Jacobus van Meerhof, b1

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Jacobus van Meerhof, b1

Birthplace: Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Death: Died in At sea between Mauritius and Cape Town
Immediate Family:

Son of Pieter van Meerhoff, SV/PROG and Krotoa 'Eva' van Meerhof SM/PROG
Brother of Petronella Van Meerhof b2 SM and Salomon van Meerhof, b3
Half brother of Jéronimus van de Caap and Anthoniij Everts

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About Jacobus van Meerhof, b1

Crampton has his father as an Unknown, likely White, man - prior to van Meerhoff. She intimates it might have been van Riebeeck, or at least an embarrassment to him - given his & his wife's absence at the christening. (Crampton, Hazel (2014) The Side Of The Sun At Noon. South Africa: Jacana)


Died 1685 on the ship back to the Cape from Mauritius


His father Pieter Van Meerhof was murdered 30 September 1668 at Antogil Bay on an

expedition to Madagscar. His mother Eva was banished to Robben Island. Eva died in 1674. after the death of both his parents Bartholomeus Borns and his wife Theuntje took care of the children. Their new family moved to Mauritius in 1677 on the ship "Die Bode" ... Due to misbehavior Daniel Zaaiman asked that Jacobus be sent back to the Cape in 1685, he died on the ship which sailed back to the Cape.


Hy is in die Kaap en op Mauritius as 'n "ongewenste persoon" beskou

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Jacobus van Meerhof, b1's Timeline

South Africa

There doesn't seem to be a source for the exact date of this birth. Pieter arrives in the colony in 1659, so presuming it was his child - the birth is likely to be not earlier than 1660.

An unconfirmed report from an employee of the Dutch East India Company who passed through the Cape in1660 mentioned that Eva had a child by a European man. The author claims the father was a Frenchman who was heavily fined for making her pregnant, none of which is recorded elsewhere. Unfortunately, this memoir is rife with inaccuracies and repetitions from earlier accounts, casting doubt on its full reliability. If Van Riebeeck had indeed imposed a heavy fine on his rival - a thoroughly unprecedented measure - it is not surprising that he kept it out of the official record. However, a birth in 1660 fits into known chronologies. [Wells http://eprints.ru.ac.za/709/1/Evas-men.pdf last accessed by Sharon Doubell 7 Apr 2013]

Age 25
At sea between Mauritius and Cape Town