Jacob Pieter Swemmer

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Jacob Pieter Swemmer

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Blaauwberg, South Africa
Death: Died in George, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip Swemmer, SV/PROG and Johanna Catharina Swemmer, SM
Husband of Elizabeth Catharina Swemmer, b1
Father of Benjamin Frans Fredrik Nöthling Swemmer, a1b1; Frans Adriaan Swemmer, a1b2; Magdalena Wilhelmina Susanna Swemmer, a1b3; Maria Albertina Janette Catharina Harding, a1b4; Jacob Pieter Swemmer, a1b5 and 6 others

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff, Guardian of slaves, deacon, cash deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church
Managed by: Brendan Swemmer
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About Jacob Pieter Swemmer

1844 SWEMMER, JACOB PIETER. DEATH NOTICE AND WILL. NAAIRS DEPOT KAB SOURCE MOOC TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 6/9/34 SYSTEM 00 REFERENCE 7606 PART 1 DESCRIPTION SWEMMER, JACOB PIETER. DEATH NOTICE. STARTING 1844 ENDING 1844

Of historical interest

http://gw1.geneanet.org/index.php3?b=farscape&lang=en;pz=johanna+catharina;nz=x;ocz=0;p=jacob+pieter;n=swemmer;opt= - Maud Murrant-Lowe and Geraldine Swemmer-Murrant - ndividual Note

You may be interested in the following article from the George Museum: "On the 7th May 1785 the PIGOT, a vessel belonging to the English East India Company and homeward bound from Madras, put into St Francis Bay in distress. On board this vessel were several military officers returning home from India. These officers hired wagons from the farmers, travelled overland to Cape Town, and were believed to have made minute observations of the country along their route.

This was reported to the Governor of the Cape, Colonel Cornelis Jacob van der Graaff, and he was rather alarmed. The matter was discussed by the Council of Policy and regarded as being of such importance that it was resolved to land a hundred soldiers from the first ships that called with troops on board and to station detachments at Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, St Francis Bay and Algoa Bay. This resolution could not be carried out at the time, however, because no soldiers were available for the purpoose and the council of Policy then decided to erect stone beacons, engraved with the arms of the Netherlands and the monogram of the Dutch East India Company, at important points where none were standing before, in order to strengthen the claim of the company to the land.

THE GEORGE BEACON IS ONE OF THOSE ERECTED.

In 1777 the Dutch East India Company had established an outpost in Outeniqualand at the spot where the town of George no stands, and to this outpost the beacon was sent and later on built into the wall of the main hall of the Post House which was built soon afterwards. This old Post house, in which was situated at the bottom of what is now York Street, was used by the first Landdrost of George, A.G. van Kervel, from the time of his appointment in 1811 until the Drostdy building, the present Hotel Victoria, was completed a few years later.

The old Post House was afterwards bought by Mr. J.P. Swemmer who removed the beacon to his own house where it remained for many years until eventually especially through the efforts of Messrs John Proctor, Charlie Hofmyr, Dr. Patterson and Commander Charles Struben, the beacon was presented to the Public Library by Mr. Swemmer.

There is a replica of this beacon in the museum at Cape Town. (compiled by DJJ de Villiers)

Maud Murrant-Lowe and Geraldine Swemmer-Murrant

DEPOT KAB SOURCE MOOC TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 7/1/179 SYSTEM 01 REFERENCE 97 PART 1 DESCRIPTION SWEMMER, JACOB PIETER. WILL. STARTING 18440000 ENDING 18440000 REMARKS FILED 1844.

A letter addressed to Mr. B.L. Swemmer residing in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal written by C.O. Sayers on 5 April 1973 - ..........about the Swemmer plaque in the Museum that was found in the old cemetery at the D.R. Church when the burial vaults were leveled. Jacob Pieter Swemmer was originally employed in the office of the Local Administration of Cape Town, called the Burgher Senate. For an uninterrupted period of 16 years from 1816 to 1827 he successively held the offices of Supernumerary Clerk, Second Head Clerk, Town Postmaster and Secretary to the Board of Fire Wardens under the Burgher Senate. In 1827 he was reduced and again appointed to the public service as Assistant Protector of Slaves and Orphan Chamber Agent at George on 1st April, 1828 which office he continued to hold until it's abolition in September 1831. As he was now suddenly deprived of his employments and thereby with his wife and nine children reduced to great pecuniary distress, he asked that a pension be granted to him as reduced servant of the Cape Civil Establishment. A retiring allowance of 45 pounds per annum was granted to him. According to the Death Notice, Jacob Pieter Swemmer was born at Blueberg, Cape District, his father was Philip Swemmer and his mother Johanna Catharina. He died aged 50 years 8 months 3 days and his occupation in life is given as Deputy Sheriff, District of George. He died on 20th November 1844 at his house 3 Courtenay Street, George. His children were: Benjamin Frans Frederick Nothling (insane); Frans Adriaan; Magdalena Wilhelmina Susanna; Maria Albertina Janetta Catharina; Jacob Pieter; Johan Daniel; Willem Adriaan Brink; Elizabeth Francaise Wilhelmina and Johanna Sophia Christina Moodie.

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Jacob Pieter Swemmer's Timeline

1794
March 17, 1794
South Africa
1822
January 12, 1822
Age 27
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1823
December 28, 1823
Age 29
1826
February 13, 1826
Age 31
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1828
August 27, 1828
Age 34
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1831
September 8, 1831
Age 37
George, South Africa
1834
July 27, 1834
Age 40
July 27, 1834
Age 40
Humansdorp, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1837
March 8, 1837
Age 42