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Cape Muster Roll 1685

Introduction

The muster roll I have copied here is that of the Free Settlers dated 1665, Cape Archives VC 39, volume 1, pages 68 to 74. No date of compilation is noted, but most of those which are, have a date at the end of the year. It is divided into only two districts, the Cape and Stellenbosch. It contains names of wives and numbers of children in the form of a number and the abbreviation k. (kinderen).

The start of the Stellenbosch section of the muster roll for 1685, VC 31, volume 1, page 68.

G.C.de Wet1 states that the muster rolls of 1685 list the number of Free Settlers as: 137 men, 61 women and 145 children. There are no 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

 

 

Aan de Kaap de Goede Hoop

Aan het fort

Ocker Cornelisz en Aaltje Theunisz 3k

Trijntje Theunisz 2k

Willem Mijer en Catharina Kiens 3k

Willem van Wijck } Hans Erentruij      } in Comp.

Leendert van Geijselen

Willem Schalk en Elsie Jacobse 6 k.

Hendrik Coster } in comp. Hendrik Dircxe }

page 69

Evert Cornelisz en Maria Willems 3k

Jan Coenraet Visser en Grietie Pieterse 1 k.

Coenraat Jansz

Jan Pieters Broertie en Beatrix Wijmans 5k

Hendrik Snewint en Catrijn Steensz 2k

Willem Willemsz Tromp   } Jan Coenraad Myer         } in Compi.

Johannes Pretorius en Johanna Victor 4 k.

Albert Barendtsz en Margriet Hoefnagels 4k

Harmen Gresingt en Stie Hendricxe

Diederick Potter en Zacharia(s) Wagenaar 2k.

Jan Stevensz & Stijntie Stansz

Jan Dircx de Beer en Anna v. Velthuijsen 3k.

Cornelis Botma & Jannetie Gerritsz 7k

Hans Helmus en Geertruij Willems 4k

Claas Hendricx en Annetje Slegts

Michiel Nieman

Pieter Jans van Marseveen

Mathijs Michielsz en Trijn Rasch 6 k.

Elbert Diemer en Christina Doons 3k.

Gerrit Victor en Christina Bercx 2k.

Willem van Dieden 3k.

Jan Vlack en Maria Janse 3k

Jan Holsmith en Hester Wijers

Guiljam Eems en Anna Verhagen

Hans Jacob Huben en Anna Maria

Jan Willemsz Vermeule

Willem Cornelisz en Grietie Pieters

page 70

Hendrik de Lange en Daantje Rycke 4k.

Matthijs de Sweet 3k.

Casper Solbergh en Lijsbeth Contermans

Tobias Marquart en Catharina van den Bergh 5 k.

Borgert Brant

Christian Jansz van Ho[edum]

Jan van Bremenen Catrijn Cloeten

Lodewijck Brureau en Alexandra Maxwel

Anna Homes

Hendrick Muller en Grietie Marquart 2 k.

Arnoldus Willemsz en Ansela van Bengale 8 k.

Judith Hartsz 2k.

Lourents Lammertsz

Pieter van der Westhuijsen en Maria Hendrix 5 k.

Isacq van Bengale en Maria van de

Louwis van Negapatnam

Jan van Ternaten

Francois vna Maccau

Jacob Corneisz

Jan Lueders

 

STELLENBOSCH

 

 

page 70 (continued)

Gerrit janse Visser en Jannetie Tielemans 5 k.

Barent Hendricx

Cornelis Claesz en Catrijn van Mallabar 7k.

Pieter Gerritsz en Arriaantje Gabriels 2k.

Pieter Lefebre en Maria de Graeff 2 k.

Nicolaes Cleeff en Barbar Lefebre

page 71

Michiel Meester

Hendrick Elbertsz en Aaltie ter Meulen 7k

Arnout Jansz en Hendrina 1k

Gerrit van der Bij en Fijtie van den Tempel 1 k

Hans Jurgen Grimp en Jannetje Ferdinandus 1k

Erigh Grimp

Jan Cornelisz en Maria Kickart 2k

Hemme Mincke

Herman Jansz en Beeltie Federicx 6k

Jan Stoffelsz

Sijmon Jansz

Hendrick de Leeuw

Steven Jansz en Hendriekje v. Wageninge 1 k

Frederick Pooth

Dirck Coutche en Sara Schulp 2 k

Jan Mostaart

Emanuel van Angola en Lijsbeth v. do.    }
Antonij van do.                                     } in compie

Louis van Bengale

Marquaart en         } in compie
Jan van Ceijlon      } & Diana van Malbar, 3k

Hans Jes en    }
Pieter             } cu socie

Jan Andriesz en Lijsbeth Jansz

Hans Jacob Prits

Roelof Pasman en Fijtie Willemsz

Caspar Willers en Adriana Stetvelt 3k

Heningh Huijsen en Maria Lindenhovius

page 72

Albert Jansz     }
Gerrit Jansz     } in compie

Jan Colmar

Jan van Gouwe     }
Jan Wismer           } do.

Francois Vignon en Cornelia Kempenaar 4k

Hendrik Cornelisz en Beatrix Gijsbertsz 4k

Gerrit Cloeten en Catrijn Jansz 4 k.

Hendrick Jacobsz en Jacomijntje 1k

Arij Gerritz en Aaltie Claasz 3k

Jan van Oldenburgh      }
Arnout Willemsz            } in compie.

Douwe Gerbrantsz

Matthijs Greve en Susanna Claasz

Cornelis de Melkboer

Sijmon Groot

Hendrik Ulkes

Alexander Blanck en Annetie Zacharias

Hendrick Jansz

Hans Luthertroost

Willem Looth

Andries Hamver

Gerrit Theunisz } in compie
Albert Buirman }

Jan Oorlam

Evert van Ghinea

Jan van Bevere }
Hendrick Ollim  } in compie

page 73

Jeronimus Zesteede

Hans Melchior en   } in compie
Christoffel Paulusz }

Jacob Aartsz Brouwer en Agie Rijck 2 k

Marten Pouws

Abrm Hartogh en Maria Bellardij 1k

Hendrick Wijman

Joannes Muller en Jacoba Kekelaer

Doede Chiabe

Hendrick Swiederhoff

Pieter Andriesz

Cornelis Joosten

Marten Pansion

Jan van Brussel

Jan Coenraet Meijer

Hendr. Muller

Hendr. Janssen v. Erfurd

Mathijs Lammertsz

Jan Colmer

Arnoút Willemse

Jan Hermansz

Jan van der Sluijs

Isacq van Latom

Jan van den Bosch

Jacobus van der Heiden

Adriaan Dircx v. Ep[sd]

Hendrick Ulerkingh

page 74

Hans Ep van Sleeswijck

Abram Bastiaansz

Hans Siverbagh

Jan Cock van Hamelen

Bastiaan Berckman

Pieter Oorlam

Matthijs

 

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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.