Willem Teerling1

M, #13525, b. circa 1633
ChartsDescendants of Lijsbeth Sanders

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Last Edited02/01/2014
Birth*Willem Teerling was born circa 1633 in England, .1
Lovers*Circa 1684 Willem Teerling and Lijsbeth Sanders were lovers de Caep de Goede Hoop.1  


Lijsbeth Sanders b. b 2 Mar 1659, d. c 1743


  1. [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke Nageslag van Louis van Bengale en Lijsbeth van die Kaap", Kronos (Die Blanke nageslag . . .) 1 (1979): Of dit in die eerste plek Louis se optrede teenoor haar was, óf bloot daaruit voortgespruit het, is nie duidelik nie, maar Lijsbeth het 'n verhouding met die 56 jarige Willem Teerling gehad. Teerling wat in Engeland gebore is en 'n aantal jare in die Kompanjiesdiens was voordat hy 'n vryburger geword het, was vir 'n tyd lank die kneg en skaapwagter van Louis van Bengale. Hattingh cites court documents of 1689 in which Teerling is said to be 56 years old.. Hereinafter cited as "Die Blanke nageslag."
  2. [S654] Mansell Upham 'What can't be cured, must be endured … Cape of Good Hope - first marriages & baptisms (1652-1665)', January 2012, Willem Teerling junior baptized Cape 6 May 1685 Willem een kind van Armosys suster [Lijsbeth Sanders?] peeten Armosy en Jan Pasquael; dies 1713."
  3. [S544] E-mails from Mansell Upham (e-mail address) to Delia Robertson, 1 Aug 2010 (Personal Library, Email Upham) "This was based on the confession [CA: CJ 291, no. 251 (Confession of Elisabeth van de Caep, 6 April 1689)] by Lijbeth Sanders herself where she admits being pregnant with Teerling's child (4 months pregnant on 6 April 1689). No baptism for Clara can be found - maybe, just maybe (but wrong area) at Drakenstein (or maybe as an adult before marriage) and these records were destroyed in a fire. At some point after Teerling was convicted, Lijsbeth Sanders shacked up with Herbst - as did Anna van Guinea or he with Anna (1688 muster roll confirms this) and Teerling disappears until his recorded death in 1714 at Stellenbosch. I have considered Clara as a possible biological daughter of Herbst given the fact that there is a gap (1690-1702) between the birth of Teerling's child (if no miscarriage) and that of Gerbregt who is on record as daughter to Herbst and baptized but discounted this on the basis of the clear age difference between Clara and Gerbregt if you you look at the years in which they both married and had children. Clara is clearly a lot older than Gerbregt. I get the impression that Teerling was totally disgraced and probably prohibited from having anything further to do with Lijsbeth Sanders. Lijsbeth Sanders lost custody of her three daughters by Louis to the biological father and then started a new life with Herbst in company with Maria Everts, Hoena and Paaij Claes which was also badly disrupted by her 1696 3-years hard labour conviction and punishment. With Teerling effectively removed from their lives, Clara probably grew up as adopted daughter of Herbst."
  4. [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke nageslag", pg 9.

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