Cape Town Baptisms 1743-1756
This is the fifth series of registers of the Dutch Reformed Congregation in Cape Town following the fourth register which covered the marriages and memberships for the period 1713-1756.
This register contains baptisms covering the period 1743 to 1756. The pages are rubber stamped with ascending numerals starting with no. 1 and ending with no. 134. It is divided into three sections. The first section is a series of baptisms of the "non-slave" Christian children and starts with page 1 on 6 Jan 1743 and ends with page 126 on 25 Dec 1756. This is followed by another 7 baptisms dated between 10 January and 12 December. They seem to belong to the year 1756.
The second is a series of baptisms of the children of company slaves, starting on page 127 (3 Feb 1743) and ending on page 129 (8 Nov 1756). The baptisms cover the years 1743 to 1748 and 1756. There are no baptisms recorded for the period 1749 to 1755. The baptisms for 1748 and 1756 are recorded consecutively on the same page suggesting that the lack of entries for the period 1749-1755 are not due to missing or lost pages.
This is followed by the third, a series of baptisms of the slave children of the Free Burgers and company servants, starting on page 130 (17 Feb 1743) and ending on page 134 (26 Sep 1756). No baptisms were recorded for the years 1747, 1749-1751 and 1755. The baptisms were recorded consecutively suggesting there are no missing or lost pages.
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