Huijberttjen van de Caep van Semela1

F, #18743, b. before 7 September 1698
Mother*Semesia van Madagascar1 b. c 1665

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Last Edited21/07/2018
Birth*Huijberttjen van de Caep van Semela was born before 7 September 1698 in de Caep de Goede Hoop.1
BaptismHuijberttjen van de Caep van Semela was baptized on 7 September 1698 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town).2 
RacialDesignation* On 7 September 1698 Huijberttjen van de Caep van Semela was described as halfslag, a racial tag meaning she was mixed race, i.e. the father would most likely have been white. For more on the racial and social typecasting of the period, visit this page: Nomenclature & identity tags peculiar to the Cape of Good Hope deriving from an individual’s legal status made for legally-entrenched hierarchic discrimination.1 
(Child) 1714 LodgeCensus31 August 1714, Semesia van Madagascar was enumerated as a Company-owned slave in the census of the Slave Lodge (Cape Town). Also enumerated in this census were her children, Marretie van de Caep, Susanna van de Caep, Apollonia van de Caep, Huijberttjen van de Caep van Semela and Christoffel van de Caep. Semesia's grandchildren through her daughters Marretie (son and daughter) and Susanna (daughter) were also enumerated, and were respectively, Arnoldus van de Caep van Marretie [Fredrika] van Semesia, Maria van de Caep van Mariaitje Fredrika van Semisia and Johanna van de Caep van Susanna van Semesia.3 
Slaves Owned by the CompanyOn 7 September 1698 Semesia van Madagascar and Huijberttjen van de Caep van Semela were enslaved and owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) at the Cape.1


  1. [S502] Website Family Search (
  2. [S502] Website Family Search ( "7 Sept: [1698]
    een kint
    van Ismijea [Similea?] [van Madagascar] gent. Huijbertie, [Halfslag]
    van Flora [van Madagascar] gent. Catrijn, [Heelslag]
    van Soer [van Madagascar] gent. Antonij, [Halfslag]"
  3. [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). Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.

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