Helena van de Caep van Wolletombo

F, #9649, b. before 1 August 1688
Mother*Walletombo van Madagascar b. c 1670

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited10/08/2017
Slave Birth - Company OwnedHelena van de Caep van Wolletombo was born in bondage before 1 August 1688 and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), Slave Lodge, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop, Helena van de Caep van Wolletombo.1
BaptismHelena van de Caep van Wolletombo was baptized on 1 August 1688 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by Luitnt' Dominiqu Paque de Schavonnes and Andrijs de Man.1 


  • Susanna van de Caep van Helena b. b 7 Nov 1700; This relationship is assumed. Helena was alive in the 1693 census of the Slave Lodge, and I have not identified another woman who fits the chronological profile to be a first-time mother in 1700, which I believe to be the case. It was not uncommon for very young women, who likely had just entered puberty to become pregnant3
CensusLodge1693*1693 Helena van de Caep van Wolletombo was enumerated on the census of the Slave Lodge, she was said to be the creole daughter of Vali Tombi [sic] and a child in school.2 
Slaves Owned by the CompanyOn 7 November 1700 Helena van de Caep van Wolletombo and Susanna van de Caep van Helena were enslaved and owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) at the Cape.3


  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: [Ao. 1688]
    naarvolgende kinderen uijt de Slave logie gedoopt ten
    overstaan van Mons:[eignieu]rs De Man en Cap:[teijn] Dom:[inicus] De Schavonnes
    als getuijgen van [s vonijes] wegen.
    Een kind van Cicilia en is genaamdt Constantia
    een kind van Maria haar kindt is genaamdt Pieter
    een kindt van Mijtzele en is genaamt Catarina
    een kint van Kallehijzang en is genaamd Jan
    een kindt van Somesie en is genaamdt Marretie
    een kind van Wolletombo en is genaamdt Helena
    een kindt van Warie en is genaamdt Eva
    een kindt van Armosije en is genaamdt Claas
    een kindt van Calmeronde en is genaamt Catrijn
    een kind waar van de moeder Dood is en is genaamt Anna[My thanks to Mansell Upham for correcting the transcription of 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), Sequence No:       1693-313     
    First Name Of Slave:       Helena     
    Birth Status:       Creole     
    Continent:       Africa-Cape     
    Descent Classification:       Halfslag="half-breed     
    Gender:       Female     
    Age Category:       Child     
    Location Or Domicile:       Cape Town: Skool     
    Status:       Slave     
    Occupation:       Scholar     
    Relations Within Census:       dogter     
    Relations Name:       Vali Tombi     
    Archives And Document:       Algemene Rijksarchief: VOC 4030     
    Document Name:       Generale Opneeming     
    Date:       1693-01-01     
    Page Number:       367. Hereinafter cited as Changing Hands.
  3. [S502] Website Family Search (www.familysearch.org).

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