Jacob van Borghorst

M, #8060, b. circa 1640

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited27/02/2016
Birth*Jacob van Borghorst was born circa 1640.1
 
Occupation* Between 18 June 1668 and 23 March 1670 Jacob van Borghorst was commander of the VOC settlement at the Cape.2 
Baptisms - WitnessJacob van Borghorst and Luitenant Johannes Coon, Agnis Kruijs and Alexandrina Maxvelt witnessed the baptism of Abraham Diemer on 29 September 1669 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.1
Slave TransactionsBetween 28 November 1665 and 18 June 1668 when Maria da Costa van Bengale and Lysbeth van Bengale were sold by Maria Prignon, widow of Ds. Petrus Wachtendorp, to Jacob van Borghorst they were either sold or passed along with their households by the incumbent ministers to their successors, who were Ds. Joan van Arckel, Dom:e Joannes de Voogd and Ds. Petrus Wachtendorp.3
After 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 Maaij Claesje van Angola and Lysbeth van de Caep. The seller was the departing Abraham Schut and the purchaser the incoming commander Jacob van Borghorst.4
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 1 680.5
After 18 June 1668 Abraham van Guinea was sold along with Maria da Costa van Bengale and Lysbeth van Bengale by Maria Prignon the widow of the minister Ds. Petrus Wachtendorp for f 660. Included in the transaction were Lijsbet's two unnamed children, probably Anna Pieters and Anthonij van de Caep. The purchaser was the incoming commander Jacob van Borghorst.6
On 9 April 1669 Catharina van Malabar was sold by Jacob van Borghorst to Rijckloff van Goens, who was enroute from Ceylon to Texel to, apparently expecting to return to the East in due when he would pick her up. However, the purchase price of Rds 80 or f 240 was paid by Luitenant Johannes Coon in an apparent dual transaction in which Coon purchased the pregnant Anna van Bengale from Van Goens, for Rds 70 or f 210 which was to be paid to Borghorst. However, if Anna died in childbirth the price was reduced by half to Rds 35.Van Goens returned to Ceylon in 1675 but Cattrijn remained at the Cape.7,8,9
On 17 April 1669 Abraham van Angola was sold by the Company to Adrianus de Vooght, for Rds 100 which had already been paid in November 1668. The transaction was authorised by the Commander, Jacob van Borghorst, seer instantelijck tot er coopen eener Comp slaeven tot sijner nootsaeckelijckheijt versoght ende d’ E Comp tamelijck daer van versien is. A condition of the sale was that he not be removed from the Cape, or sold to anyone else, without the prior approval of the Company Commander.10,11,12
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, Maaij 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.13
Company JournalOn 10 July 1669 Jacob van Borghorst wrote in his journal: July 10th.News received of the safe return of the burghers Jan Coenraad Visser and Wilhelm Wilhelmse van Deventer, who had been on a hunting expedition inland, and had returned with 3 large sea cows.14

Citations

  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: An. 1669
    Den 29 Septb'
    een soontje van Elbert Diemer en Christina Doos syn huysvr' wiert genaemt Abraham tot getuyge stonden de E.H.Com' Jacob Borghorst; en Johannes Coon met Zandrina sijn huysvr' in stade van Abraham Gabbama en Agnis Kruijs weduwe van Willem Kruijs zal, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/. 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.31. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  3. [S657] Mansell Upham 'Hell and Paradise... Hope on Constantia / De Hel en Het Paradijs... De Hoop op Constantia: Jan Grof (died ante 1700) and his extended family at the Cape of Good Hope', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), February 2012.
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, 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.
  5. [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].
  6. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, pp. 31.The widow of the Rev. Petrus Wachtendorp sold Borghorst a male slave named Serry [Abraham/Abram] who came from Guinea, together with two female slaves and two children, not mentioned by name, for f 660. In footnote 45 on this page, Böeseken notes that on his departure from the Cape in April 1670, Borghorst sold twelve slaves, including Serry, to the Company for f 2 842:10:-.
  7. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, pp. 127-128.9.4.1669, III, p. 311: Catrijn from the Coromandel Coast, sold by Jacob Borghorst to Rijckloff van Goens Jr. for Rds. 80 or f240. In the margin a note was later added that J. Coon paid this amount to Borghorst.
  8. [S203] Mansell Upham 'Cape Mothers: Groote Catrijn van Paliacatta (c. 1631-1683), her slave Maria van Bengale & her daughter-in-law Marguerite-Thérèse de Savoye (1673-1742)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), October 2014. "With Borghorst’s departure, he mostly sells (31 December 1669) his slaves to the Company - with the exception of Catharina (Catrijn) van Malabar whom he sells to Rijkckloff van Goens although the purchase price is paid by Sergeant Johannes Coon (from Sommelsdijk)..."
  9. [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): 9.4.1669 CTD 3, p.310
    Die edel heer Jacob Borghorst, kommandeur, verkoop aan die edele heer Rijckloff van Goens die jonge, admiraal van die aanwesige vier Ceylonse retoerskepe en op die skip De Logge [Kogge?] die slavin Cattrijn van die Kus van Coromandel vir 80 Rds of f 240. [Nota deur Borghorst] Die bedrag is betaal deur luitenant Johannes Coon.
    9.4.1669     CTD 3, p.311
    Die edel heer Rijckloff van Goens die jonge, admiraal van die aanwesige vier Ceylonse ret oerskepe en op die skip De Logge [Kogge?] wat op vertrek staan na Patria, verkoop aan die provisionele luitenant Johannes Coon die slavin Anna van Bengale, wat swanger is, op die voorwaarde dat as sy met die kraam te sterwe kom net die helfte, 35 Rds, anders moet 70 Rds of f 210 aan kommandeur Jacob Borghorst oorhandig word.. Hereinafter cited as "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)."
  10. [S853] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse noteriële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (1658 - 1730? 1670)", 17.4.1669      CTD 3, p.286
    Die edelheer Jacob Borghorst, kommandeur, verklaar aangesien Adrianus de Vooght, bedienaar van die Goddelike Woord, 'seer instantelijck tot er coopen eener Comp slaeven tot sijner nootsaeckelijckheijt versoght ende d' E Comp tamelijck daer van versien is', daar ingestem is om die Kompanjie slaaf Abram van Angola aan hom te verkoop vir 100 Rds op die voorwaarde dat hy die slaaf nie sal mee neem as hy die Kaap verlaat of met die verkoop daarvan toelaat dat dit die Kaap verlaat sonder toestemming van die kommandeur nie. [Die geld was blykbaar al die einde van November 1668 aan die Kompanjie betaal. Die dokument is deur niemand onderteken nie.]
  11. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 127.17.4.1669, III, pp. 286-287: Abram from Angola, a slave belonging to the Company, sold by the Rev. Adrianus de Vooght for Rds. 100. (Unsigned document.).
  12. [S606] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "A.J. Böeseken se Addendum van Kaapse slawe-verkoopstransaksies: Foute en regstellings", Kronos (Foute en regstellings) 9 (1984): As die oorspronklike hiervan noukeurig gelees word, blykd dit dat kommandeur Jacob Borghorst, wie se naam Böeseken eers glad nie noem nie, die eintlike verkoper is. Ds. De Vooght is maar net die aankoper. Niks in die dokument sê ook dat dit 'n slaaf van die kompanjie was nie en daarom moet ons aanvaar dat dit Borghorst se eie slaaf was. [Hattingh reversed this interpretations in his subsequent article on transactions from 1658 to 1670.]. Hereinafter cited as "Foute en regstellings."
  13. [S788] Webpage Tanap (http://databases.tanap.net/) (Original records held by unknown repository, unknown repository address) "Reference code: C. 5, pp. 89-91.
    Dingsdagh den 31en December ao. 1669."
  14. [S574] H.C.V. Leibbrandt Compiler, (Castle Street, Cape Town: W.A. Richards & Sons, 1901), p.291. Hereinafter cited as Journal 1662-1670 - Zacharias Wagenaer.
 

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