Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen

M, #7626, b. circa 1630, d. 3 February 1687

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited05/07/2017
Birth*Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen was born circa 1630.1
Marriage*He married Henriette Chastelain in 1672.2
MarriageHe married Judith van den Bogaerde before May 1667.3
Death*He died on 3 February 1687 Batavia, Java, Indonesia, .2
Employment* On 27 September 1666 Zacharias Wagenaer resigned as commander de Caep de Goede Hoop and was succeeded by Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen.4 
Occupation*He was VOC Commander at the Cape between 27 September 1666 and 11 August 1668. He also served at Malacca.5 
(Lender) Loan On 8 January 1667Anthonij de Later van Japan and Annike van Bengale signed an acknowledgement of debt in favour of Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen for f 200. They agreed to repay the loan at their earliest convenience, otherwise they would serve Van Quaelberg until it was repaid. The lien was revoked on 2 February 1668.6 
(Official) LandGrant On 25 February 1667, Angela van Bengale was granted an erf in Heerestraat (modern day Strand Street), Table Valley. Heerestraat continued to the north; Wouter Mostert lived on the eastern border of the property; there was undeveloped property to the south toward Table Mountain; and the tail of the Lion's rump was on the western perimetre. It was 57' long, and 50' wide, rynlandse measure. She owned the property in full, was permitted to build on it, establish a garden, to sow , plant, bepoot [?]; and could sell it outright or hire it out. The first three years were tax free and the grant was made by Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen.7,8 
Baptisms - WitnessCommandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen and Judith van den Bogaerde witnessed the baptism of Cornelis Victor on 16 October 1667 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.9
Slave BirthsBefore 13 November 1667, Adriaantje Gabrielsz was born in bondage and was owned by Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen de Caep de Goede Hoop.10
Slave TransactionsMatthijs van Coromandel, Catharina van Malabar and Paulo van Malabar may have been the slaves sold by Maria de Bucquoij, to Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen on 30 September 1666, for Rds 250.11,12
Catharina van Malabar was most likely sold by Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen, to Jacob van Borghorst after 18 June 1668, when the latter became Governor at the Cape. This transaction is assumed.
After 18 June 1668 Claas Gerrits van Bengale, Mathijs van Angola, Anthonij Jansz van Bengale, Andries van der Kust Coromandel, Jeronimus van Coromandel, Titus van Bengale and Baddou van Bali were sold by departing Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen to his successor Jacob van Borghorst. The price paid was f 1 680.13
Company JournalOn 1 December 1666 Commandeur Cornelis van Quaelbergen wrote in his journal: December 1st.... This afternoon our agriculturist Jan Coenraad Visser returned from the interior. At his, and his companion's request, they had been sent out with another Company's servant in November last to catch wild horses. They brought with them alive a young and extraordinarily beautiful striped foal, having the shape of a horse, but with long ears. It had been caught in snares with its dam near Riebeeck's Kasteel; but the mare, finding herself captured, had kicked and jumped in order to get free, and struggled so long, yea! bitten off her own tongue, that she finally died in the snare, as the skin which they brought showed. Time will show whether the foal, which was slightly sprained in the loins, will be reared. Obtained 1 ox and 9 sheep from the Cochoquas.14


  1. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  2. [S428] Website Wikipedia ( ""
  3. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: ao 1667
    May: 16: een dochter van Augustinus Boccaert ende Catharina Prippolnagel genaemt Judith Peeters waren de Heer Joan van Dam, en Juffr Judith van den Bogaerde huysvrouwe van den E.Heer Commdr. Cornelis Qualbergen, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).
  4. [S788] Webpage Tanap ( "…."
  5. [S428] Website Wikipedia ( "]"
  6. [S853] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)", Kronos - Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670) 15 (1988): 8.1.1667     CTD 3, p.120
    Anthonij van Japan [self teken hy Antoni van Japan] en Annica van Bengale, albei ‘echte’ vryliede, skuld Comelis van Quaelberg, kommandeur, f 200 wat hulle geleen en beloof het om na hul vermoë by die eerste [geleentheid] te betaal. Indien hulle dit nie kan doen nie, sal hulle Quaelberg moet dien tot dat die bedrag vergoed is. Die skuldbrief is op 2.2.1668 gerojeer. [Behalwe Anthonij en Annica het geen amptenaar die document geteken nie.]. Hereinafter cited as "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)."
  7. [S853] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)", 25.2.1667                                              CTD 3, p.168
    Aan Angela van Bengale, gewese slavin van onderkoopman Abraham Gabbema, nou vrygekoop, word op haar versoek ‘n erf in Tafelvallei in Heerestraat toegeken, ten noorde daarvan is Heerestraat, ten ooste woon vryburger Wouter Cornelis Mostaert, ten suide is dit nog onbebou na Tafelberg, ten weste is die stert van Leeuwenberg, lank 57 voet, breed 50 voet rynlandse maat met die reg om die erf in volle eiendom te aanvaar, daarop te bou, tuine aan te lê, te besaai, beplant, bepoot asook om in geheel te verhuur of te verkoop met die eerste driejaar vry van belastings. [‘n 1673 afskrif.]
  8. [S850] Mansell Upham 'Respectability Regained - Moeder Jagt`s truimphant reversal of her slave past', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (, August 2014. "Maaij Ansela is granted (25 February 1667) an erf in Table valley by the new commander Cornelis van Quaelbergen, bordering to the north on the Heerestraat (present-day Strand Street) and on the east on the property of the burgher councillor Wouter Cornelisz: Mostaert (from Utrecht). She retains this house until her death (1720)."
  9. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.): ao 1667
    Den 16 Oct: een soontje van Do' Victor en Stynje van den Bergh wiert genaemt Cornelis, tot getuygen stonden den E.H.Commandr. Cornelis van Quaelbergen en Judith van den Boogaerde syn resp' huysv', 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch
  10. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.): dito (13 November) een slaevinne kint van den E.H.Comman: Quaelbergen, wiert genaemt Adriaentje de moeder Catharyn tot getuyge stont in persoon van de Juffr Quaelbergen haer slaevinne, 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch
  11. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 127. 30.9.1666, III, p. 108: Mathijs, Paulo and Catharijn sold by Maria de Buquoij to Cornelis van Quaelbergen for Rds. 250.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  12. [S853] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)", 30.9.1666     CTD 3, p.117
    Juffr. Maria de Buquoij verkoop aan die edele Cornelis van Quaelbergh, kommandeur, twee stuks slawe en ‘n slavin, Matthijs, Paulo en die ‘meijt’ Catharijn vir 250 Rds. [Die stuk is opgestel op die skip Dordrecht.]
  13. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.30 When Cornelis van Quaelbergen left, he sold seven of his slaves to his successor Jacob Borghorst for f 1 680. Five of these slaves, Claes [Gerritsz: van Bengale -6980], Mathijs [van Angola - 13907], Anthonij [Jansz van Bengale - 5747], Andries [17551] and Jeronimus [Jeremias van Coromandel - 15346] came from the Coast of Coromandel; one named Tita [Titus van Bengale - 9454] came from Bengal and the seventh slave is described as "een Maleijer gent. Barru" [Baddu/Baddou van Bali - 15345].
  14. [S574] H.C.V. Leibbrandt Compiler, (Castle Street, Cape Town: W.A. Richards & Sons, 1901), pp. 202-203. Hereinafter cited as Journal 1662-1670 - Zacharias Wagenaer.

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