Christiaan Bok

M, #3182, b. circa 1669, d. before 26 August 1716

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Last Edited18/02/2020
Birth*Christiaan Bok was born circa 1669 in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.1,2
Marriage*He married Anna Groothenning van Bengale on 5 February 1713 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.3,2
Marriage De facto Before 1702 Christiaan Bok and Anna Groothenning van Bengale were in a de facto relationship de Caep de Goede Hoop. . As a slave belonging to Bok's partner, Kaspar Geringer, Anna would likely have had no choice whether she wished to engage in any kind of relationship at all, with either Bok or Geringer. However, in time a relationship may have blossomed, for she had several more children with Bok and they were ultimately married after she was manumitted.4 
Death*He died before 26 August 1716 de Caep de Goede Hoop.5
Inventory*The estate of Christiaan Bok was inventoried between 26 August 1716 and 28 August 1716 Cabo de Goede Hoop. The inventory named Hans Kaspar Geringer, Anna Groothenning van Bengale, Michiel Bok van der Caep, Catharina Bok, Christiaan Bok and Clara Bok van der Caep as benefitting from the estate with Geringer 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, none of whom were identified.6
LiquidDist* On 24 September 1721 a liquidation and distribution account was prepared in the estate of Hans Kaspar Geringer, Christiaan Bok and Anna Groothenning van Bengale.7


Anna Groothenning van Bengale b. c 1676, d. a 1719
Occupation* In 1696 Christiaan Bok was soldier in service of the VOC de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,1 
Arrival* In 1696, Christiaan Bok and Hans Kaspar Geringer arrived at the Cape, Geringer from Reetz in Germany while Bok was from Wolfenbüttel.8 
(Employee) Employment* On 29 January 1700 Caabse distrik Hans Kaspar Geringer employed Christiaan Bok in terms of a one-year contract which stipulated that Bok would received 12 guilders per month, plus board and lodging.9,10 
(Beneficiary) Will An unknown person was named as sole beneficiary in the will of Hans Kaspar Geringer on 9 June 1700 de Caep de Goede Hoop.11 
Will*Christiaan Bok and Hans Kaspar Geringer left a will on 29 January 1705 de Caep de Goede Hoop.12
LoanFarm* On 7 August 1710 Christiaan Bok and Hans Kaspar Geringer applied for a loan farm in de duynen.13 
Occupation On 3 January 1712 Christiaan Bok was baker (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop, .14 
NotesThe attached article by Margaret Cairns is essential reading for any descendant of Anna Groothenning.4
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)On 23 January 1702 Christiaan Bok was enumerated in the muster roll Caabse distrik, He was enumerated after Andries Cuijper and before Gabriel Douwman and Elisabeth Adriaansz.15
Slave TransactionsIn 1703 Anna Groothenning van Bengale may have come in to the possession of Hans Kaspar Geringer when Christian Weinoch sold all his property to Johann Lorenz. It may have been that for some reason Jan Lorenz did not want her back in his household because she was apparently already the concubine of Christiaan Bok, the partner of Geringer, having born Bok a child, Michiel, in early 1702.16
Property TransactionsIn 1710 Christiaan Bok sold the property Christiaan in Cape Peninsula to Hans Kaspar Geringer, Velthuijsen.17


