About Andreas Tesseler / Sesselaar, SV/PROG
NOTE: Name given as Sesselaar in the DRC and Inventory records, Tesseler in Archives Year Book, and Selsen or Sesselaar in The Swiss at the Cape of Good Hope.
TESSELER, ANDREAS. - Canton Bern. ~ (1) 18.6.1752 Christina van Wyngaarden (2) Clara Dirks of the C. A daughter by second wife, Johanna Catharina ~ Johan Georg Berends. T. escaped about 1759 and was divorced. (Inv. O.C. 9:32; Test. O.C. 16:43)
Source: Archives year book for South African History
ANDRIES SELSEN or SESSELAAR of Peets or Pelts BE (could his birthplace be Bex VD? Compare with De Ley, Pitselaer and Castelyn), arr. 1746.08.31 on Patmos for KZ. Until 1750 he served as soldier stationed in False Bay and then for one year at the Castle.(1) 1752.03.06-1754.03.06 he was loaned as farmhand to Johannes Mostert Jacobsz,(2) and obtained burgher papers on 1754.04.04.(3)
While still in Company service, 1752.06.18, he married Christina van Wyngaarden and 1755.10.12, widowed, married Clara Dirksz of the Cape(4) by whom he had a daughter, Johanna Catharina, who married Johan Georg Berend.
In 1759 Selsen appears to have returned to Switzerland. On 1759.09.11 an inventory was made of the possessions of Clara Dirksz, "legally separated wife of departed burgher Andries Sesselaar."(5) Clara later married the free black Thomas Arends.(6)
/(1) MR CA 1747-51; MR ARA 1747-48 and 1750; (2) CJ 2892:63; (3) Leibbrandt; Requesten 1754:82; (4) VC 53 MR 1756; (5) MOOC 8/9:32; (6) MOOC 7/1/16:43.
Source: Adolphe Linder, The Swiss at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1971
Andries Sesselaar of Canton Bern, a sailor, is recorded as part of the crew traveling from the Cape to Batavia from 1768 to 1769 on board the Vrouwe Margaretha Maria. The crew record seems to state that Andries died during the 1769 voyage to Batavia. Source: VOC Opvarenden, Dutch National Archives
Andreas Tesseler / Sesselaar, SV/PROG's Timeline
October 12, 1755
Source: Adolphe Linder, "The Swiss at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1971"
Source: eGGSA.org: "is alhier getrouwt Andries Sesselaar van canton Bern burger alhier weduwenaar, met Claara Dirksz van Cabo de Goede Hoop jonge dogter."
Andries Sesselaar of Canton Bern, a sailor, is recorded as part of the crew traveling from the Cape to Batavia from 1768 to 1769 on board the "Vrouwe Margaretha Maria". The crew record seems to state that Andries died during the 1769 voyage to Batavia. Souce: VOC Opvarenden, Dutch National Archives
Canton of Bern, Switzerland