Girls Next Door
The Morkel men did not go far for wives and tended to marry the “girls next door”.
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
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
Several Morkel wives (Retief, Theron, Malan) were descended from Huguenots who fled France during the 1680s to escape religious persecution.
The Malan family lived on the lovely farm Morgenster. They were neighbours and interlinked by marriage.
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 married Elizabeth Morkel, daughter of our stamouer Philip Morkel and his first wfie Maria Biebouw. Thereafter there were several marriages between the two clans.
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 Parel Vallei.
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 daugther Catharina Jacoba married Hendrik Johannes Morkel and was my great great grandmother.
The Theron Family
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
The first five generations at Welvanpas of the family of my wife, Barbara Retief.
Retief Pt 2
Barbara’s family in Transvaal. 6th generation on, with family photos..
Searching for Francois Retif in France
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 the Loire/Cher region) archives.
Retief DNA Deep Ancestry
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 last glacial maximum, 10 to 12 thousand years ago. The maternal mtDNA is haplogroup H, again the most common in Europe. This group started about 20,000 years ago in the Dordogne region of southwest France (famous for the Lascaux cave paintings). The Morkel deep ancestry is also shown on our website under “Morkel Ancestors”, with my (ATM) paternal y-DNA haplogroup I1 and maternal mtDNA haplogroup also H.
Krakeelhoek Pt1 Francois Retif the Huguenot
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 the book are posted on our website with the permission of the author. A CD of the book in two volumes can be obtained from the Genealogiese Vereniging van Suid-Afrika.
Krakeelhoek Pt2. Francois Retief, son of the Huguenot
Chapter 2 of The Chronicles of De Krakeelhoek. 2nd Generation Francis Retief and his family.
Krakeelhoek Pt3. 3rd Generation Jacobus Retief at Welvanpas
The 3rd chapter of The Chronicles of De Krakeelhoek. It tells of Jacobus and his family as well as a wonderful description and photos of the farm Welvanpas, the homestead and furniture.