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
wife, Anna Sebina (Johanna) died shortly after
him, and now only six children were
They did not have the farm at Vleesbank
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
daughter, Anna Sebina, and her husband,
died around the same time, leaving her
estate to the six Venter children and
and surnames are not always spelt the
way we think. We have
Jan Adriaan Fenter,
Anna Sebina Venters
examples. (These were all part of Hendrik Venter's family, in case you did
Venter (son of Hendrik) died before
30 July 1758
and was still alive
Pieter, was recorded as "Venters", several times
(1727). So was his sister, Anna Sebina.
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
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.
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
Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje (as you
would have noticed, surname spelling
changes over time). Also see
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)
you're serious about your Venter
ancestors (South African), then you can
2000-2001 version here.
It is useful, but not complete.
browsing this site, remember people's
names were spelled differently at
Viljoen was recorded as Viljon, Villion,
Vileon, Filjon, Signon etc.
Venter was recorded as Venters, Fenter,
Hendrik was recorded as Hendrick,
Anna (Sabina) was also recorded as
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.