Diana van de Caep1

F, #14355, b. circa 1682
Mother-CandidateDiana van Macassar b. c 1659; I am offering this candidate relationship for consideration and possible further discovery in the record on the basis that children born enslaved at the Cape were not infrequently named for their mothers. Diana van Macassar was owned by Herman Gresnicht during the period Diana van de Caep would have been conceived and born. That she was given and not sold, suggests two possibilities for consideration... she may have been baptised, and she may have been Gresnicht's biological daughter

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Last Edited15/01/2022
Birth*Diana van de Caep was born circa 1682 in the Cape.1
Slave TransactionsOn 3 April 1688 Diana van de Caep was gifted by Herman Gresnigh, to Hendrik Snewindt, she was given "in friendship" on condition she would not be sold, and would be granted emancipation when Snewint died. In Changing Hands, Shell notes she was described as Gresnicht's "gebore slavinnetje.2,3"


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.152.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.152. 3.4.1688. pp. 71-72: Diana from the Cape (6), given "in friendship" by Herman Gresnigt to Hendrik Snewint, on condition that Snewint does not sell
    her and, when he dies, she be set free.
  3. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, A calendar of bondage in southern Africa, 1550 to 1888, CD-ROM; ISBN 1-86918-063-1; (Cape Town: Ancestry24, September 2007), Slave First Name:       Diana     
    Toponym:       van der Kaap     
    Descent:       Half breed     
    Name Type:       Classical     
    Continental Origin:       Creole     
    Slave Place Origin:       Creole     
    Gender:       F     
    Simplified Age:       Child     
    Age:       6     
    Repatriation:       Testamentary     
    Slave Status:       Burgher     
    Owner Related:       No     
    No Of Slaves In Manumission Related:       3     
    Owner Surname:       Gresnight, van trecht     
    Owner First Name:       Hermanus     
    Owner Ethnicity:       Dutch     
    Owner Toponym:       trecht, van     
    Owner Repatriation:       NORE     
    Owner Death Status:       Dead     
    Owner Gender:       Male     
    Owner Status:       Burgher     
    Political Rank:       Councillor     
    Owner Occupation:       Farmer     
    Owner District:       Table Valley     
    Owner Immigration:       Yes     
    Owner Wealth:       8     
    Manumitter Surname:       Sneewind     
    Manumitter First Name:       Hendrik     
    Manumitter Gender:       Male     
    Manumitter Status:       Burgher     
    Manumitter Occupation:       Farmer     
    Manumitter District:       Cape District     
    Sale Transaction Day:       3     
    Sale Transaction Month:       4     
    Sale Transaction Year:       1688     
    IDNO:       3042     
    Manumission Type:       Testament     
    Service Years:       10     
    Right Of Manumission:       Other     
    Year Freed:       1698     
    Additional References:       Not in Pama     
    Reference:       Transporten and Scheepenkennis     
    Page Number:       Page 71-2     
    Note:       Family: sijn gebore slavinnetje; given in friendship. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.

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