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South African Families descended (or not) from European Royalty

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  • Matthijs Lodewijk Jan Elsevier (1564 - 1640)
    Like his father, Louis, Matthijs was appointed beadle of Leyden University, in 1607. On 11 Nov. 1616 a "calamitous fire destroyed the greater part of the University buildings in which lectures were hel...
  • Eerw. Adrianus van Bergen, SV/PROG 2 (1836 - 1894)
    Arr. 1857, Amsterdam, Netherlands. see [ ] STAM REGISTER: VAN BERGEN, Eerw. Adrianus (oorl. 6/8/1894, te Pretoria), ar. 1857 v. Amsterdam, N., tr. (i) 1857 Wilh. Dor. Wichelhausen (D.): 7k. h...
  • Theunis de Bruyn (1679 - c.1733)
    Bronne: Teunis de Bruijn van Vredenburg jongm. met Justina Cleeff van Cabo jonge dogter. Stellenbosch 1. Judi Marais-Meyer register. 2. Cor Pama se Groot Afrikaanse Familienaamboek. Vol 1, p 88 -si...
  • Adriaen Gerritsz van Wijk (deceased)
    There is currently NO EVIDENCE that Gerrit Jerephaesz van Wijk was the son of Margriet van Hattem or the father of Adriaen Gerritsz van Wijk. MyHeritage user family trees do NOT count as sources unless...
  • Emerentia Meyer, SV2b4c5d2 (bef.1767 - bef.1813)
    Jesaias Reynier Snyman » 1.1.1764 * x 11.5.1783 Emerentia MEYER » 8.11.1767 SV2b4c5 d2 Emerentia Meyer» 8.11.1767, x Jesaias Reynier Snyman; xx 10.4.1803 Johan Hendrik Wieman, v. Beemster ...

The aim of the project is to list the SA progenitors ('stamouers') who are descended from European Royalty (distant as they may be) and to identify and show the specific lineage.

In addition, the aim is to share and explore any new discoveries of possible family linkages and the research and validation of their lineage.


Collaborators, research partners and editors will be welcomed.

Possibilities to be explored:

  • It is plausibly postulated that everyone of European descent is extremely highly likely to be a descendant of Charlemagne / Karl der Grosse, King of the Franks and Roman Emperor. This is in all probability true, but who can 'prove' the line of descent of their SA Progenitor??
  • Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, is one of the well-known 'anchors' in the community of European Royal families. A few South Africans are known to descend from him - e.g. Jan van Riebeeck, FW and Deneys Reitz and the Baron van Rheede van Oudtshoorn (ref. 'Plantagenet Cousins' by Leo van de Pas). There may be many more families in South Africa. Do any of these families perhaps descend from Geoffrey's Royal descendants, or not?
  • Can anyone validate or explain the linkage of the Strauss family to/via the Counts of Wurttemberg?
  • Can anyone validate or explain the rumours of a Van der Merwe Royal linkage?
  • The South African-born Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl (not the Rev. Andrew Murray line) could possibly be of Royal descent.
  • The possible royal linkage of Jacques de Savoye seems to be tenuous. Can anyone help to confirm / deny?
  • Can anyone confirm / substantiate the Royal linkage of the SA Du Plessis family?
  • There appears to be a possibility of a direct link between the Pelser/Pe/zer/Peltzer family of Abraham Peltzer in South Africa and the Pelser Berendsberg nobel family of the Netherlands. The coat of arms used by R. De Villiers Pienaar have the same three waterlily leaves and the ermine coat. The family is originally from a district in Germany and the South African progenitor is also from Germany.
  • What sources link Theunis de Bruyn to the father Johannes de Bruijn and grandfather Frank de Bruyn, Schepen and gr grandfather Floris de Bruijn, and that royal descent line? Discussion:

Myths exploded:

SA Progenitors who are European Royal descendants:

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