There’s a new website on Germans in the Eastern Cape. Or perhaps I should rather say that it is an old site that has been revamped and moved to a new address.
Two groups of German settlers came to the Eastern Cape (well, the part of it then called British Kaffraria) in 1858/59. The first to arrive were the military settlers of the British German Legion, who had been recruited to fight in the Crimean War, but the war ended before they could be deployed, so it was decided to send them to the Eastern Cape instead. The civilian settlers followed about a year or two later. The web site explains the background to the emigration of both groups, and gives quite detailed information on the military settlers.
Val’s grandmother, Emma le Sueur (formerly Greene, formerly Chelin, born Decker) descended from both groups. Her Decker ancestors were among the military settlers, being Carl August Decker, who married Mary Nevard Morton in Colchester just before leaving (the British Germaon Legion was trained at Colchester in Essex). The civilian settlers included the Falkenberg and Schultz families from the Ueckermark in Brandenberg. The Schultz family were of French Huguenot descent, and they are the ones we know most about in the earlier generations, but practically nothing since they arrived in South Africa.
We’ve also discovered other links, not direct ancestors, but people who married into other branches of the family. Another of the military settlers was Captain Carl Arthur von Lilienstein. He was a customs official in Holstein 1839-1848, then joined the British German Legion and led a party of 100 military settlers to Berlin in British Kaffraria in 1857. He was also a Count (Graf). His daughter Ida married Henry Green, brother of Val’s great great grandfather Frederick Thomas Green.
The Falkenberg and Schultz families came on the Wilhelmsburg, which sailed from Hamburg on 19 October 1858, and arrived in East London on 13 January 1859. According to the web site, 64 children and one adult died on the voyage. We know that one of the children who died was a member of the Schultz family, three-year-old Wilhelmine Caroline Schultz, because she was on the embarkation list at Hamburg, but not on the disembarkation list at East London. The web site does not give details of the children who travelled, just the parents, though perhaps one day it may be possible to include the complete passenger lists for both ends of the voyage.
A quite recent discovery we have made is that a Devantier family on board the Wilhelmsburg was related to the Schultz family. It is possible that several other families who emigrated may have been related as well. And ironically, though we have been able to trace the Schultz ancestry furthest back, to Calais and Flanders in the mid-17th century, once they reached South Africa they all vanished without trace, all, that is except for Justine (nicknamed Jessie), nine years old on the voyage out, who married Christian Falkenberg after his first wife died, though we haven’t been able to find a record of that marriage either. So if anyone sees anything possibly related to this Schultz family, please contact us!
Family Group Record for Martin Schultz
Husband Martin Schultz-
Born: 11 Aug 1822 - Wendemark, , , Germany
Father: Martin Schultz- (Abt 1781- )
Mother: Marie Payard- (1785- )
Marriage: 9 Jun 1844 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia [MRIN:13]
1. Emigration, on Wilhelmsburg, 19 Oct 1858 – Hamburg, Germany
Wife Justine Holtzendorff-
AKA: Justine Holzendorf
Born: 16 Dec 1825 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
Died: - Cape Colony
Father: Friedrich Holtzendorff- (Abt 1788-1846)
Mother: Dorothea Kaeding- (1796- )
1. Emigration, Ship Wilhelmsburg, 19 Oct 1858 – Hamburg, Germany
1 F Wilhelmine Luise Schultz-
Born: 3 Sep 1844 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
Died: 14 Nov 1850 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
2 M Wilhelm Friedrich Schultz-
Born: 3 Aug 1847 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
3 F Justine Wilhelmine Schultz-
AKA: Jessie Schultz
Born: 22 Jun 1849 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
Died: 21 Apr 1927 - East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Spouse: Michael John Christian Falkenberg- (1827-1882)
Spouse: Charles John Koch- ( -1940)
Marr: Mar 1883 [MRIN:19]
4 F Marie Luise Schultz-
Born: 22 Jun 1852 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
5 F Wilhelmine Caroline Schultz-
Born: 9 May 1855 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
Died: Abt 1858 - At Sea
6 M Karl Wilhelm August Schulz-
AKA: August Schultz
Born: 2 Jan 1858 - Meichow, Ückermark, Brandenburg, Prussia
General Notes (Husband)
Knecht und Tagelõhner in Meichiow, emigrated to the Cape Colony with his family in 1858.
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2008
There’s more on the Falkenberg family here and here, and more about the Decker family here.
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