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Anna Maria Six van Chandelier

Birthdate: (19)
Birthplace: West Bengal, India
Death: April 4, 1689 (15-23)
Immediate Family:

Wife of Samuel Elsevier, SV/PROG
Mother of Johanna Constantia Elsevier; Sara Catherina Elsevier; Anna Constantina Elsevier and Jan Elsevier

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About Anna Maria Six van Chandelier

  • Note that this is not the same person as this one Anna Maria Six van Chandelier, SM/PROG (who married Daniel Pfeil) and she died before husband Elsevier was posted to the Cape, so it seems she never went there (unless there was a stop on the way after Elsevier left Indonesia in 1686). Both, however, came from the same wealthy Dutch family. Her daughter, Johanna Constantia, was a witness or godmother at the birth of the other Anna Maria's daughter, also named Johanna Constantia.
  • Note: I have removed the "SM" designation until such time as we have some evidence to prove that this person qualifies as one. We don't have certainty about her dates, the children born before Johanna Constantia, or that ever got to the Cape, that she was a "cultural mother" in any sense. Her daughterJohanna was about 13 when she went with her father to the Cape, with his 2nd wife, Anna Mulder, of 6 years and some of their children. So Johanna must have been very young when her mother died. Please see the discussion starting here:
  • Prof. Shell (see below) speculates that perhaps her father was Johannes Six van Chandelier, administrator of Hougli in Bengal (where Adriaan van der Stel, father of Simon, was VOC accountant). Johannes returned to the Netherlands in 1709, stopping at the Cape on the way.
  • Dutch Bengal:
  • It is likely that they were married either in Bengal or Sri Lanka. It seems likely that she accompanied her husband and daugther Johanna Constantia (not sure about other children at this stage) back to the Netherlands and then died there.
  • For further notes on the confusion arising from the existence of the two women with identical names, both at the Cape at the same time, and both having daughters with identical first names, see these sources by Professor Shell: bottom p. 189, footnote 123, and also briefly mentioned here Behind Rangton’s door: A Balinese wood-carver slave at Stellenbosch, 1673-1720, by Prof Robert C.-H. Shell = a chapter from Robert C.-H. Shell, From Diaspora to Diorama: The UNESCO Slave Trade Feasibility Study (Dec 1999). - p.18.
  • Shell mentions that the family trees of the Sixes are held in the University Library in Amsterdam.
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Anna Maria Six van Chandelier's Timeline

West Bengal, India
November 1681
Age 11
Galle, Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Age 13
February 15, 1684
Age 14
Bentota, Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
April 4, 1689
Age 19