Susanna Catharina van Ceylon

F, #8760, b. circa 1668

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
NGK (Cape Town) Marriages1695-1712NGK (Cape Town) Marriages 1695-1712
NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732
Last Edited29/04/2017
BirthOrigin*Susanna was from Ceylon and was perhaps born there circa 1668. She was said to be 30 years old in 1698.1,2 
Marriage*She married Evert Pieters on 10 August 1698 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.3,4
 

Family

Evert Pieters b. c 1670
Children
Baptisms - WitnessSusanna Catharina van Ceylon and Evert Pieters witnessed the baptism of Hans Hendrik Thomas on 4 May 1721 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.5
Slave EmancipationsOn 28 July 1698 Susanna Catharina van Ceylon was emancipated by Simon van der Stel, she was emancicpated because of her knowledge of Dutch and her long service. Her freedom was described as a generous or liberal gift, viz. liberale gifte.6,7,8,9
Slaves owned by individualsBefore 28 July 1698 Susanna Catharina van Ceylon was owned by Simon van der Stel.7

Citations

  1. [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), Slave First Name: Susanna, Second Name: Catherina; Toponym: van Ceylon; Descent: Full breed; ... Gender: F; ... Age: 30 .... Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  2. [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.
  3. [S700] VC 604, NGK Marriage Registers 1696-1712 (Cape Town), 1695-1712: "Kerkboek 1695-1712," p. 92, 10 Aug 1698, 10 Aug:
    Evert Pieters van Purmerent jongm:
    met Susanna Catharina van Ceylon, transcribed by Corney Keller, (24 Mar 2012), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/sarecords/. Hereinafter cited as NGK Marriage Registers 1696-1712 (Cape Town).
  4. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Lorna:
    10.8.1698 trou "Evert Pieters van Purmerent jongm: met Susanna Catharina van Ceylon."
  5. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Hans Hendrik d'Vader Cornelis Tomesse [Heinrich Thomas from Husum], Moeder Willemina Pieterse, getù Evert Pietersz en Sùsanna Catrina 4e May 1721.
  6. [S606] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "A.J. Böeseken se Addendum van Kaapse slawe-verkoopstransaksies: Foute en regstellings", Kronos (Foute en regstellings) 9 (1984): Soms wil dit werklik voorkom asof die twee transkribeerders nie die Hollands van die oorspronklike dokumente kon verstaan nie; soos dit blyk in die geval vermeld op bladsy 185 van die addendum gedateer 28.7.1698. Daarin word beweer dat die slavin Susanna Catharina van Ceylon deur Simon van der Stel vrygestel is, “who also gave her a ‘liberale gifte’. (The amount is not stated in the document)”, deel Böeseken ons mee. In die teks van die boek (p. 57) lees ‘n mens ook van die geval: “With her freedom she received a ‘liberale gifte’. How much that was we are not told, but it must have enabled her to find her feet as a Free Black at the Cape”, skryf Böeseken. Behalwe dat die optekening van die akte dus net so gebruik is, is dit klaarblyklik so aangewend dat dit ‘n besonder positiewe beeld van goewerneur Simon van der Stel moes gee. Die feit dat die aantekening vaag is, doen nie afbreuk aan haar verbeelding om dit tot die uiterstete te rek nie.

    In werklikheid staan in die betrokke document dat Simon van der Stel die slavin vrygestel het vanweë haar kennis van die Hollandse taal en haar lang diens! Dit vermeld Böeseken nie. En die “liberale gifte” wat Böeseken klaarblyklik vermoed geldelike hulp moes gewees het, is net maar die gewone vaste uitdrukking wat feitlik altyd in die aktes voorgekom het wanner ‘n slaaf vrygestel is. Die betekenis daarvan was eenvoudig dat hy haar Vryheid aan haar geskenk het as ‘n “liberale gifte”. Hier was dus hoegenaamd geen sprake van welke aard ookal van ‘n bykomende geskenk nie. Simon van der Stel het dus in die geval niks uitsonderliks verrig nie. Inteendeel, dit is verbasend dat nadat die betrokke amptelike stelling al verskeie kere in voorafgaande vrystellingsbriewe gebruik is, dit nou skielik vir die eerste keer eers raakgesien is.. Hereinafter cited as "Foute en regstellings."
  7. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, Slave First Name: Susanna, Second Name: Catherina; Toponym: van Ceylon; Descent: Full breed; ... Gender: F; ... Age: 30; ... Owner Surname: Stel, van der; Owner First Name: Simon; ... Sale Transaction Day: 28, Sale Transaction Month: 7, Sale Transaction Year: 1698 ...
    ...
  8. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Van der Stel gave Susanna Catharina liberale gift on her manumission.
  9. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 185. 28.7.1698: Susanna Catharina from Ceylon (30), granted her freedom by Simon van der Stel, who also gave her a "liberale gifte". (The amount is not stated in the document.). Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  10. [S734] VC 604, NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town), (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).
 

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