Category: Morkel Wives

Girls Next Door

girls-next-door.pdf The Morkel men did not go far for wives and tended to marry the “girls next door”.


Biebouw.pdf Stamvader Philip Morkel married Maria Biebouw within a weeks of arriving at the Cape. They had one daughter, Elisbabeth. Maria died in 1713.

The Formidable Pasman Ladies

The-Formidable-Pasman-Ladies3.pdf Stamouer Philip Morkel’s second wife was Catharina Pasman. We tell her story, as well as for her mother, Sophia Pasman, “tough as old boots” and sister Sibella.

Our French Connection – The Huguenots

our-french-connection.pdf Several Morkel wives (Retief, Theron, Malan) were descended from Huguenots who fled France during the 1680s to escape religious persecution.

The Malans

The-Malans.pdf The Malan family lived on the lovely farm Morgenster. They were neighbours and interlinked by marriage.


louw.pdf The Louws is one of the oldest Afrikaans families in South Africa. Stamouer Jan Pieterzoon Louw arrived at the Cape in 1659 and was a rare vryburger who made a success of farming. His grandson


myburgh.pdf The first Myburgh owner of the iconic Myburgh farm Meerlust married the daughter of stamouer Philip Morkel and Sophia Pasman. There were several connections between the two families. My grandmother was Helena Catharina Myburgh from


theunissen-1.pdf Marthinus Wilhelmus Theunissen of Vergelegen, “The Hero of Blaauwberg” teamed up with three Morkel brothers to establish the town and church of Somerset West. His daughter Catharina Jacoba married Hendrik Johannes Morkel and was

The Theron Family

the-theron-family-2.pdf My mother Kitty’s family. Huguenot Jacques Therond fled from France in 1688. Read a moving 1719 letter from his father who stayed behind in France.


Retief-pt-1.pdf The first five generations at Welvanpas of the family of my wife, Barbara Retief. Retief-Pt-2.pdf Barbara’s family in Transvaal. 6th generation on, with family photos.


Searching for Francois Retif in France

Retief-searchingforfrancois-Ex-Charl-pdf.pdf Charl Retief Morkel and his wife Valerie who is from the Loire/Cher region in France where Huguenot François Retif came from in the 1680s, found interesting traces of him in the Blois (capital of


Retief DNA Deep Ancestry

Johannes-Retief-DNS-verslag.pdf The DNA analysis for Hans Retief, Barbara’s brother, shows that the South African Retief males are haplogroup R1b, the most common in European populations, with 52% in France. They expanded throughout Europe after the



Krakeelhoek-P1-pdf.pdf Chapter 1 of Helene Retief Lombard’s Chronicles of De Krakeelhoek. It is a rich and wonderful account of stamouer Francois Retif, the Huguenot settling in at the Cape. This and the other two chapters of