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Hendrik Schoeman, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Heinrich Schumacher", "later Hendrik Schoeman"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Bosau, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death: Died in Swellendam, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Immediate Family:

Son of Hinrich Schumacher
Husband of Martha Olivier, a1b3c1 SM and Johanna Dorothea Botha, b2c4d2
Father of Johannes Hendrik Schoeman, b1; Helena Dorothea Schoeman b2; Jurgen Schoeman, b3 and Nicholaas Schoeman, b4

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About Heinrich Schoeman SV/PROG

SCHUHMACHER HEINRICH (S). — Bosau in Holstein. Arr. 1724 as sa., farmhand 1724-31, b. 1734, resident at Stellenbosch. ~ 7.10.1736 Martha Olivier (Marr. Reg. of Paarl). 4 children. (Rq. 1735-36: 37; C 218, p. 620; CJ 1131: 173; CJ 1132: 123; G.R. nr 845; Will in Stellenbosch Arch., vol 652.)

SCHUMANN HEINRICH. — Friedrichstadt in Schleswig. ~ 7.10.1759 Johanna Botha. (Marr. Reg. of Paarl.)

- Dr. J. Hoge, Personalia of the Germans at the Cape, 1652-1806, Archives Year Book for South African History (Cape Town: Government Printer, Union of South Africa, 1946)

Judi Marais-Meyer register Ben v Niekerk register GR - C C de Villiers Vol 2 ­ SCHOEMAN Hendrik (Heinrich) Schumacher later Schoeman, v. Bosau, in Holstein. Aank. 1724, matroos, later boukneg. Burger Stellenbosch 1734, † Swellendam, "aan't kruyspad agter de Coggemanskloof op de plaats van Frederik Botha" 10.12.1765.



Hendrik Schoeman


Hendrick / Heinrich - Schumacher / Schoenmaker / Schoemaker / Schoenman


The original name cannot be determined. Hendrik could not write and signed by means of drawing a cross. The name Heinrich Schumacher could not be found in any official document and probably only appears in De Villiers and Pama’s book “Geslagsregisters van ou Kaapse Families”


Circa 1700


In the marriage register of Hendrik and Martha Olivier in Drakenstein, he indicates his place of origin as “Bosha”. This probably refers to Bosau, next to the Plöngermeer east of Neumünster.

In the marriage register of Hendrik and Johanna, he indicates his place of origin as Frederikstad (Friedrichstadt). Friederichstadt is located on the convergence of the Treene and Eider river south of the Danish border, approximately 100km from Bosau.

It will appear as if Hendrik was born and raised in Bosau and then worked in Friedrichstadt for a period, before moving to the Netherlands to work for the VOC as a sailor.

He arrived on 21 October 1724 from Sleeswyk-Holstein (Schleswig-Holstein) on the ship Meijenberg while working as a sailor.


10 December 1765


Died at a crossroad behind Coggemanskloof on the farm of Frederik Botha



Brother of Jurgen Jan Schumacher


  1. Martha Olivier (daughter of Jan Olivier & Helena Burger)
  2. Johanna Botha (daughter of Frederik Botha & Petronella Oosthuizen)


  1. Drakenstein on 7 October 1736
  2. Drakenstein on 7 October 1759

The date, 7 October, seems to have had a special meaning to Hendrik.


  1. Johannes Hendrik, 6 October 1737 - c1810 x Petronella Bekker
  2. Helena Dorothea, 3 May 1739 - c20 April 1809 x Stephanus J Bekker
  3. Jurgen c1740 - c1790 x Dorothea M Bekker
  4. Nicholaas c1744 (according to Schoeman-geslagsregister the fourth child is Sara Naria Dorothea?)


Sailor and later builder.


  1. Contract on 20 November 1724 stating that Hendrik will work for Casper Hendrik Badenhorst for a fee of 10 guldens per month, one and half pound tobacco, plus food drinks and accommodation. On 17 January 1728, 14 January 1730 and 22 January 1731 respectively, the contract was extended for another year.
  2. Contract on 30 December 1726 stating that Hendrik will work for Jan Steenkamp for a fee of 14 guldens and free tobacco, plus food, drink and accommodation.
  3. Contract on 29 December 1731 stating that Hendrik will work for Jacobus van der Heyden for a fee of 20 guldens and free tobacco, plus food, drink and accommodation.
  4. Contract on 14 January 1733 stating that Hendrik will work for Gideon Joubert for a fee of 15 guldens, two pounds tobacco plus food, drink and accommodation. The contract was signed by Margarita de Villiers (Joubert’s wife)

Hendrik applied to become a free citizen and his application read as follows:

“Aan de Wel Edelen Gestr. Heer Jan de la fontaine, raad extraordinaair van Nederlands India en gouverneur van Cabo de goede hoop en den ressorte van Dien etc: benewens den E: agtb: raad van Politie, Wel Edele Gestr, Heer en E: agtb: Heeren: Geeft met verschuldigde eerbied en onderdanigheid te kennen uwe Wel: Edele gestr: en E: agtb: Seer nederige Dienaar Hendrik Schoenmaker van bosa in den jaar 1724 met het Schip Meijenberg voor jong matroos @ 8 riksdalers per maand eien gecoomen hoe Den suppliant onder gods zegen vermeijnd genoegsaam in Staat te zijn omme zig alhier op een eerlijke wyse als burger te zulle kunnen erneeren, Derhalven wensd hy zig op het oodmodigt tot uwe wel Edele gestr: en E: agtb: met eerbijd versoek dat deselve van de goedheijd gelieven te zijn, den Suppliant uijt Den Dienst Den E: Comp: te ontslaan en met het burgerregt desen plaatse te begunstigen”

On 18 November 1734, the Political Council gathered and declared Hendrik a free citizen.

A book about Hendrik was written by Karel Schoeman called "'n Duitser aan die Kaap". In it, the writer paints a good picture of Hendrik's origins, as well as the environment/conditions in Europe and the Cape in which Hendrik found himself during that time.


  1. “Die Schoeman-geslagsregister” - HJ van Straaten Schoeman
  2. “Geslagsregisters van ou Kaapse Families” -De Villiers and Pama
  3. “Resolusies van die Politieke Raad, 1729 – 1734, Deel VIII, SA Argiefstukke Kaap No 8 – geredigeer deur GC de Wet en uitgegee deur Staatsdrukker, Pretoria 1975
  4. Judi Marais-Meyer register Ben v Niekerk register GR - C C de Villiers Vol 2 ¬
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Heinrich Schoeman SV/PROG's Timeline

Bosau, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
October 6, 1737
Age 37
Paarl, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
May 3, 1739
Age 39
Stellenbosch, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 40
Age 44
December 10, 1765
Age 65
Swellendam, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika