Aron van Balij1

M, #14976, b. circa 1685

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Last Edited28/05/2016
Birth*Aron van Balij was born circa 1685 in Bali.1
Marriage*He married Rosetta van Bengale on 21 October 1742 Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,1
Will*Aron van Balij and Rosetta van Bengale left a will on 8 December 1747.3
Names in the record, in publications, etc.Aron van Balij was also known as Arend van Bali.1
21 October 1742, the name of Aron was written in the record as Rosetta van de Kust.4
Slave EmancipationsIn 1739 Aron van Balij was emancipated by Rosetta van Bengale.5
Slaves owned by individualsBetween 1734 and 1739 Aron van Balij became the property of Rosetta van Bengale. She was a slave until 12 October 1734 and could therefor not have owned him until she was emancipated.


  1. [S744] Mansell Upham 'God's Slave & Afrikaner 'Hearts of Darkness' - Abdullah alias Adolf Jonker (c. 1709-1779)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (, May 2013. "marries (3) Cape Town 21 October 1742
    Arend / A(a)ron van Bali
    Den 21 October [1742] … Aron van Balij, en Rosetta van de Kust bijde vrijswarten."
  2. [S733] VC 621, NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: [Den 21 October 1742] Aron van Batij [sic - Balij], en Rosetta van de Kust bijde vrijswarten., (1713-1756), Cape Town Archives Repository, Private Bag X9025, Cape Town, South Africa, 021-4624050. Hereinafter cited as NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town).
  3. [S862] Joint Will of Aron van Balij and Rosetta van Bengale of Cape Town, 8 December 1747, MOOC, 7/1/10, NO. 37. Proved in the Master of the Orphan Chamber, 21 April 1758 (Western Cape Archives and Records Service).
  4. [S733] VC 621, NGK Marriage Registers 1713-1756 (Cape Town) transcribed by Corney Keller: [Den 21 October 1742] Aron van Batij [sic - Balij], en Rosetta van de Kust bijde vrijswarten., 1713-1756, Cape Town Archives Repository.
  5. [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), Slave First Name:       Aron     
    Toponym:       van Bali     
    Descent:       Full breed     
    Name Type:       Old Testament     
    Continental Origin:       Indonesian Archipelago     
    Slave Place Origin:       Bali     
    Gender:       M     
    Simplified Age:       Adult     
    Repatriation:       Resident     
    Slave Status:       Free Black     
    Kin Involved:       No     
    Owner Related:       No     
    No Of Slaves In Manumission Related:       1     
    Owner Surname:       van Bengal     
    Owner First Name:       Rosetta     
    Owner Ethnicity:       Indian sub continent     
    Owner Toponym:       van Bengal     
    Owner Death Status:       Alive     
    Owner Gender:       Female     
    Owner Status:       Free Black     
    Owner Occupation:       Housewife     
    Owner District:       Table Valley     
    Manumitter Surname:       van Bengal     
    Manumitter First Name:       Rosetta     
    Manumitter Ethnicity:       Indian sub continent     
    Manumitter Toponym:       van Bengal     
    Manumitter Gender:       Female     
    Manumitter Status:       Freeblack     
    Sale Transaction Year:       1739     
    IDNO:       775     
    Manumission Type:       Owner's wish     
    Right Of Manumission:       Other     
    Year Freed:       1739     
    Reference:       Leibbrandt; Requesten 2. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.

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