Anna Louisz

F, #6132, b. before 27 July 1683
Father*Louis van Bengale1 b. c 1652, d. 1716
Mother*Lijsbeth Sanders2,1 b. b 2 Mar 1659, d. c 1743
ChartsDescendants of Lijsbeth Sanders

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Last Edited02/05/2022
Birth*Anna Louisz was born before 27 July 1683 in de Caep de Goede Hoop.3
BaptismAnna Louisz was baptized on 1 April 1685 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by Louis van Bengale.4,1 
Marriage*She married Casper Janse, son of Jan Luy van Ceylon and Dina van Couchin, on 11 April 1706 de Caep de Goede Hoop.5
Marriage*She married Jacob Potje on 15 April 1714 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.6


Jacob Potje b. c 1662
  • Anthonie Potjee6 b. c 1715
Names in the record, in publications, etc.20 December 1705, the name of Anna was written in the record as Anna Lowies.7
6 January 1712, the name of Anna was written in the record as Anna Jansz van de Caap.8
Baptisms - WitnessAnna Louisz and Domingo van Bengale witnessed the baptism of Johannes Jürgens on 26 September 1700 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.9,1
She and Daniel Hùgo witnessed the baptism of Daniel Düring on 6 July 1704 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).10
She and Louis van Bengale witnessed the baptism of Elisabeth Coetzee on 20 December 1705 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.7
She and Casper Janse witnessed the baptism of Elisabeth Potgieter on 31 March 1709 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).11
She and Louis van Bengale witnessed the baptism of Gerrit Jacobsz: Coetzee on 6 November 1712 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.8,12
Slave EmancipationsOn 27 July 1683 Cabo de Boa Esperança Lijsbeth Sanders was emancipated by Louis van Bengale her owner and lover, who described her in his application as “mijn meijt genaemt Lijsbeth van Cabo”. Two of Lijsbeth's unnamed children were freed along with her. In return, Lijsbeth was required to loyally serve Louis for a further year.

In my view the available evidence points to the two children being Elizabeth Louisz and Anna Louisz. However Mansell Upham cautions that Willem Teerling a possible son to Lijsbeth and her lover Willem Teerling could have been one of the children.13,1


  1. [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke Nageslag van Louis van Bengale en Lijsbeth van die Kaap", Kronos (Die Blanke nageslag . . .) 1 (1979). Hereinafter cited as "Die Blanke nageslag."
  2. [S544] E-mails from Mansell Upham (e-mail address) to Delia Robertson, 1 Aug 2010 (Personal Library, Email Upham) "Subsequently, thanks to a vital piece of evidence brought to my attention by Susie Newton-King when she was researching the sodomy case involving Lijsbeth Sander's Coetzee offshoot, we now have actual proof that Pieter Willemsz Africano alias Pieter Willemsz Tamboer was brother to Lijsbeth Sanders. Tamboer had died at the house of Anna's husband (Potje) - at a time long after Lijsbeth Sanders and Louis van Bengale had gone their separate ways - and Lijsbeth Sanders sued for monies owing following the funeral of her brother. Clearly, Anna was related. If Maria had really been her mother - she certainly never seems to make any verifiable re-appearance in the record. Also, Lijsbeth Sanders probably named Anna after her mother and Anna's baptism has a Maria van de Caep as BOTH mother and witness. This I strongly maintain to be a clerical error and that Maria Everts is mentioned twice as mother and witness [Note: Maria Everts baptized her own daughter Anna in 1687 and we have her deceased estate papers]. Anna seems to be the second manumitted child of Lijsbeth Sanders in 1683 who only got to be baptized in 1685 and bear in mind that Louis van Bengale and Lijsbeth Sanders only contemplated legalizing their relationship in 1687 a relationship that went sour in 1689 when Lijsbeth Sanders ran off with Teerling - the closeness of Anna's baptism to that of Lijsbeth's Maria in 1686 might have to do with the fact that Lijsbeth Sanders was left to her own devices as a free woman (even if still required to work for her former owner for 1 more year) and also the fact that her sister Maria Everts also has a checkered history of baptizing bastard children in fits and starts [and one by the surgeon and Van der Stel cohort Willem ten Damme which never gets enough attention or appreciation in terms of the extent of the 'stranglehold' (I use this word for want of a better alternative as their contextualization requires greater scrutiny and something I am trying to do in my biographies on these people) Anna and Evert van Guinea had on the community) by researchers] in a quest for respectability of societal inclusion as free inhabitants even if Anna and Evert van Guinea never felt the need to convert to Christianity or to legalize their 'marriage' [did they resist pressure to do so or opt for non-inclusion of the civic order or did the authorities discourage/ignore them???]. At one point the authorities make mention of the disreputable households of both Anna and Maria Everts ...

