Willem van de Caep1

M, #9817, b. before 3 December 1690
Mother*Angorie van Madagaskar b. c 1674; I have assumed this to be the correct mother and child — in the 1714 census of the lodge a young man named Willem is enumerated as the child of Ingovie, and presumably the same individual died as the child of Ingorie on 4 April 17351,2

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited04/08/2017
Slave Birth - Company OwnedWillem van de Caep was born in bondage before 3 December 1690 and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), Slave Lodge, de Caep de Goede Hoop, Willem van de Caep.1
BaptismWillem van de Caep was baptized on 3 December 1690 Slave Lodge, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by H. Capt Willem Padt and Andrijs de Man.1 
RacialDesignation* On 3 December 1690 Willem van de Caep was described as swart, a racial tag meaning both parents were African. For more on the racial and social typecasting of the period, visit this page: Nomenclature & identity tags peculiar to the Cape of Good Hope deriving from an individual’s legal status made for legally-entrenched hierarchic discrimination.3 


  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: 1690
    Den selfsden dito [3 December] van de Edl. Comps' slavinne kinderen gedoopt, ten over staen van Sr. Andrijs de Man, Secunda persoon, ende den E: Capt' Willem Padt getuijgen van Comps' weegen,
    een kindt van Maria van de Caep genaemt Cecilia halfslagh
    een kindt van Cornelia van Madagasker genaemt Leendert - halfslagh
    een kindt van Fatima van Madagasker genaemt Magdalena - halfslagh
    een kindt van Enfutie Aet van Madagasker genaemt Willem swart
    een kindt Samapol van Madagasker genaemt Susanna swart
    een kint van Mento van Madagasker genaemt Cornelis, swart
    een kint van Cecilia van Madagasker genaemt Jannetsie swart
    een kindt van Jannetie van de Caep genaemt Gerrit swart
    een kindt van Sara van Madagasker genaemt Joannes swart
    [My thanks to Mansell Upham for correcting this group of baptisms.], 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. [S432] Robert C-H Shell compiler, Changing Hands, A calendar of bondage in southern Africa, 1550 to 1888, CD-ROM; ISBN 1-86918-063-1; (Cape Town: Ancestry24, September 2007), 31 August 1714: Slave - Willem, Mother's name Ingovie
    4 April 1735: Willem van Ingorie. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  3. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/

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