Anna van Wijk, SM

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About Anna van Wijk, SM

See 1st 50 years project _ Son of Lambert Adrianse van Weede b. c 1670 and Anna Pieters b. b 2 Sep 1663

From: Gerda Pieterse

Date: 13 April 2007 6:40:18 AM

To: "George \( Mike \) Rushby" <>

Subject: Re: Anna Pieters

Most researchers are adamant that she was a slave belonging to

Alexandrina Maxwell, the wife of lieut. Joannes Coon. She may also have

been the baby born to a slave woman who was pregnant when sold to

Joannes Coon, but no longer preganant when sold onwards. The Coon's

were childless and Alexandrina was known for humanitarian works her

love for children and caring for the women in the slave lodge. A slave

named Anna gave birth to an Elizabeth at roughly the time when Anna

Pieters' child Elizabeth Adriaansz would have been born, with miss

Maxwell as witness, and a woman named Anna Liberta of Miss Maxwell gave birth to a Maria roughly when Maria Adriaansz was born. If this was our Anna, when did she become Liberta (freed)? She may have been taken to Patria, which would have meant instant liberation, but facts are


We have a fairly good estimate of Anna's age from her will.

We assume her father was named Pieter.

She was known as Anna Pieters from Batavia (which ought to imply she

was born there, ruling out the child of the pregnant slave who would

have been 'born at the Cape') Unless of course the Coon's kept the

child and raised her as their own, but on the other hand they were

known to be childless, so a sudden child ought to have raised some

comment somewhere.

Anna married Lambert Adriaansz after the birth of her daughters, she

was mature and mentioned no parents, just her daughters.

Lambert attests he has no family in the 'upwards or downwards lineage'

(meaning no parents and no offspring) and leaves his half of the estate

to his sister and brother. If he was related to the girls they would

automatically have been legitimised when he married their mother and by

law he would have had to include them in his will. He can therefore be

ruled out as their father.

They were both known as Adriaanse, and it may be that their mother came

to the Cape later, already married to an Adriaan, but then we'd still

need a baptism for the girls, beacuse they were 'jongedochters van de

Kaap' ie born at the Cape.

Slaves received rudimentary education from the company, but certainly

not when Anna was young. Her daughters may have benefitted from the

slave schooling project but would only have been functionally literate.

Yet both Anna and her daughters showed evidence of higher education

with the type of practised handwriting that was on a par with that of

the highborn and wealthy. Maria had a much better signature than her

husband Jan.

Years after her sudden death, (probably of smallpox) in 1713, the

effects of Anna's estate are still mentioned in later wills, so that

must have been considerable and not the typical 'slave' estate. She was

witness and sponsor to her son-in-law Jan de Wit when he was became a

member of the Reformed Church.

That's all on the one hand, but freed slave women could and did become

pillars of society and some became extremely wealthy land and slave


The consistent high marriages of the de Wit daughters and son leads me

to believe that there was much more to her than we assume and that we

are missing something really important somewhere. However, hunting for

a child Anna from a father named Pieter is not even a needle in a



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Anna van Wijk, SM's Timeline

September 2, 1663
Cape, South Africa
December 2, 1663
Cape, South Africa
Age 15
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
August 29, 1683
Age 19
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Age 23
Age 49
South Africa