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Agnitie Antonette van Wijk Scholtz (Campher)

Also Known As: "van Wyk", "Scholtz", "Angenietie", "Angenitje", "Agnita", "Antonett", "Anthoinetta", "Kamfer", "van der Swaan", "van Wijk", "Scholts;"
Birthplace: Caap de Goede Hoop, South Africa
Death: after 1740
Plaas Elandskloof, Onder-Roggeveld, Namakwa, Caap de Goede Hoop, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lorenz Campher, SV/PROG and Ansela van de Caap, SM/PROG
Wife of Arij Willemse van Wijk, a2b1 and Joachim Scholtz SV/PROG 2
Mother of Willem 'Namaqua' van Wijk Ariesz; Gerrit Ariesz Van Wijk, b1c2; Catharina van Wyk, a2b1c3; Christoffel van Wyk, A2b1c4; Adriaan van Wyk, a2b1c5 and 5 others
Sister of Cornelis Campher, b1; Jacoba Campher, b3 and Agnietie "Antonetta" van der Swaan

Occupation: housewife of farmer
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About Agnitie Antonette van Wijk Scholtz

The above person's mariage entry in the Stellenbosch Mariages hows that she was a jonge dogter when she maried Gerrit van der Swaan


  • The one on this profile maried Arij Willems van Wyk :- The entry in the mariage registers also shows clearly that she was a jonge dogter and there is no indication that she was van der Swaan's widow. This means that there are two different Agnita Campher's. Please check the original Stellenbosch mariage records for the correct answers.

She was not the daughter of Lourens Campher and Ansilla

From Richard Ball's web pages -

  • >Church Registers - Stellenbosch Congregation, Consulted as microfilm at the LDS and as Palmkronieke facsimile, Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk Argief, Stellenbosch, G2/7/1 marriages 1700-1786;
  • marriages
  • >>1705, Sep 05 Gerrit van der Swaan jongm. met Agnietie Kamfers van Cabo jonge dogt.
  • >>"1711, December 27 Arie van Wyk van Cabo jong man met Anita Campher van Cabo Jonge dogter. That is all no mention that she was the widow of van der Swaan

The reconstruction of her families are based on the inventory of the estate of Arij van Wijk (1731), the Estate Distribution Accounts of her son, Willem van Wijk Ariesz. who died without leaving children in 1774, her daughter Maria van der Swaan's will of 1740 and also the Stellenbosch church records.

Anthonetta Campher was possibly the daughter of Laurens Campher and Ansela van de Caab who were recorded living in Stellenbosch with three children in 1703 (Cape Muster Rolls of inhabitants). The evidence for her three marriages

  1. Gerrit van der Swaan 1705
  2. Arij van Wijk Willemsz: circa 1711
  3. Jochem Scholtz 1733

is as follows: 1 Willem van Wijk Arijsz: - Boedelrekening dated 6th May 1775 1 (Deceased Estate distribution accounts)

His brothers and sisters are listed, including:

  • Anna van der Swaan wed: Lodwijk Putter d['0u]de
  • Maria van der Swaan wed: Hendrik Kruger.

as half sisters on the deceased's mothers side (als halve Susters van de overleedens moeders Zijde)

2 Opgaafrollen 2

1709 Ary Wz van Wijk 1 man

1712 Ary Wz van Wijk 1 man 1 wife 1 son 2 daughters

1719 Ary Wz van Wijk 1 man 1 wife 2 sons 3 daughters

1731 Ary van Wijk & Agnetta Campher

1 man 1 wife 5 sons 4 daughters (ref 1. below)

allowing for the fact that I don't know when in the year the opgaaf returns were made, in 1712 Ary van Wijk and Anthonetta Campher had just the one son

and in 1719 they had just one daughter, 2 sons born prior to 1719 and one son born circa 1719

This give us two daughters too many in each assessment. This could indicate the presence in the household of the two Van der Swaan daughters.

In 1731, according to the baptism registers, they had 5 sons and 4 daughters, tallying with the opgaafrollen exactly - by this time both Van der Swaan daughters had married, Anna in ... and Maria in ...

3 In her will dated 1740 3 Maria van der Swaan, naming her heir in case she shoud die without leaving any children, stated that her mother was Antonetta Campher, formerly the widow of Gerrit van den Swaan.


Given the form of this statement one would assume that Anthonetta Campher was then, in 1740, either the wife or widow of another man. Unfortunately Maria did not state what her mother's current marital state was.

4 Council of Policy 4

During 1739 there were several reports to the Council of Policy (the governing body) at the Cape from the Piketberg area where a number of dissatisfied farmers were having their case examined by Johannes Cruiwagen.

In May of 1739 he stated that he had spoken to the farmer, Hendrik Krugel, who offered to send his brother-in-law, named Gerrit van Wijk, to carry information to the other farmers.

From another statement in July of the same year we are told that in this area there were Gerrit van Wijk, the Widow Gerrit van Wijk and her son, Gerrit van Wijk the younger. The last named was a boy of 15 or so and the eldest son of the Widow van Wijk (Elisabeth Vivier).

Hendrik Krugel had no sisters so his brother-in-law must have been a brother of his wife. His wife was Maria van der Swaan.

According to the De Villiers/Pama version, she had no brothers, but if Anthonetta Campher, mother of Maria van der Swaan was the same Anthonetta Campher, mother of Gerrit van Wijk Ariesz:, then they are brothers-in-law.

We must accept, therefore, that there was only one Anthonetta Campher, married firstly to Gerrit van der Swaan, then to Arie van Wijk, Willemsz and, in 1739, recently become the widow of Jochem Scholtz.

