Jan de Wit1

M, #14433, b. circa 1685
Father*William White2 b. c 1650

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NGK (Cape Town) Marriages1695-1712NGK (Cape Town) Marriages 1695-1712
Last Edited01/05/2017
BirthOrigin*Jan was from Nieuw Amsterdam and may have been born there circa 1685. The date is estimated.1,3 
Marriage*He married Maria Adriaansz, daughter of Anna Pieters, on 20 March 1706/7 (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.3,4


Maria Adriaansz b. b 30 Dec 1685
(Crew) ShipVoyage In 1705 the Speaking Trumpet, a pirate ship under the captaincy of John Johnson Bowin, was wrecked at Black Rock off Mauritius. Among the pirates on board was Jan de Wit who deserted to the Dutch settlement on Mauritius and was subsequently sent to Batavia on the Oegstgeest.5 
(Crew) ShipVoyage On 9 February 1705 the Oegstgeest departed Batavia enroute to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 11 May 1705. Among those on board were the skipper Dirk Korver, and Jan de Wit, sailing as crew. De Wit remained at the Cape; Korver may be the same individual who visited the Cape as an opperstuurman on the Horstendaal in 1702; and as skipper of the Koning Karel de Derde in 1708.6 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.Jan de Wit was also known as John White.7
Baptisms - WitnessJan de Wit and Anna Heyns witnessed the baptism of Jannetje van Laar on 30 March 1710 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).8
NotesJan de Wit and Jan de Wit These are unlikely to be the same individual.
Slaves owned by individualsOn 6 January 1709 Rachel van Bengaalen and Dina van de Caep were owned by Jan de Wit.9


  1. [S700] VC 604, NGK Marriage Registers 1696-1712 (Cape Town), 1695-1712: "Kerkboek 1695-1712," p. 102, 20 Mar 1707, marriage entry for Jan de Wit and Maria Adriaanz, transcribed by Corney Keller, (24 Mar 2012), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/sarecords/. Hereinafter cited as NGK Marriage Registers 1696-1712 (Cape Town).
  2. [S842] First Fifty Years project on Facebook, posts by Mansell Upham, online www.facebook.com/FirstFiftyYearsProject, Jan de Wit / de Wit aka John White (from New York [formerly Nieuw Amsterdam]) - son of William White of New York - possibly great-grandson of William White, "Mayflower" Pilgrim settler to New England). Hereinafter cited as FFY FB post Mansell Upham.
  3. [S629] Personal communications between Mansell Upham and Delia Robertson, 2010-present. 20 March 1707:
    Jan de Wit van Amsterdam, jongman
    Maria Adriaansz van Cabo, jonged.
  4. [S700] VC 604, NGK Marriage Registers 1696-1712 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: 20 Mart
    Jan de Wit van Amsterdam jongman
    met Maria Adriaanz van Cabo jongd:
    "Kerkboek 1695-1712," p. 102, 20 Mar 1707, marriage entry for Jan de Wit and Maria Adriaanz, 24 Mar 2012, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/sarecords/
  5. [S842] FFY FB post Mansell Upham, online www.facebook.com/FirstFiftyYearsProject, 1705: pirate on "Speaking Trumpet" under American pirate ‘king’ John Bowen, shipwrecked at Black Rock off Mauritius & deserting to Dutch settlement on Mauritius; sent to Batavia on "Oegstgeest."
  6. [S351] Grahame Naudé, "Dutch East India Company Shipping", Familia (DEIC Shipping) 43 Number 1 (2006): Details of voyage 6131.2 from Batavia to Texel
    Number     6131.2
    Name of ship     OEGSTGEEST
    Master     Korver, Dirk
    Tonnage     576
    Type of ship     hekboot
    Built     1699
    Yard     Amsterdam
    Chamber     Amsterdam
    Date of departure     09-02-1705
    Place of departure     Batavia
    Arrival at Cape     11-05-1705
    Departure from Cape     02-06-1705
    Date of arrival at destination     02-10-1705
    Place of arrival     Texel
    Chamber for which cargo is destined     Amsterdam (270,101)
    Previous outward voyage     1922.2
    On Board I     II     III
    Seafarers     70     4     6               
    Soldiers      22                         
    Impotenten     5                         
    Craftsmen     3                         
    Passengers     3                         
    Gegevens over de opvarenden bij het Nationaal Archief. Hereinafter cited as "Dutch East India Company Shipping."
  7. [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. "p.38: Jan de Wit / White (from New York [formerly Nieuw Amsterdam]) (son of Willem de Wit); 1705: pirate on Speaking Trumpet under American pirate ‘king’ John Bowen shipwrecked at Black Rock off Mauritius; deserts to Dutch settlement; sent to Batavia on Oegstgeest; arrives 1705/1706 as VOC sailor at Cape on Oestgeest ex Batavia via Mauritius; sent to Madagascar on Ter Aa as slave trader for Dutch; 1722-1743: member of Marriage Board & Church Elder; burgher councillor; member of the Orphan Chamber; Lieutenant of the Infantry."
  8. [S734] VC 604, NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town): 30 d:o [Maart 1710] van Jacobus van Laar, en Anna Hijlon; de getuigen Jan de Wit, en Anna Hijns. - Jannetje, (1695-1712), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/sarecords/, http://www.eggsa.org/. Hereinafter cited as NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town).
  9. [S502] Website Family Search (www.familysearch.org).
  10. [S657] Mansell Upham 'UL04 Hell and Paradise', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), "pp.38-39."

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