Important dates most people miss...
Hendrik Venter married Anna Villion 9 December 1691,
and Bonifatius was born a month later, on 12 January 1692. So Anna was
already pregnant when they married, and they therefore must have slept
together as early as about April 1691. Bonifatius was listed in the tax
returns of 1692 (J183) and according to the church registers, baptised 1
December 1692 (VC632).
According to the tax returns of
1692 (J183), Hendrik owned property in 1682 already. Since contracts
with the VOC were typically three year contracts, Hendrik signed his
contract in 1679 in order to be able to own property in 1682. This is in
line with his arrival in the Cape during 1679.
Hendrik owned property in Stellenbosch - house (other than the farm
Nazaret). The property numbers and details differ. The property in Stellenbosch was
no 2085 whilst the farm Nazaret was property no 85.
Pieter Venter married Hester Nel on 30 November 1721, however both of
them only took holy communion (Afrikaans: Geloofsbeleidenis of Kerk
aanneming) on 10 May 1732. (VC632)
Jan Hendrik, the
second youngest son of Hendrik and Anna, also survived to become an
adult. He is listed in the Tax Returns of 1731, 1732 and 1733, etc. Tax
Return (Opgaafrolle) reference J188 (1731/2) and J189 (1733), and he was
living with his sister Cornelia and her husband Willem van Staaden.
Bonivatius was alive and well until 1738 according to
tax returns (J189) and he was living with his brother Pieter, and his
wife Hester, at the time.