    Anna Louisz appears to have pre-deceased her mother and to have been childless which would explain her non-appearance in her mother's deceased estate papers."
  3. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide - based on date of emancipation.
  4. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: den 1 April Anna
    Louvys van Bengala en Maria van de Caep
    Maria van de Caep
    [DR: Mansell Upham argues the scribe erroneously entered Maria van de Caep as mother - and that it should have been Lijsbeth van de Caep.]
    , transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).
  5. [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, Lorna:
    Sy was Anna =1.4.1685 d/v Louis van Bengale en Maria van de Caep [DR: Anna's mother was Lijsbeth Sanders]; x 11.4.1706 Casper Janse s/v Jan van Ceylon en Dina van Cochin; xx 15.4.1714 Jacques Potje van Moskroon. Anna was Lysbet se halfsuster.. Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  6. [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke nageslag", Agt jaar later, 15 April 1714, is Anna as 'n weduwee met Jacques Potjee van Vlaamse afkoms getroud. Hy was al voorheen getroud en dit kan wees dat sy vyfde kind en tweede seun, Anthonie Potjee, die enigste kind van Anna Louisz was.
  7. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Anna Elisabeth, kind van Lysbet Lowies, getùygen Lowies van Bengale, en Anna Lowies, der 20 xbr 1705.
  8. [S502] Website Family Search ( "[1712] do. [6 9br] van Hans Jùrgen van Zaltsbùrg, en Lijsbeth Louisz. de Getuigen Loùis van Bengaalen, en Anna Jansz. van de Caap. Gerrit.…."
  9. [S502] Website Family Search ( "26 Sept 1700: Van Jans Jùrriens van Salsbùrgh en Elisabet Loùwiesz onder getuygen van Domingo van Bengale en Anna Loùisz - Johannes…."
  10. [S734] VC 604, NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town), (1695-1712), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch, Hereinafter cited as NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town).
  11. [S734] VC 604, NGK Baptism Registers 1695-1712 (Cape Town): D:o (31 Mar) van Jan Harmensz Potgieter, en Clara Harst; de getuigen Caspar Jansz, en Anna Louisz. - Elizabeth, 1695-1712, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch
  12. [S326] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die Blanke nageslag", c6 Gerrit Jürgens ˜ 6.11.1712(K).
  13. [S658] Mansell Upham 'Made or Marred by Time - the Other Armozijn & two enslaved Arabian 'princesses' at the Cape of Good Hope (1656)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (, March 2012. "p.48. Louis manumitted (27 July 1683) his slave Lijsbeth mijn meijt genaemt Lijsbeth van Cabo and her two children [Lijsbeth and Willem?] on condition that she serve him for one more year. A thorough search of the baptismal register reveals no other obvious child of Lijsbeth being baptized. Who was her 2nd child? He appears to have been the son named Willem fathered by Louis’s knecht Middlesex-born Englishman, William Teerling [Tarling?].

    i CA: 1/STB 18/144 (Gemengde Notariele Aktes: Louis van Bengale, 27 July 1683)."

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