Our Smorenburg family line can be traced back to Jan Schipper of the Netherlands, who was born in ca 1600. His descendants in the Netherlands belonged to the burgher class (working class), who resided in the Gelderland, North Brabant and Utrecht provinces. The earlier generations laboured as farmers – some of them fairly well-off – with later generations working within the railway industry of the Netherlands. A descendant of Jan Schipper, seven generations removed, migrated to South Africa at the end of the 19th century to assist the Boers (descendants of earlier Dutch colonists) in their fight for freedom from 1899 to 1902 against the British Empire. After the war, he settled permanently in South Africa.
2. Our Smorenburg branch
A simplified view of the branch of Smorenburgs that is relevant to out family’s history is shown below. To read more about the life of each individual in the family line and their families, in their particular political, social, religious and culture-historic context of the day, please navigate to Smorenburg: Individuals, and select the name of the relevant person.
3. Our Smorenburg family tree
The more comprehensive family tree – with a name index at the end – includes extended family members such as siblings and their spouses, the in-laws, cousins, etc.