Michiel Bok van der Caep

M, #5177, b. 17 March 1702
Father*Christiaan Bok b. c 1669, d. b 26 Aug 1716
Mother*Anna Groothenning van Bengale b. c 1676, d. a 1719

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Last Edited06/02/2017
Marriage*Michiel Bok van der Caep married Elizabeth van der Poel, daughter of Pieter van der Poel and Joanna Viandt, on 2 July 1719.1
(Beneficiary) InventoryThe estate of Christiaan Bok was inventoried between 26 August 1716 and 28 August 1716 Cabo de Goede Hoop with Geringer receiving one half, his widow Anna, one quarter, and the remaining quarter divided between Michiel, Catharine, Johanna, Christiaan and Clara. Maria Bok was not mentioned. Sixteen male slaves valued at ƒ4,800, and 3 female slaves valued at ƒ450 were included in the inventory, none of whom were identified.2
BaptismsMichiel Bok van der Caep was baptized on 17 March 1702 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by Michael Düring and Marritje Jacobs. This witness has not been positively identified but Michael Düring is(are) potentially the correct individual(s.)3,4
NotesThe attached article by Margaret Cairns is essential reading for any descendant of Anna Groothenning.5
Slave BirthsBefore 17 March 1702, Michiel Bok van der Caep was born in bondage and was owned by Hans Kaspar Geringer de Caep de Goede Hoop.4
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 Michiel Bok van der Caep were manumitted with her.6


  1. [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, Page 314. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 1.
  2. [S332] Webpage tanap.net (http://databases.tanap.net/mooc/) (Original records held by Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) "Reference no.: MOOC8/3.36
    Christiaan Bock
    Aldus geinventariseert en getaxeert door ons onderget:e gecommitt:e Weesm:ren ter presentie van Hans Casper Gerringer en wed:e Anna Groot Heijningh aan Cabo de Goede Hoop den 26ste, 27 en 28 Augustus 1716."
  3. [S734] VC 604, NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town): [1702] 19 Mart: van Anna van Bengale, onder getuygen van Michiel van Dueren en Marritje Jacobs gent: - Michiel, (1695-1712), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/sarecords/, http://www.eggsa.org/. Hereinafter cited as NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town).
  4. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok: a genealogical jigsaw", Familia (Geringer and Bok) 13, nr. 2 (1976). Hereinafter cited as "Geringer and Bok."
  5. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", Volume 34, Number 3, 1976, Pages 27-37 and 40.
  6. [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).

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