Magdalena Ley

F, #9431, b. 26 August 1697, d. circa April 1738
Father-Candidate*Michael Ley b. c 1675; candidate relationship, offered with a view toward further discovery in the record.2
Mother*Armosyn Claasz van de Caep1 b. c 1661, d. 1733

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited18/07/2017
Slave Birth - Company OwnedMagdalena Ley was born in bondage before 26 August 1697 and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), de Caep de Goede Hoop Magdalena Ley.3,4
Marriage*Magdalena Ley married Hermanus Combrinck on 14 April 1720 de Caep de Goede Hoop.5,6,7
Death*She died circa April 1738 de Caep de Goede Hoop.8


Hermanus Combrinck b. c 1705
RacialDesignation* On 26 August 1697 Magdalena Ley was described as halfslag, a racial tag meaning she was mixed race, i.e. her father would most likely have been white. In this instance her putative father is known. For more on the racial and social typecasting of the period, visit this page: Nomenclature & identity tags peculiar to the Cape of Good Hope deriving from an individual’s legal status made for legally-entrenched hierarchic discrimination.9 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.26 August 1697, the name of Magdalena was written in the record as Machteltie van de Caep.9
BaptismsMagdalena Ley was baptized on 26 August 1697 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.9,3,4,7,10


  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: 1679
    den 19 dito (November) Maende
    Harmosy de Kleyne een comps. slavin, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).
  2. [S356] E-mails from Mansell Upham (e-mail address) to Delia Robertson, 2000 to 2008 (Personal Library, Email Upham).
  3. [S641] Margaret Cairns, "Armosyn Claasz of the Cape and her family, 1661-1783", Familia (Armosyn Claasz of the Cape and her family, 1661-1783) Vol. XVI-1979 No.4 (1979): Machteld (Magdalena) Ley baptised 26.8.1697 "een kint van Armosyn van de Kaap, halfslag".. Hereinafter cited as "Familia (Armosyn Claasz)."
  4. [S379] Delia Robertson, translator, Cape Melting Pot - the role and status of the mixed population at the Cape, 1652-1795 (Johannesburg, South Africa: Delia Robertson, 2005) Translated from Groep Sonder Grense, Die Rol en Status van die Gemengde Bevolking aan die Kaap 1652-1795, by H.F. Heese, M.A., PH.D , p.37; Machteld (Magdalena Ley) on 26.3.1697. Hereinafter cited as Cape Melting Pot.
  5. [S641] Margaret Cairns, "Familia (Armosyn Claasz)", At the age of 23 on 14.4.1720 she was married to Hermanus Combrink of Bieleveld.
  6. [S460] Prof. Barend J. Venter, "Voorsate staat van Heinricha Venter", 22 September 2008 (e-mail address). This ancestral register was compiled for Delia Robertson on 22 September 2008 from the database "Die Venter familie van Suid-Afrika" compiled by B.J. Venter, J.A. Venter and M.A. Venter. Prof. B.J. Venter, 20 Ray Street, Annlin, 0182. Hereinafter cited as "Voorsate staat van Heinricha Venter."
  7. [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), COMBRINK, HERMANN (S in CJ 1208 : 53).-Bielefeld. Arr. 1717 as so., b. 1719, a barber. Corp. (1725) and sergt. (1727) in the militia, fire-master . 1732. x, 14.4.1720 Magdalena Ley, d. of Armozyn of the C. (bapt. 26.8.1697). 9 children. + 15 .6.1744. (V.C. 56; Rq. 1720: 97; Res. of 4.12.1725, 8.4.1727; Rq. CJ 808:3; CJ. 1172: 53; CJ 1132: 172; Test. O.C. 6:76 and 143; Inv. O.C. 5: 76; G.R. nr. 84.). Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  8. [S641] Margaret Cairns, "Familia (Armosyn Claasz)", ...dying in 1738 within a month of the birth of the last child, Jacobus." (baptised 9 March 1738).
  9. [S629] Personal communications between Mansell Upham and Delia Robertson, 2010-present. 26 Aug 1697 Gedoopt een Kind van Armozyn van de Caep gen:t Machteltie halfs.
  10. [S502] Website Family Search ( "26 Aug 1697
    gedoopt een kind van Armozyn vande Caep, gent. Machteltie, [Halfslag]"
  11. [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, p.641, 643. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 1.

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