Maria Lozee, SM

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Maria Lozee, SM

Also Known As: "Maria Lozee", "Lozee", "Logee", "Losee", "Losëe", "Lozie", "Lozier", "Lotzie", "Steijn", "Steyn", "Heijns", "Heyns"
Birthplace: in Bondage, Slave Lodge, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Death: Died in South Africa
Place of Burial: South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of (unknown father) and Marij van Angola, SM/PROG
Wife of Douwe Gerbrandt Steyn, SV/PROG 1 and Paul Heyns SV/PROG 2
Mother of Jacobus Steyn, b1 and Antie Steyn, b2
Sister of Cornelia van de Caep

Occupation: free slave
Managed by: Chris Steyn
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Ek het probleme met al die verwarrende inligting oor Maria Lozee. Daar is niks wat 'n mens werklik kan glo nie. Om enkele voorbeelde te noem Daar is nie minder as vier huweliksdatums vir haar en Douwe Gerbens Steyn nie. Die datums is as volg, 10/08/1683, 19/08/1683, 19/08/1684 en19/08/1685. Datums uit verskeie bronne. Pama, Heese, de Villiers, Greef, Hankom ens. Die korrekte datum volgens die Kaapse N. G. Kerk registers is 19/08/1685. Daar is ook vier doopdatums vir Jacob(us). 29/08/1683, 29/08/1684, 29/08/1685 en 29/08/16887. Die korrekte datum volgens die Kaapse N. G. Kerk registers is, 29/08/1683. Hy was voortydig gebore. Ek vermoed dat hy wel Douwe se kind was as ek na Douwe se Oupa en oudste broer se name kyk ( Jacob.)

Daar word beweer dat Maria op12 September 1666 gedoop was. (Daar is ook veskeie ander datums) Ek kan geen inskrywing oor haar doop in die registers opspoor nie. (Vanaf 1653 tot 1700.) Op 12 September 1666 is daar slegs vyf inskrywings. Alhoewel een gedeeltelik onleesbaar is vanwee ink wat verblyk het, kan daar geen inligting uit die oorblywende gedeeltes met haar verbind word nie. Die bewering dat die slawelogie, bekend was as die "slawelozee." is ook nerens in die registers te bespeur nie, daarom glo ek dit nie. Nerens in die registers word daar ook na haar as 'n slavin verwys nie. Lozee is 'n wereldwye Hollandse van. Die bewering dat sy met ene "N. N. Lozee" getroud was! Hiervoor kon ek ook geen bewyse opspoor nie. Ek het tot die slotsom gekom dat sy 'n Hollandse dame was. Dat haar koms na die Kaap, nooit aangeteken was nie, soos met Douwe se geval. (Ek vermoed dat hulle dalk om een of ander rede in Holland kon ontmoet het.) Wie weet? Kan iemand my asseblief help met ware inligting en egte verwyings waar ek dit kan kry, asseblief?


Nic Steyn


Source of information on 5/10/2013


Born: Abt 1667 Marriage (1): NN LOZEE Marriage (2): Douwe Gerbrands STEYN on 19 Aug 1685 Marriage (3): Paul HEYNS on 27 Feb 1701 in Kaapstad, , Western Cape, South Africa Other names for Maria were Maria LOSEE VAN DE KAAP and Maria LOZEE. Maria married NN LOZEE. (NN LOZEE was born about 1655.) Maria next married Douwe Gerbrands STEYN on 19 Aug 1685. (Douwe Gerbrands STEYN was born about 1653 in Leeuwarden, , Friesland, Netherlands and died about Apr 1700.) Maria next married Paul HEYNS on 27 Feb 1701 in Kaapstad, , Western Cape, South Africa. (Paul HEYNS was born about 1655 in Leipzig, , Sachsen, Germany.) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Alternate spellings maiden/birth name: Lozee / Logee / Losee / Losëe / Lozie / Lozier / Lotzie To simplify matters we use her surname LOZEE in compliance with SAG vol 12 p 205 and with Die families van Ou Swellendam Deel 1 Steyn p 2.


