Anna van Beulen1

F, #12540, b. between 1714 and 1715
Father*Jan Jansz von Böllen2 b. c 1695
Mother*Anna van de Caep van Christina2 b. c 1687

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Last Edited27/10/2021
Slave Birth - Company OwnedAnna van Beulen was born in bondage between 1714 and 1715 and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), Slave Lodge, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop, when her mother applied for her manumission in 1724, she said her daughter was 9-years-old. As a company owned slave, she would most likely have been born in the Slave Lodge Anna van Beulen.3,2
Marriage*Anna van Beulen married Willem Stolts, son of Gabriel Stols and Christina Pietersz van de Caep, on 15 May 1735 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.4,5
Marriage*She married Gerrit Coetzee, son of Dirk Coetzee and Sara van der Schulp, on 22 August 1751.2

Family 1

Willem Stolts b. 25 Jan 1694, d. b 3 Oct 1750

Family 2

Gerrit Coetzee b. 5 Sep 1683
  • Jacobus Hendrik Coetzee2 b. b 3 Sep 1752
(Spouse) Duplicate?It is possible that Christijn Pietersz van de Caep and Christina Pietersz van de Caep are the same individual. However, I am now of the view that there were two Christine/Christijn Pietersz: van de Caep living more-or-less contemporaneously.

The individual more frequently recorded as Christijn /Christyn was a company owned slave who spent a large part, if not all her life in the Slave Lodge.

The other was more frequently referred to as Christina, and she was a privately-owned by Jan Stevensz Botma de Jonge and Christina de Brùyn and subsequently, in 1723, manumitted with her son Willem Stolts by the latter.

The reasons I have come to this conclusion are the following:
1. Each woman had a son named Willem. Christina's son was baptised in 1694 and became known as Willem Stolts (var). He died in 1750.Christijn's son was baptised in 1710. He is first enumerated in the Slave Lodge census of 1714, again in 1727 and dies in 1753 - still a company owned slave resident in the Slave Lodge.
2. Willem Stolts married Anna van Beulen who was the grandaughter of Christijn Pietersz, the company-owned slave. If the two, Christina and Christijn, were the same individual, Willem would have married his niece - which is possible but unlikely.

