Alida Gerrits, SM/PROG (c.1630 - 1662) MP

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Nicknames: "Grietie Gerrits", "Geertjen Visser", "Grietie Pietersz", "Grietje Groff", "Grietje Gerritse"
Birthplace: Hardenberg, Overijssel, Netherlands
Death: Died in Cape, South Africa
Managed by: Brian
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About Alida Gerrits, SM/PROG

Birth Date 1630 Death Date 3/21/1692 First Name Greetjen (Alida) Last Name Visser Maiden Name Gerrits Gender Female Birth Location Hardenberg, Overijssel, Nederland Death Location Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

http://rudolph-gen.com/getperson.php?personID=I1450&tree=rudolph

http://visser-families.synthasite.com/

Source 2 http://www.steenkamp.netfirms.com/jan.htm

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There is no documentary evidence that a person by the name of Alida Geeritsz (who would have called herself Aeltje) existed.

Margaretha, or Geertjen, would have had to be married to Jan Visser at the Cape, since he arrived here on 28th April 1658. No such marriage can be found.

Richard Ball thinks there were only one person: http://www.ballfamilyrecords.co.uk/olivier/I112.html

However, Mansell Upham argues that Jan Visser might have had two wives, Aeltje Gerritsz and Geertjen Gerritsz or Pietersz in Upham, Mansell, Hel En Paradijs - De Hoop Op Constantia on http://www.e-family.co.za/ffy/ui45.htm - JS

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Margaretha GERRITS, gebore in Hardenberg, Nederland, c.1640 trou met Jan Coenrad Visser in Nederland, c.1653. Margaretha het agtergebly terwyl Jan Coenraad na die Kaap gekom het - sy het gevolg in 1662 met hulle vyf kinders.

Gerrit Jansz VISSER, vader van Gesina, was hulle sede kind en die enigste een gebore aan die Kaap.

Hulle tweede kind en oudste seun, Coenraad VISSER, was getroud met Catherina Everts van der Zee, maar hy het ook 'n jarelange verhouding gehad met sy moeder se slavin,Maria van Negapatnam. (Coenraad VISSER was die vader van tien kinders. Ons weet nie hoeveel van hulle was sy vrou s'n nie - sy houvrou Maria had ten minste drie kinders by hom.)

Margaretha GERRITS was vermoor deur haar huisslaaf Claas van Malabar:Op 'n Vrydagaand in Maart 1692 was Margaretha in die kombuis besig, toe die slaaf Claas daar deurstap met die byl, op pad om te gaan hout kap. Sy raas nog met hom omdat hy nie reeds die hout klaar gekap het nie, toe skree hy op haar: "Jou lelijke oud hond, jij moogste den selvers gaan haalen!" Sy mik om hom 'n klap te gee, en daarmee kap hy haar in die nek met die byl: haar kop was amper heeltemal af.

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Arriveer in die Kaap aanboord skip Malacca met vyf kinders op 4 Feb 1662.

Geertjen Gerrits was vermoor {Hof verwysing: AR VOC 4030 (14 Maart 1692) fol 328.} Maria/Marie van Negapatnam was 'n slavin van Geertjen en Jan Coenraad Visser. 'n Vrydag aand in Maart 1692 het Geertjen en Maria in die kombuis gewerk, toe die slaaf Claas van Mallebar deur die kombuis geloop het om hout te gaan kap, Geertjen het met hom geraas omdat hy nie betyds gereed gekry het vir haar om te bak nie. Geertjen het ook nie Claas se verskoning aanvaar dat hy vir die koeie gaan soek het in die berge nie. Claas sê toe: "Jou oud hond, Jij moogste den selvs gaan haalen" - Geertjen probeer toe om Claas te slaan met 'n stuk hout, maar Claas vat die byl in slaan die byl reg in haar nek, dit was noodlotig en haar kop was amper afgekap. Hierdie het plaas gevind voor Maria van Negapatnam (Robert Shell Children of Bondag p 219). Maria hardloop toe na Jag Visser en skreeu: "Baas, Baas! Moeder is dood! Moeder is dood!". Shell verduidelik dat aan die Kaap was die huisvrou beskou as beide nonna en moeder en die baas as vader. In hierdie geval kon Geertjen wel Maria se de facto skoonmoeder gewees het want die seun Coenraad Visser het met haar gehad.

