Clara Teerling, b2

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Clara Teerling, b2

Also Known As: "Clara Herbst", "Potgieter"
Birthplace: Cape, South Africa
Death: circa 1713
Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Tarling, SV/PROG and Lijsbeth Sanders, SM
Wife of Jan Harmensz Potgieter, b1
Mother of Johanna Potgieter, b1c1; Elizabeth Anna Potgieter, b1c2 and Isabella Potgieter, b1c3
Sister of Willem Teerling, b1
Half sister of Clara Herbst/Van de Caep; Lijsbeth Louisz, SM; Anna Louisz; Maria Louisz, SM and Gerbrecht Herbst, a1b2

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About Clara Teerling, b2

Contribution from Delia Robertson on 29th Oct 2014. See The First Fifty Years Project entry for Clara Herfst at :

"She has widely been assumed to be the biological daughter of Jan Herfst but the events in the life of her mother Lijsbeth Sanders and in her own life make this highly unlikely. It is far more likely that her biological father was Willem Teerling and that Herfst was her step- or de facto adoptive father.

Starting with the most recent key event in the timeline is the birth of Clara's daughter Johanna Potgieter before 3 May 1707 - the date on which she is baptised. Even given the very early age of motherhood for some women at the time (for example 14 years), Clara must have been born at least as early as May 1693, but probably even earlier.

On 6 April 1689 Lijsbeth confessed that she was four months pregnant with Teerling's child. She said she had become sexually involved with Teerling after he left the employ of Louis van Bengale. Two and a half months earlier she refused in court to marry Louis because of his abusive treatment including hitting her and threatening to kill her.

Teerling's child was due in September 1689, and this date fits a logical birth date for Clara who then would have been 17 when her daughter Johanna was born - a not unusual age for the birth of first children in that period.

I am of the view that Lijsbeth Sanders and Jan Herfst only became romantically involved around 1699/1700 after she was released from a three year term in a chain gang. Her only biological child with Herfst would then be Gerbregt with Clara becoming his de facto adopted or step-daughter."

  • Birth Date 1687
  • Death Date c. 1714
  • First Name Clara
  • Last Name Herbst
  • Maiden Name Teerling
  • Gender Female
  • Birth Location Drakenstein


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Clara Teerling, b2's Timeline

Cape, South Africa
Age 17
March 10, 1709
Age 22
Drakenstein, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
June 26, 1711
Age 24
Paarl, Drakenstein, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Age 26
Cape, South Africa