Sr. Pieter van Meerhof

M, #7825, b. circa 1635, d. before 27 February 1668

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited27/04/2019
BirthOrigin*Pieter was born in Copenhagen, perhaps circa 1635. The date estimate is from the DSAB.1,2 
Marriage*He married Krotoa of the Goringhaicona, daughter of Pn of the Goringhaicona, on 2 June 1664 (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.3
Ondertrouw On 26 April 1664 Sr. Pieter van Meerhof and Krotoa of the Goringhaicona made an ondertrouw agreement, in other words recorded a 'binding intention' to marry.4 
Death*He died before 27 February 1668 Antogil Bay, Madagascar.5


Krotoa of the Goringhaicona b. 1641/42, d. 29 Jul 1674
  • Jacobus van Meerhof b. c 1661, d. 1687; Chronologically it is possible that this is a biological relationship, but it is more likely that Pieter van Meerhoff became Jacob's legal father when Pieter married Krotoa on 2 June 1664
  • Pieternella Meerhof+ b. c 1663, d. 1713
  • Salomon Meerhof13 b. b 12 Sep 1666
(Passenger) ShipVoyage On 22 October 1658 Sr. Pieter van Meerhof sailed on the Prinses Royael from Vlie to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 8 March 1659.6,7,8 
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)In 1660 Sr. Pieter van Meerhof was enumerated in the muster roll, he was recorded as from Copenhagen, soldier.9
On 1 April 1662 Sr. Pieter van Meerhof was enumerated in the muster roll, he was recorded as from Copenhagen, junior surgeon.10
Slave TransactionsSr. Pieter van Meerhof bought a slave, Jan Vos, from Bartholomeus Borns on 3 January 1667.11,12


  1. [S788] Webpage Tanap ( "Reference code: C. 2, pp. 155-160.
    Woensdag den 10en November ao. 1660.
    - Pieter Meerhoff van Coppenhaegen ao., passo. hier gecoomen met 't schip de Princes Roijael voor soldaet die sedert provisionelijck is gebruijckt als onderbarbier.
  2. [S364] Editor-in-chief W.J. de Kock Dictionary of South African Biography Vol II. (Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1972), pp.701-791. Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of SA Biography II.
  3. [S574] H.C.V. Leibbrandt Compiler, (Castle Street, Cape Town: W.A. Richards & Sons, 1901), p.111: [1664] June 2nd. — It being Second Pentecost, the surgeon, Pieter van Meerhoff, and the interpretress, Eva (born of Hottentoo parents, but afterwards reared in the house of Mr. van Biebeeck), were married here in the hall, whereupon, according to the promise of the lately departed Commissioner Dircq Steur, a little marriage feast was given in the Commander's house.. Hereinafter cited as Journal 1662-1670 - Zacharias Wagenaer.
  4. [S574] H.C.V. Leibbrandt Compiler, Journal 1662-1670 - Zacharias Wagenaer, p.107: [1664] April 26th — … A marriage engagement was also concluded between Pieter van Meerhoff, surgeon, 27 years old, and the interpretess Eva, 21 years old. This is the first marriage contracted here according to Christian usage with a native.
  5. [S377] Webpage South Africa's Stamouers ( "; He went on the slaving ship Westwout [to Mautitius]. He got killed on this slaving expedition at Antogil Bay in Madagascar before 27 February 1668. This ship arrived back at the Cape on 30 September 1668. Meerhoffskasteel was named after him."
  6. [S406] H.B. Thom, editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662 translated by J. Smuts from the original Dutch, (Cape Town, Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1954), Appendix: xi. Mar. 8. The ship Princesse Royael, Skipper Maarten Doedez; 394 men; 22nd October from the Vlie ; 8 deaths, the crew all well.. Hereinafter cited as Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662.
  7. [S406] H.B. Thom editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662, p.212. And whereas Pieter Meerhoff has satisfactorily discharged for 2 years the duties of junior surgeon at the Fort and everywhere here and in the country on expeditions, &c., it was deemed just to give him the following testimonial:
    ‘Pieter van Meerhoff, of Copenhagen, arrived here on the 22nd March, 1659, in the Princesse Royael as soldier at f9 per month, and since employed as junior surgeon at the Fort and in several expeditions inland, &c., having everywhere given proof of his ability, is at his request and for his fitness as junior surgeon, confirmed in that rank, with a salary of f20 per month, from the 1st instant.’.
  8. [S406] H.B. Thom editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662, p.148: The following promotions were made:- Claas Lambertz, of Aelsmeer, arrived on the 22nd March, 1659, as arquebusier in the Princess Royal, since employed as cook for the Company's slaves, and baker of the ration loaves for the garrison ; both appointments confirmed with f18 per month.
  9. [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.298.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
  10. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.303.
  11. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.29. On the 3rd of January 1667 Bartholomeus Borns, a Free Burgher from Waerden, sold a slave to Pieter van Meerhoff. This slave had the unusual name of Jan Vos and was said to have come from Cape Verde, the cape on which Dakar lies to-day.
    p. 127. 3.1.1667, III, p. 119: Jan Vos from Cape Verde, sold by Pieter [Bartholomeus] Borns to Pieter van Meerhoff.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  12. [S853] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)", Kronos - Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670) 15 (1988): 3.1.1667     CTD 3, p.119
    Bartholomeus Borns van Waerden, vryburger, verkoop aan Pieter van Meerhoff van Copenhagen, chirurgyn, die ‘Cabo Verdens’ slaaf, Jan Vos. [Geen bedrag vermeld.]. Hereinafter cited as "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)."
  13. [S687] VC 603, Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, baptisms. Cape Archives Verbatim Copies, (1665-1696), Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa: [ao 1666]
    den 12 Sept: een soontje van Sr Pieter Meerhof en Eva syn huysvrouw genaemt Salomon; de getuigen ward Lydia Lacus, Joannes Koon en Pieter Klinckenbergh
    [Thanks to Mansell Upham for clarifying this transcription]. Photocopy image thanks to Mansell Upham. Hereinafter cited as Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, baptisms.

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