Margaretha Gerrits b. circa 1630, d. March 1692

  • NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695 NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
  • Birth* Margaretha Gerrits was born circa 1630 at Hardenberg, Nederland. 1
  • Marriage* She married Jan Coenraad Visser before 1649. 2,3
  • Death* She died in March 1692 at de Caep de Goede Hoop She was axed to death by her slave, Claes van Malabar, whom she had beaten. 4
  • NameRecord An unknown date , the name of Margaretha Gerrits was written in the record as Grietie Gerrits.
  • NameRecord An unknown date , the name of Margaretha Gerrits was written in the record as Grietie Pietersz.
  • NameRecord An unknown date , the name of Margaretha Gerrits was written in the record as Grietje Groff.
  • ShipVoyage On 27 September 1661 the Wapen van Amsterdam departed Vlie enroute to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 30 January 1662. On board were Grietie Gerrits, Maria Jansz Visser, Gerrit Jans Visser and Geesie Visser. 5,6
  • Baptism She and Jan Coenraad Visser witnessed the baptism of Zacharia Jansz Visser on 23 August 1665 at Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. 7,8
  • Baptism She and Jochem Marquart witnessed the baptism of Willem Wilhelmse on 15 November 1671 at Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. 9
  • Baptism She and Gerritt Cloete witnessed the baptism of Gysbert Hendricksz on 15 November 1671 at Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.1 0
  • Baptism She and Jannetie Tielmans, Gerrit Jansz and Jan Coenraets Visscher witnessed the baptism of Thieleman Visser on 21 February 1677 at Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. 11
  • Family
  • Jan Coenraad Visser b. c 1620
  • Children
  • Maria Jansz Visser+12 b. c 1649, d. 7 Jun 1718
  • Geesje Visser+12 b. c 1654
  • Gerrit Jansz Visser+ b. c 1657
  • Coenraad Janse Visser+12 b. b 8 Apr 1663
  • Zacharia Jansz Visser+ b. b 23 Aug 1665, d. b 21 Nov 1721
  • Johannes Visser+ b. b 16 Jan 1667
  • Citations:
  • [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records (www.ballfamilyrecords.co.uk) "http://www.ballfamilyrecords.co.uk/olivier/I112.html, last accessed on 27 Oct 2010; date estimated by compiler."
  • [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records (www.ballfamilyrecords.co.uk) "http://www.ballfamilyrecords.co.uk/olivier/I112.html, last accessed on 27 Oct 2010; date estimated by compiler based on the presumed date of birth of the apparent first child."
  • [S191] C.C. de Villiers & C. Pama, Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-Z (Cape Town / Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1966), Page 1061-1062. Hereinafter cited as Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-K.
  • [S205] Mansell G. Upham, "Keeping the gate of Hell . . . "subliminal racism" & early Cape carnal conversations between black men & white women", Capensis 1/2001 [Upham ... Keeping] 1/2001 (April 2001): Page 25
  • ". . . who beat her slave Claes van Malabar, was axed to death by him in March 1692.". Hereinafter cited as "Keeping."
  • [S654] Mansell Upham 'What can't be cured, must be endured … Cape of Good Hope - first marriages & baptisms (1652-1665)', January 2012, 30 January 1662: Wapen van Amsterdam brings:
  • wife of Johannes (Jan Grof) Coenraed(sz): / Coenraet[sz:] Visser (from Ommen) Geertjen [? Alida (Aeltje)] Gerrits: with 3 children
  • Maria Jans: Visser [already wife to Willem Willemsz: de
  • Lierman (from Deventer [Overijssel])
  • Gerrit Jansz: Visser
  • Gesina (Geesje) Jans: Visser."
  • [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), [30 January 1662] A N.W. breeze blowing during the afternoon, by means of which the above vessel safely arrived on the roadstead. The Fiscal landed with the letters, but they contained nothing that was necessary to be despatched in the Nachtegael. About the same time the skipper Jan van Campen and the junior merchant Casper van Dalen also landed and reported their vessel to be the Wapen van Amsterdam, which had left the Vlie on the 27th September, 1661, in company of the Amersfoort, with 350 men, of whom only three had died and 2 been drowned The rest were in good health. She had called nowhere and had lost sight of the Amersfoort the same day that she left. The Malacca was then also ready to leave the Vlie.. Hereinafter cited as Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662.
  • [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: Noch een kind van Joan Coenraadsz Visscher by Grietje Gerrits, genaamt Sacharias, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/. Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).
  • [S205] Mansell G. Upham, "Keeping", Page 25
  • "Zacharia Jans Visser was born at the Cape and baptised on 23 August 1665. Since commander Zacharias Wagenaer had been her godfather, she was commonly referred to as Zacharias Wagenaer. Possibly, this is earliest documented case of a woman at the Cape using a man's name. "
  • [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.): Anno 1671
  • den 15 9veme
  • Een soontje van Willem Willemsz en Marie syn huysvr' wiert genaamt Willem tot getuyge stonden Grietje Gerridz en Jochem Marquaert, 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/
  • [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.): Anno 1671
  • dito (15 9vrme)
  • een soontje van Gijsbert Hendricksz en Geesje sijn huysvr' wiert genaamt Gysbert tot getuyge stonden Grietje Gerrids, en Gerrid Cloete[N], 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/
  • [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.): Den 21 dito (Febr) Tielman Gerrit Jansz en Jannetie Tielmans Jan Coenraets Visscher en Grietie Gerrits syn huijsvr', 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/
  • [S377] Webpage South Africa's Stamouers (http://www.stamouers.com/).
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Alida Gerrits, SM/PROG's Timeline

1630
1630
Hardenberg, Overijssel, Netherlands
1649
1649
Age 19
Ommen, Overijssel
1649
Age 19
The Netherlands
1654
1654
Age 24
Ommen, Overijssel, Netherlands
1662
February 4, 1662
Age 32
Cape Town, Cape Of Good Hope
March 1662
Age 32
Cape, South Africa
1662
Age 32
1692
1692
Age 32
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