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Feature Articles

feature 1 In Memoriam - Philip Blignaut It is with great sadness, that we would like to announce the passing of Philip Blignaut on 16 March 2019. Philip was the founder and researcher of this website along with his friend Sean Blignaut, and has maintained this website for the past 20 years. He was always willing to assist other genealogy researchers with his vast knowledge.

feature 2 Jan Blignaut marriage registration Jan (Jean) Blignaut born May 1677 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, son of Pieter Blignaut and Elisabeth Desbordes came to the Cape in 1723 as a soldier on the ship "Huis Te Assenburg". However, his name appears among the French refugees treated in "Huguenot Families at the Cape of Good Hope". After reaching Holland, he entered the service of the United East India Company. It is alleged that he was approached by Daniel Hugo to be a teacher for his children. However, Jean was not a schoolmaster for long, as Daniel died about a year after Jean's arrival. In November 7, 1725 he married Anna Rousseau, widow of Daniel Hugo and became the owner of several farms. Anna was baptized July 8, 1694 and was the second child of Pierre Rousseau and Anne Retief. Jean started writing his name as Jan shortly after he came to South Africa. A signature of him in a church council minutes register, dated 1734, of the first church in Paarl confirms this. There is also confusion about the original spelling of that of "Blignaut". All the signatures of Jean / Jan were signed Jan Blignaut and not Blignault as is wrongly suspected. There are some of Jean's descendants who use those of Blignault. However, the inflection is limited to a small group of people. The couple lived on the farm Bethel, Paarl District, Western Cape, South Africa until Jan Blignaut's death on 2 March 1753. With his death he left 5 perennial children and was the owner of many farms and in his estate was 7 farms registered, including the beautiful farm Zion (Zion).

feature 3 Blignaut Home - Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa The photo was taken in 2004 where Bennie, Sean and Philip Blignaut visited the Blignaut House during many visits and research meetings between the three friends. After Philip's death, Sean took over the reins by running the Blignaut Genealogy website.

feature 4 "Huis Te Assenburg" Ship The “Huis Te Assenburg” ship was built in 1718 by the shipyard “Kamer van Amsterdam” used by the United East India Company (VOC) from 1718 to 1735 which was 145 feet in length. The ship could carry a cargo of 800 tons with a crew of 180 - 250 people depending on the cargo load. During her voyage from port Texel, the Netherlands on 9 January 1723 on her way to Batavia, Dutch East Indies also known today as Jakarta, Indonesia via "The Cape of Good Hope" Jan Blignaut arrived on 12 April 1723 under the captaincy of Jacob Thoorn. The ship was named after the Castle Assumburg "Kasteel Assumburg" located in the town of Heemskerk, the Netherlands which dates to the 13th century and was rebuilt in 1546 by Gerrit van Assendelft.

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