F, #8527, b. before 17 December 1715
|Father*||Jacobus Coetzee3 b. 16 Jun 1680, d. b 26 Apr 1738|
|Mother*||Elizabeth Louisz2 b. b 6 Oct 1680|
|Charts||Descendants of Lijsbeth Sanders|
|NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732||NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732|
|Birth*||Sara Coetzee was born before 17 December 1715 in de Caep de Goede Hoop.4|
|Baptism||Sara Coetzee was baptized on 17 December 1720 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop. Although the daughter is named Maria in this baptism, it was clearly a scribal error and that it was Sara who was baptised on this date. When her deceased father's estate was inventoried on 8 May 1738, Sara was 22 years old, i.e. she would have been born in 12 months preceding 8 May 1716. She was 5 years old at her baptism.4,1|
|Marriage*||She married Johannes Oberholster, son of Johann Oberholster and Agnitie Colyn, on 6 September 1744 Drakenstein.5,6|
|Johannes Oberholster b. b 21 Oct 1702|
|Names in the record, in publications, etc.||On 17 December 1720 Sara was incorrectly named in the record as Maria.4,1|
|Notes||Jacobus Coetzee and Elizabeth Louisz and their descendants are glossed over in published genealogies. In the compilations such as South African Genealogies information is sparse. This continues in the major Coetzee publication in 1979 viz. Coetzee, N.A.: Die Stamouers Coetzee en nageslagte. Herdenkingsuitgawe 300 Jaar in Suid-Afrika|
In his article, "Die blanke nageslag van Louis van Bengale", Leon Hattingh adds more information about the family noting that Jacobus had been disinherited by his parents - perhaps because of his adulterous relationship with the married woman Lijsbeth Louisz.
Susan Newton-King re-examines the family in her 2007 article in Kronos, "Sodomy, race and respectability in Stellenbosch and Drakenstein, 1689 - 1762: the story of a family, loosely defined", which investigates the background of Gerrit Coetzee, the first vrijburgher to be tried and executed, on 23 September 1733, for sodomy (today the act would be termed as bestiality).
Apart from Lijsbeth Louisz' first child Johannes Jurgens (bapt. 1700-died young) with Hans Jürgens, it is probable that Jacobus Coetzee was the father of all her other children. This is made plain when the couple marry on 27 Nov 1724 and they are formally recognised as the parents of seven children - hebbende 7 kinders tussen haer beide, wanneer v[er]eenigt warden. They had eight children, namely Maria Coetzee, Elisabeth Coetzee, Jacoba Coetsee, Gerrit Jacobsz: Coetzee, Dirk Coetzee, Sara Coetzee, Johannes Coetzee and Margareta Jürgens. Margareta, however, had died young before their marriage.
The fact that several of the children were baptised as the offspring of Jurgens would be in accordance with Roman Dutch Law prevailing at the time, the legal presumption was that the married husband was deemed to be the effective biological father in the eyes of the law. Actual biological paternity in this case was finally conferred legally when the parents married.
Some researchers have concluded that Dirk (born 1718) died young and that the couple had a second son named Dirk born ca 1721. This conclusion appears to be based on the estate records where Dirk is stated in 1738 to be 17 years old - indicating a birth year of 1720-1721. My interpretation is that there was only one son named Dirk, and that his age in 1738 was incorrectly based on the date of his baptism in 1720, at which time he was described as being two years old
Yet others have interpreted the inventory of Jacobus' estate, MOOC 8/6.11A of 1738, to imply that only three of the children, i.e. Sara, Dirk and Jan, were the biological children of Jacobus. However, the children are clearly identified as minors, which suggests those who had attained majority were not included. Lijsbeth Louisz' inventory, MOOC 8/6.11b, however, mentions six children including Maria, Elisabeth and Jacoba (Gerrit had been executed in 1736).7,8,9,10,11
- [S677] Mansell Upham, "Mansell Upham e-mail Fri, 8 Jun 2012 15:46:26," e-mail message to Delia Robertson, 8 June 2012, Sara Coetzee *born 1715; baptized /Maria/ [sic] Drakenstein 15 December 1720 aged 5; does not inherit from mother's estate - only her children
Den 15de Dito [Decembr, Anno 1720] Maria, oudt vijf jaren, en Dirk out twee jaren. Doghter en zoon van jacobus Coetzee ongetroudt, [en] deselven bij eenen Elisabeth Louies, getroude Vrouw, [gewonne] heeft.. Hereinafter cited as "Mansell Upham e-mail Fri, 8 Jun 2012 15:46:26."