Source of the information below:

Thanks to all who are working on this great project: The First Fifty Years - A project to transcribe and make available copies of records relating to individuals who lived at the Cape during the first decades of the settlement after 1652 - initiated by Delia Roberts

Maria LOZEE‎ (LOOSEE)‎ VAN DE KAAP Birth c. 1655 Stellenbosch, Cape, South Africa Marriage 19 August 1685 ‎(Age 30)‎ to Douw Gerbrandt STEYN, in Cape Town, Cape, South Africa. Occupation: "Vroedvrou" (midwife)

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As her name implies, she was probably born in the Slave Lodge (Lozee, Loods, Logie). Many of the first locally born slaves had European fathers working in and around the early and rather primitiveFort. Douwe Gerbrand Steyn, a company master stone-mason who arrived in the Cape in about 1669, married Maria Lozee 'van der Caab' in about 1685. At this time Maria was said to already have had a three-year old child by the name of Jacobus. It is disputed that this child was actually Douwe’s child. But Douwe formally adopted the child after his marriage to Maria, giving him the name ‘Steijn’. Douwe and Maria had a daughter in in 1692, Anna (who married Martinus Prins) and thus all of today’s Steyn’s are actually descendants of Jacobus Steyn.

One school of thought suggests that Jacobus was actually Douw’s son born illegitimately while Maria was still a slave. Another school of thought suggests that this was not the case and that Jacobus’ father was also a slave.

Jacobus married Maria Potgieter in 1704 and from this union most Steyns in South Africa are descended. A number of other Steyns also married free slaves.

It is possible that most of the Steyn descendants in South Africa are descendants of two slaves and not of Douwe Gerbrand Steyn even though Jacobus was formally adopted.

In 1683 Douwe Gerbrand Steyn became one of the early pioneer farmers in Stellenbosch by starting the farm Oude Molen. It was here in 1685 that he brought his bride Maria Lozee van der Caab. He later acquired the farm Rustenberg in 1692 after selling Oude Molen in 1687. He died in 1700 and Maria Lozee remarried to Paul Heyns in 1701. Maria and Douw’s marriage was one of a handful of mixed marriages at the time. It should be noted that there were later also other Steyn’s that married slaves over the course of the 1700s.

he was a slave girl of unknown origin

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Maria Lozee, SM's Timeline

September 12, 1666
Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
September 12, 1666
Cape Town, South Africa
August 29, 1683
Age 16
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa

Note by LC 'Chris' Steyn: I dated his birth at 'about 29 August 1683' simply to show in Geni that he was born before he was baptized.

August 19, 1685
Age 18
Cape, South Africa

Transcription of their marriage record Cape Town Marriages 1685:

Den 19 dito (Augustus)
Douwe Gerbrants van Leuwarden, en Maria Loozee van de Caep.

Found on the eGGSA website

8, 1685
Age 18
August 24, 1692
Age 25
Cape, South Africa
August 24, 1692
Age 25
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Den 24 dito (Augusti) een kint gedoopt waer van vader is Douwe Gerbrants
Stein, de moeder Maritie Loozee, als getuijge stont
Barbara Rottinga, is genaemt Antie.

Source: Cape Archives Verbatim Copies VC 603, Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk, baptisms 1665 to 1696.

VC 603 is a photocopy made during the 1980s of the original, made for the Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and a copy was donated to the South African Archives, a copy going to the Cape Town repository and to the Pretoria Repository (where it is part of the FC series).

The original register is now housed in the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, as G1 1/1.

The transcription was originally made in 2006 by Richard Ball. Corrections were received from Delia Robertson and Alwyn Smit and Corney Keller had now completely revised and amended the original transcript (February 2012).

February 27, 1701
Age 34
Cape, South Africa
August 14, 1707
Age 40
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 57
South Africa

Date of death found in the article of John Muir about Jacobus Steijn in Die Huisgenoot Deel III