These notes written and researched by Richard Ball ©2003 In the opgaaf of 1738 she is listed in the Drakenstein district, as being on her own, with three sons and three daughters, 40 cattle,100 sheep and some grain, presumably still farming in a small way, or perhaps livining with a son or daughter.


Her name is spelt as Anthoinneta by some (

C.C. de Villiers gee die naam aan as Agnita. Die naam kom in die huweliksregister sowel as in die boedel van Joachim as Antoinetta, en 'n enkele keer as Anthonetta, voor. Waar De Villiers egter na haar vorige huwelik met Arij van Wyk verwys, word die naam as Antoinetta aangegee. Hoge gee ook die naam as Antoinetta aan. Sy was die dogter van Lorenz Campher en Ansela van die Kaap.

Haar vader, Lourenz Campher, was afkomstig van Danzig, Pommern, nou Duitsland. Hy was later 'n Vryburger van Stellenbosch en die eienaar van die plaas "Muratie" naby Koelenhof.

Gerrit VAN DER SWAAN was getroud 5 September 1705 met Agnietie CAMPHER, haar ouers was Lorenz Campher en Ansela van de Kaap. Sy was van slawe afkoms.


b1 Anna, = 20.6.1706, x Johannes Lodewyk Putter

b2 Maria, = 19.5.1709, x Hendrik Krugel, sv Andreas Krugel


Heese en Lombard

Saamgestel deur:

AM van Rensburg

Sy was die weduwee van Arij van Wyk wat op die plaas Kuikenvallei gewoon het. Arij was die seun van Williem van Wyk en Catharina Hillebrandts. Uit haar huwelik met Arij is tien kinders gebore en uit haar huwelik met Joachim is geen kinders gebore nie. Joachim was dus verantwoordelik vir die Raesen dogter, twee Strang dogters, sy eie twee seuns en die tien kinders Van Wyk - altesaam vyftien kinders.

Interesting chapter - (see documents attached to this profile)

"Willem, Alida, and Hans did not stay to help; instead they proceeded southward the next day. En route, they called on Alida's aunt, Antoinetta Campher, probably at Klein Vogelvlei, a scant five kilometers south of Groene Valleij at the edge of the Piketberg. Antoinetta, the widow of Joachim Scholtz, had previously been married to Ary van Wyk, Willem and Gerrit's cousin. Ary claimed Klein Vogelvlei from 1724 to 1730.39 Joachim Scholtz, then married to Anna Maria Swart, took over the lease in 1730. Anna Maria, herself twice widowed before she married Scholtz, brought resources to their marriage.40 Her previous husband, Marten Mecklenburg, held 11 loan farm permits between 1706 and 1715, all of them in the Berg River area to the south of the Piketberg. Scholtz, by contrast, was fairly poor. He had no property until after his 1727 marriage to Anna Maria.41

24After his wife's death, Scholtz petitioned the Council of Policy to undertake the care and maintenance of Anna Maria's illegitimate daughter, since he could not afford it. "As the petitioner is maimed and poor, he finds it difficult to earn enough for himself and his own child."42 He managed somehow to maintain the lease on Klein Vogelvlei until his 1733 marriage to Antoinetta Campher, Ary van Wyk's widow and the previous mistress of the farm. Despite being "maimed and poor," Joachim successfully courted Antoinetta. She was clearly richer, but Joachim had the permit for Klein Vogelvlei. As the mother of ten children and a stock owner, Antoinetta obviously needed land, and Ary van Wyk did not leave them a farm.

25In her first year of widowhood, Antoinetta lived with eight of her ten children and one slave. She reported three horses, 48 head of cattle, 63 sheep, and an exceptional crop of 45 muid of wheat produced from three muid sown.43 Widower Scholtz lived with his only surviving son and kept two horses, 6 head of cattle, and 50 sheep.44 In combining their resources, Antoinetta and Joachim had a large household and reasonable, but not exceptional, resources.

26By 1740 Antoinetta found herself widowed again, but in straitened circumstances. According to the opgaaf, she lived with five of her ten children still at home but no livestock or agricultural produce.45 She was unlikely to have been as destitute as she appears on paper. We can surmise from Alida's testimony that Antoinetta continued to live on Klein Vogelvlei after Hendrik Krugel acquired the permit in 1738.46 Antoinetta's son Willem van Wyk lived close by. Her widowed daughter-in-law was also in the neighborhood and had large flocks and herds.47 Undoubtedly Antoinetta had access to resources beyond what she reported in the opgaaf."

From The First Fifty Years Project

NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: 1690

den 29 dito [Jannuarius] ... slave kinderen gedoopt te.n

overstaen als getuigen den H. Secunda Persoon Sr. Andrijs [de ] ende den H.Capt [Willem Padt]

  • een kindt van Ansela van de Caep genaemt Angenietie een half slagh
  • een kindt van Anngie genaemt Margriet een half slagh.
  • een kindt van Sumisie genaemt Susanna een half slagh
  • een kindt Calmeronde genaemt Leendert een half slagh
  • een kindt van Suminthi genaemt Alberth een swart
  • een kindt van Barnisana, genaemt Willem een swart
  • een kindt van Meitzo genaemt Daniel swarte

[My thanks to Mansell Upham for clarifying this transcription.], transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).

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Agnitie Antonette van Wijk Scholtz's Timeline

Caap de Goede Hoop, South Africa

Born before 1698

January 29, 1690
Age 1
Caap de Goede Hoop, South Africa
May 8, 1712
Drakenstein, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
December 6, 1716
February 2, 1725
Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa