Maria Groothenning

F, #7457, b. before 27 December 1705
Father-Candidate*Darius van Bengale b. c 1677; There were two men known as Darius van Bengale. The first was Darius van Cochin who also appears in the record as Darius van Bengale, but who, by 1693 had been freed and was working for Guilliam Heems. The second was the slave purchased by Hans Casper Geringer from Maria Jansz Visser, the widow of Lambertus Simons Stam who, due to proximity, is the likely father of the girls Maria en Catryn.2
Mother*Anna Groothenning van Bengale1 b. c 1676, d. a 1719

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NGK Drakenstein Marriages 1717-1740NGK Drakenstein Marriages 1717-1749
Birth*Maria Groothenning was born before 27 December 1705 in de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,1
BaptismMaria Groothenning was baptized on 27 December 1705 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by Catharina Bok.3,4
Marriage*She married Frans Verkouter on 15 February 1728 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.5
MarriageShe married Thomas Eysmann on 11 February 1720 de Caep de Goede Hoop.6
(Witness) NoteThe attached article by Margaret Cairns is essential reading for any descendant of Anna Groothenning.7
NameRecordThe name of Maria Groothenning was written in the record as Maria Bok. 
NameRecordThe name of Maria Groothenning was written in the record as Maria Bock. 
(Slave) SlaveEmancipationAnna 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, Michiel Bok van der Caep, Catharina Bok and Maria Groothenning were manumitted with her.8 
(Witness) InventoryThe estate of Christiaan Bok was inventoried between 26 August 1716 and 28 August 1716 de Caep de Goede Hoop with Gerringer 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.9
NameRecordThe name of Maria Groothenning was written in the record as Marya Bok 15 February 1728.5 

Family 1

Thomas Eysmann b. c 1690, d. 1727

Family 2

Frans Verkouter b. c 1660


  1. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok: a genealogical jigsaw", Familia (Geringer and Bok) 13, nr. 2 (1976). Hereinafter cited as "Geringer and Bok."
  2. [S629] Personal communications between Mansell Upham and Delia Robertson, 2010-present. 27 Dec: [1705]      Twe Kinderen van DareMaria Groothenning van Bengale en Anna van Bengale onder getuijgen van Willem Fenning en Katrina de Vos           Maria en Catryn.
  3. [S502] Website Family Search ( "27 Dec: [1705]      Twe Kinderen van DareMaria Groothenning van Bengale en Anna van Bengale onder getuijgen van Willem Fenning en Katrina de Vos           Maria en Catryn."
  4. [S629] Mansell Upham.
  5. [S470] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Marriages., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Marriage Register, Den 15 February 1728. Frans Verkouter van Zeeland, Borger aan de Kaap de Goede hoop weduwe.- met Marya Bok van Cabo de Goede hoop wedwe van Thomas Ijsman.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Marriages.
  6. [S204] Dr. J. Hoge, Personalia of the Germans at the Cape, 1652-1806, Archives Year Book for South African History (Cape Town: Government Printer, Union of South Africa, 1946), p. 91. Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  7. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", Volume 34, Number 3, 1976, Pages 27-37 and 40.
  8. [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).
  9. [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."
  10. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, Den 21 October 1725; K: Christiaan; V: Thomas Eijsman; M: Marija Bock; G: De ouders zelve. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  11. [S502] Website Family Search ( "[1735] Den 13 Maart. Maria. De Vader Frans Verkouter. De moeder Maria Bock. De getuigen 's kinds ouders.…, last accessed 25 July 2012."
  12. [S191] C.C. de Villiers & C. Pama, Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-Z (Cape Town / Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1966), p.1013. Hereinafter cited as Geslagregisters van ou Kaapse Families III S-K.
  13. [S502] Website Family Search ( "[1742] den 11 dito [Februarij]. Frans, de oùderst Frans Verkoùten, en Maria Bok de getùijgen Jan Christoffel Didelof, en Catharina van Eden.…, last accessed 25 July 2012."

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