Symon Huybrechts1

M, #16877, b. circa 1630

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Last Edited23/08/2015
BirthOrigin*Symon was from Dordrecht and may have been born there circa 1630. His age is estimated.1 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.11 September 1655, the name of Symon was written in the record as Symon Huybrechtsz.2
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)On 20 March 1656 Symon Huybrechts was enumerated in the muster roll, as a corporal.1
Company JournalOn 11 September 1655 in the Company Journal, as translated: Men sent to the forest to carry out the beams to the wagon for the houses now being built; the light wooden dwellings brought from home are collapsing fast, the wood having been spoilt before it arrived here. Launched the Robbejacht of 16 or 17 tons, with 1 mast, &c., and provided with a fine cabin for the men, the whole made of Cape wood and intended to sail to the Islands; being made for oars also. Will last a long while as the worms do no mischief here. Will relieve the galiot. Woodmen report that; Herry and his party were still in that neighbourhood, some of his Hottentoos having stolen some of their food; some distrust had likewise arisen, as Herry had requested Corporal Willem Muller to discharge the firearms at night and leave them unloaded the whole night. Had also been in the forest and made particular inquiry into everything, our strength, arms, &c. Decided to land 9 more soldiers to strengthen Herry's party, who were to return if Herry delayed any longer; they were also to see whether he wished to go alone with some copper and rather to return than be delayed, as their food might run out and they be starved on the way. Not to leave their guns unloaded, but to be on their guard. The 9 soldiers leave under Corporal Symon Huybrechtsz.2
On 12 September 1655 in the Company Journal, as translated: The woodmen ask for a larger guard, as they are so scattered and always unarmed; the Hottentoos always trespassing. Soldiers sent to do nothing else than guard the men and things. Huybrechts returned and reported that the party had no scruple to proceed with Herry; were strong enough to look after themselves and require no more men; would like to have more provisions to stay away longer. Provisions sent with orders to Muller to inquire what may be obtained from the other natives, but if Herry delayed on the way and their provisions ran out, they were to return with the copper and let Herry go on alone.2
On on 12 September 1655 Company Journal Willem Muller wrote in his journal: Told Corporal.3


  1. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1652-1662 to which are added land grants, attestations, Journal of voyage to Tristan da Cunha, names of freemen, &c. Vol III, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1900), p.284-286. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
  2. [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.236. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5].
  3. [S673] Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5], p.241.

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