Jan van Madagascar1

M, #14142, b. circa 1650

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Last Edited13/03/2016
BirthOrigin*Jan was from Madagascar and was perhaps born there circa 1650.1 
Contract* On 22 September 1694 Jan van Madagascar concluded a contract with Jan Kotze in which the latter promised to pay Jan Rds. 45 for his services.2 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.22 September 1694, the name of Jan was written in the record as Jan van Malagassies.3
Slave TransactionsOn 10 November 1677 Tidoor van Goa and Jan van Madagascar were sold by Tobias Marquaert to Leendert Jansz van Gijselen, as part of the sale of a home, stables and erf, garden, pots, his property of 101 morgen 295 roods on the Liesbeeck known as Boschenvelt, 5 cattle, 2 horses, a fully equipped wagon and gardening equipment for a skuldbrief of f 6 300. Only the first names of the slaves were included in the record, and I have assumed these were the correct individuals.4
On 28 August 1690 Jan van Madagascar was sold from the estate of Leendert Jansz van Gijselen by Fredrick Russouw de Wit and Jan Dircks de Beer to Claas Leendertsz for Rds. 50.5,6
Slave EmancipationsOn 22 September 1694 Jan van Madagascar was emancipated by Claas Leendertsz, on condition that he first worked, satisfactorily, for three years for Jan Cotse.3


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.157.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.166. 22.9.1694, p. 20: A contract in which Jan Cotse promised to pay Jan from Malagassics Rds. 45 for his services.
  3. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.166. 22.9.1694, p. 19: Jan from Malagassies (40), a slave belonging to Claas Leenderts van Houten, manumitted on condition that he gives satisfaction as a worker to Jan Cotse whom he was to serve for three years.
  4. [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Kaapse notariële stukke waarin slawe van vryburgers en amptenare vermeld word (II), Die tweede Dekade 1671-1680", Kronos (Die notariële stukke II) 15 (1999): 10.11.1677          T 159           TS I, g.p.
    Tobias Marquart, vryburger, verkoop aan Leendert van Gyselen, mede vryburger, sy woonhuis, stalle en erf en wat verder daarop is, tuin, alle pote, ens, 101 morge 295 [vk] roede langs die Liesbeeckrivier, Boschenvelt met twee slawe, Tidoor en Jan, 5 beeste, 2 perde, ‘n wa met volle toebehore, en tuingereedskap vir ‘n skuldbrief van f 6 300.. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."
  5. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700, p.157. 28.8.1690, pp. 16-17: Jan from Madagascar (40), sold by Jan Dircx de Beer and Frederick Rossouw de Wit ex the estate of the late Leendert van Gijselen to Claas Leendertsz for Rds. 50.
  6. [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), Sequence IDNO:       0742     
    Slaves First Name:       Jan     
    Presumed Place Of Origin:       van Madagascar     
    Day Of Sale:       28     
    Month Of Sale:       8     
    Year Of Sale:       1690     
    Type Of Sale:       Domestic     
    Type Of Name:       Christian     
    Continental Origin Code:       Mada&Mau     
    Slaves Age:       40     
    Slaves Gender:       Male     
    Price In Rixdollars:       55     
    Sellers Last Name:       Van Gijselen     
    Sellers First Name:       Leendert     
    Sellers Civil Status:       burgher     
    Sellers Gender:       Male     
    Sellers Domicile:       Liesbeeck valley     
    Sellers Occupation:       Market Gardener     
    Buyers Last Name:       Leendertsz     
    Buyers First Name:       Claas     
    Buyers Civil Status:       burgher     
    Buyers Gender:       Male     
    Buyers Domicile:       Cape district     
    Buyers Occupation:       hired servant     
    Primary Reference:       Member of orphan chamber. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.

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