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Jacobus Retief, b4c7

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Wagenmakersvalleij, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Death: Died in Wagenmakersvallei, Kaapkolonie, Suid Afrika
Immediate Family:

Son of Francois Retief, b4 and Anna Marais, b2c4d2
Husband of Johanna Petronella van Blerk and Deborah Retief, b8c1d2
Father of Martha Elisabeth Retief; Anna Aletta Malan; Piet Retief, Voortrekker Leader; Debora Retief; Jacobus Retief and 6 others
Brother of Francois Retief, b4c1; Anna Aletta Malan, b4c2; Daniel Retief b4c3; Maria du Toit, b4c4; Petrus Retief, b4c6 and 1 other

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: George (Mike) Rushby
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About Jacobus Retief, b4c7

Jacobus was the 7th child of Frans Retief and Anna Marais. He had three older brothers, Francois, Daniel and Petrus and two older sisters Anna Aletta and Maria. He grew up on D’Oliphantskop aan de Groenenberg and was considered particularly independent and resolute even as a child. As a young man he was restless and wanted his own farm. He married at 18 to Debora JOUBERT who was five years his senior. The next year he bought their neighbouring farm Soetendal with his father’s assistance.

Jacobus was a successful farmer and paid back the loan of his father for the farm within 6 years. He felt Soetendal was too small and when it came on the market, he acquired De Krakeelhoek, his Grandmother Maria Mouij’s old farm, which by then had been renamed Welvanpas.

The farm had abundant water, deep black soil and large tracts of mountain grazing and had wonderful potential. They moved to Welvanpas in 1780 and Jacobus implemented many improvements over the years. It became the family farm for this branch of the family ever since.

His father, Francois Retief, was the eldest son of the founding father of the Retief clan in South Africa, Hugenot emigrant Francois Retif Snr. (1663-1721). This Francois Retief fled Mer in Blois, France during the recriminations of King Louis XIV with his young sister to Holland. Since the Dutch were looking for settlers for the Cape, they joined and arrived in Cape Town in 1688. He bought a farm and called it “Le Paris” on the northern banks of the Berg River near Wemmershoek. He married Maria Mouij, (1685-1758, daughter of Pierre Mouij, also of France.), 22 years his junior.


Francois Retief was the 1st Ancestor of the Retief family in South Africa. He and his sister Anne arrived in the Cape in 1688 on board the Borssenburg. He received the farm La Paris, close to Wemmershoek, Franschoek in 1699. In 1703 he bought the farm Pattatskloof in Wagenmakersvallei, today Wellington, and on 29 April 1718 he also bought the farm De Hartebeesthoek from the estate of Jaques Pinard.

Francois and his wife Marie were attacked by a tramp called Daniel on the night of 23 February 1702. They both obtained knife wounds put fully recovered.

Francois Retief, originally spelled Retif, arrived on board the Borsenberg with his sister Anne in 1688. He was the owner of the farms La Paris, Wemmershoek, Franschoek, de Pattatskloof and De hartebeesthoek.

Info from Judi Meyer with thanks to E v Rensburg, registered Researcher registered by the National Archives in Pretoria.


Cor Pama Groot Afrikaanse Familienaamboek

Geslagsregisters van vroeë Kaapse families.

Geregistreerde NAAIRS navorser - Emerentia J v Rensburg

Die Hugenote van Suid Afrika 1688-1988 - Prof Pieter Coertzen P168


Married to Marie Mouy, 2 May 1700

Daughter Anna Retief born 29 October 1704

He was married to Debora Joubert and they were the parents of Piet Retief, the Voortrekker leader.

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Jacobus Retief, b4c7's Timeline

September 7, 1754
Drakenstein, Caap de Goede Hoop
September 17, 1754
Wagenmakersvalleij, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
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November 12, 1780
Age 26
Wellington, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
May 13, 1781
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