- [S325] Lorna Newcomb and Ockert Malan, compilers, Annale van Nederduits Gereformeerde Moedergemeente Stellenbosch No 1.., CD-ROM (Stellenbosch) Die Genootskap vir die Kerkversameling, 2004 0-9584832-1-3), Baptism Register. Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
- [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke Nageslag van Louis van Bengale en Lijsbeth van die Kaap", Kronos (Die Blanke nageslag . . .) 1 (1979): c8 Sara (Coetsee). Hereinafter cited as "Die Blanke nageslag."
- [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, Den 15de Dito [Decembr, Anno 1720]
Maria, oudt vijf jaren, en Dirk out twee jaren. Doghter en zoon van jacobus Coetzee ongetroudt, [en] deselven bij eenen Elisabeth Louies, getroude Vrouw, [gewonne] heeft.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
- [S470] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Marriages., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Marriage Register, Personen in den Huwelyken Staat bevestigd door Predekant. Salomon van Echten.
6 Sept. . Jan Oberholster van Cabo de Goede Hoop Burger aldaar Jongman en Sara Coetzee van Cabo voornoemd. J.D.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Marriages.
- [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke nageslag", x 6.9.1744 Johannes Oberholster ˜ 24.10.1702.
- [S723] Susan Newton-King, "Die Blanke Nageslag van Louis van Bengale en Lijsbeth van die Kaap", Kronos (Sodomy, race and respectability in Stellenbosch and Drakenstein, 1689-1762: the story of a family, loosely defined.) 1 (2007): This article explores the interacting dynamics of race, class, status and respectability in the emerging colonial society at the Cape of Good Hope in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It is essentially a case study, which examines the background to the trial and execution of Gerrit Coetzee, the first freeburgher to be accused of sodomy at the Cape. By implication, it raises a number of questions about the rural community in which Gerrit was raised and it re-opens old debates about the degree of colour blindness and the determinants of status in early colonial South Africa. Was Gerrit a victim of racial or social prejudice? Was he excluded, cold-shouldered or otherwise subtly marginalised by his young male peers in Daljosafat, where he lived? Was he driven by prejudice to seek the company of other marginalised individuals and ultimately to engage in suicidally transgressive behaviour? Or was he simply a young man who wrecked his chances by going too far?. Hereinafter cited as "Sodomy, race and respectability in Stellenbosch and Drakenstein, 1689-1762: the story of a family, loosely defined."
- [S722] Mansell G. Upham, "A black sheep in the Coetzee family", Capensis (A black sheep in the Coetzee family) 3/2001 (September 2001): Often when paging through De Villiers Pama one is struck by certain genealogical lines of descent ending abruptly, appearing to be extinct or less detailed than other contemporaneous lines. Whatever the reasons for the non-inclusion (omission?) of genealogical data of this branch of the family, we remain confronted with the problem of including families that cannot be made to conform to the C.C. De Villiers-style of coding old Cape families. A case in point is the COETZEE genealogy.
The eldest son [Jacobus] (and his descendants) of the founding parents are conspicuous by their limited appearance and even absence. Only his children are named without any further genealogical data. When the magnum opus on the Coetzee family made its appearance in 1979 *, this 'blank' in the genealogy remained. In 1980 more colourful flesh was added to the meagre bones of the senior branch of the Coetzee family as a result of Leon Hattingh's research on the descendants of the black Cape-born Lysbeth Sanders. J. Leon Hattingh sensing a schism within the family, noted the disinheritance by the stamouers' of their eldest son and the omission of the name of his black houvrou [concubine] (later wife).. Hereinafter cited as "A black sheep in the Coetzee family."
- [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke nageslag."
- [S762] N.A. Coetzee, Die Stamouers Coetzee en nageslagte. Herdenkingsuitgawe 300 Jaar in Suid-Afrika. (Pretoria: N.A. Coetzee, 1979 ISBN 0-620-03336-3). Hereinafter cited as Die Stamouers Coetzee en nageslagte.
- [S763] Amanda Elizabeth Boniface, "Revolutionary changes to the parent-child relationship in South Africa, with specific reference to guardianship, care and contact" (Thesis submitted for Doctor Legum in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, January 2007), p.37. Three forms of legitimation were known during the Christian era; firstly, legitimatio per subsequens matrimonium. This was where children born out of a concubinate could be legitimated by the legal marriage between the parents.. Hereinafter cited as "Revolutionary changes to the parent-child relationship in South Africa."
- [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke nageslag", d1 Jacobus (Oberholster) ˜ 17.11.1744.
- [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke nageslag", d2 Elizabeth (vader onbekend) ˜ 2.11.1755(T).