Matthys Andries de Beer

M, #7163, b. circa 1680

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Last Edited14/05/2014
BirthOrigin*Matthys was from Wase, the harbour Vaasa in modern Finland, and may have been born there circa 1680.1,2,3
Marriage*He married Hilletje Smit, daughter of Jan Smit and Adriana Tol, on 24 October 1705 Nederduitsche Gereformeede Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.1
Lovers*Before 8 November 1705 Matthys Andries de Beer and Maria van Caab were lovers de Caep de Goede Hoop.4  

Family 1

Hilletje Smit b. 1 Apr 1691

Family 2

Maria van Caab b. c 1690
(Passenger) ShipVoyage On 22 September 1698 Matthys Andries de Beer sailed on the Huis Overrijp from Texel to (Cape Town) where it docked on 20 February 1699.5,6 
(Recipient) Inventory On 24 February 1714 the messenger of the court, gerechts boode, Sijmon Witmond, reported to the Orphen Master Adriaan van Kervel, that items belonging to the recently deceased Eva Zaaijman and Joannis Smit were in the possession of Johann Oberholster, Cornelis Joosten van Daalen, Roelof Jonas, Andries Cuyper, Matthys Andries de Beer and Hendrik Abrahamsz de Vries as itemised in the attached memorial. However, the boode reported that De Vries had stipulated he had only a small iron pot and a tea kettle in his possession.7
Names in the record, in publications, etc.20 June 1706, the name of Matthys was written in the record as Mattijs de Beer.8
Between 1 June 1710 and 4 October 1716, the name of Matthys was written in the record as Mattys de Beer.9,10
Between 29 December 1726 and 26 June 1729, the name of Matthys was written in the record as Mathijs de Beer.11
Baptisms - WitnessMatthys Andries de Beer and Hilletje Smit witnessed the baptism of Anna van der Swaan on 20 June 1706 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.8,12


  1. [S502] Website Family Search ( "1705. 24e ditto [Octob.] Mattys Andriesse de Beer van Wase, jongm. met Hilletie Smit van Cabo."
  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. [S796] De Beers in Suid-Afrika Potch Herald (unknown repository, unknown repository reference) "Article by Jaleen de Beer on 25 April 2014 [DR translation]: His place of origin was given as Wase in the marriage register. There has been much speculation about this town, but the latest research by Dr. Johan de Beer of Stellenbosch, along with information about his DNA, suggest Matthys departed for the Cape from the Finnish harbour town now known as Vaasa."
  4. [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, based on their baptism of a daughter, Geertruyd. Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  5. [S795] Website The Dutch East India Company's shipping between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795 ( "Details of voyage 1784.2 from Texel to Batavia
    Number 1784.2
    Name of ship HUIS OVERRIJP
    Master Oldenhove, Jan Abrahamsz. van
    Tonnage 436
    Type of ship fluit
    Built 1693
    Yard Hoorn
    Chamber Amsterdam
    Date of departure 22-09-1698
    Place of departure Texel
    Arrival at Cape 20-02-1699
    Departure from Cape 02-05-1699
    Date of arrival at destination 05-11-1699
    Place of arrival Batavia
    Next homeward voyage 6027.2
    On Board I II III IV V VI
    Seafarers 99 5 22 5 4 78
    Soldiers 69 24 21 4 62
    Passengers 5 0 2 4 0 7."
  6. [S620] Website Nationaal Archief, VOC Opvarenden ( "Gegevens van Mattijs Andriesz uit Lubeecq
    Datum indiensttreding: 22-09-1698
    Datum uit dienst: 10-08-1702
    Functie bij indiensttreding: Adelborst
    Reden uit dienst: Vrijburger
    Uitgevaren met het schip: Huis Overrijp
    Waar uit dienst: Kaap de Goede Hoop
    Maandbrief: Nee
    Schuldbrief: Ja
    Opmerkingen: laatste vermelding 1774."
  7. [S332] Webpage ( (Original records held by Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) "Inventories of the Orphan Chamber
    Cape Town Archives Repository, South Africa
    Reference no.: MOOC8/3.54
    Jan Smit
    Eva Zaijman
    24 Februarij 1714."
  8. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Anna, d' Vader Gerrit Vander Swaan, d' Moeder Agnitie Camfer, getùygen Mattijs de Beer, en Heyltie Smit, 20 Jùny 1706.
  9. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, 1710; 1 Junij; Helena; d'vader Mattys de Beer, d'Moeder Elsje Semet: getuygen Jean Roux de Blois & Jeanne Mouij.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  10. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Samùel, vader Mattys de Beer, moeder Heiltie Smit, getù Christoffel Smit, Maria van Eden, 1 9br 1711.
    Samùel, d'Vader Mattys de Beer, d'Moeder Heiltie Smit, getùygen Francois Smit, en Alletta van Wyck: 20 May 1714.
    Maria Elisabeth, d'Vader Mattys de Beer, d'Moeder Heijltie Smit, getù Derk Snit en Marie dù Plessis, 4 8br 1716.
  11. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Den 29 December 1726; K: Heijltje; V: Mathijs De Beer; M: Heijltje Smit; G: Andries Krùgel, Marija Ras.
    Den 26 Jùnij 1726 (sic - among the 1729 entries); K: Johannes Jùrge; V: Mathijs De Beer; V: Hilletje Smit; G: Jùrge Hanekom, Johanna van den Bos.
  12. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( ""
  13. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  14. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms, 1724; Den 6de Febr: Johanna Adriana, doghter van Matthijs De Beer en Hijltje Smidt. Getuigen Jan Elberts en Johanna Conterman.

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