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About Gerrit Ariesz van Wijk

Gerrit van Wijk Ariesz: 1714-circa 1787

  • Parents: Arij van Wijk and Antonetta Campher
  • born 1714, Cape of Good Hope
  • baptized 30 September 1714, Stellenbosch
  • died circa 1787
  • married 2 November 1738 Drakenstein
  • Maria Magdalena Eckhoff 12 1721-1776

NB NOT Gerrit, the son of Arij van Wijk and Cornelia Helmes: See

Gerrit van Wijk and Maria Magdalena Eekhof were married at Drakenstein8 on 2nd November 1738, when Gerrit the husband of Elisabeth Vivier and Maria Provo had been dead almost a year.

No mention is made in the marriage register of his or her marital status (ie. jongman/bachelor or weduwenaar/widower) as was usual at that time and on that page, before and after this entry, but the reason for this becomes plain when one sees that their eldest child was baptised at the same service8 at which his parents were married (it was normal to baptise children and marry couples at the end of a normal Sunday church service).

In 1775 Gerrit and Maria Magdalena drew up a will in which they make special provision for their sons Arie Willems and Gerrit Matthij9. In this will they are named as Gerrit van Wijk Ariisz: en Maria Magdalena Eijkhoff. This will was filed in November 1776, presumably after the death of Maria Magdalena.

When Gerrit van Wijk died intestate in 1787, the accounts drawn up at that time name him as 'Gerrit van Wijk Arrysz:' and list his eleven children, starting with Ary Willemsz van Wijk and including Gerrit Matthijs van Wijk, mentioned in the will above.

When Willem van Wijk died intestate in 1774, his estate accounts10 describe him as 'Willem van Wijk Arijsz:'. He apparently left no wife or children since his estate is divided amongst his brothers and sisters, whole and half, first among whom is Gerrit van Wijk Arijsz:. The names of his brothers and sisters make it plain that this group of Van Wijks are the children of Arij van Wijk Willemsz: and Antonetta Campher. The above notes were written and researched by Richard Ball ©2003 using microfilmed copies of the documents from the Cape Archives, obtained for me by Graham Lloyd.


Gerrit van Wijk Willemsz: of De Vaderlandse Rietklooff, Piquetberg 2

died circa 1737 3

will dated 27 March 1731

and filed 8 January 1738 4


He would seem to have been working as a farmhand (knegt) for Willem Basson on the latter's property in Cape Town between 1711 and 1713. (1)(2) On the 7th November 1712, named as Gerrit Willemsz van Wijk, he requested and was granted permission to move from living in the Drakenstein District, to that of the Cape. (3)

Details of his family come from the Inventory taken in 1730 after the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Vivier, the joint will he made with his second wife, Maria Provo (1731) and the will she made before her marriage to Gerrit van Schalkwyk (1740).

The farm, Vaderlandse Rietkloof, was sold in 1730 at the settling up of the estate of Elisabeth Vivier. I don't know if Gerrit bought it in himself or not.

For a discussion of his parentage and place in the family tree, see my notes on the several Gerrit van Wijks, and for a general discussion of the early Van Wijks see my introduction.

1. Muster Rolls VC49, p.240,1711

2. Willem Basson, MOOC 13/1/1,93 1713

3. 1 STB 1/4, 50 - Minutes of the Stellenbosch Heemraden



Gerrit van Wijk

29 Meij 1787


Inventaris van alle soodanige goederen, als met der dood ontruijmd en nagelaten zijn door wijlen den ab intestato overleedenen burger Gerrit van Wijk Arijsz: ten voordele sijner bij meede wijlen sijne huijsvrouw [ ..... ] geprocreerde kinderen of descendenten bestaande in elf staaken, als...

1) Arij Willemsz van Wyk
2) Elisabeth van Wijk getrouwd met Dirk Putter
3) de kinderen van wijlen Sophia van Wijk door haar verwekt bij haaren man Gerrit Putter, in namen
- a) Anna Sophia, getrouwt met Andries Pretourius
- b) Maria eerst getrouwd geweest met Casper Steenkamp, dog thans hertrouwd met Kruger
4) Maria Margareta getrouwd met Jan Olivier
5) Aguita getrouwd met Cornelis Olivier
6) Gerrit Matthijs van Wijk
7) Anna van Wijk getrouwt met Gerrit Marais
8) Christina van Wyk getrouwt met Albert Nel
9) Margaretha van Wijk getrouwt met Louis Koetsee
10) Christoffel van Wijk
11) het kind van sijne overleedene suster Jacomina van Wijk, getrouwd met Albert Smid, en genaamd Margaretha Smid oud 11 a 12 jaaren.....

...Aldus gedaan en g’einventariseerd ter plaatze de Eijkeboomen genaamd den 29 Meij 1787...

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Gerrit Ariesz van Wijk's Timeline

December 14, 1704
December 14, 1704
December 14, 1704
December 14, 1707
Stellenbosch, Cape Province
September 30, 1714
September 30, 1714
September 30, 1714
Drakenstein, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
November 2, 1738
Age 24
Drakenstein, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika