Will Gutter1

M, #15999, b. circa 1645

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Last Edited27/03/2015
Birth*Will Gutter was born circa 1645.1,2
 
Occupation* On 28 December 1693 Will Gutter was captain of the English vessel Josias.1 
(Official) SlaveAbscond On 11 January 1694 Emanuel de Fonseca, a slave belonging to the recently deceased William Deeron, stole f 600 worth of his of his late owner's possessions included a small amount of cash, a diamond ring, gold and amber. Will Gutter skipper of the Josias and friend of Deeron, granted power-of-attorney to Guillaume Heems to apprehend the runaway, and hold him in custody until Gutter returned to the Cape. Fonseca took refuge with Jacob Hendrixe van Hagen a free mesties, planning to escape on the Christianus Quintus, but 16 days later the two fell out over the stolen items which had been buried on Hayes' property. Fonseca was apprehended by Heems and was tried, found guilty and sentenced to flogging and 10 years detention.3 
Slave TransactionsOn 28 December 1693 Jacob van Madras was sold by Will Gutter to Pierre Simond, for Rds. 73.4
On 28 December 1693 Claas van Madagascar was sold by Will Gutter to Pieter van der Poel, for Rds. 83.5
On 28 December 1693 Christina van Madagascar was sold by Will Gutter to Jan Cotse, for Rds. 68.6
On 28 December 1693 Anna van Madagascar was sold by Will Gutter to Godefried Meyhusen, for Rds. 75.7
On 28 December 1693 George van Madagascar was sold by Will Gutter to Simon van der Stel, for Rds. 50.8
On 29 December 1693 Margarita van Madagascar and her infant daughter Maria van Madagascar were sold by Will Gutter to Johan Mijndertze Kruijwagen for Rds. 78.9
On 12 January 1694 Lijsbeth van Madagascar was sold by Will Gutter to Gottfried Meyhuysen, for Rds. 68.10

Citations

  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.164.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 71. Will Deeron would have come back to the Cape for a fourth time, but died between Madagascar and the Cape. This time he was sailing on the vessel Josias. In a document drawn up on the 11th of January 1694 it is stated that Emanuel de Fonseca, a slave belonging to the late Will Deeron, had fled from the Josias, having stolen several of his late master's possessions: a small amount of ready cash, a diamond ring, as well as gold and amber. Will Gutter, a friend of WilIiam Deeron, gave Burgher Councillor Guilliam Heems power of attorney to hold Emanuel in custody if he were caught, and hand him back when Gutter returned to the Cape. Whether Heems actually had the opportunity to return Emanuel to his master is not known. According to an entry in the Journal of the 12th of March 1694, Emanuel found shelter with Jacob Hayes, who is described as a Free Mesties, a person whose father was white and whose mother was a slave. After about sixteen days the two began to quarrel about the stolen goods which had been buried in the house and garden of Jacob Hayes. The thief had intended to escape on the Danish vessel Christianus Quintus but was caught when Guilliam Heems found out where he was hiding. A court case followed and Hayes was flogged and sentenced to ten years of detention.
    p.164. 11.1.1694, p. 455-457: Emanuel Fonseca from Madras (25), a slave belonging to the late Will Deeron, fled from the Josias, having stolen several of his late master's possessions: money, a diamond ring, gold and amber worth about f 600. Will Gutter gave power of attorney to GuilIiam Heems to catch the slave and hold him in custody until Gutter's return.
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 28.12.1693, p. 432: Jacob from Madras (13), sold by Will Gutter, Captain of the English vessel Josias, to Petrus Simond for Rds. 73.
  5. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 28.12.1693, p. 434: Claas from Madagascar (24/25), sold by Will Gutter to Pieter van der Poel for Rds. 83.
  6. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 28.12.1693: Christina from Madagascar (24/25), sold by Will Gutter to Jan Cotze for Rds. 68.
  7. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 28.12.1693, p. 438: Anna from Madagascar (16), sold by Will Gutter to Godfried Meyhuysen for Rds. 75.
  8. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 28.12.1693, p. 444: George from Madagascar (10), sold by Will Gutter to Simon van der Stel for Rds. 50 .
  9. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 29.12.1693, p. 450: Margarita from Madagascar and her infant daughter Maria, sold by Will Gutter to J an Cruywagen for Rds. 78.
  10. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.164. 12.1.1694, p. 458: Lijsbeth from Madagascar (14/15), sold by Will Gutter to Godfried Meyhuijsen for Rds. 68.
 

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