Our ancestor Johann Friedrich Schickerling, was born on December 12 1747 in the medieval town of Burg bei Magdeburg, He emigrated from Germany to South Africa in 1773.He was the son of Johann Conrad Schickerling and Maria Elizabeth Seeger. He arrived in Cape Town as a soldier-for-hire, working for the Dutch Indian Company "Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie VOC" .He left Amsterdam on October 20 1772 on board the ship "Overhout" and arrived in the Cape of Good Hope on April 14 1773. He was about 24 years old. After completing his service to the Dutch Indian Company he became a Vrijburger on August 22 1780 .
( Helena) Maartens . She was two years older than him. She was the widow of George Carl Kirchmann who fathered 6 children with her. Helena was born about 1749 and was baptized on August 24 1749.She died in 1802
Helena's father was Jasper Maartens and her mother Catharina van Laar. They were married on July 29th 1736. Catharina was 19 years old and Jasper 26.
Celle Germany 1654
Celle. Germany .
Jasper Maartens was born around 1710 in Celle, Lower Saxony in Germany. His parents were Anton Maartens and Sara Moller from Hamburg. Jasper was baptized in Cape Town at age 4 on the July 14 1714 and died in 1761 at the age of 51. Sara was 13 when Jasper was born and she died in Cape Town on December 15 1720 at the age of 23.
Johann Friedrich Schickerling had two children with Maria Magdalena ( Helena) Maartens:-
Catharina Elisabeth born 17 November 1782 who died at the age of 17 in 1799.
" Gedoopt, de dogter van een Lutherschen vader den Burger Johan Fredrik Schickerling die gehuuwd is met de nagelaatenweeduwe van onser overleedenen Broeder en geweesen Lidmaat onser Gemeente de Bode van Politie George Carel Kirchman dewijl de moeder daar in volkoomen heeft bewilligt en toegestaan, dat aan haar kind denHeijligen doop in onse kerk wierd toegedeelt"
Abraham Frederik (1785-1821) who died at the age of 36, but left 7 children behind with his wife Maria Johanna van Reenen. (1790-1853) Maria van Reenen was 17 when she married Abraham Schickerling
Johann Friedrich also had a relationship with Martha Hendrina Schultze .They never married. They had a son Johannes Petrus Schikkerling (different spelling of the surname) born in 1798. He was baptized in the Groote Kerk, and not in the Lutheran Church where the other Schickerling children were baptized. Only his mother's name is on the baptismal certificate. This son was not mentioned in Johan Friedrich's will.
On October 25 1802 Johann Friedrich married Maria Elizabeth Mocke (1774- 1865) -his second wife- and had another son with her Johan Conraad born in 1806.. Johann Friedrich was 54 and Maria Elizabeth was 28 years old when they married. Maria Elizabeth Mocke died in 1865 at the age of 91.
Johann Frederick died at the age of 78 on August 6 1826. He was most probably buried in the graveyard of the Lutheran Church that does not exist anymore. It was located next to the church towards Sea Point .His will shows their address as 29 Keerom Street. Cape Town. The South African High Court stand on that spot today.
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Their only son Abraham Frederik Schickerling married Maria Johanna van Reenen and had seven children before he died at age 36.
Maria Johanna van Reenen's father was Jacobus Arnoldus van Reenen 1757-1815 and her mother Jacoba Munnik 1765-1815
Her great -grandfather was Graaf Jacob von Rehnen (von Reenen) 1703-1764 from Memel, Lithuania.
Maartens, Van Reenen, Combrink, Gibbon, Uys, Kotzé and de Beer.
Our ancestor owned numbers 20 ,27 28 and 29 Keerom Street. This house was built in 1793 so it stood there when the family lived there, and their house must have looked very similar.
The church graveyard does not exist anymore but was to the left of the church .He was most probably buried there
Issie wanted to be a doctor but her parents could not fund her studies so she became a teacher instead. She retained her knowledge and love of Greek and German throughout her life and translated her husband’s books into English.
Fauresmith Orange Free State around 1900.
My paternal Great-Grandmother Bella ( Sybella Margaretha Aletta Uys) 5/12/1860 5/11/1939 Schickerling was interned by the British Forces, with her family, in the concentration camp of the Orange River during the Boer War. My grandfather Henry Uys Schickerling was then 12 years old .
with their three other sons Uys, Johannes and Tienie.
Francionette, Quintin, Wilma, Sean.
Mark, Dorotheaand my mother at her eldest grandaughter's wedding.