Marie Mouton

F, #5197, b. 1690, d. circa 1 September 1714
Father*Jacques Mouton b. c 1660, d. 1731
Mother*Marie de Villiers b. c 1673, d. bt 26 Jul 1699 - 8 Oct 1700

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Last Edited18/11/2017
BirthOrigin*Marie was from Middelburg, Zeeland, and may have been born there in 1690.1 
Marriage*She married Franz Joosten in 1706 de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,3,4
Lovers*Circa 1713 Marie Mouton and Titus van Bengale were lovers Cape Colony.5  
Death*She was executed by strangulation circa 1 September 1714 de Caep de Goede Hoop, and her body scorched by fire. Also executed for this crime were the slaves Titus van Bengale and Fortuin van Angola.6,3,2,7 


Franz Joosten b. c 1673, d. 3 Jan 1714
(Child) Arrival On 20 July 1699, Jacques Mouton and Marie de Villiers arrived at the Cape from Middelburg, Zeeland, on board the Donkervliet, accompanied by Madeleine Mouton, Marie Mouton and Margareta Mouton.2 
(Wife) DeathFranz Joosten died on 3 January 1714 Vier-en-twintigriviere, de Caep de Goede Hoop, murdered by his wife Marie Mouton, and two slaves, one of whom, Titus van Bengale, was Marie's lover. The other was Fortuin van Angola and both were owned by Joosten. Joosten's body was stuffed down a warthog burrow, but his murder was exposed when the body was later dug up by animals.6,7,8,9
Names in the record, in publications, etc.16 March 1710, the name of Marie was written in the record as Maria Moùtton.10


  1. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  2. [S154] Pieter Coertzen, The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988 (28 Wale Street, Cape Town: Tafelberg Publishers Limited, 1988), Page 166. Hereinafter cited as The Huguenots of South Africa.
  3. [S156] Robert C-H Shell, Children of Bondage, A social history of the Slave Society at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1838 (1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2001: Witwatersrand University Press, 1994), Page 317. Hereinafter cited as Children of Bondage.
  4. [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), JOOST or JOOSTE., FRANZ. -Lippstadt. Arr. 1693 as so., loaned as shepherd 1693-96, as farmhand 1696. Mentioned as burgher 1699. ~ 1706 Maria Mouton of Middelburg. 2 sons. Murdered 3.1.1714 by his wife and his two slaves Titus of Bengal and Fortuin of Angola; date estimated by compiler. Hereinafter cited as Personalia.
  5. [S156] Robert C-H Shell, Children of Bondage, p.317. The most spectacular case of an interracial liaison was one in 1714 between the 24-year-old Maria (Marie) Mouton from Middelburg in Zealand (sic), who had a love affair with her slave, Titus of Bengal.
  6. [S562] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, W.A. van der Stel Journal, 1699-1732, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W. A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, Castle Street, 1896), p.260: September1. -Maria Mouton, of Middelburg in Zealand, 24 years old, murdered her husband with the assistance of her paramour the slave Titus of Bengal. She is sentenced to be half strangled, after that to be scorched, and after that strangled until death. Titus to be empaled and to remain so, until death. After that his head and right hand are to be cut off and fixed on a pole, beyond the limits of his late master's property. Fortuin, an accomplice, is also to have his right hand cut off, and without receiving the coup de grace, is to be broken on the wheel. After that he is to be placed on a grating until death takes place. After that his head is to be cut off, and with his hand placed on a pole, together with the head and hand of Titus. After that the bodies are to be taken to the outside place of execution, and there left exposed to the air and the vultures. The properly of the woman is to be divided as follows:- A half of the half for the plaintiff, and the other half for the Orphan Chamber. Costs beforehand to be deducted.. Hereinafter cited as W.A. van der Stel Journal 1699-1732.
  7. [S150] Edited & augmented by GISA Originally compiled by J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 5 L-M, GISA SA Genealogies (Stellenbosch, South Africa: Genealogical Institute of South Africa, 1999), Page 704. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 5 L-M.
  8. [S156] Robert C-H Shell, Children of Bondage.
  9. [S34] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 4 J-K (Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1992), p.126. ...vermoor op 31.1.1714 deur sy vrou en twee van sy slawe .... Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 4 J-K.
  10. [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, Jacob, de vader Frans Joosten, Moeder Maria Moùtton getùyge Jaqùes Teron, Jacqùemine de Prèe. 16 Maart [1710].. Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  11. [S34] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 4 J-K, p 126.
  12. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, 1712; 12de November. Francois. d'Vader Frans Joosten Vander Lipstad; d'Moeder Marie Mouton. Getuygen Francois dù Toit, en Moeder Cecil.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.

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