October van Bengale1
M, #16450, b. circa 1677
|BirthOrigin*||October was from Bengal and was perhaps born there circa 1677. 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 1697.1|
|Slave Transactions||On 21 June 1697 Douvre van Bengale, October van Bengale, Titus van Bengale and Jan van Malabar were sold by Wilhelm Burchgraaff to Jan Dircks de Beer, respectively for Rds. 60, Rds. 70, Rds. 60 and Rds. 50.2,3|
- [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 178.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
- [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 178. 21.6.1697, p. 215: Wilhcm Burchgraaff, Commander of the return fleet sold four slaves to Jan Dircx de Beer: Douvre (18) for Rds. 60; October (20) for
Rds. 70; Titus (14) for Rds. 60 and Jan from Malabar (24) for Rds. 50.
- [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), Shell notes that Douvre, October, Titus were from Bengal, while Jan was from Malabar. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.