Heinrich Weyers

M, #6645, b. circa 1680

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Last Edited02/01/2014
Birth*Heinrich Weyers was born circa 1680 at Epen.1,2
Marriage*He married Anna Elizabeth Gerrits, daughter of Caspar Gerrits and Elsie Speldenbergh, on 1 May 1718 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.1,3,4


Anna Elizabeth Gerrits b. 18 Oct 1699
  • Maria Weyers8 b. b 18 Feb 1720
  • Elsje Gerrits+ b. b 16 Nov 1721; In Die herkoms van Elsje Gerrits, moeder van die Els-Stammoeder – Anna Maria Pieterse Charlie Els makes a convincing case for the parentage of Elsje Gerrits9
  • Johanna Weyers+6 b. 12 Jan 1724, d. 7 Nov 1767
Arrival* In 1702, Heinrich Weyers arrived at a soldier.5 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.An unknown date , the name of Heinrich was written in the record as Hendrik Weyer.6
1 May 1718, the name of Heinrich was written in the record as Hendriksz Wijer.1
18 February 1720, the name of Heinrich was written in the record as Weyer Hendrikse.7
Vrijbriewen and Burgher StatusHeinrich Weyers became a burgher in 1714, in Dutch vryburgher or vrijburgher, initially a status in which a soldier or other employee of the VOC was released from their contractual obligations to the VOC and permitted to farm, become a tradesman, or work for others. Subsequently some individuals, including the Huguenot refugees, were brought to the Cape specifically to farm and were burghers from the time of their arrival.5


  1. [S650] VC33, NGK Stellenbosch Marriage Records: ditto [1718; 1 Maij] - Wijer Hendrikz van Epen jongm[an] met Anna Elisabeth Gerritsdogter, (1700-1788), Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Hereinafter cited as NGK Stellenbosch Marriage Records.
  2. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  3. [S204] Dr. J. Hoge, Personalia of the Germans at the Cape, 1652-1806, Archives Year Book for South African History (Cape Town: Government Printer, Union of South Africa, 1946), WEYERS, HEINRICH, also called WEYER, HENDRIKS.-Epe. Arr. 1702 as so., wagon-driver 1705, b. 1714. ~ 1.5.1718 Anna Elisabeth Gerritsdogter, i.e. d. of Caspar Gerrits of Nimwegen and Elsje Speldenberg, bapt. 18.10.1699. 3 children. † 5.8.1725. (GMR 1704-5; V.C. 56; G.R. nr. 172.) Another daughter of W. seems to have been Adriana Weyers, bapt. 29.9.1748 at Stellenbosch as grown-up person, married to Johann Martin Schwebler (q.v.) and Christoffel Heyske (q.v.).. Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  4. [S191] C.C. de Villiers & C. Pama, Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-Z (Cape Town / Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1966), p.1128. Hereinafter cited as Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-Z.
  5. [S460] Prof. Barend J. Venter, "Voorsate staat van Heinricha Venter", 22 September 2008 (e-mail address). This ancestral register was compiled for Delia Robertson on 22 September 2008 from the database "Die Venter familie van Suid-Afrika" compiled by B.J. Venter, J.A. Venter and M.A. Venter. Prof. B.J. Venter, 20 Ray Street, Annlin, 0182. Hereinafter cited as "Voorsate staat van Heinricha Venter."
  6. [S370] A.J. & C.M. van der Walt Stamregister van die family Van der Walt, Geskeidenis en Genealogie 1727-1998, privately published by Lochwalt, Potchefstroom, (1998).
  7. [S325] Lorna Newcomb and Ockert Malan, compilers, Annale van Nederduits Gereformeerde Moedergemeente Stellenbosch No 1.., CD-ROM (Stellenbosch) Die Genootskap vir die Kerkversameling, 2004 0-9584832-1-3), Baptism Register, Maria, d'Vader Weyer Hendrikse, d'Moeder Anna Gerritse getùyge Geertrùyt Gerritse: 18e Feb 1720.. Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  8. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  9. [S551] Charlie Els, "Die herkoms van Elsje Gerrits", Familia - Die herkoms van Elsje Gerrits Familia 47 (2010). Hereinafter cited as "Die herkoms van Elsje Gerrits."

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