My name is Gary Hart. I live in Cape Town, South Africa.
Our earliest known forefather was a Stephen Hart who married the widow, Johanna Magdalena Brown (Born Barchfeld)
on the 31st of January 1848, at St Paul's Church in Rondebosch, Cape Town.
She was the daughter of a Philip Andreas Barchfeld
who married a Johanna Petronella Anhauser
in 1795 in the Cape Colony.
Philip Andreas Barchfeld who was a soldier working for the Dutch East India Company at the time, was given permission in 1800 to remain in the Cape Colony. In the same year Johan Philip Anhauser also got permission to remain in the Cape Colony. Their obvious ties to the Military drawing their two families together earlier in the 1795 marriage.
The only other reference I can find to Barchfelds in the South African archives is that of a Jacob Barchfeld arriving in 1747 from Hesse Kassel, Duitsland.
No connection it seems exists between Philip Andreas Barchfeld and Jacob Barchfeld that I have found so far.
Jacob it seems was one generation ahead of Phillip.
My interest in Genealogy brought me to this forum.
Our family was always under the impression we were English with a surname like Hart, but with my Great Great Grandmother being a Barchfeld, my Great Grandmother being a Kramer and my mother being a Haupt, it seems we are more German than English.The Spelling of Barchfeld in South Africa.
Up until 1795, The Cape Colony was under the control of the VOC (Dutch East India Company). In 1795 the British took control of the Colony. Later in 1803, the British gave the Colony back to the Dutch. But in 1806 the British reoccupied the Colony and kept control up until 1910, when South Africa became a Union. Later in 1961, South Africa became the Republic of South Africa.
The problem here is the Barchfeld name, with obvious German/Prussian Origins, were working for the Dutch up until 1795. The Philip Andreas Barchfeld in question was given permission to remain in the Colony in 1800, while under English Rule. But at this stage, the clerks were still mostly Dutch it seems.
In 1795 the name is given as Barchfeld.
At 1800, the name is given as Bargveld or even Bergveld. Towards 1820 and later the name is given as Barchfield. By this stage the British having full control of the Cape Colony.
South Africa's rich and diverse history bearing influence on to the spelling of the name.
A published book, by Hesse, gives the name as Barchfeld.
One wonders what was the original spelling of the name, "Barchfeld".A online listing for Barchfeld under the heading, "Names of German Immigrants 1652-1806" http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/7589/Names/PersonaliaA-F.html
ANHÄUSER / ANHUYSER, Johann Philipp, Kreuznach, 1775 (See also Cape Directory 1800, by Eric Rosenthal at The South African Library, says he came from Keurpalts)
BARCHFELD / BERGFELD, Jacob, Hessen-Kassel, 1747
BARCHFELD, Philipp Andreas, Kassel, 1795
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