Abraham van de Caep

M, #9824, b. before 18 March 1691
Mother*Anna van de Caep b. c 1675; I am assuming the same women gave birth to three children spaced 2 to 3 years apart, as was often the case at the time, and all described as castijs or castys - implying she was in a de facto relationship with the same individual1

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NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Baptisms 1665-1695
Last Edited28/07/2017
Slave Birth - Company OwnedAbraham van de Caep was born in bondage before 18 March 1691 and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), Slave Lodge, de Caep de Goede Hoop, Abraham van de Caep.1
BaptismAbraham van de Caep was baptized on 18 March 1691 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop. The baptism was witnessed by H. Capt Willem Padt and Andrijs de Man.1 
RacialDesignation* On 18 March 1691 Abraham van de Caep was described as halfslag, a racial tag meaning he was mixed race, i.e. the father would most likely have been white. 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.2 


  1. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: 1691
    Den 18 Martius sijn van de E Comp' slaavinne kinderen
    gedoopt ten overstaen van Sr. Andrijs de Man, Aministrateur
    deses command[ement], ende den E. Willem Padt Capt' als
    getuijgen van Comp[agnie]s. weegen.
    een kindt van Anna van de [Caep] genaemt Abraham halfslagh
    een kindt van Catarina van de [Caep] genaemt Pieter halfslagh
    een kindt van Sara van Madagaskar genaemt Jacobus halfslagh
    een kindt van Wa an unknown person re [DR: cf CH Warje] van Madagaskar genaemt [Ambrossus] halfslagh
    een kindt van [Balbbersmim] [DR: cf CH Barbersma], van Madagaskar genaemt Dirck [DR: cf CH Dios] halfslagh
    een kint van Calloë van Madagasker genaemt [Maria] heelslagh, 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. [S397] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695, Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch http://www.eggsa.org/

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