Grietje Geertjen Gerrits, SM/PROG

Is your surname Gerrits?

Research the Gerrits family

Grietje Geertjen Gerrits, SM/PROG's Geni Profile

Records for Grietje Gerrits

167,738 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Grietje Geertjen Gerrits, SM/PROG

Also Known As: "Geertjen", "Margaretha"
Birthplace: Hardenberg, Hardenberg, Overijssel, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Cause of death: Murdered on a Friday evening by the slave, Claes van Malabar
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Petrus Hendrik Gerrits and Maria Magretha Gerrits
Wife of Jan Conraad Visser, SV/PROG
Mother of Antoinetta Anna Visser; Zacharia (Sacharias) Visser, b5 SM and Johannes Jansz Visser, b6

Managed by: Esther VISSER
Last Updated:

About Grietje Geertjen Gerrits, SM/PROG

According to "Suid-Afrikaanse Geslagsregisters" 15 pages 12-13 Margaretha (Geertjen) Gerrits married Jan Coenraad Visser c.1662. She was his sister-in-law as he was first married to her sister Alida (Greetjen) Gerrits from Hardenberg in c.1648 in the Netherlands.

As far as SAG 15 (Suid Afrikaanse Geslagsregisters 15) notes, his 1st wife Alida Gerrits arrived in Cape Town in 1662 with 4 children:

  • b1 Maria *Ommen, Netherland c.1649;
  • b2 Gerrit Jansz *Ommen, Netherland c. 1650:
  • b3 Gesina * Ommen, Netherland c. 1655 ;
  • b4 Coenraad *Ommen, Netherland 1660, baptised in South Africa 16,1.1667.

What happened to Alida Gerrits is uncertain for in the same year that she arrived in the Cape with her children, her husband, Jan Coenraad Visser *1633, married her sister, Margaretha Gerrits.

The only children mentioned for Margaretha as 2nd wife of Jan Coenraad Visser *c.1633 is mentioned on page 50 of SAG:

  • b5 Zacharias (Zacharararayda) baptised 28.8.1665
  • b6 Johannes baptised Cape Town 16.1.1667


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:

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

The above information for Coenraad is wrong:

Coenraad, b4 was born at the Cape: 'Coenraad Jansz' Visser gebooren aan Cabo de Goede Hoop, oud vyftig jaaren ...(from his will dated 15 November 1710)

And this is his date of baptism at the Cape: 'April Anno 1663 Den 8en do heeft Dome de Metre ... gedoopt dese vier navolgende kinderen: ... ende een van Jan Coenraets Visscher vrij lantbouwer, en is genaemt Coenraet, de getuigen sijn Jacob Cloeten, vrij lantbouwer ende sijn huysvrouw' op

The entry for 16 January 1667 refers to Johannes's baptism:

A: 1667

Januarij 16 een soontje van Jan Coenraets en Grietjen Gerritsen sijn huysvrouw, wierd genaempt Johannes, peters waren Bartholomeus Boorn, en Teuntjen Bartholomeusz on - JS --------------------

Geertjen (Margaretha) GERRITS en hulle kinders wat in Nederland gebore is, arriveer gedurende 1662 aan die Kaap. Geertjen word op 'n Vrydag-aand gedurende Maart 1692 deur 'n slaaf Klaas van Mallebar vermoor. 

Die Monsterrolle vir 1664 toon Jan en Grietjie met 3 kinders aan : Gerrit, Geesje en Coenraad. Die Monsterrolle vir 1666/7 toon Jan en Grietjie aan met 5 kinders, nl. Gerrit, Geesje, Coenraad, Zacharia en Johannes.

Bo-staande inligting in verband met die kinders van Jan en Grietjie kan verwarrend wees, maar volgens Wyle Dr J.L.M. FRANKEN se artikel in Standpunte van Oktober/November 1956, doen Jan aansoek om belasting verligting op die 18de Desember 1662: "18 Dec 1662: For Tax relief Purposes Jan stated that his family consisted of himself, his wife and five children, one of the children being his second eldest son, Gerrit Jansz VISSER, who was then about 5 years of age."

view all 11

Grietje Geertjen Gerrits, SM/PROG's Timeline

March 1630
Hardenberg, Hardenberg, Overijssel, The Netherlands
February 4, 1662
Age 31
Cape Town, Cape Of Good Hope
Age 31
South Africa
Age 31
The Netherlands
Age 31
August 23, 1665
Age 35
Cape Town, Cape colony, South Africa
Age 35
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
March 1692
Age 62
Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Age 61