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Ignatius Leopoldus Ferreira, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Ignacio Leopold", "Ignatio Leopoldo"
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Death: Died in Stellenbosch, Brede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Cause of death: Heart disease
Place of Burial: Stellenbosch, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Immediate Family:

Son of Manuel Ferreira and Antonia Francisca da Costa
Husband of Martha Terblanche, b3 SM
Father of Maria Magdalena Ferreira, b1 SM; Jan Leopold Ferreira, b2; Petrus Hendrik Ferreira, b3; Martha Jacoba Ferreira; Hester Ferreira, b5 SM and 5 others

Occupation: Birth possibly 1696 Lisbon, Farmer, Sailor, Sailer, solder and farmer
Managed by: Chris Steyn
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About Ignatius Leopoldus Ferreira, SV/PROG

Ignácio Ferreira was 'n matroos op die Chandos, 'n skip met 'n tonnemaat van 440 wat aan die Engelse Oos-Indiese Kompanjie behoort het. Hoewel die naam van die Chandos met die eerste oogopslag Portugees voorkom, is die skip waarskynlik na John Chandos, 'n vermaarde Engelse generaal uit die 14de eeu, vernoem.

Posted by: O.J.O. Ferreira Date: October 25, 1998 at 08:15:02 In Reply to: Re: Ignatio Leopold FERREIRA, Lisbon @1696 by Helder Cerqueira of 3947

His name was Ignacio Ferreira. He was baptized on 1 November 1695 in the Igreja Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, Lisbon. Father: Manuel Ferreira Mother: Antonia Francisca

For more information see: Stamvader Ignatius Ferreira en sy naverwante (Pretoria, 1997), pp. 11-29. ISBN 0-620-21461-9 FERREIRA a1 Ignatius Ferreira v. Lissabon. ­omstr. 1696. Het na Suid-Afrika gekom op die Engelse skip “Chandos” wat tydens 'n hewige storm in die nag tussen 16 en 17 Junie 1722 op die Tafelbaaise strand gedryf is. Hy het hier gebly en as soldaat in diens van die H.O.I.K. getree. Later het hy die leenplaas “De Hartebeest Kuyl” oor die Gouritsrivier en in 1748 versoek hy om dit in eiendom te kry. †24.5.1772 “over de Berg”. x Stellenbosch 6.11.1735 Martha Terblans of Terblanche. Die eerste twee kinders is voor die huwelik gebore.

The first known Portuguese to settle in South Africa permanently were Ignatio Leopoldo FERREIRA and Manuel João D’OLIVEIRA.

Inacio (Ignatio or Ignatius) Ferreira was a sailor with the British East India Company aboard the Chandos. On its way from Bengal to England during June 1722, the ship hit a storm and was stranded near Table Bay. The Extracts from Précis of the Archives of the Cape of Good Hope (1652-1732) state that on 16 May 1722, six hundred men of the Chandos, Zoetigheid, Lakeman, Nightingale, Addison, Schotse Lorredraayer, Rotterdam and the Standvastigheid drowned in and near Table Bay. Ferreira made it to shore and decided to stay at the Cape. He joined the Dutch East India Company as a soldier. In 1737 became a burger, farming at De Hartebeeste Kuil near Stellenbosch.

Inacio was possibly baptised in November 1695 at the Nossa Senhora da Ajuda church in Lisbon. His parents were Manuel Ferreira and Antonia Francisca da Costa who lived in Alcantara, according to the only baptismal entry that possibly matches. In the opgaafrol J316 of 1752, Ignatio is listed with nine sons and three daughters. In the opgaafrol J317 of 1762 for Swellendam, he is listed with three sons and one daughter. He died on 24 August 1772.

Thomas Ignatius Ferreira settled at Algoa Bay in April 1776 on the farm Papenkuilsfontein (Paapenkuilsfontein), meaning bulrush fountain. Some early maps refer to the nearby river as Ferreira’s River. In March 1799, British troops built a small mud fort, Star Fort, nearby. On 04 December 1782, six sailors from the Grosvenor ship wreck reached Papenkuilsfontein, one being William Hubberly, after walking nearly 500 km in four months. A search party was immediately sent and a further 12 sailors were found. On 10 August 1799 and in September 1802, the Ferreira family was attacked by Xhosas and had to seek refuge at Fort Frederick. The family lived at the farm until 1806 and sold it in January 1812 to Frederick Korsten. When Sir John Francis Cradock visited the farm, Korsten renamed it to Cradock Town, which later became Cradock Place. In the 1850s, Thomas Baines painted a rural scene which depicted a farmhouse with a windmill and a group of picnickers. This was Cradock Place. The once-productive farm with orchards and oak-lined avenues is now a ruin. The old farmstead burnt down in 1909.

Among Ignatio’s many descendants is Ignatius Philip Ferreira, soldier and gold digger, born in Grahamstown in 1840 and died at Kranspoort (Zoutpansberg) in 1921. Ignatius Philip married Baltrina Erasmus on 14 Dec 1862, and after arriving in the Transvaal about 1870, he settled in the Middelburg district, where he was appointed field-cornet for the Olifants River ward in 1875. With the rank of captain of the Middelburg Volunteers he took part in the Sekhukhune War. He offered his services to the British interim government after the 1877 annexation and was commissioned to raise Ferreira’s Horse. He subdued Sekhukhune in Dec. 1878 and earned the C.M.G. and the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In 1879 he took part in the British action against Cetshwayo, and after being promoted to the rank of colonel, took part in the Basuto War of 1880. In 1881, he was placed in command of the Transvaal Mounted Police with the rank of captain but was discharged on 24 May 1882. He sent petitions to the Government at Pretoria on 7 and 26 July 1886, informing it that gold had been discovered in the Klip River ward and requesting that the farms Langlaagte and Turffontein be proclaimed public diggings. He then returned to the Witwatersrand and became the self-appointed leader of Ferreira’s Camp (which later became Ferreirasdorp) at Turffontein and a member of the first and second Diggers’ Committees on the Witwatersrand. The rich Ferreira Mine was named after him. He settled on the farm Kranspoort, west of Louis Trichardt.

Antonia Ferreira was born in Lisbon , Portugal circa 1831. He died in Pietermaritzburg on 29 Nov 1863.

Source: Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa

Ignatio Leopold Ferreira * Portugal c. 1696, skipbreukeling v.d. Britse skip Chandos wat op 16 Junie 1722 in Valsbaai sink, tree eers in diens v.d. VOC maar word burger in 1737 en boer op die plaas De Hartebeeste Kuil † 24.8.1772 ten ooste v.d. Gouritsrivier x Stellenbosch 6.11.1735 Martha TERBLANCHE

b1 Maria Magdalena (Margaretha) = Paarl 30.8.1733 x 21.11.1751 Frans HAARHOF xx 18.4.1762 George Friedrich RAUTENBACH

b2 Jan Leopold = Paarl 17.4.1735

b3 Petrus Hendrik = Paarl 5.8.1736, burgerkommandant en woonagtig te Misgund in die Langkloof sedert 1771 x 28.12.1760 Catharina Maria VAN STADEN † 26.1.1779 xx 23.1.1780 Martha Johanna MULLER

b4 Martha Jacoba = 22.2.1738 x 30.10.1756 Gerrit VAN ROOYEN

b5 Hester = Paarl 18.6.1741 x Andries DU PREEZ xx Johan Jacob KRITZINGER

b6 Thomas Ignatius = Paarl 17.11.1743 x 21.10.1763 Maria Dorothea MARX

b7 Stephanus = Paarl 20.2.1746 x 3.3.1765 Jacomina Aletta MULLER

b8 Salomon = Paarl 23.2.1749 x 23.2.1772 Sara Elizabeth MULLER xx 18.2.1781 Magdalena LINDEQUE (Aletta Catharina wat in De Villiers/Pama aangegee word as 'n dogter van Salomon Ferreira is eintlik Aletta Catharina Ferryn = 1.10.1747 wat getroud was met Ernst Frederik Wepener en Jan Joost Steenberg. (sy xxx 22.4.1792 Casper Leopold Dunkel)

b9 Ignatius Wilhelm = Paarl 17.10.1751 x 7.3.1775 Aletta VAN STADEN

b10 Susanna Elizabeth = 19.8.1754 x 18.3.1770 Cornelis Johannes MULLER

Skipbreukeling van die Britse skip Chandos wat op 16 Junie 1722 in Valsbaai sink, tree eers in diens van die VOC maar word burger in 1737 en boer op die plaas De Hartebeest KuyL.

Trou 14; - 06.11.1735 – Ignatius FERREIRA van Lissabon , Soldaat in diens der Comp. JM en Martha TerBlangh van Caap de Goede Hoop.

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The Ferreira Family in SA

2nd February 2015

Most South Africans are proud of the fact that they can trace their heritage back to Dutch, German or French forefathers. The influence of other European nations on the composition of the Afrikaner before 1807 was negligible. It is thought that it was as little as 2.9%. These particular forefathers came from Sweden (40), Denmark (37), Norway (16), Italy (4), Portugal (2), Austria (2), Poland (1), Finland (1) and Hungary (1).

The two Portuguese mentioned were both from Lisbon and both were shipwrecked along the Cape coast. They were Ignácio Ferreira (1722) and Manuel Joao d'Oliveira (1792 - "Olivier"). Of these two, the number of Ferreiras are far and away in the majority because Ignácio Ferreira was shipwrecked about 70 years before d'Oliveira. Ferreira also had many more sons than d'Oliveira - six of the ten Ferreira children were boys.

Many Afrikaners who are proud of their Germanic or Huguenot surnames will find through genealogical research that they, thanks to the Ferreiras, also have a sprinkling of Portuguese blood coursing through their veins.

Ignácio Ferreira was born in 1695 in Lisbon, Portugal. Nothing further about him can be substantiated except that the registration of his baptism could be confirmed reasonably accurately from the records of the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo of Lisbon. According to the records, Ignácio Ferreira was baptized on 1 November 1695 in the parochial church Nossa Senhora da Ajuda by father Luis Alurz' do Soutto. His parents, Manuel Ferreira and Antónia Francisca, were from Alcântara, a suburb of Lisbon near the harbour from where Vasco da Gama left in 1497. During this time 99% of all Portuguese were Roman Catholics.

On 16-17 June 1722 a powerful north westerly wind hit the Cape. During the night, pieces of wreckage were found on the beaches. Nothing could be done except to light a big fire on the beach. On the morning of the 17th it was ascertained that all the ships of the V.O.C, namely Standvastigheid, Rotterdam, Zoetigheid, Schotse Lotterdraayer, Lakeman and Gouda, as well as a Cape ship D'Amy and three English East India Company ships, namely Chandos, Nightinglae and Addison had all been wrecked and stranded. Ten ships were lost and more than 600 sailors perished. Today the Chandos is buried under reclaimed land near the Castle.

27 year old Ignácio Ferreira was a surviving sailor on the Chandos, a ship of 440 tons. The Chandos was on its return voyage from Bengal to England. Only 2 sailors of the Chandos drowned.

On 6 November 1735 Ignácio Ferreira, aged 40, married Martha Terblanche, a Protestant girl aged 18 years, at Stellenbosch. Two children, Maria Magdalena and Jan Leopold - who died young - were born out of wedlock before the above date. Eight more children completed the Ferreira family. Interestingly, not a single child carried the name of either parent or family. All their children were given Dutch names. They lived on the farm Hartebeeskuil in the present day Mossel Bay district, at the time part of the Stellenbosch district. The original homestead and a portion of the farm is today under the water of the dam supplying Mossel Bay.

