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Abraham Matthee, SV/PROG 1

Also Known As: "Matthez"
Birthplace: Tramelan, Bern, Bern, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Death: Died in Stellenbosch, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Pierre Mathez and Suzanne Mathez
Husband of Johanna Christina Matthysen, SM
Father of Joachim Matthee, b2; Elias Jacobus Matthee, b4; Abraham Matthee, b3; Johannes Petrus Matthee, b1 and Michiel Hendrik Matthee, b5

Occupation: Soldier, Farmer, Blacksmith
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About Abraham Matthee, SV/PROG 1

Bron : The Swiss at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1971

By Adolphe Linder

Page 60

"Matthee, Abraham born Tramelan BE. In the civil records of Tramelan the name is spelt Mathez. Three sons were baptised Abraham at the probable time of Abraham Matthee's birth:

  • a) 28.2.1716, son of Pierre and Suzanne Vuilleumier who had married 22.6.1713. Their first born son was baptised 1714 Jehan Pierre.
  • b) 1719.5.7, son of David and Elisabeth Vuilleumier married 10.5.1703.
  • c) 1722.24.5, son of Jehan and Eve Vuilleumier married 23.10.1704. Matthee may have named his first son Johannes Petrus after his father (and elder brother?) which would indicate Pierre and Suzanne as his parents.


Matthee arrived 28.2.1743 on Zaamslag for Kamer Zeeland, served as soldier 1743-1750 [1] and 27.8.1750 applied for burgher status. [2] At the same time he was granted a loan farm on the Groot Hagel Craals River situated at the Groot Hagelsberg (near Pearly Beach) for which, instead of the usual annual rent of 24 riksdalers, he was to allow the Company to graze 3 four year old trek-oxen. [3]

The title deed was endorsed twice, on 29.11.1755 and again on 12.2.1757, stating that Matthee had been given notice to vacate the farm for having failed to pay his dues. In the second endorsement his farm is named Haviela situated between Uylekraal and Hagelkraal. [4]

Matthee married Cape Town 1.10.1751 Johanna Mathysz of the Cape, daughter of Philip Martyn and Anna, [5] baptised 11.6.1747 at Stellenbosch as an adult together with her natural son Dirk by Michiel Hendrikse. [6] She died 1760 after only nine years of marriage, leaving Matthee with Dirk aged 11, and five sons: Johannes Petrus, Joachim, Abraham and Elias aged respectively 8, 7, 6, and 4 years and Michiel, the youngest, aged 15 months.

The inventory taken on behalf of the Orphan Chamber underlines his inability to pay the dues to the Company as noted on his title deed: his loose possessions consisted of no more than

  • two iron pots,
  • two porcelain basins and some tin utensils,
  • two bedsteads,
  • a rickety ox-wagon,
  • a plow and a harrow,
  • some farming tools and
  • 150 sheep,
  • 30 heads of cattle big and small, and
  • five horses, [7]

Matthee never remarried. He continued on the farm, possibly in company with Cornelis and Martinus Hendriks who are recorded next to him on the annual census roll. [8] He died on 21.11.1768 when all his sons were still minors. [9] Again an inventory was made and this shows that he had improved his situation considerably since his wife’s death. Significantly, it records less sheep and cattle but instead carries a long list of carpenter’s tools and equipment. All his possessions, including the farm, were sold by public auction realising 384 rixdalers, which the Orphan Chamber held in trust for the children. [10]

Abraham Matthee's children:

  • 0. Dirk Matthee is recorded in 1768 as overseer of roads along the Steenbras River, Hottentots Hollands Kloof, Palmiet River and around Bot River. [11]
  • 1. Johannes Petrus baptised 9.1.1752, married Anna Dorothea Guillaumet, had one daughter only.
  • 2. Joachim baptised 11.2.1753, married Christina Johanna Henn, farmed in the Swellendam district, left 12 children.
  • 3. Abraham baptised 25.8.1754, married Sara Johanna Swart and had 5 children who settled an farmed mainly around Riviersonderend.
  • 4. Elias baptised 3.10.1756, married Elisabeth Maria Bester and had 13 children. He died 1823 on his farm Bloemfontein in the Caledon District.
  • 5. Michiel baptised 1.10.1758 at Bot River, married Sara Anna Bester sister ofElisabeth Maria; died 1835 on his farm Klippen Drift.

Sources for above extract

  • 1 KAB, MR 1745 and 1748-50; NL, ARA, MR 1748 and 1750;
  • 2 Leibbrandt: Requesten 1750, p. 68;
  • 3 KAB, RLR 14/1:21;
  • 4 KAB, RLR 14/1, p. 65;
  • 5 DRC, G13/3;
  • 6 DRC, G2/4/2;
  • 7 KAB, MOOC 8/9:40;
  • 8 KAB, J 203;
  • 9 KAB, MOOC 6/1;
  • 10 KAB, MOOC 10/9: 38 and 40: Vendue Rolls;
  • 11 KAB, J 203: 1768."

