Dorothea Sophie Heidtke, later Leibach




Jan. 10, 1836, in Collin

To Jacob Leibach, on September 28, 1858, at Wiesbaden, Berlin, District of British Caffraria





Gottfried Heydtke, Dorothea Regina Schroeder

Christian Friedrich Heydtke, Dorothea Luise Heydtke, __



Dorothea Sophie Heidtke arrived in South Africa aboard the Caesar Godeffroy on July 7, 1858. NOTE: There is some doubt about the identity of the person. The marriage notice has "Sophie Heidtke", whereas our other sources refer to "Dorothea Sophie Heidtke". We do not yet have proof that these are the same person.

Her husband, Jacob Leibach, received a grant of land as a member of the British German Legion, in Wiesbaden. Source: ?


 Marriage notice of Dorothea Sophie Heidtke and Jacob Leibach

Note that the spelling of Dorothea Sophie's surname is "Heidtke" (unlike her elder sister's "Heydtke"). This is our earliest witness to the spelling of her name, hence its use here.

Transcription: Marriages solemnized at Wiesbaden, in the Parish of Berlin, District of British Caffraria, 1858. Number 35 [left of page]. / When married: September 28th, 1858. Names and Surnames: Jacob Leibach, Sophia Heidtke. Ages: Full age. Condition: Widower; Spinster. Rank or Profession: Private 2. Regt. German Mil. Settler. Residence at the time of marriage: Wiesbaden. After Banns or Licence: Banns. Consent by whom given or Judge's Order: Capt. von Linsingen. / Married in the private dwelling of Jacob Leibach at Wiesbaden, aforesaid after banns by me. A. Kropf, Chaplain of 3. Regt. Germ. Mil. Settler. / This marriage was solemnized between us: [signed] Jacob Leibach, Sophia Heidtke her X mark in the presence of ___ [illegible], ___ [illegible].

Source: King William's Town museum, in turn obtained by Ms. Walma Meier in 1997 for Lorraine Burger, who retains a copy.


Gravestone of Dorothea Sophie Leibach, née Heidtke

Presumably at Wiesbaden.



(1) Marriage date and details: Marriage notice. Obtained by Ms. Walma Meier from the museum in King William's Town, for Lorraine Burger, in 1997.

(2) There is no death record, or any citation, in NAAIRS.

(3) Mother's name, date of birth, town of birth: church records, via Larry Eucher, see under Christoph Heidtke for details.



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