Christiaan Bok

M, #5179, b. before 8 July 1714
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 Edited11/03/2017
Birth*Christiaan Bok was born before 8 July 1714 in de Caep de Goede Hoop.1,2
BaptismChristiaan Bok was baptized on 8 July 1714 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by Jan Verbeek and Leonora de Vijff.3 
(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.4
Baptisms - WitnessChristiaan Bok and Clara Bok van der Caep witnessed the baptism of Michiel Bester on 14 August 1740 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).5,6
NotesThe attached article by Margaret Cairns is essential reading for any descendant of Anna Groothenning.7
Slave EmancipationsOn 3 July 1755 Januarij of Ceijlon, Cupido of Bengal, and April of Bengal were emancipated in terms of the will of Christiaan Bok , excepting that April of Bengal was to remain in service of Andries Bester for four years, after which his emancipation would become effective.8


  1. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( "citing NGK Cape Town baptism registers, viz:
    13 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 3, 1714 (VOC 605)
    8 do. (Julii) Christiaan, Ouders: Christiaan Bok, en Anna Groothenning. Getuigen: Jan Verbeek, en Leonora de Vijf."
  2. [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.
  3. [S734] VC 604, NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town): [1705] 8 d:o [Julii]. Christiaan. Christiaan Bok, en Anna Groothenning Jan Verbeek, en Leonora de Vijf., (1695-1712), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch, Hereinafter cited as NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town).
  4. [S332] Webpage ( (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."
  5. [S736] VC 605 (NGK G1-8/2), NGK Baptism Registers 1713-1742 (Cape Town), 2012: Den 14 dito Augustus 1740] Michiel. De vader is Andries Bester. De moeder Anna Bock. De getuigen sijn Christiaan Bock en Clara Bock., transcribed by Corney Keller, (1713-1742), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as NGK Baptism Registers 1713-1742 (Cape Town).
  6. [S153] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 1, pg. 251.
  7. [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."
  8. [S384] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Requesten (Memorials) 1715 - 1806 Vol II, H.C.V. Leibrandt; CD-ROM (Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Times Limited, Government Printers, Keerom Street, 1906), p.757. Moor (Hans Diederick) and Hendricksz: (Jacobus) executors of the Will of the burgher Christiaan Bok, who, in his Will, dated 3rd July, 1755, wished that 3 of his slaves should be manumitted, viz.: Januarij of Ceijlon, Cupido of Bengal, and April of Bengal. They offer themselves as sureties. (Extract of will attached, which mentions that Januarij and Cupido are to be manumitted at once; and that April was to remain four years with the burgher, Andries Bester; after which he was also to be manumitted.) (No. 117.). Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.

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