Sara van Bengalen

F, #8075, b. circa 1650

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited02/01/2014
Birth*Sara van Bengalen was born circa 1650 in Bengal.1


Slaves Owned by the CompanyOn 23 March 1670 Sara van Bengalen may have been a slave owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) at the Cape. This theory is based on the fact that at the time, children born to slaves owned by the VOC were required to be baptised; on the fact that she is only referred to in the baptism record of her son Jan Job as van Bengale; and, on the informal way of identifying the witnesses by first name only.


  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: Anno 1670
    Den 23 Maart
    een soontje van Sara van Bengalen wiert genaamt Jan Job, tot getuygen stonden Nicolaas en Fytjen, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.).

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