(Passenger) Ship Voyage: On 6 January 1688 Marie Couteau, Pierre Lombard, Francois Rétif, Maria Rousseau and Pierre Meyer sailed on the Borssenburg from Texel to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 12 May 1688.6 Arrival: In 1688, Francois Rétif arrived at the Cape from Mer, Blois, France, on board the Borssenburg (Coertzen says he "probably" arrived on this vessel).
He was a a farmer between 1688 and 1721 La Paris, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.
WikiTree profile Rétif-13 through the import of Vermaak Family Site - 05 May 2013.GED on May 5, 2013 by Dina Vermaak. User ID: D610234F-327D-4D1B-AD24-C5F0458203D4 : ID Number: MH:I2254 : UPD : 27 MAR 2009 22:48:19 GMT+2
Source: S99 Record ID Number: MH:S99 User ID: AF462D62-4E21-4ADA-8A47-BBA81134C3FA Author: Gareth Evans Title: Evans Web Site Text: MyHeritage.com family tree Page: Francois Retif Event
WikiTree profile Retief-15 created through the import of Ancestors_DippenaarAndre_noinfo.GED on Oct 23, 2012 by Andrew Dippenaar. User ID: 68FA4ECD-481E-4E95-B7FF-9ABDD0F1521D : Record ID Number: MH:I1476 : UPD 21 SEP 2012 23:05:04 GMT+2
WikiTree profile Retief-23 created through the import of Marais Family Register.ged on Oct 28, 2012 by Hannes Marais. User ID: 9698ADC3-54E0-4AE0-9C49-660FD6A9F0C0 : Record ID Number: MH:I299 : UPD 28 OCT 2012 21:18:28 GMT+8
WikiTree profile Sv-1 created through the import of vanderWalt-Nel 8 01 2013.ged on Jan 9, 2013 by Ilze Nel.
↑Willem Adriaan van der stel succeeded his father, Simon van der Stel, as Governor of the Cape in 1699; Willem van der Stel abused his official position to corner an over-supplied market in farm produce. Van der Stel was jealous of Adam Tas's wealth and easy going life, and in 1706 he used his legal powers to arrest and imprison him. Tas became a Stellenbosch legend when he had this petition drawn up against incumbent Governor W.A. van der Stel and other farming officials. Tas and his fellow free burghers were protesting against the corruption and extravagant lifestyle of Van der Stel and the fact that abuse of power by officials led to unfair competition with burghers. The Tas petition was submitted to the Lords Seventeen, the governing body of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), in Amsterdam. The petition was rejected and on Sunday, 28 February 1706 Magistrate Starrenburg arrested Adam Tas. From documents in the desk of Tas, Van der Stel established the nature of complaints against him and also the names of the dissatisfied burghers. Though several more burghers were arrested and punished, they were victorious at the end, when the Lords Seventeen in October 1706 categorically prohibited officials to own land or to trade. His wife Elizabeth van Brakel tried hard to get him released; when Adam Tas was finally freed after thirteen months, he named his farm 'Libertas' (liberty). Van der Stel was recalled to the Netherlands in 1707. Sources: http://www.sahistory.org.za/dated-event/adam-tas-arrested; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SOUTH-AFRICA/2005-05/1116668205 (seen and added by Philip van der Walt with the kind help of Maria Labuschagne on Apr 3, 2017.)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with François by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with François:
Rétif-15 and Rétif-13 appear to represent the same person because: Same person though years of birth vary between 1660 and 1663 (all the profiles of the same François Rétif will be merged into Rétif-13).