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Pierre Gauch
André Gauch
died 1698
Jacqueline Decré
died before 1691
Steven Gous 1
farmer 2
of Berg en Daal, Koeberg 3
born between 1683 and 1684, Geneva 4
died before March 1758 5
will dated 9 July 1737 6
So far as I have so far discovered, he is never known in the Cape records as
anything other than Steven nor am I aware that there are any other but Cape
records containing information about him.

He first appears in the Opgaaf returns in 1709, living in Drakenstein as a single
man with a gun and a rapier. By 1712 he was living in the Cape District, by 1712
he had acquired a horse and by 1721 a wife.

He is presumably the same Steven Gous who married Catharina Bok in the
Cape Town church on 6th March 1718.

The Weeskamer had placed the two children Clara Bock and Jacob Marik, the
sister and half-brother of Catharina Bok, with Steven and Christina, paying 4
Rixdaalers monthy for their upkeep. This was the normal practice with orphans.
On the 21st Febrary 1725, Steven Gous petitioned the Weeskamer to be allowed
to use these two childrens capital of 2000 gulden, rather than receiving the four
Rixdaalers per month, promising to keep them in food, clothing and Christian
education until they reached adulthood, presenting also, as guarantors for the
money, Adries Bester and Jurgen van den Heever. This request was granted.
(MOOC 1/4, Weeskamer Notulen Boek, 21st Februarij 1725)

On the 7th March 1727 he asked the Weeskamer to be allowed to delay paying
the last payment of 1500 gulden (there were usually three payments) on the
farm which he had bought from the late Widow of Hendrik Môller. This would
have been Anna van Banchem, who died in 1726, but in her estate was only the
one farm, Bosheuwel in Wynberg which was sold for 20,000 gulden to her son
Guiljam Heems. Perhaps this refers to a farm bought before her death.
(MOOC 1/5, page 9, 7 March 1727)

On the 5 November 1736 the Burger Militia decided that Andries Bester, Steven
Gous and Johannes Colyn should no longer be liable for military service due to
poor health and age. (Resolutions of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope,
C.101, pp. 100-104, 13 November 1736)

In her will dated 22nd April 1767 Catharina Bok states that she would like her
son, Andries Stephanus Gousch, to have her freehold farm named Berg en Daal
situated on the Diepe Rivier, and also her cattle station, a loan farm from the
Company, situated on the Groot Rivier and named De Klipheuvel, both at a total
valuation of 12,000 guldens to be paid (into her estate) in four equal portions.
(MOOC 7/1/22, 45).

A loan farm named the Klipheuwelsfontein, on the Green River (according to the
index card) was granted to Steven Gouts on 13th June 1740. I assume that this
is the one referred to above. (RLR 10/1 p. 215, 13.6.1740)

for a note on his parentage see below#

married 6 March 1718 at Cape Town 7

Catharina Bok
circa 1705-circa 1779

born and died

1721 -

1723 -

1725 -


1732 -

Andries Stephanus
1740 -

children of Steven Gous and Catharina Bok

Stephanus Gous born and died 1720
born 1720 8
baptized 1 September 1720, Cape Town 9
died between 1720 and 1721, most probably 10

Notes: In the opgaaf returns Steven Gous and
Catharina Bok have no children in 1721, 3 daughters in 1725,
4 daughters in 1731, 5 daughters in 1735, the same in 1738,
and in 1751 they have 1 son and 5 daughters. It would seem,
therefore, that their first child, Stephanus, had died before
1725. (Univ of the Western Cape computerisation). Certainly
this son, Stephanus, was not listed amongst his mother's
heirs in her will of 1758, so must have died before that date
without leaving any heirs.

Anna Gous 1721-1773
born 1721 11
baptized 30 September 1721, Cape Town 12
died between 1773 and 1798 13

Catharina Gous 1723-1789
born 1723 14
baptized 1 August 1723, Cape Town 15
died April 1789, Swartland 16

Christina Gous 1725-circa 1792
born 1725 17
baptized 18 March 1725, Cape Town 18
died circa 1792 19

Sara Gous born 1727
born 1727 20
baptized 6 April 1727, Cape Town 21

Clara Gous 1732-circa 1821
born 1732, at the Cape 22
baptized 20 July 1732, Cape Town 23
died circa July 1821 24
will dated 20 October 1804 25

Andries Stephanus Gous 26 1740-circa 1814
born 1740, at the Cape 27
baptized 12 June 1740, Cape Town 28
died circa October 1814 29

Notes: The witnesses at his baptism were Steven Gouts and Anna
Gouts. Would these have been his sister and his father, or
Stephanus Gous the son of his half-uncle, Andries Gous?

On the 22nd September 1757 he was granted the right to
graze stock at the Reeboksfontein on the Gouritz River,
vacated by his mother, the Widow Stephen Gous.

He and his wife appear to have had no children, but to have
adopted as their son Andries Carel Eduard Alexander
Fackelijn Gous. (MOOC 7/1/49, 85 - Will of A.S.Gous, 1804).

 married  31

Maria Hendrina Mulder 30
born at the Cape 32

# The parents of Steven Gous

In an entry dated 21 June 1698 in the Journal of the Weeskamer
his name is given as Steven Goos and he is stated to be 14 years
old. In addition he is described as the 'voorkind' of Johanna de
Klerk, widow of the french smith at Drakenstein, Andries Goos,
ie. child by a previous marriage. (MOOC 18/1, page 14)

At his marriage he gave his birth place as Geneva. This and the
above evidence points to a birth sometime between 1683 and
1684 in Geneva. His father, André Gauch married Jacqueline Decré
in that place in January 1683, and this same couple baptised a
daughter in Amsterdam in 1690, it seems reasonable to assume
that she was his mother too, although there is no direct evidence.

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