Lena van Macassar1

F, #14501, b. circa 1674

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Last Edited24/06/2017
BirthOrigin*Lena was from Macassar and was perhaps born there circa 1674. The date is estimated, she was said to be 13-years-old in 1687.1 
Marriage De facto* Circa 1709 Lena van Macassar and Dirk Jansz Brouwer were in a de facto relationship.2 


Dirk Jansz Brouwer b. c 1685
  • Willem Cent Brouwer b. b 6 Jul 1710; This relationship is assumed. There appears to have been only one privately owned slave woman named Lena (or Helena) who fits the profile to be this child's mother2
Slave TransactionsOn 12 April 1687 Titus van Bengale and Lena van Macassar were sold by Johannes de Vlaming to Jacob Matsen Rootsteen, for Rds. 70 each.3,4
Sometime between 3 February 1692 and 6 July 1710, Lena van Macassar appears to have come into possession of Jacobus de Wet following the death of her first owner at the Cape, Jacob Matsen Rootsteen.2
Slaves owned by individualsOn 6 July 1710 Lena van Macassar and Willem Cent Brouwer were owned by Jacobus de Wet.2


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.150-151. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S502] Website Family Search (www.familysearch.org).
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.150. 12.4.1687: Titus from Bengal (23), and Lena from Macassar (13), sold by Johannes de Vlaming, formerly Free Burgher in Batavia, to sub-lieutenant Jacob Martin Rootsteen for Rds. 50 and Rds. 30 respectively. [See Hattingh … next citation]
  4. [S606] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "A.J. Böeseken se Addendum van Kaapse slawe-verkoopstransaksies: Foute en regstellings", Kronos (Foute en regstellings) 9 (1984): S. Vermeer (by 14.2.1690) is eintlik Vermey en Jacob Roodsteen moet wees Jacob Rootsteen (in 12.4.1690) [sic - Böeseken did record Rootsteen] en ook nie Rootstein soos in 13.4.1690 vermeld nie. In die betrokke geval is die twee slawe nie saam vir 70 Rds. verkoop nie, maar het elkeen 70 Rds.. Hereinafter cited as "Foute en regstellings."

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