The Adam Kok Family Genealogical

Adam Kok 1 Founder of the Kok Royal Family

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      THE KOK DYNASTY :
ITS REIGN

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Griquas is a group of mixed descendant whose origin could be traced back to the 17th century. Intermariages took place between the Dutch and certain Khoikhoi groupings at the Cape. During the last part of the 17th century an increasing number of colonial farmers forced the Griqua, originally called Bastards, and other indigenous groups to leave their traditional area round the Cape Peninsula.

 

Adam Kok 1 was born in the year 1710. Both his parents died during the smallpox epidemic of 1713. His aunt and uncle raised him in the Piquetberg district. He was actually born in the tribe of Gxobona. He was called Adam Eta. His aunt who had taken care of him, left him later in the care of a slave, and moved along with the other Hottentots on their hunting trips. He became later the slave of Jacobus Hollander.

 

When Adam Eta (Kok 1) reached the age of twenty five, his master Jacobus Hollander went to see the Governor of the Cape for a piece of land. The Governor Jan De La Fontaine took Adam Eta as a cook in exchange for the piece of land. Thus he became Adam Kok.

 

Cape Town received a new Governor, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and he came with his own cook, Adam Kok 1 was then locked up in the castle as a prisoner. When Governor Willem Van der Stel took over he set Adam Kok 1 free, with the following compensation: a wagon, guns, gunpowder, ten oxen and a house at Bushman Kloof.

 

Adam Kok 1 moved eastwards from Piquetberg, met Chief Koos Kleinman (Koopman). He told Adam Kok 1 how the settlers killed his wife. The old man appointed Adam Kok 1 as Chief in his place and died shortly afterwards. Adam Kok 1 moved from Voorberg today known as Porterville to Bushmen’s Kloof, in the year 1743. He married Donna, daughter of Chief Simon of the Ghariguriqua. The Goverment of the Cape acknowledged Adam Kok 1 chieftancy and gave him the mace (staff of office) as kapityn (meaning: King). Bushmen’s Kloof became Kapteinskloof.

Cornelius Kok 1(the eldest son of Adam Kok 1) was born in 1746, under whose auspices the nomadic fever and love for hunting grew dramatically. Adam Kok 1 asked for grazing rights at Stinkfontein east from Helpmekaar ( the farm of Andries Venter). They later moved over the Knersvlakte and then to Kammieskroon and settled themself at Pella.

Cornelius Kok 1 went on hunting spree, and came across a place with fountains, and called it Klaarwater. His son in law, Barend Barends was settled at Boetsap (Danielskuil). Adam Kok I was an old man and died in 1795 at Pella. His son Cornelius Kok 1 ascended the throne. Cornelius Kok 1 eldest son Adam Kok ii (who was called Dam Kok) settled at Klaarwater where he met up with two missionaries John Campbell and Anderson in 1813. Cornelius ii the younger son resided at Knoffelvalley. The Kok clan were known bastards, and Anderson ( the missionary) said " it did not sound nice on the tongue, let’s called your people Griqua", Klaarwater became Griquatown.

Cornelius Kok I was again on a hunting spree and, like his father, they shot bushbuck. Then they found a young bushman boy. The missionary Anderson, asked them to raise this young bushman and teach him English and Dutch. He was called Andries Waterboer. Later the missionaries were not happy with Adam Kok II style of ruling. By means of provocation, instigation and inciting they turned the nation against him.

In 1824 Adam Kok ii left Griquatown and went to Bucklands, where he met up with Rev.Phillip.They left for Phillapolis. The youngest son Cornelius Kok iii died at a young age in 1834 and was buried at Phillipolis.

 

Cornelius Kok ii (brother of Dam or Adam Kok ii, the sons of Cornelius Kok 1) was settled at Knoffelvalley which became later Campbell, named after Rev.John Campbell. Cornelius Kok ii had three sons, Abraham, Jan and Karel.

Cornelius Kok I became old, he handed over the family staff to his son Cornelius ii at Campbell. The clan of Cornelius Kok ii  consisted Griqua, Korana’s, bergenaars and bushman’s. Adam Kok ii died on his way back from Cape Town. He was buried at Phillipolis. His elder son Abraham Kok ii (who was married with Magrieta) took over. Abraham Kok ii had three daugthers, one the wife of Niklaas Waterboer, the other the wife of Jan Pienaar and the other the wife of Jan Jood. Abraham Kok ii had a son, Willem (Toll).
 
After the war against Mzilikazi Abraham Kok ii and his brother Adam Kok iii had a fight. Abraham Kok ii moved with his children to uncle Cornelius Kok ii at Campbell, who still had the family staff. 

Adam Kok iii moved across the Drakensberg mountains to No-man's- land, later called Griqualand East. Here he died under mysterious circumstances and the colonial government of the day said it was an accident.
Adam Eta Kok son of Adam Aap, was the provincial Kapityn (called onder Kapityn). At the funeral of the late Adam Kok iii, Adam Eta Kok said "take a good look, because here lay the last coloured King". When Adam Johannes "Muis Kok advocacy for the chieftancy, he was killed by the British Goverment, the Cape Colonial annexed Griqualand East. Magrieta (Magareth)Kok died the 10th May 1889.
   
Abraham Kok iii (son of Cornelius Kok ii), eldest son was born in 1889 in Campbell and was named Adam Kok IV and died in 1978. Adam Kok IV His eldest son, Abraham IV,  died in 1991. He has an elder son, Adam Kok V presently residing at Campbell.

 

   GRIQUALAND WEST:

 

Griqualand West is the SovereignState and the kingdom of the Griqua people’s. The Kok dynasty are the founders of this clan. Cornelius Kok ii died as the Head of the Sovereign Chieftaincy of the Family. His grandson, Adam Kok IV, died in 1978 and his wife (Cornelia Kok) handed down the family staff, a Bible and flag to the grandson Adam Kok V entitling him the to thethrone.
 
