M, #17118, b. circa 1630
|BirthOrigin*||Jan was from Het Joumaren and was perhaps born there circa 1630.1|
|Vrijbriewen and Burgher Status||On 22 March 1659, Jan Fopkes 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. He was recorded as a sailor on the Arnhem.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.268. ,1659.. 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.268. Jan Fopkes, of Het Joumaren, sailor on the Arnhem. Granted 22nd March,1659.