Jan Christiaan Smit, on February  1, 1735 in the service of the Dutch East India Company

  • Departure
  • 1735
  • Sunday, July 17
    166 days after departure
    Arrival of the ship Leiduin on the Cape
  • Tuesday, August 2
    16 days after arrival at the Cape
    Departure of the ship Leiduin of the Cape
  • Wednesday, October 5
    64 days after departure from the Cape, 246 days after departure from the Netherlands
    Arrival of the ship Leiduin in Batavia
  • 1741

Remarks

Month certificate: No / Debenture: Yes


Source citation

Nationaal Archief (Netherlands), Dutch East India Company, archive 1.04.02, inventory number 6011, folio 170

VOC - voyagers, this index was developed through a joint initiative of the archives of Delft and Rotterdam, Zeeuws archief, Westfries Archief (Hoorn and Enkhuizen) and the departments of history from the Universities of Leiden and Ghent.

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  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on May 15, 1723 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Amsterdam)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on March 19, 1729 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Amsterdam)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on October 13, 1755 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Hoorn)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on December 9, 1762 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Amsterdam)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on September 6, 1763 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Enkhuizen)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on November 12, 1769 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Middelburg)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on August 25, 1775 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Rotterdam)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on January 6, 1779 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Enkhuizen)
  • Jan Christiaan Smit was employed on October 17, 1786 by the Dutch East India Company (chamber Enkhuizen)



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Comments

On Monday, April 20 Richard Hagan wrote

Hello! I am an amateur historian and writer and I believe I have the final answer as to what became of Christiaan Smit. He was executed at the Castle of Good Hope on or about the 30th April 1739 for his role in three separate thefts of linen from the VOC. Two at the company Wood Store, and one at Tuynhuys. He was executed alongside another VOC soldier named Michiel Herda, who had carried out the thefts with him. Michiel Herda is correctly listed here on your website as having been executed. I've actually written an article about the thefts and their court case which you can read here: https://medium.com/@haganmediacopy/hanging-the-dirty-laundry-a-true-crime-story-from-18th-century-cape-town-754a6ada0501

This article was based on my final year university history thesis which covered the whole thing in much greater detail.

My information here was collected from the original court records which are kept in the National Archives in Cape Town. The case is contained in the following documents:
Court Rolls CJ 21 (1739)
Sententie CJ 786 (1738/9)
Documents in Criminal Cases DCC CJ 1739 No. 344 Deel

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. This has been a fascinating case for me!




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