We have received the following request for help to break a brick wall:
Ek soek graag meer inligting oor my stam vader
Ek heg broekies informasie hierby aan
Is bereid om te betaal vir inligting
Tewie Human [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Die Stamvader van hierdie familie was Jan Human gebore ongeveer 1685 en afkomstig van Solingen in Duitsland .
Hy het hier in 1703 geland. Jan HUMAN,. Hy was ‘n soldaat en van 1703 tot 1705 daarna hy ‘n boerkneg vanaf 1706 tot 1710 vir die Goeweneur Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Hy trou 10 Mei 1712 met Elizabeth Vion van de Kaap alias Lysbeth Vion of Elizabeth Villion in Stellenbosch. Sy is gebore omtrent 1690, sy was ‘n vrygestelde slavin. Jan Human sterf in 1758 op Potberg in die Distrik Bredasdorp, destyds Swellendam. Net soos HAMMAN is Human ook ‘n Germaanse Stamnaam en was oorspronklik HUGUMANN. Die naam beteken grootgeestige mense.
Heese en Lombard
Hoge Personalia of the Germans at the Cape
emigrated in 1703 from Solingen- he worked as a soldier in 1705 in Cape Town
Stamvader: Johann HUMAN, – hy was van Solingen. Hy was ‘n soldaat en van 1703 tot 1705 was hy ‘n kneg vir die Goeweneur Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Hy trou 10 Mei 1712 met Elizabeth Vion van de Kaap. Sy is gebore omtrent 1692, sy was ‘n vrygestelde slavin.
Aankoms teen 1703 as soldaat van Solingen, Pruise. Soldaat in 1705. Daarna boerkneg by Willem Adriaan van der Stel.
Johann HUMANN, – hy was van Solingen. Hy was ‘n soldaat en van 1703 tot 1705 was hy ‘n kneg vir die Goeweneur Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Hy trou 10 Mei 1712 met Elizabeth Vion van de Kaap is gebore omtrent 1692, sy was ‘n vrygestelde slavin
HUMANN, JOHANN (S in CJ 1259 :75) .-Solingen. So . 1703-5 ,
loaned as farmhand to the Governor 1706-10, later (17I1 ? )
burgher. 10.5.1712 Lysheth Vion of the C ., een . si . 8
children (the eldest, Christina, not in G .R.). (GMR 1703-5 ;
CJ 1125 : 98 ; CJ 1129 : 43 ; Reg. of bapt . slave children unde r
10.11 .1709 ; G.R. nr . 200. )
Looking for information on Jan HUMAN or HÜMAN or HÜMANN a German from the city “Solingen”, arrive in Cape Town ± 1703. He was employed by the DEIC (Dutch East India Company), a company from the Netherlands, as a soldier and was born ± 1685
Jan HUMAN, b. in Solingen, Germany, d. 1758 in Potteberg, Dist Bredasdorp. Married 01-05-1712 in Stellenbosch, Lysbeth VILLION, b. in Cape Town.
Jan HUMAN, b. in Solingen, Germany, d. 1758 in Potteberg, Dist Bredasdorp. Married 01-05-1712 in Stellenbosch, Lysbeth VILLION, b. in Cape Town
I’m afraid that this document still isn’t sufficient evidence to to connect
Jan to Johannes Casparus. Firstly, Family Search is run by the Church of the
Latter Day Saints (Mormons) who do valuable research but also accept data
from individuals without demanding proof of their validity. For instance,
the doc you sent me gives the names of the parents of Lysbeth Vion; there is
absolutely no evidence of this and, believe me, a lot of people have spent a
lot of time looking for it. What we know is that, when she and Jan had their
first daughter, she was a slave (i.e. the Doopregister of Stellenbosch shows
the birth as “slawedoop”. It was only later, after she was either freed (or
bought) that she and Jan were permitted to get married and their offspring
were baptized without the comment “slawedoop”
There is confusion about what her name was. Bearing in mind that there were
Dutch, German and French-speaking people in the mix; that most if not all
the workers and soldiers being illiterate and couple with the fact that the
officials were Dutch, we have the situation where an official wrote what he
heard and not what he saw. In French, the double “LL” is silent hence Villion
is pronounced Vion so we already have two possible spellings of Lysbeth’s
name. It is also possible that it started off as Viljon but we have
absolutely no trace of the lady at this point.
I still hope that your contact in Germany is going to be able to make the
connection between Jan and Johan Casparus.
Johann HUMANN or Jan HUMAN
born circa 1688?
arrived from Solingen, Prussia, circa 1703 as a VOC soldier
served as a soldier until 1705/6, then was a farm labourer at
Vergelegen for Willem Adriaan VAN DER STEL
he became a burgher in 1710
married in Stellenbosch on 01 or 10 May 1712 to Elizabeth VILLION
(aka Lysbeth Vion/Fion van de Kaap)
she was a freed slave, born circa 1692
he died circa 1758 in (Potberg?, Cape)
There is a VOC soldier contract for him at the Cape Archives dated 1706-1710:
File reference: CJ Vol. 2874 Ref. 112
Jan HOEMAN from Solingen
There is a Free Burgher contract for him at the Cape Archives dated 1716-1717:
File reference: CJ Vol. 2878 Ref. 43
Jan HUMAN van Solingen
Otherwise, you will have to try and locate his death, as well as look
through the church records (Cape Town and Stellenbosch probably) and
the VOC monsterrolle for any mention of him. Another option is to
search in VOC archives in the Netherlands and Cape Archives
Johann HUMANN, – hy was van Solingen. Hy was ‘n soldaat en van 1703 tot 1705 was hy ‘n kneg vir die Goeweneur Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Hy trou 10 Mei 1712 met Elizabeth Vion van de Kaap is gebore omtrent 1691, sy was ‘n vrygestelde slavin