Rochus Johannesz: Villerius1

M, #17486, b. circa 1645
Father*Johannes Franciscusz: Villerius1 b. 1617, d. Dec 1666
Mother*Maertje Rochusdr: van Pomeren1 b. c 1625

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Last Edited08/11/2015
Birth*Rochus Johannesz: Villerius was born circa 1645 in Vlaardingen?1,2
Marriage*He married Commertje Huijbrechtsdr: van der Vaeck circa 1665.1,2
Occupation* Circa 1665 Rochus Johannesz: Villerius was a surgeon, served in local government, and was tax collector in Het Land van Putten Spijkenisse.1,2 
Slave TransactionsOn 25 May 1690 Sijtje van Macassar, a slave, was was placed on loan from Franciscus Johannesz: Villerius, in service to Jan Holtsmit, the latter undertaking to maintain her until Villierius returned from Holland. However, Villerius died after leaving the Cape, because a note added to the file stipulated that his brother was his only heir and entitled to claim Sijtje as his property. This brother has now been identified as Rochus Johannesz: Villerius who in fact never travelled to the Cape. The Pijlswaert went down near the Shetland Islands enroute from the Cape to Patria, and all on board, including skipper Franciscus Johannesz: Villerus, lost their lives.3,4,5


  1. [S847] E-mails from Andries Penders to Delia Robertson, 2015 "The other son mentioned in your "First fifty Years" as the only heir of skipper Franciscus Villerius was his brother Rochus Johannesz. Villerius, a mr. surgeon, living in Spijkenisse with many functions in the local Government and also collector of the taxes in the Land of Putten. This brother married Commertje Huijbrechtsdr. van der Vaeck. He never went to Capetown !"
  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. [S674] Mansell Upham 'Who is Jannetje Rutgertroost? A genealogical investigation into the origins of a Cape of Good Hope-born mesties woman variously found in the records as: Jannetie / Jannetie Hans:/Hanse: Rutgertroost', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (, April 2012. "On 25 May 1690 she (then aged 20/21) given in loan by Franciscus Villerius, skipper of Pijlswaard to Jan Holsmit who undertakes to look after her maintenance until Villerius returns to Holland."
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.157. 25.5.1690, pp. 484-485: Sijtje from Macassar (20/21), given in loan by Franciscus Villerius, skipper of the Pijlswaard, to Jan Holsmit who undertook to look after her maintenance until skipper Villerius returns from Holland. A note was added to this document, stating that the brother of the by now deceased Villerius was the only heir and entitled to claim Sijtje of Macassar.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  5. [S847] E-mails from Andries Penders to Delia Robertson, 2015 "The "Pijlswaert" left Capetown on 1-06-1690, bound for Holland, but the ship shipwrecked near the Shetland-Islands, North of Scotland, with all 170 men on board."

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