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Daniel Zaayman, SV/PROG

Nicknames: "Daniel Saaijman", "Saayman"
Birthplace: Vlissingen, Zeeland, Nederland
Death: Died in Stellenbosch, Brede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Cause of death: pokkenepidemie
Immediate Family:

Son of Catharina Zaayman
Husband of Pieternella Zaayman, b2 SM
Father of Catharina Zaayman, b1; Magdalena Zaayman, b3 SM; Eva Zaayman, b2; Maria Martha Maryke Zaaiman, b8 SM; Pieter ZAAYMAN and 5 others

Occupation: Vegetable farmer
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About Daniel Zaayman, SV/PROG


Prior to coming to the Cape around 1708, he had lived with his family on the island of Mauritius, then a Dutch East India Company Settlement, where they had grown sweet potatotes on the Lemoenboomvlakte. In 1696 he had two slaves to help him and they were expected to plant out 1000 half-aums of sweet potatoes each year and then dig up the crop.

The Commander at Mauritius suggests that for this they really need about 30 or 40 slaves.

Upon the abandonment of the settlement on Mauritius, he was one ofthe freemen who elected to go to the Cape (rather than to Batavia).

(Source: Leibbrandt - Letters Received 1695-1708, pages 92, 168 & 453)

On the 11th March 1711 he and his son, Pieter Zaaijman, informed the Burgerraad that they were planning to move from the Cape District to that of Stellenbosch and received permission to do so. (1 STB 15/2)

At the time of his death he owned a house and yard in the Table Valley, block gg, numbers 11 and 12. This house was sold from his estate to Jan Jacob Stockvliet in March of the following year.

His household goods seem to have been minimal, a bed, mattress and pillows plus some table and kitchen ware. Apart from these, a large stock of silver buttons (58) and trouser fittings perhaps indicates that he dealt in these?

There is also a chest with coopering tools, perhaps another trade he or one of his five slaves, practised.

His children are listed in the order given in the documents below.

(Source: Inventory dated 1st December 1714, MOOC 8/3, and Deceased Estate Accounts dated 15th June 1717, MOOC 13/1/1, 89)


Requests to be allowed to return to Mauritius

   Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Woensdagh den 14en Julij 1677 ... verschijnen de vrijl. Focke Janzen, Daniel Zaijman en Bartholomeus Borms, welcke twee eerste nu jongst van Mauritius ... soo versochten seer instantelijck met denselven wederom derwaerts te moogen vertrecken ...

[Resolutions of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope Cape Town Archives Repository, South Africa Reference code: C. 11, pp. 38-44. on http://databases.tanap.net/cgh/]


General Muster Roll of the free settlers on Mauritius, 31 December 1706,

'Daniel Zaijman van Vlissinge, en vrouw Petronella Meerhoff van de Caab'

on http://www.ballfamilyrecords.co.uk/bosmandevriesbuys/I166.html


He and Pieternella Meerhof baptize two children in Cape Town: -

   NGK Cape Town

1709 17. do. [Februarij] van Daniel Zaaijman, en Pieternella Meerhof, 2 kinderen gekom van't Eijland Mauritius het eerste gebooren den 23 Januarij 1704 genaamt Johannes, het tweede gebooren den 27 Maart 1708 genaamt Christiaan De getuigen waaren ...


Monsterrol 1712

   't District Stellenbosch

p 247 'Daniel Zaaijman & Pieternella Meerhof '


Staet en inventaris van alle de goederen naergelaten en met er doot ontruijmt bij wijlen Daniel Zaeijman, ten voordeele van desselfs ondertenoemen erfgenaemen, als

Pieter Zaeijman, Daniel Zaeijman, Christiaen Zaeijman,

Johannes Diodaetij en Samuel Diodaeti als representeerende haer overleedene moeder, Catharina Zaeijman

Caatie Jansen als representeerende haere moeder zalg:r Eva Zaijman

Coenraet Fit in huwelijk hebbende Piternella Bockelenberg,

Andries Bruijns getrouwt met Anna Elizabeth Bockelenberg,

Johannes Bockelenberg en Suzanna Bockelenberg alle gezamentlijk representeerende haere overleedene moeder Helena Zaeijmans

Abraham de Vries, Daniel de Vries, Jacob de Vries en Izac de Vries als representeerende haer moeder zalg:r Marijke Zaaijmans

Een huijs en erff staende ende geleegen in deese Taafelvaleij in 't Blok GG en aldaer N:o 11 en 12


Aldus geinventarizeert aen Caap de Goede Hoop den 1:en December 1714.

[Inventories of the Orphan Chamber Cape Town Archives Repository, South Africa Reference no.: MOOC8/3.61 on http://databases.tanap.net/mooc/]

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Daniel Zaayman, SV/PROG's Timeline

Vlissingen, Zeeland, Nederland
October 13, 1677
Age 14
September 27, 1678
Age 15
June 10, 1682
Age 19
Age 19
Age 20
October 10, 1688
Age 25
Age 35
January 28, 1704
Age 41
March 27, 1708
Age 45