Jacobus Steyn, b1 (c.1683 - c.1752)

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Nicknames: "Jacob", "Steijn", "Stein", "Stijn"
Place of Burial: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Birthplace: Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Cape, South Africa
Occupation: Farmer/butcher
Managed by: Deborah Alice Potgieter
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About Jacobus Steyn, b1

Jacobus was still alive in 1733:

Monsterrol 1733


't Caabse District 'Jacobus Stijn & Maria Potgieter'


NOTE: Reliable dates of birth of his children are found in recent publications only. Older publications about the Steyn family tree have big mix-ups here.


Jacobus is probably not the biological son of Douwe Gerbrandt STEYN. He was probably fathered by another man. But Jacobus took on the surname of STEYN because Douwe Gerbrandt STEYN adopted him as his son. Therefore, Jacobus was mentioned in Douwe's testament.

Thus Jacobus is the biological Stamvader of the majority of the STEYNS in South Africa.

We start by numbering Jacobus as b1 as he is the first legal son of Douwe Gerbrandt STEYN in South Africa. There is still discussion going on whether the SV/PROG had one or two sons in Friesland before he came to South Africa. If one son there, then b2 would be correct; if two sons, it should be b3. On Geni we use b1 (see Curator Note on the top of the profile page)


Note by Lodewyk Christiaan 'Chris' STEYN

If enough STEYN descendants have their genealogical DNA tested with http://www.familytreedna.com/ or a similar company, we will not only be able to trace our common ancestry, but we might also be able to discover who the biological father of Jacobus was. Until now that has been a mystery, but with genealogical DNA testing, we might be able to solve the puzzle since the number of males in the Cape at the time were very limited.

So: if at all possible, please do the test with familytreedna


Jacobus was probably born two years before his mother married Douw Gerbrand STEYN.

Baptized 29 August 1683

Steyn,Jacobus = Kaapstad, doopgetuie juffrou Coon 29.08.1683 :­sy vader is onbekend, het die van, Steyn, van sy stiefpa aanvaar [278] source - http://members.aol.com/kmeintjes/Genealogy/FWdeKlerk.htm Juffrou Coon was die weduwee van Johannes Coon wat 'n vername betrekking by die Kaapstadse garnisoen beklee het

Married Maria Potgieter 24 October 1706

Owned the property 'Welgemeend' which is where Kampstreet is in Cape Town now.

Was a butcher and brewer of brandy.


Jacobus was the actual progenitor (stamvader) of the Steyn family in South Africa. He was adopted by Douwe Steyn in 1685 age 2 and was given the ancestral number b1 by Pama II.

No-one is exactly sure who his father was. He was adopted by Douwe Gerbrandts Steyn when he married his mother, Maria Lozee. He then took on the surname Steijn. He was baptised in 1683 (according to De Villiers) or 1685 (according to Heese). Christening 29 August 1683? If he was indeed baptised in 1685, there is a possibility that Douwe was his father and that it was a forced marriage.

There has also been some speculation that his father might have been the father of Alexandrina (Sandrina) Maxwell, whose husband bought Maria as slave.

He was a free burgher and later a butcher.

De la Fontaine describes him as a poor man. -------------------- Jacobus was conceived out of marriage, he is either a step son or a child conceived with a slave girl (Maria Lozee) before marriage. Lozee referred to the slave quarters

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Jacobus Steyn, b1's Timeline

August 29, 1683
Cape Town, South Africa

From the transcription of the Cape Town Baptisms 1683:

Den 29 dito (August)
de moeder Maria Lossee
juffrou Koon (getuige)

Source: Cape Archives Verbatim Copies VC 603, Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk, baptisms 1665 to 1696.

VC 603 is a photocopy made during the 1980s of the original, made for the Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and a copy was donated to the South African Archives, a copy going to the Cape Town repository and to the Pretoria Repository (where it is part of the FC series).

The original register is now housed in the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G1 1/1.

The transcription was originally made in 2006 by Richard Ball. Corrections were received from Delia Robertson and Alwyn Smit and Corney Keller had now completely revised and amended the original transcript (February 2012).

Taken from http://www.eggsa.org/sarecords/index.php/church-registers/cape-town...

Cape Town, Cape, South Africa

Note by LC 'Chris' Steyn: I dated his birth at 'about 1682' simply to show in Geni that he was born before he was baptized. At the moment Geni automatically puts specific dates within a year before 'about' dates in the same year. Result: when you look at the timeline of a person, it looks as if they were baptized before they were born.
In any case, because of lack of church ministers, children were not always baptized soon after they were born. The parents had to wait until a minister was available to perform the sacrament.

8, 1685
Age 2
Manumitted/Adopted Father unknown
November 3, 1704
Age 21
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Precis of the Archives OF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
JOURNAL, 1699-1732.

YEAR 1704
November 1. Letters from Saldanha Bay. The vessels had
made an effort to leave, but unsuccessfully. The Governor replies,
and sends more refreshments and medicines.
The ordinary parade and parrot shooting takes place. Rain
much longed for.
November 3. The parade continues. Of the cavalry Jacobus
Stein was the winner.

August 14, 1706
Age 23
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
October 24, 1706
Age 23
Stellenbosch, Cape, South Africa
Age 25
South Africa
July 12, 1711
Age 28
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 31
Age 34
Brede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa