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Letter from the Director, Landsarkivet, Goteborg,Sweden dated November 20, 1991 and addressed to Mrs. A.M.C. du Plessis, P.O. Box 2707, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa.

Your letter dated November 5, 1991.

Dear Madam,

According to the birth record of Stromstad, vol. C:2, a child named Olaf Zetterberg was born August 28, 1772, son of Petter Zetterberg and his wife Catharina Boman.

According to household examination roll 1775-1782, vol. Stromstad AI : 2, page 114, the family consisted of the following people:

Burgher Petter Zetterberg, born 1740 Wife Catharina Boman, born 1736

Son Olof Abraham, born 1772 Daughter Anna Cornelia, born 1770 " Inger, born 1775

We believe this is the family you are looking for.

Yours sincerely,

Sgd. Hillevi Wallstrom

On behalf of the Director

Abraham Roelof(Roeloff Abrahaam) Zeederberg was gebore c 1772, hy kom van Stromstad, Swede en sterwe in die Paarl 7 Januarie 1863. Hy trou in 1798 met Anna Elizabeth Hammes, sy was gedoop 1 Maart 1767, die dogter van Pieter Caspar Hammes en Maria Magdalena Delport ×× c1808 Margaretha Elizabeth Louw sy was gedoop 23 Maart 1783 dogter van Johannes Louw en Sibella Margaretha Loubser. Sy sterwe 1 Junie 1847

KINDERS b1 Anna Catharina Diederica =10.11.1799 b2 Johannes Rudolph =?? 1800 :­geneesheer, b3 Anna Elizabeth *Kaapstad =25.09.1801 & sterf; Muldersvlei 06.06.1852 × 04.09.1820 Lutherse Kerk met Beyers,Christiaan Frederick *21.03.1786 =Lutherse Kerk & sterf; Hoopenburg (tans Muldersvlei) 27.02.1837 :­boer Muldersvlei vanaf 1817 tot sy dood MOOC 6/9/ 10 {s.v. Beyer,Johan(Jan) David & Melck,Anna Catharina} b4 Sibella Margaretha *28.02.1809 & sterf; Kenilworth 27.10.1886 × 00.11.1830 Morkel,Willem *Somerset-Wes 03.06.1803 =Stellenbosch 01.07.1804 & sterf; Morgenster, Somerset-Wes; 73j 6m 24d 27.12.1876 {s.v. Morkel,Daniël Johannes & Louw,Maria Dorothea} b5 Roelof Abraham =?? 1815 & sterf; 07.05.1872 :­wynhandelaar × 24.08.1839 =Lutherse kerk, Kaapstad met De Wet,Margaretha Catharina Jacoba *13. 05.1814 =Kaapstad 29.05.1814 & sterf; 24.06.1864 {d.v. De Wet,Jacobus Petrus & Van Amstel,Maria Barbara} b6 Pieter Hans =?? 1816} b7 Catharina Aletta *1817 & sterf; 26.03.1850 × 09.07.1834 De Wet,Johannes Carolus *26.10.1808 =Kaapstad 06.11.1808 & sterf; 29. 05.1872, MOOC 8222 {s.v. De Wet,Jacobus Petrus & Van Amstel,Maria Barbara} b8 Adriaan Johannes =?? 1818 b9 Jacobus Christiaan =?? 1819

Sources:Heese, de Villiers en Pama

Thanks to research by:

Thanks to submission by: Janet Melville


Roelof Abraham Zeederberg left his native Sweden to seek greener pastures elsewhere. He arrived in Cape Town in 1798, and soon established himself by investing in coffee. This came about when a ship carrying a cargo of coffee was wrecked off the Cape of Good Hope. With the help of two compatriot partners, Roelof bought the wreck, salvaged the cargo of coffee, and washed, dried, and sold it. The Zeederbergs were on their way. Roelof's descendants eventually spread throughout southern Africa, making contributions in field ranging from farming to medicine, commerce, industry and law. Four Zeederberg brothers, Doel, Dolf, Louw and Pieter went into the transport business in the 1880's.


Death Notice 6/9/102-29 as supplied by Brian Nelson for -

  • Birthplace - Strömstad, Sweden
  • Parents - Petter Zetterberg and Catherina Boman
  • Birthdate 1772 - based on age of 91 years at time of death
  • Occupation - Capitalist
  • Wife - pre-deceased Margaretha Elisabeth Zeederberg (born Louw)
  • 1st Wife Anna Elizabeth Hammes died 6 Jun 1852
  • Marriage date and place - Cape Town 20 Sep 1807
  • Date of Death - 7 Jan 1863
  • Place of Death - Paarl


From the Cape Archives – Memorial Co. 3865 No. 504 30/7/1807 (?)

'A letter written to the Governor of the Cape, translated from the original in Dutch and signed by Roeloff Abraham Zeederberg himself, requesting he be granted citizenship in the Cape Colony.'

“To His Excellency Du Pre’, Earl of Caledon, Governor and Commander-in-Chief at the Cape of Good Hope, and its Dependencies.

The Memorial of Roeloff Abraham Zederbergh, born of Stromstadt in Sweden, humbly sheweth that your Memorialist arrived here in the month of May in the year 1795, in his capacity as steward on board of the Dutch Merchant Ship, The Geertruyda, and at his request obtained his honourable discharge from the captain of the said ship.

That your Memorialist afterwards, at the time of the former English Government, having addressed himself to His Excellency, Lieutenant General James Henry Craig, then Commander-in-Chief of this settlement, obtained His Excellency’s permission to remain in the Colony.

That your Memorialist through his zeal and industry so far, he is now the possessor of immovable Property within this town, and does not doubt but the best testimonies will be given to your Excellency, as to his good and peaceful conduct as inhabitant of this Colony and during his stay here.

Your Memorialist therefore begs leave to address himself to Your Excellency and respectfully to request that it may please Your Excellency graciously to admit him a Burgher of the Colony and to grant him an ordinary Burgher’s letter.

And as in duty bound, your Memorialist will ever pray.

Signed – R. A. Zederberg

Faithfully translated from the Dutch by

J.B. Hoffman Translator”

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Roelof Abraham Zeederberg's Timeline

August 28, 1772
Strömstad, Västra Götaland, Sweden
September 28, 1801
Cape Town, South Africa
February 28, 1809
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
April 8, 1810
South Africa
September 10, 1811
October 13, 1812
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
September 7, 1814
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa