VAN WYK, Willem
He was one of the two stamvaders of the Van Wijk family who arrived at the Cape in the 17th Century. The other was Arij van Wijk. It seems likely that they were related to one another but how is not yet apparent.
Willem van Wijk at the Cape He first appears at the Cape as a Company servant, working in the Company's Garden in 1672. By 1678 he was a free burger, farming around Cape Town, working first in partnership with Gerrit Teunisz and then, from 1679 to 1685, with Hans Erntrout (?Hans Rutger Troost?).
His Farm He and his family seem first to have lived in Cape Town, but from 1692 at the latest they were farming in Drakenstein. In the estate accounts drawn up after the death of his first wife, their farm was named as Sandwijk, and was situated in Drakenstein. They would seem to have concentrated on wine, with their number of vines rising from 2000 in 1692 to 6000 in 1702.
His First Marriage - Trijntje Hillebrands He married firstly Trijntje Hillebrands in 1685 at Cape Town. Occasionally in the Muster Rolls, she is given the surname Wijkens. I don't know if this refers to her own surname or is derived from that of her husband. She died between 1693 and 1695. Her estate accounts were drawn up on 10th March 1695 where she is noted to have left two surviving children.
His Second Marriage - Trijntje Harmensz: He married secondly Trijntje Harmensz: around 1694, probably in Drakenstein where they lived, since no record of the marriage survives. After Willem van Wijk's death, she married a second time to Jurgen Kervel (sometimes also Kerver) with whom she had several more children. In 1712 the Orphan Chamber called her to account for apparently not paying out their paternal inheritance to the two children of the first wife of Willem van Wijk.
Willem van Wijk's Children
By his first wife, Trijntje Hillebrands, we know of three children:
b1. Arij, baptised Cape Town 13 April 1686
Around 1711 he married Anthonetta Campher,
the widow of Gerrit van der Swaan,
and left 9 children when he died in 1731
b2. Jannetie, baptised Cape Town 13 June 1688
She would seem to have died before 1695.
b3. Gerrit, date of birth or baptism not known.
He married firstly Elisabeth Vivier in 1722
and secondly Maria Provo (Prevost) around 1731.
He died around 1737, leaving 8 children.
By his second wife, Trijntje Harmensz:, we know of another three children:
She married Cornelis Pieters Stapper
She lived first with Gerrit Willemse and then Isaac Nieuwoudt
(or both at the same time?)
He married firstly Johanna Catharina Campher in 1729
and secondly Hendrina Monk around 1746.
He died in 1756 leaving 9 children.
Death of Willem van Wijk His death is noted in an Orphan Chamber entry dated 31st March 1702. In this same document, Trijntje Harmensz:, his widow, states that her husband had been beset with many illnesses before he died.
Estate Accounts - Van Wijk, Willem Willemsz: 1756
Estate Accounts - Van Wijk, Willem d'oude, 21 October 1772
Inventory - Campher, Johanna Catharina, 2 May 1746
Inventory - Hillebrants, Trijntjen, en nagelate man Willem van Wijk, 1695
Inventory - Van Wijk, Arij, 1731
Muster Rolls of Free Burgers (VC39, vol.1, p. 123 and p. 161, p. 179)
Opgaaf (tax) rolls of Freemen at the Cape
Provision for children of previous marriage - Provo, Maria, 1740
Weesmeesteren: Extracten 1699 enz.
Will - Helmes, Cornelia and Jacob Coetser, 1720
Will - Van Wijk, Arij & Cornelia Helmes, 1713
Will - Van Wijk, Gerrit & Maria Provo, 1731
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Argief
(in the form of microfilm copies)
Cape Town Congregation - Registers of baptism and marriage
Drakenstein Congregation - Membership Register
Drakenstein Congregation - Registers of baptism and marriage
Stellenbosch Congregation - Registers of baptism and marriage
who would have been unable to do this research without the help of André Kellerman, Helena Liebenberg, Graham Lloyd, Maureen de Villiers and Mansell Upham.
For a more detailed account of the families and the evidence, see:
Introduction to the early Van Wijks at the Cape
Willem van Wijk and his family
Notes on Trijntje Harmens:
Arij van Wijk and his family
on Richard Ball's web site.
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