Francois Viljoen

M, #6857, b. circa 1646, d. before 1690

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
NGK (Cape Town) Marriages1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Marriages 1665-1695
NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732
Last Edited04/06/2016
BirthOrigin*Francois described himself as from Clermont and was perhaps born there circa 1646. The date has been estimated. There has been a widespread assumption in genealogical circles and historical societies that he was a French Huguenot who most likely hailed from Clermont on the N31, about 60 kilometres north of Paris. However in the 1681 list of vrijluiden or free individuals at the Cape, it is stated that he was from Mazeijck which is a small town in the then-Spanish Netherlands (now Belgium) known today as Maaseik. There are several different Clermonts in the general region of Maaseik. As to him being a Huguenot, there is nothing in the record which specifically identifies him as such and given his early arrival, he was more likely a Walloon or even, remotely, a Catholic. My thanks to Rassie Rascher for clarifying these facts and bringing them to our attention.1,2 
Marriage*He married Cornelia Campenaar on 17 May 1676 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.1
 
Death*He died before 1690.3
 

Family

Cornelia Campenaar b. 1653, d. b 28 Nov 1713
Children
(Passenger) ShipVoyage On 7 November 1672 Francois Viljoen sailed on the Huis te Velsen from Texel to (Cape Town) where it docked on 14 February 1672.4,2 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.17 May 1676, the name of Francois was written in the record as Francois Signon.
19 May 1678, the name of Francois was written in the record as Francois Villion.5
24 April 1689, the name of Francois was written in the record as Francois Sinjon.
Baptisms - WitnessFrancois Viljoen and Lijsbet Gertse witnessed the baptism of Antonij Jansz van Ceylon on 1 February 1688 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.6,7

Citations

  1. [S392] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Mar), 1665-1695: Den 17 dito (Maij)
    Francois Signon J.M.
    van Clermont, vrijburger alhier,
    met Cornelia Campenaar J.D.
    van Middelburgh, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/. Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Mar).
  2. [S532] Website The Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA branch (http://www.eggsa.org/) "Vrijboek 1681: Francois Vilion van Mazeijck voor soldaat ende Camer Amsterdam anno 1672 pr. 't Huijs te Velsen aangelant, en 1673 den 18 Augustij als wagenmaker vrij geworden."
  3. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  4. [S351] Grahame Naudé, "Dutch East India Company Shipping", Familia (DEIC Shipping) 43 Number 1 (2006): Details of voyage 1201.3 from Texel to Batavia
    Number     1201.3
    Name of ship     HUIS TE VELSEN
    Master     Roos, Sieuwert
    Tonnage     750
    Type of ship     
    Built     1667
    Yard     Amsterdam
    Chamber     Amsterdam
    Date of departure     11-10-1671
    Place of departure     Texel
    Arrival at Cape     14-02-1672
    Departure from Cape     02-03-1672
    Date of arrival at destination     23-05-1672
    Place of arrival     Batavia
    Particulars     Via S. Tiago. On the return voyage in 1674 the ship carried French prisoners of war. The ship was restored to the Company on 21-04-1676.
    Next homeward voyage     
    On Board     I     II     III     IV     V     VI
    Seafarers     141     7     19     0     5     117
    Soldiers     65          7     8     3     63
    Passengers     3          2     0     0     1. Hereinafter cited as "Dutch East India Company Shipping."
  5. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: ... Francois Villion ..., transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/. Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).
  6. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.): Den 1 Febrij. de volgende zijn aan Stellenbos gedoopt
    [Ao. 1688]. eodem dito [1 Feb] noch een kint van de voorn:[oemde] Beiaarde persoon is genaamt Hendrik. eodem dito nogh een kint van Dina waar van getuijge was Francoij Vilion en Lijsbet Gertse Den naam van ‘t kint was Antonij, 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/
  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. Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  8. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.): Ano' 1678
    Den 19 Maij Francois Villion en sijn huijsvrow Cornelia
    een dochtertje Anna gedoopt, 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/
  9. [S191] C.C. de Villiers & C. Pama, Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-Z (Cape Town / Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1966), p. 1028. Hereinafter cited as Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-K.
  10. [S371] Website Rootsweb's World Connect (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com).
 

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