Samuel Friedrich Bode, SV/PROG 2

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Samuel Friedrich Bode, SV/PROG 2

Also Known As: "Bode", "Boudier", "Boodjee", "Samuel Fredrik Botha"
Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
Death: June 20, 1790 (60)
Cape Colony, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Samuel Friedrich Bode and Johanna Catharina Bode
Husband of Anna Elisabeth Delport, b3c4 SM
Father of Johanna Elizabeth Botha, SV2/b1; Johann Samuel Friederich Botha, b3 and Johannes Petrus Botha, SV2/b2

Occupation: Soldier, Carpenter
Managed by: Sharon Lee Doubell
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About Samuel Friedrich Bode, SV/PROG 2


Samuel Friedrich Bode was born in 1730 in Lüneburg (53.15° Latitude, 10.23° Longitude), Germany (see History below). In 1766 the family stayed in Hannover and Samuel left to go to Amsterdam to join the VOC.

According to legend the family is believed to have migrated from France (as Hugenots) possibly to the Netherlands and then to Germany. The surname changed from Boudier (France) to Boodjee (Netherlands) to Bode (Germany) and finally to Botha (South Africa).

1730 Samuel Friedrich Bode (SFB) was born in 1730 in Lüneburg in Germany.

1766 SFB left the "Schwarze Hussaren" during this year as a result of a possible serious offence relating to a comrade and went to the Netherlands to offer his services as a sailor. He embarked aboard the "Noord Beverland" and sailed from the island of Texel on Christmas Day 1766 on his way to Colombo in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

1767 After an arduous voyage, on which 27 died at sea, the "Noord Beverland" arrives in Cape Town on 23 March 1767 with 54 sick members in its complement. The sick having been landed for treatment and the ship replenished, it sailed for Ceylon on 9 April arriving at Colombo on 28 June 1767, a further 35 persons having died at sea.

Among those put ashore at Table Bay was one "Fredrik Boode van Lunenbourgh" (SFB) who was permitted to remain at the Cape in the service of the VOC after he had recuperated.

1774 The Cape government expected that soldiers, in addition to their duties as guardians, had to assist the citizens. It is therefor not surprising to find that the services of SFB as a carpenter is contracted out to Hans Mohr for 36 Guilder plus full keep for a period of one year.

1775 On the 12 December 1775 SFB makes a formal request for his release from the Company's service and the granting of burgher rights and his name appears on the list of persons granted burgher rights at the end of that year.

As in the case of FB (Friedrich Both) the pronounciation of the surname of SFB (Samuel Friedrich Bode) in the Cape "dialect" also caused the name to undergo a change to Botha.

1776 On 21 January 1776 SFB marries Anna Elisabeth Delport and the marriage register reads "Samuel Fredrik BOTHA".

From the entry for Friedrich Both/Botha on South African Stamouers -

"Dan was daar 'n ander Botha stamvader: Samuel Friedrich BOTHA / BODE is in 1730 te Lüneburg in Duitsland gebore. Die familie het in 1766 in Hanover gebly en Samuel het toe na Amsterdam gegaan om by die VOC aan te sluit. Hy kom aan by die Kaap in Maart 1767.

Hy trou op 21 Januarie 1776 met Anna Elisabeth DELPORT. Sy was die wed van Johann Friedrich Stackman."

BODE SAMUEL FRIEDRICH (S). - Lüneburg. Arr. 1767 as so., loaned as house-carpenter 1774, b. 1775, a joiner. ~ 21.1.1776 Anna Elisabeth Delport, wid. Johann Friedrich Staakmann (q.v.). 2 children: Johanna Elisabeth and Johan Samuel Fredrik. + 20.6.1791. (GMR 1767-71; CJ 1157: 51; Rq. 1775: 90; Test. CJ 1101: 5; CJ 1099: 30; Test. O.C. 35: 10; Res. of Cape Church Council of 5.12.1803.) The name of Bode was changed to Botha. Among his descendants is the former Chief Archivist of the Union of South Africa, Mr. C. Graham Botha, according to whom S. F. Bode was a descendant of the Huguenot family Boudier, who had settled in Germany and adopted the name Bode.

- 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)

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Samuel Friedrich Bode, SV/PROG 2's Timeline

Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
Age 47
February 1, 1778
Age 48
Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
Age 49