Jacob Jansen1

M, #14974, b. circa 1715
Mother-Candidate*Rosetta van Java b. c 1690, d. bt 11 Feb 1733 - 24 Apr 1733; Tbis relationship is assumed, based on his apparent relationship with the Jonker siblings2

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Last Edited12/06/2016
Slave Birth - Company OwnedJacob Jansen was born in bondage circa 1715 and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), de Caep de Goede Hoop, The date is estimated Jacob Jansen.2
(Child) Will On 24 January 1727, Jonker van Macassar 'appeared' before the Secretaris or Secretary of the Council of Policy, Daniel Thiebault, to execute his will with the assistance of a Portuguese interpreter. This assistance may have been accorded to him due to his royal status. He was in fact ill and confined to bed, so the official would have come to him. However, there is nothing in the record which indicates the will was ever probated. There are several edits in the original will. He is described as a Vrij gegeevene Leijffeijgen known to the Secretaris. His de facto wife Rosetta van Java named on this occasion as Rosetta van Java, is first described as sijne Concubine, this is deleted and substuted with de vrijswartinne. To her he bequeaths the slave Alexander van Couchin and stipulates that this bequest cannot be contested. To their son and daughter Jacob Jansen and Johanna Jonker, he leaves the slave September van Manda. A comment describing Jacob as door een ander persoon geprocreeert was crossed out, but at his 1730 baptism Jacob is described as halfslag, indicating his father was white and that he was therefor not the biological son of the prince. To his other son and daughter Jacob Jansen and Johanna Jonker, he bequeaths the slaves Cassamie of Origin Unknown and Fortuijn van Bougis. All of the slaves were to remain with his de facto wife until the children attained their majority. Rosetta van Java also inherited the residue of his estate except for Rds 50 given to Jacob to assist in raising the other children to majority.
Names in the record, in publications, etc.An unknown date , the name of Jacob was written in the record as Jacob Janze.3
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)April 1720 Jonker van Macassar and Rosetta van Java were enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in the Cape District, along with two sons, presumably Adolph Jonker and Jacob Jansen. This opgaaf while dated April 1720, was identified as that for 1719. Recorded with them were two male slaves, who may have been any of the following November of Origin Unknown, Leander van Malabar, Alexander van Couchin, September van Manda, Cassamie of Origin Unknown and Fortuijn van Bougis. All of these individuals appear variously in the record connected to one or both of the principles.4
1721 Jonker van Macassar and Rosetta van Java were enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in the, along with two sons, presumably Adolph Jonker and Jacob Jansen. Recorded with them were two male slaves, who may have been any of the following November of Origin Unknown, Leander van Malabar, Alexander van Couchin, September van Manda, Cassamie of Origin Unknown and Fortuijn van Bougis. All of these individuals appear variously in the record connected to one or both of the principles.5
1724 Jonker van Macassar and Rosetta van Java were enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in the Cape District, along with two sons, presumably Adolph Jonker and Jacob Jansen; and three daughters, two of whom were most likely Johanna Jonker and Catharina van de Caep. There was time between the 1721 and 1724 opgaafrollen for the birth of three daughters, one of whom would have died post 1724 (based on subsequent enumerations). Recorded with them were three male slaves, the first would have been Leander van Malabar. The other two may have been any of the following November of Origin Unknown, Alexander van Couchin, September van Manda, Cassamie of Origin Unknown and Fortuijn van Bougis.6
1725 Jonker van Macassar and Rosetta van Java were enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in the Cape District, along with two sons, presumably Adolph Jonker and Jacob Jansen; and two daughters, most likely Johanna Jonker and Catharina van de Caep. It is worth noting that a year earlier the couple had been enumerated with 3 daughters, one of whom now seems to have died. Recorded with them were four male slaves, who would have been Alexander van Couchin, September van Manda, Cassamie of Origin Unknown and Fortuijn van Bougis. All of these individuals appear variously in the record connected to one or both of the principles.7
1735 Jacob Jansen was enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in Cape District, he is enumerated after Adolf Jonker (312) and before Joh[annes] Piet[e]r van Geen (314.)8
1738 Jacob Jansen was enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in Cape District, he is enumerated after Antony Valentyn (0503) and before Tsiapimki (0505.)9

Citations

  1. [S744] Mansell Upham 'God's Slave & Afrikaner 'Hearts of Darkness' - Abdullah alias Adolf Jonker (c. 1709-1779)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), May 2013. "Den 15 dito [October 1741] … Jacobus Jansen, van Amsterdam burger alhier jongman, met Emerentia Schot van Cabo de Goede Hoop jonge dochter."
  2. [S856] Mansell Upham 'Identifying Jonker van Macassar', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://www.e-family.co.za/ffy/RemarkableWriting/…), April 2016. "Jacob Jansz: / Janze halfslag born in slavery c. 1715."
  3. [S744] Mansell Upham 'UL28 Adolf Jonker', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), "b3 Talie[p?] (Talib) / aka Jacob Jansz: / Janze born c. 1711-1715; manumitted 24 April 1733."
  4. [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), 1719 Census of Cape, Stellenbosch and Drakenstein
    Householder Last Name:           MacAsser Van
    Householder First Name:          Jonker
    District:                    Cape District
    Comment:               Freeblack
    Spouse Surname:               Caap van der
    Spouse First Name:               Rosetta
    Free Males:               1
    Free Females:               1
    Free Sons:               2
    Free Daughters:               0
    Knechts:                    0
    Male Adult Slaves:               2
    Female Adult Slaves:          0
    Male Slave Boys:               0
    Female Slave Girls:               0
    Horses:                    0
    Cattle:                    0
    Sheep:                    0
    Pigs:                    0
    Vines:                    0
    Leggers Of Wine:               0
    Barley Sown:               0
    Barley Reaped:               0
    Oats Sown Muids:               0
    Oats Reaped Muids:          0
    Rye Sown:               0
    Rye Reaped:               0
    Sabres:                    1
    Carbines:                    1
    Pistols:                    0
    All Slaves:               2
    Sequence Number In Original IDNO:     0334
    Source:                    Opgaafrolle KA 4060 (April 1720)
    Source Location:               Cape Town Archives. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  5. [S761] Opgaafrol, FILE NUMBER; J; Tax Rolls, 1721, Cape Archive Depot, 0336 Macassar V VS Jonker 112 2 K
    0336B Java V VS Rosetta K. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
  6. [S860] Opgaafrol, FILE NUMBER; J; Tax Rolls, 1721, Cape Archive Depot, 0324A MACASSAR VAN VS [Vrijswart] JONKER 1 [Male] 1 [Female] 2 [Sons] 3 [Daughters] 3 [Slaves]
    0324B MACASSAR VAN VS [Vrijswart] ROSETTA. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
  7. [S864] Opgaafrol, FILE NUMBER; J; Tax Rolls, 1721, Cape Archive Depot, 0396 Macassar v VS Jonker 1122 (1 man, 1 woman, 2 sons, 2 daughters) 4 (slaves) K
    0396B Macassar v VS Rosetta K. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
  8. [S866] Opgaafrol, FILE NUMBER; J; Tax Rolls, 1735, Cape Archive Depot, 0313 Jansz Jacobus 1 (male) 1[?] 1 [?] K. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
  9. [S867] Opgaafrol, FILE NUMBER; J; Tax Rolls, 1738, Cape Archive Depot, 0504 Jansz Gelys [?] 1 (man) K. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
 

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