Ernst Friedrich Walter1

M, #11835, b. circa 1660, d. 1697

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NGK Drakenstein Baptisms 1694-1732NGK Drakenstein Baptisms 1694-1732
Last Edited24/01/2022
Birth*Ernst Friedrich Walter was born circa 1660 in Breslau, Germany.2
Marriage*He married Caterina van de Caep before 22 April 1695.1
Death*He died in 1697.1


Caterina van de Caep b. c 1675
Employment* On 13 July 1695 Ernst Friedrich Walter hired Pieter Becker from the Company to work on his farm Lubeck, Simondium, Drakenstein, at a rate of ƒ10 per month of which Becker received ƒ5.5 along with his food, drink and accommodation. ƒ4.5 went to the Company coffers.3 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.22 April 1695, the name of Ernst was written in the record as Hernes Frederik Waltre.4
Crime and relatedBefore 3 October 1695 Hans Heinrich Hatting attempted to slit the throat of Caterina van de Caep. However he was not successful, instead cutting her hand. Catrijn, the wife of Ernst Friedrich Walter, had sought help from the burgher councillor and surgeon Matthias Greeff, who testified under oath that the wound was caused by a knife. Hattingh was not prosecuted nor did Catrijn seek a civil remedy.5,6,7
Slave TransactionsOn 20 June 1691 Pieter van Malabar was sold by Hans Hendrik Smith to Ernst Friedrich Walter, for Rds. 90.8


  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. 447. Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  2. [S204] Dr. J. Hoge, Personalia, p. 447; WALTER, ERNST FRIEDRICH (S).-Breslau. Burgher (1688), resident at Stellenbosch, since 1692 at Drakenstein. ~ Catharina of the C. One daughter, Anna Catharina (22.4.1695, French Bapt. Reg. of Paarl). † 1697. (MR. Vrye Lieden of 1688, 1695, 1696; Stellenbosch Arch., vol. 620 under 20.6.1691; CJ 1123, p. 42a; Stellenbosch Arch., vol. 1021; Inv. O.C. 1: 32.).
  3. [S625] J.L. Buys, "Pieter Becker ('n Stamvader) - sy misdade en verhore", 21 July 1992), Op 13 Julie 1695 word hy as kneg uitgehuur aan Ernst Frederik Walter wat op die plaas Lubeck, in Simondium, in Drakenstein geboer het, teen tien Gulden per maand. Van hierdie bedrag word vier-en-'n-half Gulden in die Kompanje se skatkis gestort en vyf-en-'n-half Gulden word aan Becker betaal "boven en behalven onderhoud van spijs, drank en goede huisvesting.". Hereinafter cited as "Pieter Becker ('n Stamvader) - sy misdade en verhore."
  4. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, 22 Avril 1695; Anna Caterina fille de Hernes Frederik Waltre Et Caterina Le temoins Et Hansel Verbat Et Marie Lanoy.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  5. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), If only two people were involved, the sentence was less severe. When a soldier, Jan Rutter from's Heerenberg, had intercourse with Catrijn from the Cape, a slave belonging to the widow of Elbert Diemer, they were both punished because they had transgressed and broken the law of the land. The fiscal demanded the confiscation of a year's salary from the soldier Jan Rutter, but the sentence was reduced and he had to forgo his pay for one month only. The slave woman, who had been sentenced to be flogged and to work in chains for six months, was allowed postponement of the sentence, so that the accusation that she was the mistress of Ernst Frederick Walter could be investigated. [Citing: C.J.3: Crim. and Civ. Cases, 1689-1696, 21.2.1690, p. 21.]. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  6. [S1012] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Beleid en Praktyk: Die doop van slawekinders en die sluit van gemengde huwelike verhoudings aan die Kaap voor 1720", Kronos (Beleid en Praktyk …) 5 (1982): Hierbenewens is in Maart 1690 die enigste saak verhoor wat tot dusver teë gekom is wat daarop dui dat die Kaapse owerheid bereid was om hulle ernstige plakkate teen vermenging uit te voer. Toe is soldaat Jan Rutten daarvan aangekla dat hy ongeoorloofde "vleeslike conversatie" met 'n slavin gehad het. Opvallend genoeg, die slavin het nie aan die Kompanjie behoort nie. [Hattingh cites: K A, CJ 3 Oorspronklike Regsrolle en Notule, Fiskaal contra Jan Rutten van 's Heeren Bergh, soldaat en Catrijn van die Kaap, slavin van weduwee Diemer, 8.3.1690, fol. 21.]. Hereinafter cited as "Beleid en Praktyk."
  7. [S203] Mansell Upham 'Cape Mothers: Groote Catrijn van Paliacatta (c. 1631-1683), her slave Maria van Bengale & her daughter-in-law Marguerite-Thérèse de Savoye (1673-1742)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (, October 2014. "In 1695 Hans Heinrich Hattingh is investigated for assaulting Catrijn, Walter's wife. On 3 October 1695 the burgher councillor (heemraad) Matthias Greeff (from Magdeburg) who is also a surgeon, at the request of the provisional fiscal, Joan Blesius, states under oath that the wife of Ernst Frederick Walters has come to him for help. Hattingh, attempting to slit her throat, has cut her hand instead. Greeff, who bandages Catrijn's wound, confirms that a knife has caused the injury. No arraignment or conviction of, or civil claim against, Hattingh follows. [Citing: CA: 1/STB 18/153]"
  8. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.158. 20.6.1691, pp. 206-207: Pieter from Malabar (18/19), sold by Hendrik Saint to Ernst Frederick Walter for Rds. 90.

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