Marthinus Heems1

M, #14031, b. before 29 April 1703
Father*Guillaume Heems1 b. c 1650, d. c 1707
Mother*Anna van Banchem1 b. b 7 Jul 1680

Copyright / Terms of Use Notice

The material on this website is subject to copyright.
Facts (names, dates, and places) are not copyright. You are free to transcribe them but not cut and paste into your data provided you use the correct attribution and citation.
I have created the narratives, sentences, and citations; they are copyright and may not be used.
You may not add them to your genealogy, your personal documents, your tree on Ancestry, nor in the data or profile sections on Geni, nor anywhere else.
Many of the images are also copyright. You may not copy them without the consent of the copyright holders.
You must use the correct attribution and citation, viz.: Robertson, Delia. The First Fifty Years Project. Here you add the page URL.

Last Edited05/11/2016
Birth*Marthinus Heems was born before 29 April 1703 in de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,1
BaptismMarthinus Heems was baptized on 29 April 1703 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), Cabo de Goede Hoop.3 
Marriage*He married Maria Mulder, daughter of Heinrich Christoffel Möller and Margaretha Marquardt, on 14 April 1726 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).4
(Witness) Will On 24 January 1727, Jonker van Macassar 'appeared' before the Secretaris or Secretary of the Council of Policy, Daniel Thiebault, to execute his will with the assistance of a Portuguese interpreter. This assistance may have been accorded to him due to his royal status. He was in fact ill and confined to bed, so the official would have come to him. However, there is nothing in the record which indicates the will was ever probated. There are several edits in the original will. He is described as a Vrij gegeevene Leijffeijgen known to the Secretaris. His de facto wife Rosetta van Java named on this occasion as Rosetta van Java, is first described as sijne Concubine, this is deleted and substuted with de vrijswartinne. To her he bequeaths the slave Alexander van Couchin and stipulates that this bequest cannot be contested. To their son and daughter Jacob Jansen and Johanna Jonker, he leaves the slave September van Manda. A comment describing Jacob as door een ander persoon geprocreeert was crossed out, but at his 1730 baptism Jacob is described as halfslag, indicating his father was white and that he was therefor not the biological son of the prince. To his other son and daughter Jacob Jansen and Johanna Jonker, he bequeaths the slaves Cassamie of Origin Unknown and Fortuijn van Bougis. All of the slaves were to remain with his de facto wife until the children attained their majority. Rosetta van Java also inherited the residue of his estate except for Rds 50 given to Jacob to assist in raising the other children to majority.
Slave TransactionsOn 9 August 1730 September van Manda was sold by Rosetta van Java to Marthinus Heems, for Rds 93.5


  1. [S152] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 3 H-I (Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1992), p.220; b1 Marthinus *1699 x 14.4.1726 Maria Möller d.v. Hendrik Möller en Anna van Banchem wed. v. Guillaume Heems. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 3 H-I.
  2. [S502] Website Family Search (
  3. [S502] Website Family Search ( "[1703] 24 April van Guilliam Heems en Anna van Bankem, gent: Martinus…
    [My thanks to Ami Maree (Bester) for bringing this baptism to my attention]."
  4. [S733] VC 621, NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: April 14 [1726] Martinus Heems van Cabo de Goede Hoop adsistent in diens der e: compagnije j: m: en Marija Moller van dezen uijthoek j: d:, (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. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, A calendar of bondage in southern Africa, 1550 to 1888, CD-ROM; ISBN 1-86918-063-1; (Cape Town: Ancestry24, September 2007), Sequence IDNO:      3962
    Slaves First Name:      September
    Presumed Place Of Origin:      Van Manda
    Day Of Sale:      9
    Month Of Sale:      8
    Year Of Sale:      1730
    Type Of Name:      Month_name
    Continental Origin Code:      Indian Sub Continent
    Slaves Gender:      Male
    Price In Rixdollars:      93
    Sellers Last Name:      Van Java
    Sellers First Name:      Rosetta
    Sellers Civil Status:      freeblack
    Sellers Gender:      Female
    Sellers Occupation:      Occupation
    Buyers Last Name:      Heem
    Buyers First Name:      Martin
    Buyers Civil Status:      VOC employee
    Buyers Gender:      Male
    Buyers Domicile:      Table valley
    Buyers Occupation:      bookkeeper
    Comments And References:      Sregocc
    Primary Reference:      Transporten en Scheepeniskennis. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.

Bookmark and Share