Cape Muster Roll 1686

Introduction

The muster roll I have copied here is that of the Free Settlers dated 1665, Cape Archives VC 39, volume 1, pages 74 to 78. No date of compilation is noted, but most of those which are, have a date at the end of the year. It is not divided into districts. It contains names of wives but no indication of children.

The start of the muster roll for 1686, VC 31, volume 1, page 74.

G.C.de Wet1 gives no figures for the muster rolls of 1686  nor are there any figures for officials int that year.

These rolls, as they appear in these transcripts, are lists of names. Where married people are concerned they are usually listed as a couple, though there are years when no wives are listed. In some years the number of children in the household is also noted, in others not. Some have a date when they were compiled, others merely a year. Not every year is represented.

Where a date of compilation is given, this is often towards the end of the year.

My knowledge of the history and purpose of these documents is sketchy and my attempts to obtain information have so far not been very productive. I have not yet been able to examine the documents from which the Cape copies were transcribed.

Richard Ball © 2005
 


    

This muster roll has no districts indicated.

Alexander Blank en Annetie

Jan van Gouwen

Hendrik Jansz van Erfurt

Simon Groot en Geertruijd

Jan Rasson

Hendrik Eulerkingh

Matthijs Greve en Susanna Claasz

Jacob Brouwer en Aaghie Rijx

Andries Hooger

Paij Ceylon

Jan van Ceijlon & Diana van Coilang

Hendrick Weijman

Jan Jans van Oldenburg

Arij Gerrits en Aaltje van Anijden

Aarnout Willemsz

Hendrik Cornelisz en Beatrix

Francois Viljon en Cornelia Cempenaar

Arij Carman

Hans Jes van Sleeswijck  } in compie Pieter Andriesz                 }

page 75

Albert Holder   } cum socie Gerrit jansz      }

Jeronimus Zeestede

Jan Andriesz en Lijsbeth Jansz

Hans Jacob Prits

Louis van Bengale

Gerrit Cloeten & Catrijn

Emanuel van Angola & Lijsbeth van de (sic)

Antonie van Angola

Lijsbeth van de Caap

Marij van Angola

Jan Cornelisz. Mostaart

Douwe Gerbrantz en Maritie Lesee

Cornelis Joosten

Hendrick Mulder van Dorsten

Cornelis Pietersz

Steven Jansz en Hendr. Hendrix

Fredk Poot

Harman Jansz en Belij Fredrix

Jan Stoffelsz

Simon Jansz

Hemme Mincke

Hendrik De Leeuw

Jan Cornelisz en Maria

Bastiaan Erkman

Hans Jurgen Grimp en Jannejte Gerres[]

Hendk. Elbertsz en Aaltje Termeulen

Arij Leckerwijn

page 76

Aanout Jansz en Hendrina v. Diesen

Gerrit van der Bijl en Fijtie Florisz

Nicolaas Cleeff en Barber Feber

Michiel Meijster

Pieter Lefebre en maria de Grave

Trijntie Teunis

Mathijs Lambertsz

Ocker Cornelisz en Aaltje Gijsberts

Jan Lambertsz

Pieter van de Westhuijs en Maria

Hans Sliverbagh

Jan Cock van Hamelen

Willem Meier n Catrijn Kien

Willem Teerlinck

Hendrick Gijsbertsz en Geesje Jansz

Cornelis Botma en Jannetje Gerritsz

de Wede. Diemers

Niclaes Laupser en Engeltje Quint

Marten Pausion

Jan Stevensz en Stijntje Stevensz

Diedk Potter & Zacharias Wagenaar

Hendk. Jansz Schaick    } compagnons Pieter Jansz Marseveen }

Jan de Bever en     } in compie. Hendk Ollinn         }

Michiel Careen

Pieter Gerritsz en Ariaantje Gabriels

Roelof Pasman en Fijtie Willemsz

page 77

Gerrit Theunisz

Gerrit Jansz Visser en Jannetje Tielmans

Cornelis Claasz en Catrijn van Cormandel

Hendrik Jacobsz en Jacomijn Hendricx

Wimmert Pasman

Jan St Jan

Hans Rutger Troost

Albert Bierman

Evert van Guine en Anna van de (sic)

Dirck Coutche en Sara Jacobsz

Hans Hanse van Hamburg

Hans Melchior

Christoffel Poulss

Michiel Niemand

Claas Hendricx en Annetje Hegts

Evert Cornelisz en Maria Willemsz

Albert Barentsz en Marga. Hoefnagels

Hendk. Snewint en Catrijn Steens

Jan Pietersz Broertje en Beatrix Wijmans

Hendrik Pietersz van Emden

Hans Erentraut

Leendt. van Gijselen en Maria Willemsz

Jan Coenraat en Grietje Gerritse

......... Coster

Jan van Breijman en Catrijn Cloeten

Willem Schalk en Elsje Cloeten.

Willem van Dieden

Gerbrant Trits

page 78

Willem Jansz en Annetje Jansz

Hans Niemand

Borgert Brant

Lijsbeth van Angola

Johannes Pretorius en Johanna Victor

Thobias Marquart en Catrijn v/den Bergh

Jan Dircxz d’Beer en Anna v. Velthuijsen

Anna van Bengale

Lambert Lourensz & Margriet

 

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Source: Cape Archives Verbatim Copies VC 39, volume 1

The Muster Rolls (monsterrollen), preserved in the form of transcripts in the Cape Archives as VC 39-55 and 103, were apparently yearly lists of the inhabitants at the Cape, drawn up by Dutch East India Company (VOC) officials, and sent to the authorities in the Netherlands where they were preserved.

These are copies done by hand at the end of the 19th Century (to judge from the handwriting), transcriber unknownl, presumably from the records preserved in the VOC archives at The Hague, Netherlands.