262Re: [afgen] Scientists trace group of Afrikaners with Parkinson?s to common ancestor
- Jul 1, 2014On 1 Jul 2014 at 17:47, 'rodg' rodg@... [afgen] wrote:
> Hi Steve, Thanks for the reply, this makes me think of the LEVEY familyThere is something similar in relation to porphyria, which also affaects
> whose members sometimes a difficiency in the 'S' protien
Afrikaner families. In this case more specific family history information is
available, and porphyria was also discussed on the South Africa list a while
gives more family history details, viz:
The South African variegate porphyria gene PPOX mutation R59W could be traced
back to Gerrit Jansz (the son of Jan) van Deventer, born in Veldkamp in the
Netherlands, and to his wife Ariaentje (daughter of Jacob) van Rotterdam (who
was born in Rotterdam).
In the 17th century most people did not have surnames but were described as
the son of, or the daughter of, the fathers first name.
Gerrit Jansz (the son of Jan) came from Deventer, or rather a suburb of
Deventer called Veldkamp.
He was one of the free burghers and came to the Cape in 1685. He was given a
grant of land in the Stellenbosch district but he did not have a wife. He
must have come from a good family because his grandfather wrote a history of
the Dutch-Spanish war.
Ariaentje Jacobs van Rotterdam, (or Ariaantje Adriaansse or Ariaantje van den
Berg) father died when she was 5 months and her mother, when she was eight.
*The spelling of Ariaentje varies in different documents.
She was admitted to the orphanage Gereformeerd Burgersweeshuis in
Rotterdam, in 1687.
The director minister Sewentien decided to send eight of his female orphans
(including Ariaentje and her half-sister Willemijntje) to the Cape to become
wives of the Dutch settlers. They were sent out on the ship China and arrived
in the Cape in 1688.
Four of the female orphans were married within months of their arrival and
their names are together in the Cape Marriage Register. One of the four was
Ariaantje (the daughter of Jacob) married Gerrit Jansz van Deventer in
1688, and they and had eight children, of whom four had porphyria. They must
have inherited porphyria either from Gerrit or from Ariaantje. It is not
known whether porphyria was brought to South Africa by Gerrit Jansz or his
wife Ariaantje Jacobs.
Based on the fact that Hendrik, the son of Willemijntje, the halfsister of
Ariaantje, also had the porphyria mutation - the carrier was assumed to be
The details about the parents and grandparents of Gerrit Jansz have been
found from the archives in Holland and it would have been possible to trace
the ancestry of Ariaantje, from the orphanage in Rotterdam, if only the
orphanage records wasnt destroyed by fire during the bombing of Rotterdam
A cluster of porphyria was also identified in a community southeast of
Portland, Oregon (Robert Vlietinck, unpublished results).
These people were descended from seven founders who all emigrated to the
United States in the middle of the 19th century.
They were endogamous to keep the farming land in the families.
Their ancestry could be traced back to the province of North-Brabant, not far
away from the village Veldkamp, where Gerrit Jansz van Deventer was born.
Porphyria Variegate is so common in South Africa because one of the early
settlers happened by chance to have brought the porphyric gene from Holland
and descendants multiplied rapidly.
It appears that the thousands who have inherited porphyria variegate in South
Africa are members of this one huge family.
Those who have inherited Variegate Porphyria seem to be more emotional than
average and if it wasnt for modern medicine, porphyria would have done
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