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AD 1700?-1800?

Bertrand (also Bertrant, Beltran and Beltrand)

For younger generations of ancestors who are descended from this family:
see page on Wossum

Our great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Sara and her sister Elisabeth were most probably the daughters of Anthonie Bertrand, the so-called "kapitein der vrije negers" ("captain of the free negroes") on Curaçao in the Netherland's Antilles. Most other blacks on the island at that time were still working as slaves for rich white landowners like Barent Wossum.

Child of
? Bertrand (?-?)
and Unknown

(See 8 generations back)

Anthonie Bertrand
(blood-relationship 0,39 %)
* ? x ? (wife unknown, married around 1730) + ?
Occupation: "kapitein der vrije negers" in Curaçao. "Free negroes" was obviously a term used at that time to distinguish them from the black slave population. However, Anthonie's ancestors or perhaps even he himself are likely to have been captured in Africa and brought to Curaçao to work as slaves. If so, it seems strange to us that his family's past apparently did not bother him when he and his men helped to suppress a slave uprising in 1750.

(Not known if any other children)

Children of
(probably) Anthonie Bertrant (?-?)
and Unknown

(See 7 generations back)

Sara Bertrand
(blood-relationship 0,78 %)
* ? x Barent Wossum (around 1760) + ?
For her descendants see the page on Wossum.

Elisabeth Bertrand
* ? x Godfried Karel Esdré + ?

(Order of births not known, not known if any other children)

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