ESTERHUIZEN, Christoffel 1
- Born: Friesland
- Marriage: BEYERS, Elizabeth (Elisabeth) in 1699 in Stellebosch, Cape Province, South Africa 1
- Died: 21Aug 1724, Bottelary, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2
Other names for Christoffel were ESTERHUIJS, Christoffel,3 ESTERHUIJZEN, Christoffel,3 ESTERHUIZEN, Christoffel Extreux, ESTERHUYS(EN), Christoffel 3 and ESTERHUYZEN, Christoffel.2
1. Historical. 1 This new Source provides accredited detail of Christoffel Esterhuizen as given hereunder:-
Christoffel ESTERHUIZEN  died on 21 Aug 1724 in Bottelary, Stellenbosch.
General Notes: Christoffel is accepted as the progenitor of the Esterhuizen-family in South Africa. It was believed that he was from French origin and that the initial surname was Extreux or Estreux. The late Dr. J.H. Esterhuyse (Christoffel Esterhuys - Stamvader van die Esterhuys-familie (Hersiene Uitgawe) 1999) did extensive research and found that most probably Christoffel came from Friesland and that the original surname was probably Easterhus. The first time that the name was signed on an official document was when Christoffel´s youngest son (Christoffel) signed his surname as Esterhuys. It is believed that the French minister of the church (Rev Pierre Simmond)where Christoffel baptised his first son (Jan), entered the child in the register as Jean Estreux.
Christoffel arrived in South Africa around 1684. Although he was illiterate, it was obvious that he had thorough knowledge of farming. By 1700 he had 15000 vines, 100 sheep, 50 cattle, 3 horses and 2 slaves on the farm Hartenberg, North of the Bottelary-mountain, Stellenbosch. He later bought the adjoining farm, Weltevered and a house in the up-market area of Bottelary. By 1719 he owned 15 slaves. His health was declining and in 1721 he sold Hartenberg and moved to his house in town. Willem and Jan Andries stayed behind on the farm Weltevreden. Christoffel (Jnr) was too young and moved with his parents to the house in town. He died intestate. Reference no.: MOOC8/6.109a
Christoffel married Elizabeth (Elisabeth) BEYERS, daughter of Andries BEYERS and Catherina VRYMAN V.D.K., in 1699 in Stellebosch, Cape Province, South Africa.1 (Elizabeth (Elisabeth) BEYERS was born in 1683 1, christened on Oct 10, 1683 1 and died in Mar 1726 1.)