Jan van Batavia1

M, #5438, b. 1657/58

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Last Edited28/10/2021
BirthOrigin*Jan was from Batavia and may have been born there in 1657/58. He was 13 years old when sold as a slave in 1671.1 
Slave TransactionsOn 23 February 1671 Jan van Batavia was sold by Jan Jansz de Ruijter to Wouter Mostert de Caep de Goede Hoop, for Rds. 40.1,2
On 7 April 1678 Thomas van Bengale, Jan van Batavia, Paulus van Cabo Verde and Pieternel were sold by Hester Weijers for a skuldbrief of f 8 500 to Willem van Wijk and Gerrit Theunisz, the transaction included the farm Paradijs, in Constantia, with its homestead, land, home, stables and all fixed property; as also 19 cattle, 100 halfslag sheep, a gelding, a wagon, a plough with fittings, garden implements such as skoppe en grawe — spades and shovels.3,4


  1. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p. 128: 23.02.1671 V. pp.108-109: Jan van Batavia (13), sold by Jan Jansz de Ruijter to Wouter Mostaert for Rds. 40.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  2. [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): 23.2.1671     CTD 5, p. 108
    Jan Jansz de Ruijter, gewese vryman van Batavia, verkoop aan Wouter Mostaert, burger, die slafie genaamd Jan van Batavia, 13 jaar oud , vir 40 Rds. [Geteken Ijan Ijansz]. Hereinafter cited as "Die notariële stukke II."
  3. [S607] J.L. (Leon) Hattingh, "Die notariële stukke II", 7.4.1678     T 164           (T 219)      TS 3, g.p.
    Hester van Lier, weduwee van oudburgerraad Wouter Mostaert, verkoop aan Willem van Wijck en Gerrit Theunisz, in vennootskap en vry landbouers alhier, die hofstede en land, huis en stalle en alles daaraan ‘nagelvast’ asook vier lyfeies, drie slawe Tomas van Bengale, Jantje van Batavia en Paulus van Cabo Verde en ‘n slavin Pietemeel van … asook 19 beeste, 100 halfslag skape en ‘n reunperd, ‘n wa, ploeg, eg met toebehore en alle tuingereedskap soos skoppe en grawe vir ‘n skuldbrief van f 8 500.
  4. [S681] Mansell Upham 'Pai Timor - the 'accomodatory' life and times of a 17th century exiled slave family from Timor', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (http://e-family.co.za/ffy/ui66.htm), July 2012. "7 April 1678:     Partner of Willem van Wijck (from Ingen) at Paradijs, Constantia
    Hester van Lier, wid. Wouter Mostert sells to Willem van Wijck & Gerrit Theunis: in partnership & free-farmers her farm at Constantia, Paradijs & 4 slaves: Thomas van Bengale, Jantje van Batavia, Paulus van Cabo Verde & [Cape-born heelslag] Pieterneel van … [TS 3, no pagination] [T 219]."

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