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Henri arrived in the Cape of Good Hope on 24 April 1806 aboard the "Brig Fortuna" which sailed from Wismar on 24.11.1805, bound for Batavia

                                           IN SOUTH AFRICA .1806 - 1973.
                                   1820 SETTLERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM ALBANY                

HENRI JACOB VAN LELYVELD, South African Ancestor, Eldest son and second child of Jan and Geertruida Cornelia van Lelyveld, born Clignet, second child and second daughter of Hendrik Jacob and Christina Olignet born Tack, he was born on 17th October 1784 at Leiden; Holland, and died on 14th December, 1822 at Uitenhage,Cape Colony, South Africa.. He married on the 19th April, 1813, at Graaff-Reinet, HESTER ADRIANA TERBIANCHE, (ps 126), age 16, (The D.R.C-. archives marriage records show her as HesterJohanna(ps 39) born 30th January, 1797, on the farm Kawelyaauws river, Dist., Uitenhage, baptised 3.2.1797 (u), died Wednesday 2.9.1835, age 38 years 7 months and 3 days, at the house of Mr Roscher, erf 7, St John Street, Uitenhage.. d/o Johannes and Hester Elizabeth Terblanche born du Preez.(See intermarriage table).After the death of Henri Jacob van Lelyveld, she married on 5,9. 1825 (u), Johan Georg Roscher, a tailor, and by him had three further children:" 1. Louisa Josina Roscher, 2.Adrian Frans Roscher,. 3.Johan Carel BenjaminRoscher. .

Henri Jacob van Lelyveld was confirmed in the "Waalsche Gemeentete Amsterdam" on 28.5.1805 shortly before his departure for TheColony Of The Cape Of Good Hope. He arrived In the Colony on 24.4.1806 aboard the "Brig" "Fortuna", which sailed from Wismar on 24.11.1805, bound for Batavia, Captain T.Prham, with a cargo of piece goods and fifteen passengers, arriving shortly after the Second British Annexation, in January 1806. (ps 2).Soon after his arrival he made an undated application for a residential permit (ps 3):-

To His Excellency, Sir David Baird, K.G.,Lieut-

General, Lieut.Governor & Commander in Chief of

the Cape of Good Hope and Dependencies thereof,

&c, &c, &c.

May it please your Excellency,

The Petition of Henri Jacob van Lelyveld most humbly shows,'That the Petitioner being born at Leyden in Holland arrived herewith permission of the Batavian Government, in the Wismar Brig Fortuna, with intention to remain in this Colony. That since the Petitioner left Europe the Colony having been Surrendered to his Britannic Majesty's Forces and the said Brig Fortuna being now on the eve of her departure for India, whereto the Petitioner had no intention to proceed, he therefore most humbly takes the liberty to request Your Excellency may be pleased to grant unto him a further residence in the Colony, the Petitioner submitting to comply with any condition Your Excellency in his Wisdom shall think proper to prescribe.

And your Excellency's Petitioner, as in duty bound,

Shall ever pray,

Henri Jacob van Lelyveld.

To which a favourable reply dated 13.6.1806 was received(ps4):--

Cape Town, 13th June; 1806-


I have examined the enclosed petition of Henry Jacob van Lelyveld whom I find to be a well behaved young man of good Character & Conduct, as such I think his petition may be granted provided His Excellency has no Reasons to the Contrary.

I have the honor to be,


Your Obedient Servant,

Z.Z. van Ryneveld,


Captain I.G.Smyth,


&c. &c, &c.

By 1822 Henri was drinking heavily and was later to become quite incapable of carrying out his duties.

A letter received by Mr T. Beck on 28 May 1822:  "I regret that the conduct of the District Messenger, Mr. van Lelyveld is such from Drunkenship as to compel me to solicit his being replaced, on which subject I have written to the Colonial Secretary."  

The next letter dated 16 Dec 1822:

Dear Sir:

I have the Honour to report to you that Mr. van Lelyveld, District Messenger and Postmaster was found dead supposed suffocated in a small drain (through which the water passes for watering some of the plots) just above the Bridge near the present Church in the Main Street of the village on Saturday afternoon about 5 o'clock.
From the information I can collect it appears that he was found by two Hottentots lying on some timbers between two houses in one of the side streets on the proceeding evening between 8 and 9 o'clock so drunk as not to be able to speak.  They lifted him up and one on each side supported him to George Smith's who kept a lodging house near where he was found.  Smith assisted by the two Hottentots laid him on the bed, and that between 11 and 12 o'clock when Smith's family wished to go to bed, wakened Lelyveld and said it was time for him to go home that he, Lelyveld got up as Smith says, was so sober as to walk quite well, and that about two-thirds of the way from Smith's is 150 paces to his own house.  He missed the bridge on which there is a breastwork of three feet high and fell into the drain on the upper side of this where he was found lying on his face apparently smothered in mud and water.  An inquest has been held on his body, he has left a wife and five children, and the widow pregnant with the sixth.  (It turned out to be twins, so it was 7 not six).  TOTALLY DESTITUTE OF SUPPORT.
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Henri Jacob van Lelyveld, SV/PROG's Timeline

October 17, 1784
South Holland, Netherlands
- 1815
Age 27
Uitenhage, South Africa
March 4, 1814
Age 29
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 5, 1815
Age 30
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 19, 1815
- 1819
Age 31
Uitenhage, South Africa
July 22, 1817
Age 32
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
- 1822
Age 34
Uitenhage, South Africa
April 4, 1820
Age 35
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 7, 1820
Age 35
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa