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Gerrit van Aarde, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "van Aardt", "van Aert", "van Aarde", "Jansz", "van Aart"
Birthplace: Delft, Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death: circa 1735
Swartland, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Johannes Gerritse van Aert and Baertien Gerrits van Noortwijck
Husband of Anna van Aarde and Levina van Gent, SM/PROG
Father of Amerentia do Anna van Aardt; Barendina Gerritsz van Aart, b1 SM and Theunis van Aarde, b2
Brother of Joannes van Aarde; Hendrik van Aarde and Maritje van Aarde

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About Gerrit van Aarde, SV/PROG


Nothing is known of the life of Gerrit Jansz from his birth to the time of his marriage and his departure for the Cape of Good Hope. It can safely be deduced that he spent a considerable time at sea because on the 2nd May 1700 he departed on board the Reijgersdaal in the capacity of Bosschieter (Leading seaman and gunner). The Reijgersdaal reached Table Bay on the 22nd August 1700 and on the 31st March 1701 Gerrit Jansz left the employ of the V.O.C. when Burgher rights were granted to him.

The history of the VAN AARDT family in South Africa started when Gerrit Jansz VAN AARD/VAN AART stepped ashore at the Cape of Good Hope on the 22nd August 1700 from the ship Reijgersdaal.For reasons unknown he stayed on at the Cape of Good Hope. He resigned from the service of the Company and became a Vry Burgher.

In August 1707 Gerrit Jansz VAN AARD/VAN AART was joined by his family from Rotterdam, Holland. His family consisted of his wife Levijntje Theunis VAN GENT and his two children Barendina and Theunis Gerrittsz. They arrived on board the Duivenvoorde. It appears that Levijntje left Mensje de Vries in the Netherlands The letters 'sz' at the end of second names indicated the name of the person's father thus Jansz was the son of Jan

and Gerritsz was the son of Gerrit).

Gerrit and Levijntje had a chequered life at the Cape. He was allotted a piece of land in the Table Valley (what is today the centre of the city of Cape Town) on condition that a house be built thereon within a certain time. Unfortunately he could not comply with this condition (maybe as a result of lack of funds) and at a later stage, when he decided to sell the piece of land had to apply to the Council of Justice to do so. The Council did not raise any objections and the sale went ahead.

From an annual statement reflecting his assets, he at that time owned only two slaves, one blunderbuss and a sword. But then his position took a turn for the better. He moved to the country north of Cape Town and acquired a farm near the Dieprivier. Another farm was added and in 1725 he could state that he owned 17 slaves, a number of servants, sheep, cattle, horses and grain over and above the blunderbuss and sword.

22 November 1709:

On this date there is an entry in the journal of the Council of Justice that a Greek sailor by the name of Demetrius Petrus was hanged for the murder of a fellow sailor, Dolle Dries, committed on Gerrit Jansz's property.


The Council of Justice undertook a survey of empty erven and found quite a number to be in poor condition including that of Gerrit Jansz VAN AART.

5th August 1721:

On this date Gerrit Jansz petitioned the Council of Justice to allow him to sell his erven notwithstanding the fact that he had not fulfilled the condition of the grant regarding the building up of the place. The extent of the erven are given as 41 sq. roods 81 sq. feet. In the petition it was mentioned that he was stopped from fulfilling the condition

due to various circumstances. It was also stated that he had obtained a buyer, Robert Schot, a freed slave from Bengal who would be willing to build on the stands. According to the record the property was sold to Schot for 100 Cape guilders. (It is interesting to note that Schot was the owner of several other properties and that the modern suburb of

Skotsekloof was named after him.)


In this year Gerrit Jansz bought the farm 'De Lammer Hoek' from Adriana van Jaarsveld for an amount of 1,300 guilders of which 1,532 were paid in cash and a mortgage was taken out for the balance. Between the years 1721 and 1731 Gerrit Jansz also acquired the farm 'De Grendel van de 'Paardeberg'. The latter was sold in 1731 to Adriana Greef for 3,000 guilders. These two farms are situated on the Dieprivier in an area called Swartland (now Malmesbury). This name has nothing to do with the indigenous population but refers to the colour of the natural shrubs growing in this area. These farms can easily be reached today on the road between the towns of Malmesbury and Wellington.

31st March 1722:

On this date the Council of Justice was petitioned by Gerrit Jansz to send his son Theunis Gerritsz as a soldier to Batavia due to his disobedience and disrespect. This request was apparently granted. In 1724 Theunis Gerritsz requested the Council of Justice to exempt him from further service and to grant him the status of Vry Burgher because he saw himself as capable of making a living as a farmer.

24 March 1723:

A will for Gerrit Jansz and Levijntje Theunis was drawn up by Daniel Thibault, Secretary to the Council of Justice. Both Gerrit Jansz and his wife signed the will by way of an X.

1709 - 1725:

During this period Gerrit Jansz went from strength to strength as far as worldly goods were concerned. In 1709 he owned two slaves (presumably Anna GROOTHENNING and her daughter), one gun and a sword. In 1725 he owned two servants, seventeen slaves, six horses, fifty cattle, four hundred sheep, 80 muids wheat, ten muids rye, one gun

and one sword.

The dates of death for Gerrit and Levijntje have not yet been ascertained nor do we know where they were buried. In June 1735 their will was filed with the Master of the Orphan Chamber which points to the fact that one or other (or both) may have died during the first part of 1735.


In South Africa there is a popular belief that the VAN AARDTS and VAN AARDES belong to the same family but although there are several spellings of their surnames which are similar research in the Cape Archives into this matter has shown that through Jan VAN AARDE of Kuilsrivier and Pieter VAN AARDT of Warmbaths may appear to be similar this is not so.


The Proginitor of the VAN AARDES was Hendrik VAN AARDE who came from Antwerp to the Cape of Good Hope on board the Reijssel in 1715. He married Susanna MOUTON (born about 1703/1704) the daughter of Jacques MOUTON who came from Steenwerck in Flanders and Francina Bevernagie who came from Nederbrakel, Flanders about 1700.


The Proginator of the VAN AARDTS was Gerrit Jansz VAN AART (AERT) who came from Delft in the Netherlands. Following information found in the Genealogische Vereniging Prometheus in Delft it seems that Gerrit Jansz was probably the son of Johannes Gerritse VAN AERT and Baertien Gerrits VAN NOORTWIJCK who were married on the 17th November 1669. As has been noted Gerrit Jansz arrived at the Cape on the 22nd August

1700 as an experienced sailor, a 'bosscheiter' (a leading seaman who fired canons) who was in service with the Dutch East India Company on board the Reijgersdaal. He left the service of the Dutch East India Company on the 31st March 1701 and became a Vry Burgher.

His wife Levijntje Theunis VAN GENT (GENZ) who came from Rotterdam and his two children Barendina (9) and Theunis Gerritsz (7) arrived at the Cape on board the Duivenvoorde. from the eggsa web site

Cape Slave Transactions - R.Shell

8 Dec 1708 Slave: Maria of Bengal 22 Seller: Hendrik Meijboom Purchaser: Gerrit J. van AARDE

No Price Mentioned Ref. TN&S

Cape Slave Transactions - R Schell

Date: 18 Oct 1725 - Slave Name: Clara of Bengal - Seller: Mensje de Vries - Purchaser: Gerrit van Aarde - Price: 150.00

Date: 23 Oct 1725 - Slave Name: Pieter of Malabar - Seller: Mensje de Vries - Purchaser: Gerrit van Aarde - Price: 166.00


Cape Slave Transactions: R Shell

17 Nov 1729

Name: Hans - Origin: Coast - Seller: Nicholaas van Rensburg (widower) - Purchaser: Gerrit van Aarde - Price: 52.00

Details of Transaction: Aletta van der Merwe Wed 2 van Staden TN&S

  • Anna van Bengaalen was born circa 1688 (either in Bengal; or she was purchased in Bengal)

She was a slave on 13 May 1708 de Caep de Goede Hoop, owned by Gerrit Jansz van Aart.

13 d:o (May) een slaven-kind van Gerrit Jansz van Aart,

de moeder is Anna van Bengaalen;

de getuigen Emanuel van Macasser, en Constantia van de Caap.

- Amerentie

Departed from the Netherlands in the service of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) on 1700-05-02 as Able Seaman ("Bosschieter") on board of the ship Reigersdaal and arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on 1700-08-22. The ship was a pinas and under command of Capt Marten de Jeugd.

Left the service of the VOC on 1701-03-31 and became a free burgher in the colony. His wife and children joined him at the Cape in 1707, arriving on board the ship Duivenvoorde.

After 1723 he lived by the Dieprivier between Swartland (Malmesbury) and Kasteelberg on the farms De Lammerhoek and De Grendel van de Paardeberg.

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Gerrit van Aarde, SV/PROG's Timeline

June 11, 1671
Delft, Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
June 11, 1671
Delft, Delft, South Holland, The Netherlands
June 11, 1671
Delft, Delft, South Holland, The Netherlands
Age 26
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
December 20, 1699
Age 28
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
Age 63
Swartland, South Africa