M, #17187, b. circa 1640
|BirthOrigin*||Hendrick was from Hattum and was perhaps born there circa 1640.1|
|Vrijbriewen and Burgher Status||On 20 September 1662, Hendrick Steenke was granted a vrijbrief or letter of freedom which released him from his contractual obligations to the VOC and accorded him the status of vrijburgher or free burgher. His occupation is not recorded.2|
- [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1652-1662 to which are added land grants, attestations, Journal of voyage to Tristan da Cunha, names of freemen, &c. Vol III, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1900), p.272.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
- [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.272. Hendrick Steenke, of Hattum in Oldenburg. Granted 20th September, 1662.