Billiam van Rotti1

M, #15405, b. circa 1642

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Last Edited19/03/2016
BirthOrigin*Billiam was from Roti and may have been born there circa 1642. He was 30 when sold as a slave in 1672. Rotti, in Indonesian Pulau Rote/Roti, is one of the islands in the Indonesian archipelago.1 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.28 March 1679, the name of Billiam was written in the record as Bijliam van Rotti.2
Slave TransactionsBilliam van Rotti and Billiam van Rotti were sold by Admiral Joan Barra to Dirck Jansz Smient on 16 April 1672, for Rds. 140.3,4
Before 28 March 1679 Billiam van Rotti was sold by Dirck Jansz Smient to Henningh Hùijsing and Claas Gerrits van Deventer, for f 1 180:10 in a transaction which included 235 sheep. The purchasers acknowledged the debt which was to be paid in two instalments.5


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 130.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse notariële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (II), Die tweede Dekade 1671-1680", Kronos (Die notariële stukke II) 15 (1999): 28.3.1679          TS 2, g.p.
    Bijliam van … ,. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 130. 16.4.1672, pp. 207-208: Nicolaas from J afnapatam and BilIiam from the island of Rotti, both about 30 years old, sold by Admiral Joan Barra to Dirck Jansz Smient for Rds. 140.
  4. [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die notariële stukke II", 16.4.1672     CTD 5, p. 207
    d’Ed Joan Barra, opperkoopman en vooradmiraal oar die Ceylonse retoerskepe en met die Swanenburgh terugkerende, verkoop aan sr Dirck Janssen Smient, burgerraad alhier, twee lyfeies Nicolaas van Jaffanapatnam en Billiam van die eiland Rotti, beide reeds 30 jaar oud, vir 140 Rds.
  5. [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die notariële stukke II", 28.3.1679          TS 2, g.p.
    Henningh Huijsen van Hamborgh en Claas Gerrits van Deventer, ‘g’assosieerde burgers,’ skuld die ed. manhaften Dirck Jansz Smient, kaptein, die som van f 1 180:10 vir 235 halfslag skape gekoop asook die slaaf Bijliam van … , betaalbaar in twee paaiemente.

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