From here the Ferreira family spread through the Langkloof, Karoo, to the Gamtoos Valley, throughout the eastern Cape, South Africa and neighbouring states. Ignácio Ferreira died on 24 May 1772 at the age of 77 years.


The first white people who visited the Gamtoos Valley were hunters. During the 18th Century (1700's), a certain van Zyl was trampled by an elephant on the farm which belonged to James Wait in Kleinrivier, Hankey. These people were just visitors. It was the pioneer farmers who settled here that tamed the dense valley for later generations to prosper.

As hunters and pioneer stock farmers moved ever deeper into the countryside, the borders of the Colony had to be moved eastwards continuously. To keep in contact with the farmers and to collect "recognition" monies, more landdrost offices had to be established. Thus Swellendam came into being in 1745.

It is recorded by Theal "...a commission, comprising Lucas Faber and Joachim Mentz, reported that farmers with big herds of cattle were observed in the vicinity of the Gamtoos Valley without paying any recognition monies." The commission recommended that the Gamtoos River be proclaimed as the border of the Colony and that all farmers east of the river must come back. In 1770 the Gamtoos River was proclaimed as the border and the Gamtoos Valley was part of the Swellendam district. In 1804, it became part of Uitenhage district.

From 1765 farmers were given permits to live on the farms. No title deeds were given. As long as the rental was paid, improvements could be made which could be sold again or be inherited by children, but there was no ownership. After 1806, under English rule, property rights were issued although farmers had been living on their "properties" for quite a long time.

Of these pioneer farmers, descendants with surnames such as Vermaak, Kok, Ferreira, Muller, Rautenbach, Wait, van der Watt, Scheepers and Rens are still today farming in the Gamtoos Valley.

1820 Settler families also had a great influence in the Gamtoos Valley. Surnames such as Bean, Colling, Melville, Williams, Jones, Seal, Smith, Young, Henry and Whitehead are still found in the Valley area. Not all of these families were 1820 Settlers. Some settled both before and after 1820.

At one stage about 20% of all inhabitants in the Gamtoos Valley were of the Ferreira family. Many had the same names so that nicknames had to identify the families. Thus there were the Eerlikes (honest ones), Langsalmons, Matabelies, Giele, Wittes (white ones), Stompies (short ones), Salies, Vales (grey ones), Swartes (black ones), Skeles (squint-eyed ones), Konings (kings), Fisante (pheasants), Atties, Jape, van der Poele, Bloubokkies, Geelbekke etc.

Today the number of Ferreiras has decreased, but there are still enough to field at least two senior rugby and two netball teams, consisting solely of Ferreira family members, to play against the rest during the annual Ferreira Sports Day in November.

2006 commemorated the day 40 years before when the first rugby team of Patensie, representing the Gamtoos Valley, consisted of Ferreiras only, the manager of the team included!

The town Patensie was established on 4 morgen of land donated by Edward Dawson Ferreira, born 13 December 1866. Patensie has four streets named after the Ferreira family, namely Fred Ferreira Road, Johnny Ferreira Road, Paul Ferreira Street and Teddy Ferreira Street.

compiled by C.R. (Radie) Ferreira http://www.baviaans.net/article/the_ferreira_family_in_sa/51

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Ignatius Leopoldus Ferreira, SV/PROG's Timeline

November 1, 1695
Lisbon, Portugal
November 1, 1695
Igreja Nossa, Senhora da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal
November 1, 1695
Roman Catholic, Nossa Senhora da Adjuda, Lissabon, Portugal
November 1, 1695
Parogiekerk Nossa Senhora Da Ajuda, Lissabon, Portugal
November 1, 1695
Parogiekerk Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, Lissabon
August 8, 1733
Age 37
Paarl, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
March 17, 1735
Age 39
Paarl, Cape, South Africa
Age 40
Paarl, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
February 22, 1738
Age 42
Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa