Magdalena van de Caep van Cecilia van de Caep1

F, #13840, b. before 23 September 1696
Mother*Cicilia Swerisse2 b. b 8 Sep 1675, d. b Dec 1713

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Last Edited15/11/2022
Slave Birth - Company OwnedMagdalena van de Caep van Cecilia van de Caep was born in bondage before 23 September 1696 and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), de Caep de Goede Hoop Magdalena van de Caep van Cecilia van de Caep.2
BaptismMagdalena van de Caep van Cecilia van de Caep was baptized on 23 September 1696 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.3,2 
RacialDesignation* On 23 September 1696 Magdalena van de Caep van Cecilia van de Caep was described as castijs, a racial tag meaning she was a child of a mesties or mulatto slave mother and white father. 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.1 
Duplicate?*It is possible that Magdalena van de Caep van Cecilia van de Caep and Johanna Kemp are the same individual. Johanna Kemp's stated age at death indicates a birth date in August 1696 - and the baptism for Magdalena fits the profile for Johanna. In addition, the mother in the baptism immediately succeeding that of Magdalena is also named Magdalena, creating the environment for a potential scribal error.

Magdalena, daughter of Cecilia, never appears in the record again.2,4 
Slaves Owned by the CompanyOn 23 September 1696 Cicilia Swerisse and Magdalena van de Caep van Cecilia van de Caep were enslaved and owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) at the Cape.1


  1. [S502] Website Family Search (
  2. [S665] Mansell Upham 'Johanna Kemp - An enquiry into the ancestry of the Cape-born Johanna Kemp (c. 1689-1778) - wife of Jacob Krüger (from Sadenbeck)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (This article is under review), March 2012. "Magdalena [error for Johanna?] casties baptized Cape 23 September 1696."
  3. [S502] Website Family Search ( "23 [September] 1696. Een kint
    van Cicilia vande Caep, genaemt - Magdalena, [Castijs]
  4. [S668] Dr. E.E. Mossop, Lives of the earlier Krugers told in a revised genealogical table, Archives Year Book for South African History (Cape Town: Government Printer, Union of South Africa, 1947), POSTSCRIPTUM.
    JOHANNA KEMP, stam moeder, d. 27.10.1778 and was buried 30.10.1778. This information was sent by Pieter Ernst Kruger (b)7 in a letter to his nephews, nieces and his nephew-in-law Daniel Coenraad Braune written from either Orangefontein or Zoute Kloof on 22.11.1778. (MOOC 14/50) He, at the time he wrote this letter, believed that his brother Johannes Kruger (b)4 had recently died. He states "Ik hebbe verstaan dat broeder jan Kruger ook doot soude weesen maar nog geen schryvinge daar van gehat.” Two original signatures of Jacobus Kruger(b)1, eldest son of the
    stamvader, dated 17.2.1777 are also contained in MOOC 14/50. They are receipts for monies received some twenty months before his death. The stam moeder died aged 82 years and two months; it would appear therefore that she was born in August 1696. Her original signature, made 28.10.1720, is in CJ 2600. No. 67 Cape Archives.
    [Extract kindly shared by Barry Kruger in an email to e-mail address on 27 Mar 2012, 13:45]. Hereinafter cited as Lives of the earlier Krugers.

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