Abraham Decker1

M, #17598, b. 1697, d. 1752

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Last Edited11/06/2016
BirthOrigin*Abraham was from Amsterdam and was perhaps born there in 1697. The date of birth according to Tanap.2,1 
Marriage*He married Regina Mulder, daughter of Heinrich Christoffel Möller and Margaretha Marquardt, on 27 June 1723 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).3
Marriage*He married Theodora van Taak, daughter of Willem van Taak and Emma Martha van der Bijl, on 31 March 1737 (Cape Town).4
Death*He died in 1752.1
Slave EmancipationsOn 11 February 1733 Jonker van Macassar applied to the Council of Policy through the ondercoopman, junior merchant Abraham Decker for the freedom of his children Adolph Jonker, Johanna Jonker and Catharina van de Caep whom he had fathered with his slave Rosetta van Java ( bij desselfs slavin...geteelt ). The children were named as Amel, Talie and Adel in the record, and the first two were already living with Decker, while the third, Adel, was living with Aletta de Beer the widow of Daniel Thibault. The prince also sought in this application to identify his three children as his heirs.5
On 24 April 1733 Adolph Jonker, Johanna Jonker and Catharina van de Caep were emancipated by order of the Council of Policy following the earlier request of their father, Jonker van Macassar. His application was submitted by the ondercoopman Abraham Decker who acted on his behalf. The children's mother Rosetta van Java described in this document as the slavin of the prince, was said to be overledenen, that is deceased.6


  1. [S744] Mansell Upham 'God's Slave & Afrikaner 'Hearts of Darkness' - Abdullah alias Adolf Jonker (c. 1709-1779)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), May 2013. "... Abraham Decker (1697-1752) (from Amsterdam) ..."
  2. [S729] Webpage tanap.net (http://databases.tanap.net/cgh/) (Original records held by Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) "[3] 28 April 1722 ... Daarbenewens is abraham decker bevorder tot boekhouer in die negosiekantoor, en Isaak Scheepers aangestel as assistent in die soldykantoor.
    [3] 19 Dec 1724 ... abraham decker is in 1697 in Amsterdam gebore. Hy het in 1717 uit Batavia as assistent na die Kaap gekom, en is in 1722 bevorder tot boekhouer. Op 27.6.1723 is hy getroud met Regina Möller, die dogter van Hendrik Christoffel Möller en Margaretha Marquardt. Sy is in 1736 oorlede, en op 31.3.1736 is hy weer getroud met Theodora van Taak, die dogter van Willem van Taak en Martha van der Bijl. Uit elke huwelik is twee kinders gebore. Decker is in 1752 oorlede. (Sien M.O.O.C. 7/5, Testamenten, 1735-1737, no. 29; M.O.O.C. 7/8, Testamenten, 1752-1758, no. 39.)."
  3. [S733] VC 621, NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: 27 d:o [27 Junij 1723] Abraham Dekker van Amsterd: jongm: boekhouder en negotie-overdraager alhier, en Regina Möller van Cabo, jonge d:r, (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).
  4. [S733] VC 621, NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: Den 31 dito [31 Maart 1737] Abraham Decker van Amsterdam, onderkoopman en negotie overdrager in dienst der e: comp: we-duwenaar, met Theodora van Taak van Cabo de Goede Hoop jongedogter., 1713-1756, Cape Town Archives Repository.
  5. [S729] Webpage Tanap (http://databases.tanap.net/cgh/) (Original records held by Western Cape Archives and Records Service) "Reference code: C. 91, pp. 108-117. Woensdag den 11e Februarij 1733
  6. [S859] Manumission, CJ 3083 24 April 1733, ... Sekere drie kinderen door bovengen:[de] ternataansen prins bij sijn Overledenen Slavin rosetta van ceijlon geprocreeert, met namen Amel, talie en adel van de caab permiteerende haar lieden vrijders om sig met alle geoorloofde handteeringen en traficquen Met God en met eere door de weerelt te mogen redden en erneeren ...; Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Hereinafter cited as Jonker Children Manumission.

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