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  • Christina Susanna Grundling, b3c2d17 SM (1793 - 1848)
    SAG Volume 17 page 218 - b3c2d17 “SA Genealogies” vol 17, Genealogical Institute of SA, Stellenbosch, 2008”
  • Christina van Looveren, SM/PROG (c.1673 - 1729)
    Extracts: from the History of Vrede en Lust. Willem van Zyl Jr heads for Amsterdam, the most affluent merchant city in Europe, where he becomes a gardener. Willem finds lodgings in Verwer Street, now...
  • Dirck Corsse van Zijl (1603 - 1674)
    Dirck Cornelisz van Zijl, geb. Hazerswoude ca. 1603, watermolenaar, in 1637 vermeld als molenaar van de Nieuwlandse molen. "Hij zorgde tevens voor de sluis op de Hil en het uiterste verlaat, een slui...
  • Frederik Jacobus van Zyl, b5c4d9 (1778 - 1857)
    Die families van Ou Swellendam Deel 1 - Steyn, page 21: He was a vegetable farmer who took over the farm Jan Harmansgat that used to be the property of his wife's uncle Hermanus Steyn d'Jonge. He r...

About the van Zijl surname

The name 'van Zijl' is originating from the river by the same name: Zijl, an affluent from the 'Oude Rijn' (Old Rhine). Just a few hundred metres past the splitting -near the village Leiderdorp- Jan van Ammers built a castle, named 'The House Zijl' (Huys te Zijl or Zijlhof). He and his descendants named themselves 'comimg from the Zijl' >> van Zijl. After years they spread out over Holland, but also over the world.

Some interesting information.....Susanna Isabella Johanna van Zijl married Alexander St-John Rose whose father was Maurice Samuel Rose. Maurice Samuel Rose is Bernard Rose's great grandfather. Bernard Rose and Fanie van Zijl both grew up in Randfontein together, as friends and fellow runners. Does this make them relatives?