Caterina van de Caep1

F, #9203, b. circa 1675

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732NGK Stellenbosch Baptisms 1688-1732
Last Edited30/01/2022
BaptismCaterina van de Caep was baptized on 3 May 1693 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,3 
Marriage*She married Ernst Friedrich Walter before 22 April 1695.1


Ernst Friedrich Walter b. c 1660, d. 1697
Names in the record, in publications, etc.3 May 1693, the name of Caterina was written in the record as Catrijna.2
Crime and relatedBefore 3 October 1695 Hans Heinrich Hatting attempted to slit the throat of Caterina van de Caep. However he was not successful, instead cutting her hand. Catrijn, the wife of Ernst Friedrich Walter, had sought help from the burgher councillor and surgeon Matthias Greeff, who testified under oath that the wound was caused by a knife. Hattingh was not prosecuted nor did Catrijn seek a civil remedy.4,5,6
Slave BirthsCirca 1675, Caterina van de Caep was born in bondage.1
Slaves owned by individualsBefore 8 March 1690 Caterina van de Caep was owned by Christina Does.7


  1. [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. 447. Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  2. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: 1693. Den selfde Dito [3 Maij] is aen Stellenbosch, naer voorgaende belijdenisse
    gedoopt een vrij swartinne genaemt Catrijna, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).
  3. [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, She was described as Vrijswartinne (na voorgaande belijdenisse). Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), If only two people were involved, the sentence was less severe. When a soldier, Jan Rutter from's Heerenberg, had intercourse with Catrijn from the Cape, a slave belonging to the widow of Elbert Diemer, they were both punished because they had transgressed and broken the law of the land. The fiscal demanded the confiscation of a year's salary from the soldier Jan Rutter, but the sentence was reduced and he had to forgo his pay for one month only. The slave woman, who had been sentenced to be flogged and to work in chains for six months, was allowed postponement of the sentence, so that the accusation that she was the mistress of Ernst Frederick Walter could be investigated. [Citing: C.J.3: Crim. and Civ. Cases, 1689-1696, 21.2.1690, p. 21.]. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  5. [S1012] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Beleid en Praktyk: Die doop van slawekinders en die sluit van gemengde huwelike verhoudings aan die Kaap voor 1720", Kronos (Beleid en Praktyk …) 5 (1982): Hierbenewens is in Maart 1690 die enigste saak verhoor wat tot dusver teë gekom is wat daarop dui dat die Kaapse owerheid bereid was om hulle ernstige plakkate teen vermenging uit te voer. Toe is soldaat Jan Rutten daarvan aangekla dat hy ongeoorloofde "vleeslike conversatie" met 'n slavin gehad het. Opvallend genoeg, die slavin het nie aan die Kompanjie behoort nie. [Hattingh cites: K A, CJ 3 Oorspronklike Regsrolle en Notule, Fiskaal contra Jan Rutten van 's Heeren Bergh, soldaat en Catrijn van die Kaap, slavin van weduwee Diemer, 8.3.1690, fol. 21.]. Hereinafter cited as "Beleid en Praktyk."
  6. [S203] Mansell Upham 'Cape Mothers: Groote Catrijn van Paliacatta (c. 1631-1683), her slave Maria van Bengale & her daughter-in-law Marguerite-Thérèse de Savoye (1673-1742)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (, October 2014. "In 1695 Hans Heinrich Hattingh is investigated for assaulting Catrijn, Walter's wife. On 3 October 1695 the burgher councillor (heemraad) Matthias Greeff (from Magdeburg) who is also a surgeon, at the request of the provisional fiscal, Joan Blesius, states under oath that the wife of Ernst Frederick Walters has come to him for help. Hattingh, attempting to slit her throat, has cut her hand instead. Greeff, who bandages Catrijn's wound, confirms that a knife has caused the injury. No arraignment or conviction of, or civil claim against, Hattingh follows. [Citing: CA: 1/STB 18/153]"
  7. [S1012] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Beleid en Praktyk",. [Hattingh cites: K A, CJ 3 Oorspronklike Regsrolle en Notule, Fiskaal contra Jan Rutten van 's Heeren Bergh, soldaat en Catrijn van die Kaap, slavin van weduwee Diemer (viz. Christina Does), 8.3.1690, fol. 21.]
  8. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, 22 Avril 1695; Anna Caterina fille de Hernes Frederik Waltre Et Caterina Le temoins Et Hansel Verbat Et Marie Lanoy.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.

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