Titus van Bengale1

M, #16103, b. circa 1675

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Last Edited05/04/2015
BirthOrigin*Titus was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1675. Van Bengale - or from Bengal - was a term loosely applied during the period of VOC dominance to enslaved or formerly enslaved people from any of the countries bordering the Bay of Bengal. He was said to be 20 years old in 1695.1 
Baptisms - WitnessTitus van Bengale and Delvhina van der Kust Coromandel witnessed the baptism of Delia van de Caep on 8 May 1707 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.2
Slave TransactionsOn 15 March 1695 Titus van Bengale was sold by Jacob Landsheer to Simon van der Stel, for Rds. 70.3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.167.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S502] Website Family Search (www.familysearch.org) "Den [8 Meij 1707] Motai van de Kust Cormandel, heijdensche en Carrel van Bengale, Christen, onder getuijgen Titus van Bengaalen, en Delvhina van de Cust Cor[o]mandel, [Christene] lijfijgene van de [Heer] Simon vander Stel — Delia
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.167. 15.3.1695, p. 80: Titus from Bengal (20), sold by Jacob Landsheer, skipper of Vosmaer, to Simon van der Stel for Rds. 70.

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