Johann Martin Els, SV/PROG (1724 - c.1787) MP

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Nicknames: "`Johan Martin Oeltz; Johan Martien Eltz; Oeltz; Marthinus Els."
Birthplace: Stendal, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Death: Died in Swellendam, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Managed by: Jan Willem Jacobus Mieny, Mr
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About Johann Martin Els, SV/PROG

Extract from the excellent article - Johannes Martin Els, The Progenitor of the ELS Family in South Africa

by Charlie Els

originally printed in the March 2011 issue of Familia, the quarterly journal of the Genealogical Sociey of South Africa.

See link under Sources/Documents to full article.

Johan Martin Els, recorded as Johan Martien Ulsen from Stendaal, was employed by the V.O.C. on 8 January 1749 as a soldier 3. He was assigned to the ship Elswoud 4, under the command of Captain Dirk Took, which left on the same day, 8 January 1749, from the “Rede van Texel” (the V.O.C. anchorage at this island of North Holland) for the Cape and Batavia. It was the ship’s maiden voyage. The Elswoud did not call at the Cape but at False Bay on 2 June 1749. According to his ship’s Pay Ledger (Scheepssoldijboek) Account he went ashore on 15th June 1749. The ship left again on 3 July 1749 to sail to Batavia where it arrived on 12 September 1749. On the return journey, leaving Batavia on 28 October 1749, the Elswoud called at Cape Town again, arriving on 25 January 1750 and leaving for Texel on 17 February 1750.

His name appears on page 431 in “Personalia of the Germans at the Cape 1652-1806” by Dr. J. Hoge, namely:

ULSEN, JOHANN MARTIN.- StendaI. Arr. 1749 as so., woodcutter 1751, wagon-driver 1752, so. 1753-55, b. 1756, resident at Stellenbosch (GMR 1750-55; Rq. 1756: 82; Stellenbosch Arch., vol. 369.)

As a VOC employee, before he became a Free Burger on 16 March 1756, he is thus recorded in the “Generale Muster Roles” (Hoge’s reference “GMR”) from 1750 to 1755 as a soldier (woodcutter in 1751, transport driver in 1752) under the names Johan/Jan Martin/Marten Ulsen from Steendal/Stendaal/Stendal.

In 1754 and 1755 he was stationed at “’t Revier Zonder Endt” (the river runs into the Breë River). There were a few VOC “Buitenposten” in the area such as “ ’t Ziekenhuijs” and “Zoetemelks Valleij”. The present town Riversonderend in the Western Cape is in this area.

There were huge forests in ’t Revier Zonder Endt with a variety of large trees that provided good quality building timber and wood suitable for making wagons, which was transported to the Castle by ox wagon.5 In 1760 he is also recorded in the Muster Roll as Jan Marthen Ulsen of Drakenstein District.

On page 87 of “Personalia”, Hoge records his marriage, based on information from “Geslacht-Register der oude Kaapsche Familiën of C. C. de Villiers (Hoge’s reference” “G.R.”), not realizing that it is the same person as the Johann Martin Ulsen above:

ELS, JOHANNES MARTIN.- Stendal. (1763 ?) Anna Maria Pieterse, illeg. d. of Willem Hendrikse by Elsje Gerrits (later married to Jan Pieterse, G.R. III, p. 23), bapt. 17.12.1747 at Stellenbosch. 6 children. (G.R. nr. 109.)

“Johann Martin Ulsen from Stendaal” disappears from the records after he became a Free Burger in 1756 (see below) while “Johan Martien Eltz van Stendaal” appears in the records for the first time when he married Anna Elizabeth Pieterse in 1763.

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Johann Martin Els, SV/PROG's Timeline

1724
June 4, 1724
Stendal, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
June 7, 1724
Stendal, Landkreis Stendal, Sachsen-Anhalt, Deutschland
1763
May 8, 1763
Age 38
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
December 20, 1763
Age 39
George, South Cape DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1772
June 7, 1772
Age 48
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
1775
January 19, 1775
Age 50
Cape, South Africa
1777
1777
Age 52
1777
Age 52
1779
April 18, 1779
Age 54
South Africa
1787
1787
Age 62
Swellendam, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa