We are in the process of revising and hopefully improving our website.  Please be patient.  Our articles about the family are still there but organized under different headings.

Regards,  André

Morkel Familiegeskiedenis en Genealogie

Welkom by ons.  As ‘n ou Kaapse familie is die Morkels versprei oor beide taalgroepe.   Ons webblad is hoofsaaklik in Engels met bydraes in Afrikaans.   Kyk gerus rond en ons ontvang graag menings en bydraes in beide tale.

Morkel Family History and Genealogy

Welcome to our webpage – please browse, comment and contribute.  If you spot typos or errors, please let me know.   It is work in progress – more to come.

Church window for homepage

Philip Morkel arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1708 as konstabel (artillerist) on board the VOC ship Oosterstijn. In 1713 he and his 2nd wife, Catharina Pasman settled on the farm Onverwacht in the Hottentots Holland.  The name of the farm changed over the years to The Bush, and then in Afrikaans, Die Bos, used since the late 19th century.

Initially our site was mainly about the family that stayed on the original farm, Die Bos, near Somerset West, and at Altena, a portion close to The Strand.   We are pleased that wider family have shown interest through the “Contact Us” facility, resulting in stories reflecting a broader scope for the site.  Please keep comments and contributions coming.

Click on  Morkel family map  for a schematic map of the family and where many of our stories fit.

We draw on The Morkels: Family History and Family Tree published privately in 1961 by  Philip William Morkel.     Oom Phil encouraged us to take his work further and we have made good use of this rich source, now out of print.   Read Chapter 1 of his book under “Family Stories”.  The drawing of the iconic  Dovecote at  Die Bos, on our masthead is from the frontispiece of his book.   I bought the postcard below of the Strand and Hottentots Holland in 1961.  The photo would have been taken during the 1950s and since then the farms have been consumed by urban sprawl.

Thanks also to the members of the genealogy postrooms, “GenForum” and its successor “SA Genealogie”.    Over the years they have generously shared information and wisdom about old Cape families and the society in which they lived.

The photo above shows a centre pane of a window of the Stellenbosch church from 1723.  Read more about this under “Stamouer Philip Morkel“.

Please comment and contribute.  I shall be happy to supply working copies of the materials on this site and will support efforts to create a website for the broader family.

The stories were written as  self-contained to be read on their own, leading to some  repetition of materials and pictures.

Thank you André Retief Morkel of Openwire who created and is hosting our website.    We are using our full given names to tell the Andrés apart.

André  Theron Morkel.

Below is a 1950s postcard of The Strand and Somerset West with Morkel farms (click to enlarge)





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