facto-Candidate*Circa 1658 Gerrit Sandersz: and Lijsbeth Arabus may have been in a de facto relationship but this is not proven. This candidate relationship is offered with a view toward further discovery in the record of the biological parents of Lijsbeth Sanders
Death*He died on 4 January 1660 de Caep de Goede Hoop.3,4
 

Family

Lijsbeth Arabus b. c 1645
Child
  • Lijsbeth Sanders+ b. b 2 Mar 1659, d. c 1743; It is possible that these individuals may be biological father and daughter. However, no baptism has been identified for Lijsbeth, and so the likelihood is that her father was not 'white' while Gerrit Sanderdz: was described in the record as from Blechsum | Blixem | Bletsum, i.e. Blexum or Blexen, viz. Blexum, ein Dorf mit einer Kirche im Budjadinger Lande, in der Grafschaft Oldenburg. Now Blexen in Niedersachsen | Lower Saxony. It may be that Lijsbeth's father was a slave somehow connected to Sandersz:, but for now he remains the only candidate who fits the name / time / location profile2
(Passenger) ShipVoyage On 10 April 1657 the Maria departed Vlie enroute to (Cape Town) where it docked on 13 July 1657. Among those on board was Gerrit Sandersz.5 
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)On 31 January 1658 Gerrit Sandersz: was enumerated in the muster roll, he was recorded as an arquebusier.6
On 15 February 1658 Casper Brinckman and Warnar Cornelisz: were enumerated in the muster roll, among the freemen, as Brinckman's Company and owners. Enumerated with them were Gerrit Sandersz: and Tomas Robberts described as 'in their service.7'

Citations

  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), p.266. As above to:-. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
  2. [S629] Personal communications between Mansell Upham and Delia Robertson, 2010-present. My thanks to Mansell Upham.
  3. [S406] H.B. Thom, editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662 translated by J. Smuts from the original Dutch, (Cape Town, Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1954), p.103. Death of the servant of the agriculturist Caspar Brinkman, named Grerrit Sandersz of Blixem.. Hereinafter cited as Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662.
  4. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.310. Gerrit Sandersz:, of Bletsum, freeman here; arrived in the yacht Maria in 1657.
  5. [S406] H.B. Thom editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662, Appendices viii. July 13. The yacht Maria, from the Vlie the 10th April last, of Amsterdam; 38 men, all well; Skipper Claas Fransz Bordingh; destined to trade on the coasts of Guinea and Angola.
  6. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.266. As above to:- Gerrit Sandersz:, of Blechsum, arquebusier, d.d. 31st January, 1658.
  7. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.294.
 

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