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Oorspronklike van was gespel Mathez op die rekords in Tramelan, Switserland

Geboortedatum kan wees 1716/02/28

Nie seker oor sy ouers maar daar is indikasies dat dit Pierre en Suzanne wat op 1713/06/22 getroud is

Ariveer aan die Kaap op 1743/02/28 op die skip Zaamslag

Min of meer 26-30 jaar oud toe hy in die Kaap geland het

Dien as soldaat van 1743-1750

Doen aansoek vir 'n Burger op 1750/08/27 en kry 'n leenplaas op die Groot Hagel Kraals Rivier naby Groot Hagelsberg naby Perly Beach. In stede van die 24 Riksdaalers moes hy drie vier jarige osse, wat aan die Kompanie behoort het, laat wei op sy plaas.

Word aangegee as 'n Burger in 1750

The title deed of the farm was endorsed twice (1755 and 1757) stating that Matthee did not pay his dues and must vacate the farm. In the second endorsement his farm was named Haviela situated between Uylekraal (S34.56945 E19.46964 vandag) and Hagelkraal (S34.64410 E19.54043 vandag). Ek skat die plaas Haviela was dan min of meer gelee by S34.59698 E19.53094. Ek sien daar het later van die Matthee familie op Baardskeerdersbos gebly wat baie naby aan die geskatte punt is.

Met sy dood is sy besittings op 'n openbare veiling verkoop vir 384 Riksdaalers en was in Trust gehou deur die Wees Vereniging vir sy minderjarige kinders.

Bron : The Swiss at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1971

By Adolphe Linder


Available on ebook: http://books.google.co.za/books?id=iXZKYzaOmkIC&pg=PA106&lpg=PA106&dq=pearly+beach+matthee&source=bl&ots=KZZtuf1BHB&sig=At9nO7FBjFfNTyEDS3IjOBcB5UE&hl=en&ei=arE_S_zVMsq04gaOsLAX&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAwQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=pearly%20beach%20matthee&f=false

Abraham (Johannes) Matthee - die stamvader - arriveer in 1743 aan die Kaap. Hy word aangegee in 1750 as 'n burger. Hy kom van Tramelan, Bern, Switzerland en sy presiese geboortedatum is onbekend. Die meeste bronne gee sy geboortedatum as circa (ongeveer) 1723. Volgens die Internet is daar in Tramelan op 1 Nov 1685 en 7 Sep 1690 'n Abraham Matthee gebore. Daarna ook op 22 Jun 1713 en 28 Feb 1717. As hierdie sy geboortedatums is, was hy 'n man van 26 of 30 toe hy aangeland het. Ewenwel, hy is op 10 Jan 1751 in Kaapstad getroud met Johanna (Christina) Matthyssen. Sy is die dogter van Philip Matthyssen en Anna Martyn. Volgens die kerkrekords is sy as volgroeide meisie op 11 Jun 1747 gedoop. Sy trou drie jaar later en kry die volgende jaar haar eerste kind.

Abraham MATTHÉ van Tramelan in Nederland, afkomstig, het in 1743 in diens van die H.O.I.K. in Suid-Afrika aangekom. (Volgens Rhyno Matthee is Tramelan gelee in die Noordweste van Switzerland, hierdie is 'n Franssprekende gebied). In 1750 het hy burger te Stellenbosch geword, waar by in 1751 met Johanna MATTHYSSEN, die dogter van Philip MATTHYSSEN en Anna MARTYN, in die huwelik getree het (SAG Vol V gee beide Philip en Anna van onbekende afkoms. Volgens Hoge p 484 was Anna gedoop in Stellenbosch as 'n bejaarde dogter die 11 Junie 1747). Daar is vyf kinders uit die huwelik gebore:

  • (1) Johannes Petrus (1752), getroud met Dorothea GUILLAUME; 1 dogter.
  • (2) Joachim (1753), burger te Swellendam en getroud met Christina Johanna STEYN; 11 kinders.
  • (3) Abraham (1754), burger te Stellenbosch en getroud 30.9.1787 met Sara Johanna SWART; 5 kinders.
  • (4) Elias (1756), burger te Stellenbosch en getroud 29.10.1780 met Elisabeth Maria BESTER; 13 kinders.
  • (5) Michiel (1758), burger te Stellenbosch en getroud 13.4.1783 met Sara Anna BESTER; 12 kinders.

Abraham MATTHÉ is op 21 November 1768 oorlede.

Bronne: “Die AFRIKANER FAMILIENAAMBOEK & PERSONALIA” (1955) saamgestel deur J.H Redelinghuys


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Abraham Matthee, SV/PROG 1's Timeline

February 28, 1716
Bern, Bern, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
- 1750
Age 26
Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa
- 1768
Age 33
Pearly Beach, Western Province, South Africa
Age 35
February 11, 1753
Age 36
Neuhütten, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Age 37
Age 39
Overberg District, Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
October 1, 1758
Age 42
Caledon, Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
November 23, 1768
Age 52
Stellenbosch, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa