Lysbeth van de Caep

F, #7998, b. 14 August 1667
Mother-Candidate*Claesje van Angola b. c 1645, d. b 31 Dec 1732; This relationship is offered with a view toward further discovery in the record. At the time of Lysbeth's birth, Maaij Claesje was apparently the only female slave owned by Abraham Schut.

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  • Leonora van de Caep b. 10 Jan 1700; This relationship is assumed - along with two siblings, Leonora is named in the 1714 Slave Lodge as the daughter of Lijs Rodesteen. The same siblings are baptised as the children of Lysbeth Rootsteen and Elizabeth Rootstein.4
BaptismsLysbeth van de Caep was baptized on 14 August 1667 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by Abraham Schut and Joanna Leijtenburgh.1
NotesBetween 1675 and 1714 the Company owned several Cape born women named Elisabeth / Lisjbeth and variants thereof. Apart from some individuals, it is very difficult to work out who their mothers or who their children were. The things I consider include:
---the age they were considered adult, which seems to have been when they reached puberty although in some instances seems to include prepubuscent children
---age gaps between children. The gaps between the birth of children seem predominantly to be between 12 to 36 months, but occasionally less or more
---naming patterns and the way some individuals are identified in the lodge census records in which both mothers and grandmothers are identified

These women may include Lysbeth van de Caep, Lysbeth van de Caep, Lysbeth van de Caep and Lijsbeth van de Caep.
Slave BirthsBefore 14 August 1667, Lysbeth van de Caep was born in bondage and was owned by Abraham Schut de Caep de Goede Hoop.1
Slave TransactionsAfter 14 August 1667 Ventura van Ceylon was sold for f 277:10. Sold with him for f 225 were a female slave, Pollecij and her child, who may have been Claesje van Angola and Lysbeth van de Caep. The seller was the departing Abraham Schut and the purchaser the incoming commander Jacob van Borghorst.2
On 31 December 1669 Andries van der Kust Coromandel, Claas Gerrits van Bengale, Mathijs van Angola, Anthonij Jansz van Bengale, Jeronimus van Coromandel, Titus van Bengale, Baddou van Bali, Ventura van Ceylon, Claesje van Angola, Abraham van Guinea, Maria da Costa van Bengale and Lysbeth van Bengale were sold by the departing commander Jacob van Borghorst to the Company for f 2 842:10:-, the amount he had originally paid for them. Included in the sale were three children, who, because they fit the profile, I have for the present presumed to be Lysbeth van de Caep, Anna Pieters and Anthonij van de Caep; the first the child of Pollecij/Maaij Claesje van Angola and the third and fourth the daughter and son of Lijsbeth van Bengale. However, at least some of these slaves came into the possession of Joan Bax van Herentals, Borghorst's successor.3
Slaves Owned by the CompanyOn 10 January 1700 Lysbeth van de Caep and Leonora van de Caep were enslaved and owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) at the Cape.4


  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: ao 1667
    Den 14 Aug: een slaefinne kindt van Abra: Schut wiert genaemt Lysbeth onder getuychenisse van haer vrouw en meester, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).
  2. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.30: From Lieutenant Abraham Schut, Jacob Borghorst bought the slave Ventura [7950] for f 277:10 and a slave woman [Claesje v Angola – 8113?] together with her child [Lysbeth vd Caep - 7998?] for f 225.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  3. [S788] Webpage Tanap ( "Reference code: C. 5, pp. 89-91.
    Dingsdagh den 31en December ao. 1669."
  4. [S502] Website Family Search (

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