Meinsje Campen

F, #6536, b. circa 1635

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Last Edited11/06/2015
Birth*Meinsje Campen was born circa 1635.1
Marriage*She married Frederick Verburgh on 9 March 1655 de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,3,4


Frederick Verburgh b. c 1627, d. bt Dec 1655 - Feb 1656
(Passenger) ShipVoyage On 20 October 1654 Meinsje Campen sailed on the Malacca from Vlie to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 22 February 1655.5,6 
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)On 31 May 1657 Meinsje Campen enumerated in the muster roll, as the wife of the bookeeper of the settlement and secretary to the Council of Policy, Frederick Verburgh.7
Company JournalOn 8 December 1655 in the Company Journal, as translated: Sloops returned stating that 20 of the sheep had died, and that the number on the island was 326. Bought again 39 and 27 young and old cattle, also received 13 others bought by Herry, who would have brought more but some natives had stolen 4 bags of copper and all the tobacco; had urged the natives to come to the fort with their cattle, where they could always obtain sufficient copper; did not seem satisfied that all our copper plates had been used up, as he had depended upon them; the wire being not much in demand;, would otherwise without difficulty obtain as much as we want. It is clear that if we had enough copper plate we would obtain 1,000 head of cattle even from those who had squatted here a while, and who daily come even without the help of Herry; but they would rather have plate copper than wire. Regarding the copper stolen from Herry we do not believe half his story, as he no doubt spent it in presents to court favour among the natives (the thirteen head of cattle will cost the Company a good deal) which would be advantageous, the more so as we observe that they are coming on very rapidly with their cattle. Therefore pretend to believe him and treat him kindly, much having been gained by having established a good understanding with these savages. Riebeeek's wife (Maria de la Queillerie) delivered of her second son (Anthony van Riebeeck) at the Cape, and in the afternoon the wife of Frederick Verburg (Meinsje Campen) of her first, a daughter (PN Verburgh) the first girl born here, after they had been married 9 months, less one day. Sloop returns from Robben Island; sheep all right.8


  1. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  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.216. March 9th. Calm weather ; vessels unable to go. Married by Rev. Petrus Mus the junior merchant, Frederik Verburgh, 2nd person of the fortress, to the chaste maiden Meynsgen Campen, sister of the Rev. Johannes Campius of the Malacca.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5].
  3. [S332] Webpage ( (Original records held by Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) "Reference code: C. 1, p. 127.
    Saterdagh den 6en Martij 1655.

    Fredrick Verburgh, jonghman geboortigh van Amsterdam, ondercoopman ende als 2e persoon bescheijden alhier in 't fort de Goede Hoope sigh in trouwbeloffte hebbende begeven met d' eerbare jongedochter Meijnsgen Campen van Amersfoort, suster ende onder vooghdije sijnde van den predicant domo. Johannes Campius, [1] varende op 't schip Malacca ende dierhalven versouckende om haer metten anderen wettelijck in den heijligen houwelijcken Echten staet te mogen laten bevestigen, Soo is bij den Raadt versterckt met d' opperhooffden van de hier ter rheede leggende schepen: Oliphant, Malacca ende 't Wapen van Hollant, niet anders hebbende cunnen vernemen als dat beijde liber ende vrije personen waren welcke met niemant ter werelt volgens oock eijgen verclaringe ende sufficante getuijgenissen itwes dien aengaende uijtstaende hadden, verstaen deselve jongeluijden haer billicq versoeck toe te staen mitsgaders desen avont in 't gebeth hare eerste affcundinge noch te laten doen, ende alsoo dan voorts alle avonden in 't gebeth soo wel te schepe als hier aen lant tot de derde incluijs omme Maendagh aenstaende na de laeste affroepinge ende 't eijndigen der predicatie (geen wettelijcke oorsaecke van verhinderinge voorcomende) door den predicant domo. Petrus Musch voor alle den volcke de solemnisatie wettelijck te laten geschieden ende met de trouw publijcqelijck voort te varen, alles dus haestelijck goetvindende omdat de schepen overmorgen seijlreet sijnde daer na niet souden mogen opgehouden worden.

    Aldus gedaen ende geresolveert in 't Fort de Goede Hoope ten dage ende jare als boven.
    R. DE MAN, Secrets.
    [1] Ds. Johannes Campius was eweneens op pad na Formosa en het dieselfde lot ondergaan as sy mede-arbeider, ds. Petrus Musch."
  4. [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), (, January 2012. "8 March 1655: marriage: Frederick Verburgh (from Amsterdam) & Maijnsgen Campen (from Amersfoort) - engaged 6 March 1655."
  5. [S654] Mansell Upham 'UL01 What can't be cured, must be endured …', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713),.
  6. [S795] Website The Dutch East India Company's shipping between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795 ( "
    Number     0811.6
    Name of ship     MALAKKA
    Master     Zwart, Jakob Kornelisz. de
    Tonnage     1100
    Type of ship     
    Yard     Amsterdam
    Chamber     Amsterdam
    Date of departure     20-10-1654
    Place of departure     Vlie
    Arrival at Cape     19-02-1655
    Departure from Cape     
    Date of arrival at destination     17-05-1655
    Place of arrival     Batavia
    Particulars     Via Maio Island."
  7. [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.290.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
  8. [S673] Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5], p.250.
  9. [S654] Mansell Upham 'UL01 What can't be cured, must be endured …', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), "b1 NN unbaptized girl born Cape 8 December 1655; dies 16 December 1655 - 1st non-aborigine born at the Cape."

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