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Ansela van de Caap, b2 SM

Also Known As: "Ansela van de Kaap", "Ansiela van de Caep", "Angela", "Ansila", "Ansela Campher"
Birthplace: Indonesia
Death: Died in Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Amsoeboe van Timor, SV/PROG and Inabe (Ansela) van Timor, SM/PROG
Partner of Lorenz Campher, SV/PROG
Mother of Agnitha Campher; Cornelis Campher, b1; Agnita Campher, b2 SM; Jacoba Campher, b4; Antoinetta Campher, b3 and 1 other
Sister of Iba "Antonique" van Timor

Occupation: Married 1686, slave from india
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About Ansela van de Caap, b2 SM

The paper Pai Timor by Mansell Upham changes much of what has been written in this summary, and needs to be consider the definitive version of this family. Please see this document for full citation etc.

On 20 March 1676 Amsoeboe, his wife Inabe and two daughters Iba and Baauw – apolitically exiled, but un‐enslaved, family from Timor is sent from Batavia [Jakarta on the Indonesian island of Java] on the hooker Goudvink 3 to Mauritius – a VOC outpost (buitenpost) governed from the Cape of Good Hope which latter colony is itself governed from Batavia [Jakarta] on Java. The commander on Maritius at the time is the outgoing reformed privateer Hubert Hugo. Their unnamed son, however, remains at Batavia:

Concubine to Pomeranian Lorenz Campher [Page 16]

For reasons not entirely clear – perhaps poverty and/or censure ‐ his younger daughter Baauw – now known like her mother also as Ansela and at times misrecorded as being Cape‐born – is taken up into the Company Slave Lodge appearing once again as a ‘free’ person (1695). During this time she baptizes three children (father/s unnamed) as Company slaves: Cornelis (1686), Angenitie (1690) and Jacobje [Jacoba] (1692). All three children adopt the surname of her de facto husband Lorenz Campher (from Morrouw) and become part of his household. Her heelslag status prevents her from legally being able to marry her partner. Her status as vrij meid has been obscured by her temporary incorporation into the Company Slave Lodge. Legally, she is never enslaved.

As founding mistress of the historic Cape wine estate Muratie at Koelenhof, Stellenbosch and even having some of estate‐produced wine named after her (‘Ansela van de Caab’), Baauw is currently grandiosely re‐invented, romanticized and incorrectly identified. Commissioned research by a local cultural historian mistakenly has her as the former private slave – also named Ansela van de Caab ‐ of Christina Does (from Nijmegen), widow of Elbert Dircksz: Diemer (from Emmerich) and baptised as an adult.

Previous notes

based on First Fifty Year Project - possibly awaiting update in light of above.

Angela van de Caap was born in bondage and was owned by the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) at the Cape., circa 1665 de Caep de Goede Hoop Angela van de Caap.

Angela van de Caap may be the individual who was baptized on 19 June 1695 at Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.

NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Bapt.), 1665-1695: ao 1695 dito (19 Junii) een bejaerd persoon nae voorgaende belijdenisse gent: Angela van de Caap, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch

Circa 1685 Angela van de Caap and Lourens Campher were in a de facto relationship.

On 27 October 1686 she was a slave owned by the VOC at the Cape.

27 October 1686, the name of Angela van de Caap was written in the record as Ansila.

On 29 January 1690 was a slave owned by the VOC at the Cape. Given the witnesses in this group of baptisms and that no other owners were identified, I have asssumed they were VOC owned slaves.[Delia Robertson]

On 7 September 1692 was a slave owned by the VOC at the Cape.

7 September 1692, the name of Angela van de Caap was written in the record as Ansala van de Caep.

Angela van de Caap may have been the individual who was emancipated by Christina Does, on 28 June 1695 de Caep de Goede Hoop.

She and Lourens Campher appeared on the muster roll of 1695 at Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop, along with three unnamed children. However these would likely have been Anthonetta Campher, Cornelis Campher and Jacoba Campher.


  • Lourens Campher b. c 1655


  • Cornelis Campher b. b 27 Oct 1686
  • Anthonetta Campher b. b 29 Jan 1690
  • Jacoba Campher b. b 7 Sep 1692

See for Citations for the above events.


This extremely enlightening research article by Prof Shell on 'The lodge women of Cape Town, 1671 to 1795' likely provides a more realistic angle on the marriage between Lourens Campher and Ansela van der Kaap. Less romantic, but, potentially no less interesting. [Sharon, thanks to June Barnes for finding the article]


Further Reading

"The Muratie version is the older of the two and has been replaced by Mansell Upham's findings."

The Camphers’s humble abode still exists today, behind the homestead. It is near the river on a small rise – close enough for fetching water but high enough to escape floods. The house is shown on the original title deed (Farm 47 DO OSF1.I-137, SG dgm 30/1699). On this drawing it has a pitched roof, straight end-gables, and a door in the gable wall nearest to the river. This corresponds today with the kitchen on the left. We know that these early drawings were not merely imaginative, but were of buildings that really existed at the time."

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Ansela van de Caap, b2 SM's Timeline

August 15, 1679
Age 14

Timorees family arrive at Cape on Boode [Lorna Newcomb]

Age 17

Paay Timorees & Ansela van Timor – enumerated as couple with 5 daughters [Anthonique & 3 voordogters & Ansela]

Age 19
October 27, 1686
Age 21
Cape, South Africa
Age 23
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Born before 1698

Age 27
Cape of Good Hope
Age 70
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa