Titus van Bengale

M, #9454, b. circa 1660

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited02/01/2014
Birth*Titus van Bengale was born circa 1660 in Bengal.1
Baptisms - WitnessTitus van Bengale and Mary van Couchyn witnessed the baptism of Margarita van der Caep on 19 April 1680 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.1
Slave TransactionsAfter 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 1 680.2
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
On 24 May 1680 Margarita van der Caep was gifted by Tobias Vlasvath, to Titus van Bengale de Caep de Goede Hoop, on at least three occasions, Vlasvath purchased, sold, or gifted very young children.4


  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: ao 1680
    den 19 dito (April) Margarita
    de vader Jacob een slave, de moeder
    een slavin van Monsr. Vlasvat, Catarina
    Titus van Bengale en Mary van Couchyn, 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.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]. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  3. [S788] Webpage Tanap (http://databases.tanap.net/) "Reference code: C. 5, pp. 89-91.
    Dingsdagh den 31en December ao. 1669."
  4. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p. 138, 24.5.1680: Catrina, a slave woman, belonging to the fiscal Tobias Vlasvat, had a child of two months old, called Margareta. The child's father was Jacob from Bengal. Vlasvath now gave the baby to Titus from Bengal, who had been the slave of the Commissioner, Sybrant Abbema, and who promised to look after the child until it was old enough to look after itself.

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