Cape Town Marriages 1757-1803

This is the fourth series of marriage registers of the Dutch Reformed Congregation in Cape Town following the third register which covered marriages and memberships for the period 1713-1756. This register contains marriages over the period 1757 to 1803. The pages are rubber stamped with ascending numerals starting with no. 1 and ending with no. 267.

The page following number 6 is stamped as number 10. The pages that follow 10 are numbered 9, 7, 8 ,11, 12, 13, 14, ... etc. This suggests that (some) the pages were bound in a different order at the time of rubber stamping them, and rebound at a later date to order the pages chronologically.

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Cape Town Memberships 1665-1832

The members of the original settlement at the Cape from 1652 onwards were supplied by the Dutch East India Company with a ziekentrooster (comforter of the sick). He held Sunday services where he was allowed to read certain passages from the scriptures and to instruct the children in their religion, but as a lay person he had no authority to administer the sacraments (offer Holy Communion, perform marriages and baptisms). Ziekentroosters up to 1665 were Willem Barentsz Wylant, Pieter van der Staal, Ernestus Back and Jan Jorisz Graa. Marriages were conducted either by the Commander (civil marriages were part of the normal system in the Netherlands) or by ministers passing on ships calling at the Cape and these latter also conducted any baptisms required.

Eventually the Dutch East India Company management decided to appoint a resident minster at the Cape (all such religious ministers were company salaried officials) and on 18th August 1665 Dominee Johannes van Arkel landed at Table Bay. Later a church was built and its present day successor is the Grote Kerk in Cape Town. At that time this particular denomination, which enjoyed the status of "public" or "privileged" church of the Dutch Republic, was known as the 'Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk' but renamed the 'Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk' (Dutch Reformed Church - DRC) in the Netherlands in 1816. At the Cape (then under British rule), however, it retained its original name and in modern day South Africa it is known as the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK).

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Muster Roll 1713 - introduction

Introduction

This muster roll is that of the Free Settlers compiled on 31st December 1713, that is those not in the emply of the Dutch East India Company. In his History of South Africa 1652 to 1795 G.M.Theal writes:

In 1713 a terrible calamity fell upon the country. In March of this year the small-pox made its first appearance in South Africa. It was introduced by means of some clothing belonging to ships' people who had been ill on the passage from India, but who had recovered before they reached Table Bay. This clothing was sent to be washed at the Company's slave lodge, and the women who handled it were the first to be smitten. The Company had at the time about five hundred and seventy slaves of both sexes and all ages, nearly two hundred of whom were carried off within the next six months.

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Cape Town Baptisms 1713-1742

This is the third series of registers of the Dutch Reformed Congregation in Cape Town following the second register which covered the baptisms, marriages and memberships for the period 1695-1712.

This register contains baptisms covering the period 1713 to 1742. The pages are rubber stamped with ascending numerals starting with no. 1 and ending with no. 191. It is divided into three sections. The first section is a series of baptisms of the "non-slave" christian children and starts with page 1 on 1 Jan 1713 and ends with page 152 on 30 Dec 1742. The second is a series of baptisms of the children of company slaves, starting on page 153 (8 Jan 1713) and ending on page 175 (18 Nov 1742). This is followed by the third, a series of baptisms of the slave children of the Free Burgers and company servants, starting on page 176 (8 Jan 1713) and ending on page 191 (16 Sep 1742.)

The first part of the register was formatted in tabular form, i.e. columns with headings: date | child | parents | witnesses, for example:
1715         Gedoopten        Ouders                               Getuigen
23 Junii     Maria                Jan Kuiperman, en               Gerrit van der Heijden, en
                                       Catharina van der Heijden     Maria van Brakel.

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Cape Town Baptisms 1743-1756

This is the fifth series of registers of the Dutch Reformed Congregation in Cape Town following the fourth register which covered the marriages and memberships for the period 1713-1756.

This register contains baptisms covering the period 1743 to 1756. The pages are rubber stamped with ascending numerals starting with no. 1 and ending with no. 134. It is divided into three sections. The first section is a series of baptisms of the "non-slave" Christian children and starts with page 1 on 6 Jan 1743 and ends with page 126 on 25 Dec 1756. This is followed by another 7 baptisms dated between 10 January and 12 December. They seem to belong to the year 1756.
The second is a series of baptisms of the children of company slaves, starting on page 127 (3 Feb 1743) and ending on page 129 (8 Nov 1756). The baptisms cover the years 1743 to 1748 and 1756. There are no baptisms recorded for the period 1749 to 1755. The baptisms for 1748 and 1756 are recorded consecutively on the same page suggesting that the lack of entries for the period 1749-1755 are not due to missing or lost pages.
This is followed by the third, a series of baptisms of the slave children of the Free Burgers and company servants, starting on page 130 (17 Feb 1743) and ending on page 134 (26 Sep 1756). No baptisms were recorded for the years 1747, 1749-1751 and 1755. The baptisms were recorded consecutively suggesting there are no missing or lost pages.

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