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Adriaantje Gabrielsz, SM

Also Known As: ""Adriaantjie van der Kaap"", "Annetjie", "VAN CATRYN", "SPELDENBERG", "HELM", "Arriaantjie BOSHOUWER", "Adriaantje Gabrielz", "Boshouwer", "van Cathryn"
Birthplace: Born in Bondage, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Death: Died in Kaapkolonie,Suid-Afrika
Immediate Family:

Daughter of NN European father of Adriaantje and Catharina van Malabar, SM/PROG
Wife of Pieter Gerrit Boshouwer, SV/PROG and Conrad Helm
Partner of Hendrik Speldenberg, SV/PROG
Mother of Elsie Speldenbergh, SM; Maria Cornelisse Speldenbergh; Louwijs Speldenbergh; Christoffel Speldenbergh; Gerbrecht Boshouwer, SM and 8 others
Half sister of Claas Cornelisz Cornelisz; Cornelia Cornelisz, SM; Aaltie Cornelisz, SM; Maria Claasen, SM; Barend Cornelisz and 2 others

Occupation: Freed slave
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About Adriaantje Gabrielsz, SM

The First Fifty Years Project



Notes from

[Adriaantje Gabrielsz] was identified as the voordogter of Catharina, the wife of Cornelis Claasz (Kees de Boer) by Mansell Upham in his excellent article, The Soetkoek Syndrome, based on the evidence of her marriage entry in the Cape Town register. (Mansell Upham, The soetkoek syndrome, in Capensis 2/2001, pages 27-30).

I have assumed that the child with Hendrick Speldenbergh was hers, since Elsie appears later in time in connection with this family (see below). Rather circular reasoning, but there it is!

She also appears as a baptismal witness for her granddaughter Ariaantie, child of her daughter Elsie Speldenbergh, in 1702. The other witness is Robbert Jansen, husband of her half sister Catharina Cornelisse.

In addition, her daughter, Elsie Speldenbergh, appears as a baptismal witness at a number of the baptisms of her cousins, children of Adriaantje Gabriels' half sisters, the children of Kees de Boer and Catharina his wife.

In 1719 an enquiry found her poor and unable to pay her debt of 540 gulden, incurred by her husband Pieter Gerritsz. (source: TANAP: Cape Resolutions, C51, pages 53-56)


Family 1 with Hendrick Speldenbergh

  • Elsie Speldenbergh b. 26 Nov 1679

Family 2 with Pieter Boshouwer b. c 1660, d. b 1701

  • Gerbrecht Boshouwer b. 15 Oct 1684, d. May 1772
  • Gerrit Boshouwer b. 29 Nov 1686
  • Theunis Boshouwer b. 10 Apr 1689
  • Johannes Boshouwer b. 17 Nov 1691
  • Cornelis Boshouwer b. 25 Jan 1694
  • Geertruy Boshouwe b. c 1696
  • Adriana Boshouwer b. c 1698

Family 3 with Coenrad Helm b. c 1666

  • Hendrik Helm b. 24 Sep 1702
  • Gerrit Helm b. 10 Apr 1705


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Adriaantje Gabrielsz, SM's Timeline

November 13, 1667
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
November 13, 1667
A: 1667 dito (13 November) een slaevinne kint van den E.H.Comman:Quael bergen, wiert genaemt Adriaentje de moeder Catharijn tot getuijge stont in persoon van de Juffr Quaelbergen haer slaevinne. NGK Kaapstad.
3, 1676
Age 8
November 26, 1679
Age 12
Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Age 11
Stellenbosch, South Africa
July 9, 1683
Age 15
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
November 15, 1684
Age 17
Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Age 28
Stellenbosch, Brede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
February 12, 1701
Age 33
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 34