Jacob Reijniers1

M, #13766, b. circa 1633

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Last Edited06/02/2012
Birth*Jacob Reijniers was born circa 1633 in Amsterdam.2,1
Marriage*He married Elisabet van Opdorp, daughter of Bastiaen Adriaensz O 't Dorp and Sebastiaentgen van Gaesbeeck, on 23 November 1653 (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. They leave Cape (24 January 1654) on Vrede bound for Batavia.1 
Occupation* On 23 November 1653 Jacob Reijniers was junior merchant.1 
Slaves owned by individualsMaria da Costa van Bengale was a slave from the Coromandel Coast, enslaved circa 1654 and brought to Batavia, where, in 1655, she was purchased on behalf of Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck by Jacob Reijniers and sent to the Cape as personal slave to the commander.3
Company JournalOn 8 November 1653 in the Company Journal, as translated: The same threatening destruction to everything. Jacob Reijniers: to marry Elisabet van Opdorp, niece and ward of Jan van Riebeeck, the first notice to be given in church to-morrow. The ceremony to be performed by the bookkeeper Frederick Verburgh, as by Resolution specially taken.4
On 9 November 1653 in the Company Journal, as translated: (Sunday). First publication of the banns (for Jacob Reijniers: and Elisabet van Opdorp.)4
On 16 November 1653 in the Company Journal, as translated: (Sunday). Cut the first cauliflower, as fine and delicate as at home. Second banns published (for Jacob Reijniers: and Elisabet van Opdorp.)5
On 23 November 1653 in the Company Journal, as translated: (Sunday). Fine, warm, sunshine. The young couple ( Jacob Reijniers: and Elisabet van Opdorp) solemnly married before the Council and the public in the Council Chamber. There being no Minister the ceremony was performed by the Secretary.6
On 20 December 1653 in the Company Journal, as translated: Riebeeck and Reijniers escorted by 20 men proceed to the forest to inspect, &c., and see whether it were possible to reach the Saldanhars. About 1½ mile from the fort from the side of the mountain we saw half-a-mile from us various troops of natives, to whom we at once went, leaving the soldiers behind us within musket range, and taking three or four secretly armed with pistols with us, and also the drummer, who was sent in advance to tell them that the captain was there himself. Having given his message, and the natives finding that we had left the armed men behind, awaited about 12 or 13 of them our coming, but as we approached, and the soldiers imperceptibly almost did the same, they sometimes, some of them, got up and ran away as hard as they could through abject fear, and even after returning, repeating it 10 or 12 times, until we left four more behind and the three of us approached. Ten of them then kept their ground, though shaking with fear; the rest stood at a safe distance, seeing how matters would end. When we came up they recognized the Commander, shook hands with him, and, as a strange sign of good feeling and friendship, took him round the neck, the Commander not being backward in his gesticulations for the same purpose. At once the bags were opened, and they were treated well with bread, arrack, wine, tobacco and pipes. Made us understand that they were greatly dissatisfied with Herry's doings, and had given him a good thrashing, &c. Seemed to be favourably disposed, and we at last succeeded in getting them with one cow to the fort, but they stopped more than 50 times on the road, afraid of proceeding, and begging us to bring the copper to them in the fields. We, on the other hand, encouraged them the best way we could, assuring them of good treatment at the fort. At last they ventured, and we, taking them by the hand, and dancing, jumping and singing, entered the fortress with them, where we filled them well with tobacco, arrack and food, besides performing various tricks which pleased them well and caused a new alliance with them, to further which we bought a cow from them for double the amount generally paid.7


  1. [S654] Mansell Upham 'What can't be cured, must be endured … Cape of Good Hope - first marriages & baptisms (1652-1665)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), January 2012. "23 November 1653:
    marriage:     junior merchant Jacob Reyniersz (from Amsterdam) & Elisabeth (Lijsbeth) van Opdorp (born in Charloos) Commander Jan van Riebeeck's cousin - engaged (8 November 1653)."
  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. [S657] Mansell Upham 'Hell and Paradise... Hope on Constantia / De Hel en Het Paradijs... De Hoop op Constantia: Jan Grof (died ante 1700) and his extended family at the Cape of Good Hope', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), February 2012. "Maria (Marij) da Costa / van Bengale (1655 - Van Riebeeck's personal slave sent from
    Batavia by Jacob Reijniers:)."
  4. [S673] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, December 1651 - December 1653[5], 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.89. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5].
  5. [S673] Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5], p. 90.
  6. [S673] Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5], p.92.
  7. [S673] Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5], pp.94-95.

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