Clara Teerling, b2

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Clara Teerling, b2

Also Known As: "Clara Herfst"
Birthplace: Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Alfred Nzo, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Tarling, SV/PROG and Lijsbeth Sanders, SM
Wife of Johannes Potgieter, b1
Mother of Johanna Potgieter, b1c1; Isabella Potgieter, b1c3 and Elizabeth Anna Potgieter, b1c2
Sister of Willem Teerling, b1
Half sister of Lijsbeth Louisz, SM; Anna Louisz; Maria Louisz, SM and Gerbrecht Herbst, a1b2

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About Clara Teerling, b2

  • Authors - Delia Robertson and Mansell Upham
  • Year of Publication/ last edited (02/01/2014)
  • Title of Article - ' Clara Herfst -

"Citations" [S544]

E-mails from Mansell Upham (e-mail address) to Delia Robertson, 1 Aug 2010 (Personal Library, Email Upham) "This [the birthdate of Clara] was based on the confession [CA: CJ 291, no. 251 (Confession of Elisabeth van de Caep, 6 April 1689)] by Lijbeth Sanders herself where she admits being pregnant with Teerling's child (4 months pregnant on 6 April 1689). No baptism for Clara can be found - maybe, just maybe (but wrong area) at Drakenstein (or maybe as an adult before marriage) and these records were destroyed in a fire. At some point after Teerling was convicted, Lijsbeth Sanders shacked up with Herbst - as did Anna van Guinea or he with Anna (1688 muster roll confirms this) and Teerling disappears until his recorded death in 1714 at Stellenbosch. I have considered Clara as a possible biological daughter of Herbst given the fact that there is a gap (1690-1702) between the birth of Teerling's child (if no miscarriage) and that of Gerbregt who is on record as daughter to Herbst and baptized but discounted this on the basis of the clear age difference between Clara and Gerbregt if you look at the years in which they both married and had children. Clara is clearly a lot older than Gerbregt. I get the impression that Teerling was totally disgraced and probably prohibited from having anything further to do with Lijsbeth Sanders. Lijsbeth Sanders lost custody of her three daughters by Louis to the biological father and then started a new life with Herbst in company with Maria Everts, Hoena and Paaij Claes which was also badly disrupted by her 1696 3-years hard labour conviction and punishment. With Teerling effectively removed from their lives, Clara probably grew up as adopted daughter of Herbst."


  • Birth Date 1687
  • Death Date c. 1714
  • First Name Clara
  • Last Name Herbst
  • Maiden Name Teerling
  • Gender Female
  • Birth Location Drakenstein


This profile is simply 'wrong' - should be merged with Clara Teerling and these parents removed. (Note inappropriate Limpopo province and Eastern Cape before 1714!?)


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Clara Teerling, b2's Timeline

Cape, South Africa
Age 17
March 31, 1709
Age 22
Drakenstein, Cape, South Africa
November 28, 1711
Age 24
Paarl, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
July 24, 1712
Age 25
Stellenbosch, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 26
Alfred Nzo, Eastern Cape, South Africa