Johanna Bok van der Caep

F, #3181, b. 21 October 1708
Father*Christiaan Bok1 b. c 1669, d. b 26 Aug 1716
Mother*Anna Groothenning van Bengale b. c 1676, d. a 1719

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited12/01/2017
Marriage*Johanna Bok van der Caep married Andreas Bester on 13 February 1724 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,3


Andreas Bester b. c 1690, d. 30 Oct 1752
  • Casparus Bester
  • Andries Bester b. b 10 Feb 1726, d. 3 Feb 1767
  • Christiaan Bester b. c 1728
  • Paulus Bester b. c 1731
  • Nicolaas Bester b. c 1735
  • Jacobus Bester10 b. b 5 May 1737
  • Michiel Bester11 b. b 14 Aug 1740
Names in the record, in publications, etc.13 February 1724, the name of Johanna was written in the record as Anna Bok.2
BaptismsJohanna Bok van der Caep was baptized on 21 October 1708 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop, . The baptism was witnessed by Harmen Barend van der Schyff and Margaretha Kool. This witness has not been positively identified but Margaretha Kool is(are) potentially the correct individual(s.)4
NotesThe attached article by Margaret Cairns is essential reading for any descendant of Anna Groothenning.5
Circa 1724 The compilers of SAG incorrectly ascribed a son named Casparus Bester [var] to Andreas Bester and Johanna Bok van der Caep and that instead the individual who marrried Maria Elizabeth Swart was Caspar Bester the son of Jacobus Bester and Anna Hasselaar. He is referred to in the inventory on 3 Dec 1776 of his mother's estate.
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)Johanna Bok van der Caep appeared on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) of 1760 in which it was stated that her name was Anna Boek, that she was the widow of Andries Bester, and she lived alone with no family members but that she employed one female servant, and owned 16 male and 2 female slaves, along with one boy slave - all of whom were unnamed. She had 30 horses, 40 cattle, 400 sheep, and had sown 25 (muids of) wheat, harvesting 240. She was enumerated in the Cape District, de Caep de Goede Hoop.6
Slave BirthsBefore 21 October 1708, Johanna Bok van der Caep was born in bondage and was owned by Hans Kaspar Geringer de Caep de Goede Hoop.1
Slave EmancipationsAnna Groothenning van Bengale was emancipated by Hans Kaspar Geringer, on 27 August 1709 de Caep de Goede Hoop, the manumission was made in terms of a will drawn up by Geringer. Her children Johanna Bok van der Caep were manumitted with her.7
Property TransactionsIn 1754 Johanna Bok van der Caep sold the property Johanna in Tygerberg, Hooghgelegen.8
Johanna Bok van der Caep bought the property Louis Klip in Drakenstein North from Pieter du Toit in 1759.9


  1. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( "citing NGK Cape Town baptism registers, viz:
    9 Church Registers - Cape Town Congregation, Cape Archives, originals in the Nederlands Gereformeerde Kerk Argief, Stellenbosch, VC 603, 604, 605, 621 - baptisms and marriages 1695+
    baptisms, page 33, 1708 (VOC 604) (8br) van Christiaan Bok en Anna van Bengaalen, de getuigen Harmen van der
    Scheijf, en Maria Kool. Johanna."
  2. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( "citing NGK Stellenbosch marriage registers, viz:
    10 Church Registers - Stellenbosch Congregation, photocopies of the original register, Cape Archives (originals in the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk Argief, Stellenbosch), VC 633, VC 639, VC 645
    marriages, page 14, 1724
    13 Feb. Andries Bester, met Anna Bock."
  3. [S153] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 1 A-C, HSRC SA Genealogies (Pretoria: Institute for Historical Research, Division Genealogical Research, Pretoria, 1986, 1989), ISBN 0-620-23962-X. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 1.
  4. [S734] VC 604, NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town): [1708] 21 d:o (Oct). van Christiaan Bok, en Anna van Bengaalen; de getuigen Harmen van der Scheijf, en Maria Kool. - Johanna, (1695-1712), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch, Hereinafter cited as NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town).
  5. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok: a genealogical jigsaw", Familia (Geringer and Bok) 13, nr. 2 (1976): Volume 34, Number 3, 1976, Pages 27-37 and 40.. Hereinafter cited as "Geringer and Bok."
  6. [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), 1760 — Census of the Cape Colony ( Opgraafrol), old entry 0162. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  7. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", On 27th August 1709, Abraham Poulé, the official of that time together with his clerk, grappled with this third will. Geringer aged fifty-six and Bok forty-one, first cancelled their previous testaments executed either singly or in partnership; the survivor was again to be sole heir with the usual provisions for Christian burial and payment of just debts. Anna and the children were all granted freedom and Michiel was recorded as 'Michiel Geringer' for the first and only time. (Citing: CJ. 2650 no. 6, 27.8.1709).
  8. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, 1754: Transfer number - 3065
    DistrictArea:     Tygerberg and Area     
    Year:     1754     
    Transfer1:     3065     
    Transfer1Date:     27 Feb 1754     
    Transfer2:     3814     
    Morgen:     60.032     
    FarmName:     Hooghgelegen     
    PropertyType:     Plaas en Hofstede (Farm)     
    PropertyNumber:     399     
    SellerSurname:     Bester     
    SellerName:     And     
    SellerMaritalStatus:     Widow (Anna Bok)     
    SellerCivilStatus:     Burgher     
    BuyerSurname:     Verwey     
    BuyerName:     Joh     
    BuyerCivilStatus:     Burgher     
    PurchasePrice:     4000     
    PurchasePriceComments:     Normal Transaction.     
  9. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, 1759: Transfer number - 3448
    DistrictArea:     Drakenstein (North)     
    Year:     1759     
    Transfer1:     3448     
    Transfer2:     4672     
    Morgen:     60.5     
    FarmName:     Louis Klip     
    PropertyType:     Plaas en Hofstede (Farm)     
    PropertyNumber:     319     
    SellerSurname:     Du Toit     
    SellerName:     Pieter de Jonge     
    SellerCivilStatus:     Burgher     
    BuyerSurname:     Bester     
    BuyerName:     And     
    BuyerMaritalStatus:     Widow (Anna Bok)     
    BuyerCivilStatus:     Burgher     
    PurchasePrice:     2000     
    PurchasePriceComments:     Normal Transaction.     
  10. [S153] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 1, pg. 250.
  11. [S153] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 1, pg. 251.

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