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 Frequently Asked Questions

 Hendrik Venter was in the Cape by 1683 already, because he worked on people's farms. (ARA VOC 4019 Cassaboek 1683, p756, left side)
 Hendrik died before 18 April 1713 and nine children were still alive, and the farm at Vleesbank was part of his estate.
 Hendrik's wife, Anna Sebina (Johanna) died shortly after him, and now only six children were alive. They did not have the farm at Vleesbank anymore.
 Hendrik did not, as what some "clever" people say, die on 2 May 1713. This date was the date when Hendrik was buried. (KAB MOOC 14/1 Part I.54) Further, Hendrik's wife Anna (Johanna) did not die 11 May 1713. This too was the date when she was buried. (KAB MOOC 14/1 Part I.54)
 Hendrik's daughter, Anna Sebina, and her husband, died around the same time, leaving her estate to the six Venter children and her mother-in-law.
 Names and surnames are not always spelt the way we think. We have Jan Adriaan Fenter, Johannes Mostart, Cornelia Cempenaars and Anna Sebina Venters as examples. (These were all part of Hendrik Venter's family, in case you did not know)
 Pieter Venter (son of Hendrik) died before 30 July 1758 and was still alive December 1757.
 Pieter, was recorded as "Venters", several times (1727). So was his sister, Anna Sebina. (1713)
 The Venter seal that was used in 1781 was obviously not used by the above person. It was used by Pieter Venter, son of Jan Adriaan Venter.
 Bonifacius (or Bonifatius) was alive at least until 1739 (according to tax returns). The 1736 tax returns list him as having a sword (degen), pistols and a horse and the 1738 tax returns list him as having pistols and a horse. He entered into a contract with Barend Pietersz on 26 February 1723 to work for him as a builder. (Bonifatius was an ordinary worker and did not own property at the time.) The contract was drawn up by Hendrik Swellengrebel, and as part of the deal, Barend had to provide free lodging, food and drinks, and tobacco, and pay 12 Gulde per month. (KAB CJ 2880 1/66 Part 1)
 Hendrik, his wife Anna Sebina, three under aged children and his daughter Anna Sebina all died around March - May 1713 because of the smallpox epidemic.
 Hendrik became a free citizen (vrijburger) before 22 February 1690 (because on this date, he bought a house in Stellenbosch)
 Hendrik had ten (10) children, not nine. One from the first marriage and nine from the second.
 By the time Hendrik's wife and his daughter Anna Sebina died (shortly after his own death), there were only six children left: Bonifacius, Pieter, Cornelia, Maria, Jan Hendrik and Frederik. (And we know that  Bonifacius survived the smallpox epidemic, since he was recorded in the tax returns of 1739, and Jan Hendrik was recorded in the tax returns up to at least 1738. Thereafter it became difficult to distinguish between Jan Hendrik (Hendrik's son) and Jan Hendrik (Pieter's son) since they were only 14 years apart)
 Hendrik Venter married Anna Villion 9 December 1691, and Bonifatius was born a month later, on 12 January 1692. So Anna was already pregnant when they married, and they therefore must have slept together as early as about April 1691. Bonifatius was listed in the tax returns of 1692 (J183) and according to the church registers, baptised 1 December 1692 (VC632).
 According to the tax returns of 1692 (J183), Hendrik owned property in 1682 already. Since contracts with the VOC were typically three year contracts, Hendrik signed his contract in 1679 in order to be able to own property in 1682. This is in line with his arrival in the Cape during 1679.
 Hendrik owned property in Stellenbosch - house (other than the farm Nazaret). The property numbers and details differ. The property in Stellenbosch was no 2085 whilst the farm Nazaret was property no 85.
 Pieter Venter married Hester Nel on 30 November 1721, however both of them only took holy communion (Afrikaans: Geloofsbeleidenis of Kerk aanneming) on 10 May 1732. (VC632)
 Jan Hendrik, the second youngest son of Hendrik and Anna, also survived to become an adult. He is listed in the Tax Returns of 1731, 1732 and 1733, etc. Tax Return (Opgaafrolle) reference J188 (1731/2) and J189 (1733), and he was living with his sister Cornelia and her husband Willem van Staaden.
 Bonivatius was alive and well until 1739 according to tax returns (J193) and he was living with his brother Pieter, and his wife Hester, at the time.

 Slave trade:
Hendrik bought Jacob, aged 27 (from Madagascar) on 1 May 1690 for 90 Rijksdalers, from Jacob Rootstein. (Cape Slave Deeds TN&S)
Hendrik sold Jacob, aged 34 (from Macassar) on 13 Sept 1696 for 133 Rijksdalers, to Intje Poetje ("free black"). (Cape Slave Deeds TN&S) We think that it is quite possible, that this person was the ancestor of Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje (as you would have noticed, surname spelling changes over time). Also see SA History.

Pieter bought Cornelis, (from Galen) on 2 March 1723 for 100 Rijksdalers, from Johannes Kemp. (Cape Slave Deeds TN&S)
Pieter bought Februarij on 7 April 1723 for 230 Rijksdalers, from Paulus Artois. (Cape Slave Deeds TN&S)

 If you're serious about your Venter ancestors (South African), then you can download the 2000-2001 version here. It is useful, but not complete.


 When browsing this site, remember people's names were spelled differently at various occasions:

Viljoen was recorded as Viljon, Villion, Vileon, Filjon, Signon etc.
Venter was recorded as Venters, Fenter, Fender etc.
Hendrik was recorded as Hendrick, Henderik etc.
Anna (Sabina) was also recorded as Johanna.
Wemmer Pasman was also recorded as Wijmer Pasman, Wimmer Pasma etc.
Cornelia Campenaar was also recorded as Kampenaar, Campenaer, Cempenaar etc.
Bonifacius had several spelling derivatives, including Bonivaas.
The town Hamel was never recorded as Hameln, Hamelen, Hamelin etc.
Etc. - At all times, refer to the original record or transcript for the spelling at the time. We have tried to use a uniform naming convention, which may not correspond with the written record, e.g. we attempted to use the most common spelling convention when referencing entries in order to make it easier to track people over time.


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