Dankie vir die boodskap. Ja, ek weet waar Blokzijl is!
It used to be on the eastern shore of the Ijsselmeer before that area
was laid dry. I have it on a nice map of 1600's Nederland and it is also
nicely findable on watwaswaar.nl. However, I suspect it was just the
place where perhaps he registered with the VOC. I believe many young men
gave addresses that they thought the VOC would find acceptable.
I'm aware that Blokzijl could have been an ideal place for a young man
from nearby Friesland to go. I am also aware that the name Boiens (and
all the variants of it) occurs frequently in the various parts of
Friesland in both Nederland and Germany. It is actually quite rare in
South Africa . I have spent a lot of time on tresoar.nl and have found
lots and lots of Boiens/Boyens families in Friesland. None so far fits
Some people in South Africa believe Pieter Boijens' mother was Battina
Moline Rus from France and his father was Jhoon Pietersz Boijens and
that he was also born in France. Others say he was born in September
1695 in Blokzijl. However, they do not provide evidence. That would have
made him 17 years old when he arrived at the Cape. He shows on the
Monsterrol in 1712...I don't believe a lone 17-year old boy would have
been put on the Rol.
All we REALLY have on paper is that he CAME FROM Blokzijl. I have found
out that "Jhoon" is a known and accepted form of "Johannes". I'm
wondering in what part of the country they made Johannes into
Jhoon....perhaps Friesland? It most certanly doe not seem Waals or
On the other hand, when I search the name today on familienaam.be and
.nl, I find lots of them in Limburg. That is why I thouht I shuold try
I'll take your advice, though, and look for some help from the
Overijssel people....and from you...wearing your Overijssel hat. ;)
Dankie vir die uitnodiging.
--- In email@example.com
, "Ingrid Stokreef-Dost"
> Hello Harry,
> Do you know that Blokzijl, the place your Pieter Boeijens problably
> came from, is in Overijssel, in the northern part of the Netherlands?
> Overijssel also has a genealogy group (and I'm the moderator of this
> group ;-)).
> Please visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/overijssel-genealogy and
> join. You can ask then about your Pieter.
> See you and greetings,
> Ingrid Stokreef.