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Gerrit Jacobus Cloete, b1

Also Known As: "Godefridus Klauten"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Ödt, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kurfürstentum , Germany
Death: 1704 (52)
Stellenbosch, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Cloete, SV/PROG and Sophia Feigen Cloete, SM/PROG
Husband of Catharina Cloete, SM/PROG
Father of Jacobus (Jacob) Cloete, b1c1; Lavina Appel, b1c2; Coenradus Cloete, b1c3; Pieter Cloete, b1c4; Leendert Cloete, b1c5 and 5 others
Brother of Elsje Jacobs van der Merwe, b2 SM; Catharina Cloete, b3 and Coenraad Cloete, b4

Occupation: Politics later Heemraadslid
Managed by: Sally Ann McConnell
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About Gerrit Jacobus Cloete, b1

Jacob Cloete v. Keulen het waarskynlik reeds in 1652 na die Kaap gekom. Hy was een v.d. eerste Vryburgers v. 10.8.1657. Hy kry op 10.10.1657 ‘n plasie aan die Liesbeekrivier. In 1671 is hy terug na Europa, maar keer later as korporaal na die Kaap terug † 23.5.1693, vermoor x Sophia (Fytje) RADEROOTJES v.d. Eifel (Keulen)

b1 Gerrit * Europa gedoop 2 April 1651 burger te Rondebosch later Stellenbosch x Kaapstad 26.8.1674 Catharina HARMANS v. Middelburg, Nederland

Jacob van Oedt in ’t land van Köln

by Harry Booyens – Familia 2009 no 1 (extract)

However, one is hard put to understand why there has to be this insistence on seeing Jacob as coming specifically from Köln Stadt, simply because he was listed as “Jacob Cloeten van Ceulen”. To this end, consider the 1665 muster roll entry for Fijtje where she is also described as “Fijtge Raderootjes van Keulen“. The “Ceulen” that was referred to in these 1660 notes, was simply the State of Köln, not Stadt Köln. It is more reasonable to look for Jacob’s birth in the town in the State of Köln where he was married.

'''Proceeding on the assumption that Jacob was likely to have married in the town in which he had been born, we find in the transcripts of the very same Oedt Catholic church books the following baptisms:'''

Father: Conrad(t) Klauten, sometimes called “Conradi”

Mother: Catharina No Name, sometimes called by the diminutive19 “Trein”

• Jennicken Klauten ≈ 5.3.1628, a diminutive20 name for “Johanna”

• Jacobus Klauten ≈ 11.11.1630, possibly the “Jacob Cloete” of the Cape

• Nehssgen Klauten ≈ 6.5.1635, a diminutive21 name for “Agnes”

• Joannes Klauten ≈ 18.4.1638

• Petrus Klauten ≈ 27.1.1641

• Adelheidis Klauten ≈ 31.12.1645

The above is more than likely the correct Oedt-based family for Jacob Cloete, and the following section serves to further support this conclusion, but work to confirm this is still continuing in Germany. Gerrit and Elsje van Oedt in ’t land van Ceulen Having firmly settled on Oedt as the hometown of our Klauten family, we simply search in the Kirchenbücher of the St Vitus Catholic church in Oedt to find the following two baptisms:

Father: Jacobi Klauten

Mother: SOPHIAE; Katholisch, Oedt, Rheinland, Preussen.

Godefridus Klauten Male ≈ 2.4.1651. This entry is referenced in the Bruehl archive as Ba 2010 fiche 3/6 p79. The name Godefridus is merely a Latinised version of Gottfried. In the Niederrhein area Gottfried is often reduced22 to “Gört” or “Göert”; hence the son “Gerrit” we know at the Cape. The witnesses to this baptism are two unknown people, namely Andreas Entgens en Metges Pauli.

Adelheidis Klauten Female ≈ 28.2.1655. This entry is referenced in the Bruehl archive as Ba 2010 Fiche 3/6 p90. In the Niederrhein the name Adelheid is often reduced23 to Eltgen; hence the daughter “Elsjen” (Dutch) we know at the Cape. The witnesses to this baptism are Petrus Sax en Agnes Klauten. It seems reasonable to conclude that the second witness was none other than Jacob’s younger sister “Nehssgen”.

These are clearly the two children who came to the Cape with Fijtje on 16 March 1659 on the Arnhem. There are no further children baptised by the couple after 28 February 1655 in that church. All of this is completely consistent with Jacob leaving for the Cape at some point after 28 February 1655. It does mean, however, that both De Villiers24 and Heese25 have the wrong indexing for the family Cloete, and that the De Villiers numbers of Gerrit and Elsjen have to be swapped around. “Gerrit” (Göert) is b1 and “Elsjen” (Eltgen) is b2.

The full document has been attached under media (documents) (cloete familia 2009 no1 – Harry Booyens)

See also:


Harmans/Cloete geslagte


a1 Jacob Cloete

(sy seuns spel die naam ook Kloete Kloote en Kloeten), v. Keulen. Aank. waarskynlik 1652. Burger 10.8.1657. Kry 10.10.1657 'n plaas aan die Liesbeek. Repatrieer in 1671 maar keer weer as korporaal na die Kaap terug. Vermoor 23.5.1693, x Fytje of Sophia Raderootjes, “van Uts in't Land van Keulen”.

b1 Eleje

­Europa, x Willem van der Merwe

b2 Gerrit

­Europa, burger Rondebosch, later Stellenbosch, x 26.8.1674 Catharina Harmans, v. Middelburg

Added by Judi Marais-Meyer on 28/1/2009

Sources: Geslagregister van Vroeë Kaapse families - C C de Villiers.


Birth: 1651 - Keulen,Germany Death: Stellenbosch, Cape, South Africa. Parents: Jacob Cloete, Sophia Fytje Cloete (born Raderootjes) Wife: Catherina Cloete (born Harmans) Children: Abraham Cloete, Catharina Cloete, Jan Cloete, Lavina Cloete, Gerrit Cloete, Pieter Cloete, Jacob Cloete, and names of 3 more children Siblings: ELSJE Van Der Merve (born CLOETE), Coenraad Cloete, Catharina Van Brienen (born Cloete)

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Arrived in the Cape from Germany aboard the Arnhem with his mother Fytjie and sister Elsje. Mar 16 1659 Cape of Good Hope, South Africa Geboorte: Hy is in Europa gebore maar het saam met sy moeder en haar broer teruggekeer na Suid Afrika. Omtrent 1652 Koln, Germany Politiek: Later Heemraadslid Beroep: "n Burger

Rondebosch en Stelllenbosch

Huwelik: Aug 26 1674 Kaapstad Afsterwe: 1704, Stellenbosch

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Gerrit Jacobus Cloete, b1's Timeline

April 2, 1651
Ödt, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
April 2, 1651
Kurfürstentum, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age 8
April 23, 1663
Age 12
Cape Town, Cape Province
November 3, 1675
Age 24
Stellenbosch, Caap de Goede Hoop, South Africa
September 12, 1677
Age 26
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 28
Cape, South Africa
Age 29
Age 33
Stellenbosch, South Africa