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Angela van Bengale
died circa 1720
Jacob van As 1
farmer 2
born at the Cape 3
died 28 July 1713 4
One of the farms named in the inventory drawn up after
his death was Witsenbergh, in Agter Paarl.

His surviving children are named in the Estate Accounts drawn
up in 1722, after the death of his mother, Ansla van Bengalen,
as: Jan, Mathijs, Willem, Elsje, Jacob en Engela van Asch

for a note on his parentage see below#

married (1) 8 May 1689 at Cape Town 5

Maria Clements van Stokholm
died circa 1700

Anna Lysbet


Anna Isabella
1694 -

b. c1696

married (2) circa 1701 16

Helena van der Merwe
born 1686




Jacoba Helena


children of Jacob van As and Maria Clements

Anna Lysbet van As born 1690
born 1690 6
baptized 23 April 1690, Cape Town 7

Jan van As 8 born 1692
baptized 6 March 1692, Stellenbosch 9

Notes: In 1713 he is listed first of the children of Jacob Asch
but his legacy is to be registered with the Orphan Chamber
('by de weesboeken in genomen te werden').

On 22 September 1727 there is a note in the Weeskamer minutes
that Willem van Asch has been allowed to borrow on interest the
sum of 1600 gulden from the monies of his missing brother, Jan
van Asch. (MOOC 1/5, Weeskamer Notulen, page 67)

Anna Isabella van As 10 1694-before 1713
born 1694 11
baptized 1 August 1694, Cape Town 12
died before 1713, (assumed) 13

Notes: She would seem to have died before 1713
since she is not listed as an heir in the inventory drawn
up after her father's death on 19th October 1713.

Mathijs van As 14 born circa 1696
born circa 1696, (assumed from dated of application for veniam aetatis) 15

Notes: On 14th October 1721 he petitioned the Council
of Policy, asking for letters of 'veniam aetatis', i.e. to be declared
of full age (otherwise achieved by reaching the age of 25)

He stated that he is unable to show his age since the baptismal
register of Drakenstein had been missing for many years.

(Resolutions of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope
Cape Town Archives Repository, South Africa, C. 57, pp. 42-51.
From the Tanap web site

children of Jacob van As and Helena van der Merwe

Elsje van As 17 born 1702
born 1702 18
baptized 10 September 1702, Drakenstein 19

Jan Zacharias Bek 20

Notes: He was from Langesalza and was the son of Christoffel Sebastiaan
Beck. He arrived at the Cape in 1715 as a soldier. In1719 he was loaned
out by the VOIC as a bar boy (?tapperskneg) and in 1722 he became a

After the death of Elsje van As her married Christina Blankenberg.

(Resolusies van die Politieke Raad Deel VII, note on page 70)

Willem van As born 1703
born 1703 21
baptized 23 November 1703, Drakenstein 22

Notes: On 14th January 1727 he petitioned the Council of Justice for
letters of veniam aetatem (to declare him of age and capable
of managing his own affairs). He declared that he was 23 years old.

His request was granted.

(Resolusies van die Politieke Raad Deel VII, Johannesburg 1971)

 married 5 December 1728 Cape Town 24

Anna Margaretha Schenck 23

Fytie van As born 1707
born 1707 25
baptized 12 June 1707, Drakenstein 26

Notes: She does not appear, although her brothers
and sisters do, in the Weeskamer record of 1718 of
orphans whose money is under its care, (MOOC 18/2,
Joernaal Kaapse Weese 1719) nor is she mentioned
in her grandmother's Estate Accounts of 1720 so she
hadpresumably died before 1718.

Jacoba Helena van As born 1710
born 1710 27
baptized 27 April 1710, Stellenbosch 28

Notes: She was confirmed a member of the Cape Town NG Church
on 25th September 1728. There is a note after her name that
she had left for Batavia (wiert vertrokken na Batavia).

 married (1) 7 December 1738 Stellenbosch 30

Fredrik Willem Embsighoff 29
apothecary in the service of the VOC 31
 married (2) 18 October 1733 Cape Town 32

Johann Georg Keijserling died 1736
sargent on the ship Valkenisse (1733) 33
born Graubing in Courland 34
died 23 February 1736, Asia 35

Notes: His ship left Rammekens in the Netherlands
on 17th April 1733 and remained at the Cape from 31st October
to 8th November 1733, arriving Batavia on 21st January 1734,
according to De VOCsite, but this must be slightly inaccurate if
he was married in Cape Town on the 18th October.

Engela van As 36

Notes: She is named as Engela in the estated
accounts of here grandmother, Ansle van Bengalen.

As Engela van As she was confirmed into the Cape Town
NG Church on 30 September 1721 with Elsje van As, her
sister, as her withess.

On the 8th October 1728, described as the minor Engela
van Asch, she requested and received from the Weeskamer
a sum of 200 gulden for necessary expenses.
(MOOC 1/6, Weeskamer Notulen, p.83)

# The parents of Jacob van As

His mother was presumably still a slave when he was born, which
means that he was born a slave, presumably later emancipated.
Since slaves were not permitted to marry he must have been, by
deifinition, illegitimate.

The name of his father is not known. Illegitimate children at the Cape
were, however, usually known by the surnname of their father so we
can reasonably assume that his father was surnamed Van As. The
only Van As we know of a the Cape at at time when Jacob may have
been born is a Johannes van Asschen, mentioned as below. He
appears on the companies muster rolls of employees until 1666,
always named Van Asch or Van Aschen, at that date his rank is
listed as 'adsistent'.

Resolutions of the Council of Policy, C. 2, pp. 318-330.
Saterdag ultimo Meert ao. 1663 naermiddach
Johannes van Asschen van Brussel hier te lande gecomen voor
adelborst a 10 gl. per maent met ít schip de Gecro{o}nde Leeuw anno
1659, nader hant op pmo. April des verleden jaers 1662 verbetert tot
ondercuyper a 13 gl. ter maant ende alsoo zedert den oppercuyper
deser magazijnen is comen te vertrecken ende dat die plaetse by hem
is waer-genomen waerin genoegen heeft gegeven, wort ten aansien
omdat dien arbeijt wat moeyelijck valt, gestelt tot cuyper met een
beloningh van 15 gl. ter maent, sullende gehouden zyn syn tyt daer
voor alhier uijt te dienen.

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