Abraham van China1

M, #19024, b. circa 1666

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Last Edited14/03/2019
BirthOrigin*Abraham was described as Chinese and may therefor have been born China circa 1666. The date is estimated. I believe him not to be the same individual as Abraham Veij, who seems only to have started using the name Abraham after his baptism in 1702.1 
Arrival* In April 1675, Abraham van China arrived at the Cape from Macassar (?) on board the the Delfshaven. He was banished in chains for 16 years for theft.1 
Misc*He was included in a list of Maccassarese royalty — Lijst … de … Macasarschen Princen C.501 — sent from the Cape to the VOC in Batavia on 5 September 1686.1 


  1. [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), section on the princes of macassar, citing Letters despatched: Lijst … de … Macasarschen Princen C.501. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.

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