I would be most grateful for updates or corrections. Thank you.6,7,8 
(Beneficiary) InventoryShe benefitted from the estate of Willem Stolts on 3 October 1750 de Caep de Goede Hoop as specified in the inventory.9
Names in the record, in publications, etc.Anna van Beulen was also known as Anna van Böllen.1
Anna van Beulen was also known as Johanna van Belen.2
Anna van Beulen was also known as Anna van de Caep.10
Slave EmancipationsIn 1724 Anna van de Caep van Christina applied for the manumission of her daughter Anna van Beulen who at the time was a 9-year-old in the Slave Lodge. It is assumed that the application was successful because in May 1735 her daughter married which she could not have done if she had still been enslaved. Anna van der Heijde offered the "healthy" slave Januarij van Mallebaar in exchange for her daughter's freedom. However he is recorded as part of the estate of her husband Willem Stolts in 1750, suggesting that this exchange was ultimately not enforced.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), VON BÖLLEN, JAN JANS (S), generally spelt VAN BEULEN or BELEN.- Dithmarschen. Stable-boy 1712, coachman 1713-18, b. 1719. ~ 26 .11 .1719 Anna of the C., also called Anna van der Heyde. 4 children: Johanna (* 1714), Jacobus (3.5.1716), Catharina (18.9.1718), Johannes or Jan.. Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  2. [S153] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 1 A-C, HSRC SA Genealogies (Pretoria: Institute for Historical Research, Division Genealogical Research, Pretoria, 1986, 1989), ISBN 0-620-23962-X, p.211. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 1.
  3. [S211] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Requesten (Memorials) 1715 - 1806 Vol I A-E, H.C.V. Leibrandt; CD-ROM (Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Times Limited, Government Printers, Keerom Street, 1905), pg.2. Anna van de Caap, Wife of the Burgher Jan Jansz van Beulen, mentions that her daughter Anna, 9 years old, is still a slave in the Company's Lodge, asks that she may be manumitted, that she may be better brought up, and offers to give in Exchange a healthy male slave, named January of Malabar. (No. 99.). Hereinafter cited as Requesten (Memorials) 1715 - 1806 Vol I A-E.
  4. [S733] VC 621, NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: [Den 15 Meij 1725] Willem Stolts van Cabo de Goede Hoop burger aen Drakenstijn jongman, met Anna van Beulem van Cabo voorn: jonge doghter., (1713-1756), Cape Town Archives Repository, Private Bag X9025, Cape Town, South Africa, 021-4624050. Hereinafter cited as NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town).
  5. [S649] Margaret Cairns, "Willem Stolts of the Cape - 1692-1750", Familia (Willem Stolts of the Cape - 1692-1750) XXVII/1990 No. 2 (1990): p.46-50. Hereinafter cited as "Willem Stolts of the Cape."
  6. [S1001] Susan Newton-King, "Credit and debt in the lives of freed slaves at the Cape of Good Hope: The case of Arnoldus Koevoet, 1697-1735," in Bonded labour and debt in the Indian Ocean world, Gwyn Campbell and Alessando Stanziani, editors. (Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis, 2013), … and Willem in 1753, all still counted among the Company’s assets.. Hereinafter cited as "Arnoldus Koevoet, 1697-1735."
  7. [S430] Slave Lodge, Cape Town, census for 31 August 1714 compiled by Robert C-H Shell, Cape Town (16 July 2003) "Year     1714
    First Name     Willem
    Matronym     Christijn Pietersz
    Toponym     van de Caab
    Birth Place     Creole
    Place Of Birth     South Africa
    Continent     Africa
    Gender     Male
    Age Group     Child
    Status     Dependent
    Occupation     Scholar
    Occupational Group     Dependent
    Relatives     None mentioned
    RelativeName     No names
    Source Reference     Cape Town Archives, C.336
    Document Title     Compn. leijfeijgenen
    Date     1714.08.31
    Page     467."
  8. [S1003] Slave Lodge, Cape Town, census for 1727 compiled by Robert C-H Shell, Cape Town (16 July 2003) "Year     1727
    First Name     Willem
    Matronym     van Christijn
    Patronym     Pietersz
    Toponym     van de Caab
    Birth Place     Creole
    Place Of Birth     South Africa
    Continent     Africa
    Gender     Male
    Domicile/Workplace     Lodge
    Status     Slave
    Relatives     None mentioned
    RelativeName     No names
    Source Reference     Cape Town Archives, C.344
    Document Title     Monster rolle van soodanige slaven, bandietten en slavinnen
    Date     1727.02.28
    Page     124."
  9. [S332] Webpage ( (Original records held by Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) "Reference no.: MOOC8/7.57
    Willem Stolts
    3 October 1750

    Inventaris van alle soodanige goederen actien en crediten als ab intestato sijn naargelaaten en met ’er dood ontruijmt door den landbouwer Willem Stolts ten voordeele van sijn naargelaatene huijsvrouw Anna van Beulen ter eenre, en hun bij den anderen in huwelijk geprocreeerde kinderen, met naame

    Christina oud 14     ter ander sijde
    Gabriel oud 13
    Catharina oud 8
    Pieternella oud 7
    Willem oud 6, en
    Anna Stolts oud 3 jaaren …."
  10. [S649] Margaret Cairns, "Willem Stolts of the Cape", p.46.
  11. [S502] Website Family Search (
  12. [S502] Website Family Search ( "Den 6 dito [April 1738] Gabriel, de oùders zijn Willem Stols, en Anna van Beùlen,
    de getuijgen zijn Jacobùs van Beùlen, en Catharina van Beùlen."

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