There were no treaties signed between the Kok Dynasty and the Governor or High Commissioner of the Griqualand West or East borders or any other colonial or other powers.

The Kok followers are more than 50 000 in Griqualand west. Magrieta Kok died the 10th May 1889 alone without handing over the staff of Adam Kok iii to anyone, because Adam Eta Kok decline his provincial leadership, his son Adam Johannes “Muis” Kok contested the position but was killed. Van der Westhuizen became the provincial Kapityn. The leadership was never handed down to any other family.

The Kok families around the different provinces drafted some resolutions to effect in support to this. 

 

GRIQUALAND WEST: TERRITORIES OF THE KOK DYNASTY

 

The territories which Cornelius Kok I declared as Griqualand West, were from Khies, Andriesfontein, Koning, Hebron, David’s grave, Ramah, Hope town up to Prieska.

 

The Kok dynasty had ruled this territory with assistance, which they called ‘’onder Kapityn’’( assistant Captain). This area was inhabited by the Griqua and Bergenaars since 1793 up to the annexation of Griqualand west to Cape colony in 1871.By 1878 the Griqua realized that the annexation resulted in the loss of their land. The Griqua were diempowered and they no longer could survive on hunting.

The Griqua who still held on their land were forcefully removed and had to seek refuge on the rich diamond fields of Griqualand West, the birth place of the Griqua.
 
The Griqua was then westernize, detribalized and assimilated, because of fragmentation on 31stOctober 1871. Niklaas (Nicholas) Waterboer requested for annexation in fear for Abraham Kok iii. Great Britain declared this territory (with its rich diamond deposits) as Crown Colony.  

Welcome to Adam Kok v genealogical

 

 

KOK DYNASTY GENEALOGICAL

 

GXOBONA   (Saldanners)

  1452-1576

 

 

   ETA   (Daughter)

  1535-1679

 

 

ADAM ETA (Son) Father unknown

  1655-1712

 

 

ADAM KOK 1(Donna Gogosa)    * NIKLAAS (brother )

  1710-1795                     (Son’) s of Adam Kok I

 

 

 

CORNELIUS 1 * ADAM (kort)*ABRAHAM*CUPIDO*GERT*RUITER                          

               (Son’s of)

 

 

ADAMKOK II (Dam)* ABRAHAM * CORNELIUS KOK II * WILLEM * SOLOMON  

                                                                                                                                                                                

   

ABRAHAM * ADAM KOK III * WILLEM * FARO * GERT * Cornelius III                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                    ADAM AAP

                                                                (Sons of Cornelius Kok II)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       son of              

                                                                     1746-1852                                                         ADAM ETA

 

 


  ABRAHAM (Margaret Steenkamp) *JAN *KAREL *3X DAUGHTERS 

   (1842-1938)                                                          ADAM Johannes Muis * Koos Lodewyk* Joseph-Jan Phillip

            

 

  ADAM (Adei) KOK IV (Cornelia Visagie)  *  GERT                                                                                                                                          (1889-1978)                                                                                                                                 

 

  ABRAHAM (Katrina January)    Mieta    Sophia    Jan    Adam (Sakman)   Sarah   Margaret

(1932-1991)

 

 

 ADAM KOK V (Coreen Williams)    Maggie    William    Vernon    May   Connie   Gert   Evelyn

1954

 

This is only a shortening format, if you require a brief genealogical report, it’s available.                                             

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Rebaone Sydney Kok | Reply 16.06.2014 14.48

Mosimane Mannetjies Kock died, 27 November 1981,a year before is I was born.I don't really know where we come frm and I need assistance for my origin.Any link?

Rebaone Sydney Kok | Reply 16.06.2014 14.44

Hi My name is Rebaone Sydney Kok, son of Lazarus Lasoro Kok from Kamden Village in Kuruman,my grandfather is Mosimane Mannetjies Kock he was born 10 June 1914.

Joe | Reply 06.06.2014 17.34

I would like to meet the Qriquas Adam KOk families because my father told us that we Qriquas n Adam Kok..he passed away in 2005, people called me Khoi-san.

Loit Sôls | Reply 19.04.2014 15.42

thanks for this eye-opener

alvin paul | Reply 27.01.2014 11.44

I saw a photograph of Adam Kok at the archives in PMburg. There are a lot of photographs there

Bernadette Paulse | Reply 13.01.2014 09.13

My grandmother was Henrietta Kok and her daughter, my mother is Elizabeth Bertha Kok. I'm writing a story about my mother and grandmother. Please help!

Errol Botha Kock | Reply 01.12.2013 21.03

I have a Uncle Martin Kock age 93 knows a lot about kok dynasty who can I connect him to.Please help.

Errol Botha Kock | Reply 01.12.2013 20.45

I am Errol Botha Kock,my father Frank Kock born in Barkley East.Me and my father were busy tracing the Kock Dynasty than because of his death I stopped.

R. O'Reilly | Reply 24.09.2013 16.11

My Great Grandmother was from Kokstad, Cecilia Kok. I would like to receive a more indepth genealogical report, thanks.

w 13.08.2014 22.51

Visit the Adam kok griqua museum in kokstad

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30.10 | 08:15

Gud day Hi Comm

Thx for all the efforts as this history and implememntations withouth assistance from Government we as the Griqua Nation must take our childre

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19.10 | 23:07

This is history in making. Honoured to be part of it. Long live the Spirit of Adam Kok IV and the Kok dinesty.

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13.08 | 22:51

Visit the Adam kok griqua museum in kokstad

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03.07 | 13:54

WHAT ABOUT AFLAG TO UNITE US AS KHOISAN

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