Jan de Vos1
M, #17298, b. circa 1630, d. before 3 April 1655
|BirthOrigin*||Jan was from and was perhaps born there circa 1630. The date is estimated.2 |
|Death*||He died before 3 April 1655, He was recorded among the members of the Amsterdam Chamber who had died in 1655.1,3|
|(Passenger) ShipVoyage|| On 10 April 1653 the De Vogel Phoenicx departed Texel enroute to (Cape Town) where it docked on 16 August 1653. Among those on board was Jan de Vos.3 |
|Company Journal||On 3 April 1655 in the Company Journal, as translated: Arrival of the Provintie with Starthenius on board – Councillor of India – had left Zealand on the 18th Nov. and touched at Cape Verde; crew fairly well – had only lost 7 men. The Phenix had 10 deaths and the Blommendaal 2. The Coningh David and Maagd van Enckhuysen, which had left on 7th Dec., had no dead, as is usually the case with large ships; excepting scurvy they have hardly any sick, only some scurvy patients – all the 6 ships to be well refreshed as long as they are here. Jan Wintervogel and his men return, having left behind Jan de Vos who had died from eating too many bitter almonds – reported that they had been about miles inland and met a native of very small stature, poorly fed, quite wild, and clothed with skins as the Hottentoos, and almost talking as the latter do. Had also found some 70 or 80 Saldanhars in different troops about 15 miles away, with numerous cattle and sheep, anxious to obtain copper and tobacco but not desirous of coming to the fort because of Herry's friends being there. Had also met some Souquaas called fishermen and enemies of the Watermen and Saldanhars without any cattle, who had approached us fully armed; did not attack us, gave them some tobacco and beads. The large troop of apparently real Saldanhars with many cattle were very friendly, and by no means of a begging disposition, always at once giving something in return for what they received, very much inclined for trade, especially tobacco, but would not come to the fort because of Herry's friends – would come when they were gone – whenever they came to us they laid down their weapons – we treated them well. These Saldanhars could give us no information about Herry, but the Sonquaas laughed at us when we spoke of him, just as his friends here do, saying that he is far inland, though daily we see his wife and children among them.4|
- [S673] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, December 1651 - December 1653, Van Riebeeck's Journal, &c. Part I, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W. A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, Castle Street, 1897), p.218. ...having left behind Jan de Vos who had died from eating too many bitter almonds.... Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653.
- [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.306. 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.306. Jan de Yos, of Brussels, cadet, arrived here in the Vogel Phoenix in 1653.
- [S673] Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653, pp.218-219.