Matthijs Greef (updated 19 Nov 2006) 283 families, 577 individuals

Born Maagdeburg, Germany. Research by Francois Greef. 


Frantz Kröger
(Kruger) by Ray Peter Kruger


Jan Smit
and Adriana Tol
(updated 08 May 2017)

Jan SMIT 16XX-1704, arrived in South Africa in 1688 from Maastricht, Netherlands. He was a burgher of Stellenbosch. He married Adriana TOL from Delft, who married Andries KUYPER from Stettin on 11 January 1705 after Jan's death.

General Nicolaas Jacobus Smit

Alwyn Petrus Smit has provided us with his ancestry, from the Jan and Adriana Smit lineage. He has also provided his de Jager roots. Written in Afrikaans.

Erasmus Smit (Schmidt) (updated 23 Dec 2006) 537 families, 1708 individuals

Erasmus SCHMIDT arrived at the Cape of Good Hope from Holstein, Germany, in 1717 in the service of the VOC, contracted as a soldier. He was granted free burgher status in 1727, at which time his name changed to SMIT. He married Cornelia van EMMENES on 6th May 1731. They lived at Drakenstein, and he died at Stellenbosch before 1771, contrary to published information.
Thanks to Richard Ball for providing this information
Ron's family pages 


SMIT names which cannot be linked to those above. These are from queries or publications.
Anyone able to contribute information, kindly contact Ron

Pieter Zeeman

Pieter ZEEMAN born 1728 in Amsterdam, arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1746. He was the son of Kornelius Zeeman and Johanna Mulder. He married Catharina Verbeek on 18 March 1753, the daughter of Jan Verbeek from Rotterdam and Dorothea Raats.

Note - more Zeeman's appear under Erasmus Smit. Petrus Johannes Zeeman's Bible
Henk Zeeman's family pages


Frederick Pietersen (a12b6)

Frederick Pietersen, son of Barthold (Bartel) Pietersen and Anna Christina Minnie, was born in Swellendam, and christened on 25th April 1773 in the Cape of Good Hope. He died in South Africa. 


Frans Alwyn Smit Schimper by John and Terry George

Colart (-Klaus) du Vinage (Duvenage, Du Venage, Duvenhage)

The first authentic bearer of the name, 1331, tax-gatherer at Maubeuge. Individuals names are under Erasmus Smit, above. Family coat of arms can be seen here.