Rosetta van Bengale
F, #15507, b. circa 1720
|Notice||Rosetta van Java, Jonker van Macassar, Rosetta van Bengale, Catharina van de Caep, Catharina van de Caep, Adolph Jonker, Jacob Jansen, Johannis van de Caep, Johanna van de Caep, Johanna Jonker, Maria Juliana Jansen, Adam van Batavia, Bastiaen van Cijlon and Johannes Jansz van Ceijlon are the subjects of two important articles published by Remarkable Writing on the First Fifty Years project as part of Mansell Upham's Uprooted Lives series. (Clicking on the title will take you directly to a download of the article.)|
The first is: God's Slave and Afrikaner 'Hearts of Darkness' — Abdullah alias Adolf Jonker (c.1707-1770)
And the second: Identifying Jonker van Macassar
There will be further updates to the profiles of some of these individuals in due course.
|BirthOrigin*||Rosetta was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1720. The date is estimated.1|
|Marriage*||She married Aron van Balij on 21 October 1742 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,3|
|Marriage*||She married Johannes Jansz: van Batavia on 15 October 1758 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).4,5|
|Will*||Aron van Balij and Rosetta van Bengale left a will on 8 December 1747.6|
|Names in the record, in publications, etc.||12 October 1734, the name of Rosetta was written in the record as Rosetta van Bengalen.1|
21 October 1742, the name of Rosetta was written in the record as Rosetta van de Kust.7
|Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)||1735 Rosetta van Bengale was enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in Cape District, she is enumerated with one daughter and one slave after Susanna Leendertsz (442) and before Johanna van Ceylon (444.)8|
1738 Rosetta van Bengale was enumerated on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) in Cape District, she is enumerated with one slave after Ravia van der Kaap and before Manus van Macassar.9
|Slave Emancipations||On 12 October 1734 Rosetta van Bengale was emancipated by the Company, in terms of a resolution of the Council of Policy. A company slave, she had been entrusted to serve - in eijgendom toegetrouwd hebende - the now-deceased Rosetta van Bougies, that is Rosetta van Java.10,1|
In 1739 Aron van Balij was emancipated by Rosetta van Bengale.11
|Slaves owned by individuals||Between 1734 and 1739 Aron van Balij became the property of Rosetta van Bengale. She was a slave until 12 October 1734 and could therefor not have owned him until she was emancipated.|
- [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. "12 October 1734: Rosetta van Bengale manumitted by resolution of the Council of Policy [CA: C 3084, Obligatiën, Transporten van Slaven &c., (1734), pp. 133-134], viz: … Seekere Slave Meijd Gen:[aam]t Rosetta van Bengalen in eijgendom toegetrouwd hebbende de boovengen:[oemde] Rosetta van Bougis …."
- [S733] VC 621, NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: [Den 21 October 1742] Aron van Batij [sic - Balij], en Rosetta van de Kust bijde vrijswarten., (1713-1756), Cape Town Archives Repository, Private Bag X9025, Cape Town, South Africa, 021-4624050. Hereinafter cited as NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town).
- [S744] Mansell Upham 'UL28 Adolf Jonker', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), "marries (3) Cape Town 21 October 1742
Arend / A(a)ron van Bali
Den 21 October  … Aron van Balij, en Rosetta van de Kust bijde vrijswarten."
- [S645] E-mails from Corney Keller to Delia Robertson, October 2011-November 2013 "1758
Den 15 October
Johannes Jonsz: van Batavia,
vrijzwart alhier jongman: met
Rosetta van Bengalen, weduwe
van Arend Balij."
- [S379] Delia Robertson, translator, Cape Melting Pot - the role and status of the mixed population at the Cape, 1652-1795 (Johannesburg, South Africa: Delia Robertson, 2005) Translated from Groep Sonder Grense, Die Rol en Status van die Gemengde Bevolking aan die Kaap 1652-1795, by H.F. Heese, M.A., PH.D , JANSEN, Johannes Batavia
x 1758 Rosetta van Bengal, widow of Arend van Bali
MR. Hereinafter cited as Cape Melting Pot.
- [S862] Joint Will of Aron van Balij and Rosetta van Bengale of Cape Town, 8 December 1747, MOOC, 7/1/10, NO. 37. Proved in the Master of the Orphan Chamber, 21 April 1758 (Western Cape Archives and Records Service).
- [S744] Mansell Upham 'UL28 Adolf Jonker', Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), "[Den 21 October . … Aron van Balij, en Rosetta van de Kust bijde vrijswarten]"
- [S866] Opgaafrol, FILE NUMBER; J; Tax Rolls, 1735, Cape Archive Depot, 0443 Begale v VS Rosetta 1 (woman) 1 (daughter) 1 (slave) K. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
- [S867] Opgaafrol, FILE NUMBER; J; Tax Rolls, 1738, Cape Archive Depot, 0515 Bengale v VS Rosetta 1 (woman) 1 (slave) K. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
- [S861] Emancipation of Rosetta van Bengale 1734, 133-134; CJ 3084, Court of Justice; Obligatiën, Transporten van Slaven &c., 1734, Western Cape Archives and Records Service, Roeland Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
- [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: Aron
Toponym: van Bali
Descent: Full breed
Name Type: Old Testament
Continental Origin: Indonesian Archipelago
Slave Place Origin: Bali
Simplified Age: Adult
Slave Status: Free Black
Kin Involved: No
Owner Related: No
No Of Slaves In Manumission Related: 1
Owner Surname: van Bengal
Owner First Name: Rosetta
Owner Ethnicity: Indian sub continent
Owner Toponym: van Bengal
Owner Death Status: Alive
Owner Gender: Female
Owner Status: Free Black
Owner Occupation: Housewife
Owner District: Table Valley
Manumitter Surname: van Bengal
Manumitter First Name: Rosetta
Manumitter Ethnicity: Indian sub continent
Manumitter Toponym: van Bengal
Manumitter Gender: Female
Manumitter Status: Freeblack
Sale Transaction Year: 1739
Manumission Type: Owner's wish
Right Of Manumission: Other
Year Freed: 1739
Reference: Leibbrandt; Requesten 2. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.