Salomon van Meerhof, b3

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Salomon van Meerhof, b3

Birthplace: Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Death: Died in Mauritius
Place of Burial: Mauritius
Immediate Family:

Son of Pieter van Meerhoff, SV/PROG and Krotoa 'Eva' van Meerhof SM/PROG
Brother of Jacobus van Meerhof, b1 and Petronella Van Meerhof b2 SM
Half brother of Jéronimus van de Caap and Anthoniij Everts

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About Salomon van Meerhof, b3

Samen met zijn zus Petronella zijn ze in 1677 getransporteerd naar Mauritius (samen met nog een zusje en broer Jacobus volgens Meegenomen door vrijburger Bartholomeus Borms en zijn vrouw Theuntje (de voogdouders), met de hoeker de Boode om "om de armen te ontlasten van 2 onmondige kinderen":

"Vrijdagh desen 23en Julij 1677 ....Verders door de diaconij en besorgers der arme deser residentie in Rade overgetransporteert sijnde seeker request van den vrijman Bartolomeus Borms en sijn vrouw, aan haer E. vertoont, luijdende aldus van woorde tot woord:

Verthonen mits desen aen diakonen en besorgers der armen aen de Caep d' Goede Hoope Bartholomeus Borms nevens sijne huijsvrouw Theuntje ... [5] ingesetenen alhier te kennen gevende hoe dat aen hun beijde bij hooger macht passagie verleent zijnde om eerstes daegs met God de voorste per de hoecker de Boode naer Mauritius eijlandt te mogen vervaeren, wel genegen zouden wesen den armen te releveren en t' ontlasten van twee onmondige kinderen van wijlen Sr. Pieter meerhoff zaligen, naemens Pieternella en Salamon ende deselve in haer geselschap en voorsorge naer 't gemelde eijlant mede te nemen....."


[5] Volgens G. G. Kloeke was Bartholomeus Borns (die van word met 'n n gespel) getroud met Theuntje Bartholomeuz Elders; in 1663, word sy Theunken Bartholomeus van der Linden genoem.

[Resolutions of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope Cape Town Archives Repository, South Africa Reference code: C. 11, pp. 45-50. op]

Birth Notes

ao 1666 den 12 Sept: een soontie van Sr Pieter Meerhof en Eva sijn huijsvrouw wiert genaemt Salomon de getuijgen waren Lijdia Lacus Joannes Koon en Pieter Schenckenbergh

- VC 603, Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, baptisms. Cape Archives Verbatim Copies p 2, (1665-1696), Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on


Death date from Crampton, Hazel (2014) The Side Of The Sun At Noon. South Africa: Jacana.

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Salomon van Meerhof, b3's Timeline

September 1, 1666
Cape Town
September 12, 1666
South Africa
September 12, 1666
ao 1666 den 12 Sept: een soontie van Sr Pieter Meerhof en Eva sijn huijsvrouw wiert genaemt Salomon de getuijgen waren Lijdia Lacus Joannes Koon en Pieter Schenckenbergh. Kaapstad
February 8, 1669
Age 2

On the 8 February 1669 a new Church Council of the Dutch Reformed Church was elected consisting of Adriaan de Voogd, Johannes Coon, Adriaan Wils and Gerrit van der Bijl.

At the first sitting of this Church Council a decision was taken to remove Kratoa’s 3 children from her care. Kratoa was accused by the Dutch Reformed Church Council of being a drunk and “playing the beast at night” and reverting to her ‘native habits’.The church councillors having taken this decision, pulled the wool over the eyes of Kratoa to lull her into a sense of false security. They simply conveyed a reprimand and suggested that only if she did not mend her ways that her children might be removed from her care. The decision however had already been taken and they were about to execute their decision.

Kratoa, known as Eva the widow van Meerhof lived in the old pottery, then a make-shift abode. Kratoa got wind that all was not right and feared for what may be done to herself, fled when her children were seized and her house was sealed up to keep her away.

March 1, 1669
Age 2

The children were put into the temporary care of the outgoing Church Deacon Jan Reijniers and his wife. They were considered to be ‘honest and godly people’ and had already been made the adopted parents of another infant Khoe child by the name ofFlorida. This child died a short while later.

In reality Jan Reijneiers was a notorious cattle rustler and sheep thief who had been caught at it by Chief Gogosoa of the Goringhaiqua. The chief had kept van Ruijniers as hostage and strung him up after he was caught stealing some years previously in 1661. [Wells says Reijniers held Gogosa hostage?] In 1666 Reijniers was also convicted of theft by the authorities.

The three children of Kratoa were formally committed to the care of Jan Reijniers and his wife on 1 March 1669.

March 26, 1669
Age 2

On 26 March 1669 Kratoa was banished without trial toRobben Island where she was to remain until her death on 29 July 1674.
"South west wind blowing lustily. Our little yacht "De Bruydegom" proceeds to Robben Island to fetch thence some Dutch slaughter wethers for the ships on the roadstead.
She takes with her to the Island, the Hottentoo woman, Eva, who has now for some time already been sitting in the hole (prison) in consequence of her godless life."

Age 10

Kratoa’s children Pieternella van Meerhof and Solamon van Meerhof were shipped off to Mauritius in 1677 as wards of Theuntje Bartholomeus van der Linde and her husband Bartholomeus Borns on the ship ‘De Boode’.

Jacobus van Meerhof, the eldest of the children was later also sent off to Mauritius to join them. He would later be sent back to the Cape but died mysteriously on the return voyage.

Kratoa also had two other children which officialdom called ‘illegitimate’. These were Jeronimus and Anthonij. It is not known into whose care they had been placed nor whether either the Church Council or the authorities at the Castle officially even concerned themselves with these children. The records are silent. The only records on Anthonij is that he was alone, unmarried and without children when he died during the smallpox epidemic in 1713. One clue that exists is that Anthonij had the surname Everts suggesting that he was brought up in the care of Anne and Evert of Guinea, two freed African slaves.

Age 19