Dirk Mennen1

M, #12926, b. circa 1720

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Last Edited07/11/2014
BirthOrigin*Dirk was from Paderborn, Westphalen, Germany, and may have been born there circa 1720.2,1 
Marriage*He married Christina Scheepers, daughter of Coenraad Scheepers and Maria Botha, on 2 June 1743 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop. The marriage was performed by Ds. Salomon van Echten.3,1


Christina Scheepers b. b 5 Dec 1723
  • Anna Christina Minnie1 b. b 2 Jul 1743
Names in the record, in publications, etc.An unknown date , the name of Dirk was written in the record as Dirk Minnie.2
2 June 1743, the name of Dirk was written in the record as Dirk Menne.3
Vrijbriewen and Burgher StatusDirk Mennen became a burgher after 1743, in Dutch vryburgher or vrijburgher, initially a status in which a soldier or other employee of the VOC was released from their contractual obligations to the VOC and permitted to farm, become a tradesman, or work for others. Subsequently some individuals, including the Huguenot refugees, were brought to the Cape specifically to farm and were burghers from the time of their arrival Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.1


  1. [S150] Edited & augmented by GISA Originally compiled by J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 5 L-M, GISA SA Genealogies (Stellenbosch, South Africa: Genealogical Institute of South Africa, 1999), p.629. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 5 L-M.
  2. [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), MINNIE, DIRK (S Mennen). -Paderborn. Arr. 1741 as so., loaned as farmhand 1743, b. 1748, resident at Stellenbosch. ~ as widower, 2.6.1743, Christina Scheepers (Marr. Reg. of Paarl). 5 children. (GMR 1741; CJ 1139: 75; Stellenbosch Arch., vol. 369; G.R. nr. 620.). Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  3. [S470] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Marriages., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Marriage Register, Personen in den Huwelyken Staat bevestigd door Predekant. Salomon van Echten.
    2 Juny [1743]. Dirk Menne van Paderborn Soldaar in dienst der E Compagnjes, weduwenaar en Christina Scheepers van Cabo de Goede Hoop J.D.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Marriages.

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