Johan Heinrich Debes

M, #10809, b. circa 1700

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Last Edited06/12/2015
BirthOrigin*Johan was from Hesse-Kassel and may have been born there circa 1700.1,2 
Marriage*He married Johanna Margaretha van Deventer, daughter of Gerrit Jansz van Deventer and Ariaantje Jacobs, on 17 April 1735 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.3


Johanna Margaretha Gerritsz van Deventer b. c 1702
  • Adriana Debets4 b. 8 May 1740
Names in the record, in publications, etc.17 April 1735, the name of Johan was written in the record as Johan Hendrick de Wits.3


  1. [S204] Dr. J. Hoge, Personalia of the Germans at the Cape, 1652-1806, Archives Year Book for South African History (Cape Town: Government Printer, Union of South Africa, 1946), p.68: DEBES, JOHANN HEINRICH (S). – Hesse-Kassel. Arr. as so., farmhand 1724- ?, 1735 burgher of Drakenstein.. Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  2. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  3. [S470] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Marriages., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Marriage Register, D.D. [Den 17 April 1735]. Johan Hendrick De Wits van Hessen Cassel borger aan Drakensteijn. J.M. met Johanna Margaretha van Deventer, weduwe van wylen Philip Snyman.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Marriages.
  4. [S204] Dr. J. Hoge, Personalia, p. 68; DEBES, JOHANN HEINRICH (S).-Hesse-Kassel. Arr. as so., farmhand 1724- ?, 1735 burgher of Drakenstein. - 17.4.1735 Anna Margaretha v. Deventer, wid. Philip Snyman (Marr. Reg. of Paarl). 4 daughters : Anna Catharina (5.2.1736), Anna Catharina (9.5.1738) 19.7.1761 Rev. Sybrandus Abraham van Collum of Friesland; Adriana (8.5.1740) - 8.4.1759 Andries Bester (G.R. nr. 31); Johanna Dorothea (5.10.1743) 15.2.1761 Willem v. d. Vyver (G.R. nr. 1040). In 1748 D. went to live at Stellenbosch, in 1757 he is mentioned as owner of the farm "Compagnie's Rivier" at Drakenstein. (CJ 1131 : 167; CJ 1133 : 83; Res. of Heemraden of Stellenbosch of 14.10.1748; Will of 6.1.1757 in Test. O.C.; G.R. nr. 309, where Debes is mentioned as Delits.).

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