  1. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok: a genealogical jigsaw", Familia (Geringer and Bok) 13, nr. 2 (1976): Aged forty-three [Geringer] and twenty seven [Bok] respectively they arrived at the Cape as soldiers in 1696 . . . [Citing CJ 2650 no. 6, 27.8.1709]. Hereinafter cited as "Geringer and Bok."
  2. [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, Page 314. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 1.
  3. [S702] Church Registers 1665-1695, VC 603.: D:o [1713] [5 Februarij]
    Christiaan Bok, van Wolffenbuttel, jongman, met
    Anna Groothenning, van Bengaalen, staande tusschen haar
    beijden [drie] kinderen, genaamt Michiel, Catharina, en Johanna Bok.
    Page 1, VC 621, which is a photocopy of the original register, now housed in the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G1-13/1, (1980), Cape Town Archives Repository, Private Bag X9025, Cape Town, South Africa, 021-4624050. Hereinafter cited as Church Registers 1665-1695, VC 603.
  4. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", Volume 34, Number 3, 1976, Pages 27-37 and 40.
  5. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", The exact date of his death has not been established. The inventory of his deceased estate was taken on the 27/28th August 1716 which points to death certainly not more than two months previously, probably even a lesser period if the usual procedure was adopted.
  6. [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."
  7. [S711] Liquidation and distribution account of the personal estate of Bok and Grootheijning Gerringer of de Caep de Goede Hoop, dated 24 September 1721 (eGSSA - MOOC 13/1/1 Boedelrekeninge 1709-1722, CD No. 1).
  8. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", The two men were Germans, Geringer a Prussian from Reetz and Bok a native of Wolfenbüttel in what was then North Germany. Aged forty-three and twenty seven respectively they arrived at the Cape as soldiers in 1696, possibly even in the same ship and their friendship dated from this year which was during the term of office of Simon van der Stel.
  9. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", The sequence of events discloses that Geringer was the more enterprising of the pair for by 1700 he had been excused from his basic military duties and was in a position to hire Bok to work for him. The contract was the usual official document restricting the loan of services to one year with remuneration of twelve guilders a month in addition to board and lodging but allowed the hired to work 'alhier in de Caap of ten platten lande'. (Citing: CJ. 2873, 29.1.1700, a note in the margin to this effect.]
  10. [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), Surname:       Boek [sic]     
    First Names:       Christiaan     
    Year:       1700     
    Archive:       Cape Archives     
    Document Type:       Contracts, 1692 to 1789     
    Reference:       Court of Justice [CJ]     
    Volume Number:       2873     
    Document Reference:       87     
    Surname:       Cerringher [sic]     
    First Names:       Hans Casper     
    Year:       1700     
    Archive:       Cape Archives     
    Document Type:       Contracts, 1692 to 1789     
    Reference:       Court of Justice [CJ]     
    Volume Number:       2873     
    Document Reference:       87. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  11. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok", A firm mutual feeling developed between master and servant and in his first will executed a mere five months after the contract above, Geringer states that as he had 'no father mother or other relative alive' he appointed 'syne goeden vriend Christiaan Bok' as his sole and universal heir. [Citing: CJ. 2597, 9.6.1700.]
  12. [S713] Hans Caspar Geringer and Christian Bock will (29 January 1705), Will of Hans C Gerringer & Christian Bock 1705 CJ 2649 93: 17050129 GerringerHansC_BokChristiaan Will 39. CJ 2649 93, Cape Town Archives Repository, Private Bag X9025, Cape Town, South Africa, 021-4624050. Hereinafter cited as Geringer, Hans Caspar Will 1713.
  13. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, Geringer & Bok
    Geringer & Bok, Hans Caspar & Christian

    Surname:       Geringer & Bok     
    First Name:       Hans Caspar & Christian     
    Country Of Birth:       Germany     
    Generation:       1     
    Birth Order:       1     
    Gender:       Male     
    Birth Year:       1668 Bok     
    Death Date:       1719/1718     
    Miscellaneous Date:       died 1719/1718     
    Type Of License:       New application     
    Day Of Abandonment:       7     
    Month Of Abandonment Value:       Aug     
    Month Of Abandonment Numeric:       8     
    Year Of Abandonment:       1710     
    Description:       in de duynen     
    Source:       Cape Archives Depot Receiver of Land Revenue     
    Year:       1710     
    Volume:       1.00     
    Page:       256     
    Type Number:       2     
    IDNumber:       0488.     
  14. [S332] Webpage Tanap ( (Original records held by Western Cape Archives and Records Service) "5 Resolutions of the Council of Policy
    C.29, pp.73-74, 3 Jannuarij 1712
    Door meergenoemde Heer Gesaghebber aan den Raad gecommuniceerd zijnde, dat de burgers Claas Maijboom, Christiaan Bok en Mighiel Radekes, als de drie principaalste bakkers hadden gesegt, niet genegen te zijn ofte van wil waren om het witte en tarwebrood, volgens het bij den Raad daartoe gestelde gewigt, voor dit loopende jaar te bakken."
  15. [S686] Monsterrol van de vrije luijden 1702 for de Caep de Goede Hoop (Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch, "Andries Cuijper
    Christiaan Bok
    Gabriel Douwman & Elisabeth Adriaansz."
  16. [S198] Margaret Cairns, "Geringer and Bok."
  17. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, 1710: Transfer number - 816
    DistrictArea:     Cape Peninsula     
    Year:     1710     
    Transfer1:     816     
    Morgen:     21.08     
    FarmName:     Velthuijsen     
    PropertyType:     Plaas en Hofstede (Farm)     
    PropertyNumber:     7     
    SellerSurname:     Bok     
    SellerName:     Christina     
    SellerCivilStatus:     Burgher     
    BuyerSurname:     Gerringer     
    BuyerName:     Hans C     
    BuyerCivilStatus:     Burgher     
    SaleType:     Estate     
    PurchasePrice:     4000     
    PurchasePriceComments:     Normal Transaction     
    SaleTerms:     Mortgage     
    Payments:     2667.     
  18. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( "citing NGK Cape Town baptism registers, viz:
    9 Church Registers - Cape Town Congregation, Cape Archives, originals in the Nederlands Gereformeerde Kerk Argief, Stellenbosch, VC 603, 604, 605, 621 - baptisms and marriages 1695+
    baptisms, page 33, 1708 (VOC 604) (8br) van Christiaan Bok en Anna van Bengaalen, de getuigen Harmen van der
    Scheijf, en Maria Kool. Johanna."

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