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Trijntie Claas Oftings 1
of Welvernoegt, Joostenberg 2
born circa 1641, Lubeck 3
died July 1708, (date of Inventory and burial fee) 4
According to the article by Margaret Cairns, her surname was
Ufftincx, not Ustings as often given. The inventory drawn up on
23rd October 1673 after the death of her second husband, gives
her names as 'Oftings', so I have used this form.

Her son, Hans Ras, in his will of 1705 calls her Trijntje Claas and
she is usually referred to as Trijn Ras in the muster rolls of free
settlers at the Cape.

At the time of her marriage to Hans Ras she was stated to have
been newly arrived on the ship Hoff van Zeelant and a widow.

(Sources: Dagregister en Briewe van Zacharias Wagenaer,
edited by A.J.Boeseken, 1973 and Resolutions of the Council of
Policy of Cape of Good Hope, C. 2, p. 290, TANAP)

Much of my information on Trijn Ras and her husbands is taken
from Margaret Cairns's excellent and well documented article
in Familia, 1978 and 1979 - it is well worth reading.

married (1) 3 September 1662 at at the Cape 5

( they were married after the morning service that Sunday,
by the Secretary of the Council of Justice, no predikant
being available (the late predikant, Junius, was, in fact,
buried that same afternoon))

Hans Ras
circa 1636-1671
farmer (1662) 6

1665 -

1666 -


1671 -

married (2) 17 April 1672 at Cape Town 18

Francois Champelaer
died July 1673, (probably) 19
Margaret Cairns records that prior to his marriage he had
been the 'servant of Joris Jansz, an inkeeper at the Cape'.

The inventory of his estate drawn up on 23rd October 1673,
after his death, states that he, along with other burgers, had
recently been killed by Hottentots. Cairns suggests that this
probably happened during an illegal game hunting expedition
during July 1673.

married (3) 29 October 1673 at Cape Town

Laurens Cornelis
died 1677



married (4) 25 January 1680 at Cape Town 24

Matthijs Michielsz

Anna Lijsbet

children of Trijntie Claas Oftings and Hans Ras

Hendrik Ras 7 1665-before 1708
born 1665
baptized 23 August 1665, Cape Town 8
died before 1708, Ceylon 9

Notes: According to the inventory drawn up on
18th August 1708, Hendrik was deceased, having
died in Ceylon, and had left survivng children,
(names and location not specified)

Claas Ras 1666-circa 1713
born 1666
baptized 12 September 1666, Cape Town
died circa 1713
 married circa 1696

Maria van Staden 10 1678-circa 1723
of Weltevreden, Stellenbosch

Marijntie Ras 11 born 1669
baptized 9 March 1669, Cape Town 12

Joos Strijdom 13

Notes: Persoonsgegevens van Joris Strijdom
Herkomst: De caab
Rang: Adelborst
Datum einde verbintenis: 11/08/1713
Einde verbintenis: Overleden
Plaats einde verbintenis: Azie

Gegevens van de vaart
Schip: Raadhuis van Middelburg Inventarisnr.: 12746
Kamer: Zeeland Folio: 164
Uitreis: 30/04/1712 Bestemming: Batavia
DAS- en reisnr 2170.2 Aankomst: 20/11/1712
Maandbrief: Nee Schuldbrief: Nee

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Hans Ras 14 1671-circa 1705
born 1671, at the Cape 15
baptized 21 June 1671, Cape Town 16
died circa 1705 17

Notes: He drew up his will on 8th July 1705, lying on his
sick bed and in the house of Marten van Staden, leaving all
his possessions to his mother, Trijntje Claas, with legacies
to his brother, Claas Ras, his sister Marijna Ras, his two half
sisters Lourentia and Lijsbet Michielsz:, and to the children
of his brother Claas, Johannes and Catarina Ras. These
were all left sums of money. An additional bequest was that
of two cattle to Susanna van Vooren.

Oddly enought, the internal evidence in this will, the age
given for Hans and just two children mentioned for Claas,
suggest a date of circa 1701, rather than that of 1705.
Perhaps part was copied from an earlier will.

He was not mentioned as one of his mother's heirs in the
inventory drawn up on 18th August 1708.

children of Trijntie Claas Oftings and Laurens Cornelis

Maria Cornelis 20 born 1675

Lourentia Cornelisz 21 born 1677
born 1677 22

Marten Meckelenburg 23

children of Trijntie Claas Oftings and Matthijs Michielsz

Anna Lijsbet Michielsz 25

Notes: She is named as Anna Lijsbet in the inventory
drawn up after her mother's death but as Elisabeth or
Lijsbet in her brother Hans's will and the record of her
marriage in the Capet Town marriage register.

 married 23 June 1698 Cape Town 27

Jan Lourensz van Rostock 26

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