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Joen Pieter Booyens
Circa 1669-1745

Brechje Mollerus

Barend Pieterz Blom
Circa 1666-1720

Catharina "de Beer"

Pieter Booyens
Died 1777

Geertruida Blom
Circa 1701- Circa 1730

Barent Booyens

Stock Farmer in the Southern Graaff-Reinet "Colonie" 1
Baptised 22 June 1727, Drakenstein 2
Died Circa 1801, Zwartruggens in the Graaff-Reinet "Colonie" 3


To Barent falls the lot of being the sole male to propagate the name Booyens in South Africa in his generation. Ironically, of his three sons, only Mattheus will have any children. And so, the first two generations of Booyens born in South Africa each produces only a single male to propagate the name, making it a rare one by the standards of the 21st century, often mistaken for Booysen; a completely different family, but also with roots in 17th century Denmark.

Beyond his marriage and the baptisms of his four children in the 1750s, the first time we hear of Barend again is in 1777, at the time of the death of his father, Pieter Booyens. Barent inherits just over 270 Rijksdalers as per the liquidation of his father's estate [#1]. However, he has already borrowed 214 Rijksdaler from his father against that inheritance. The document is signed on 15 June 1778.

The next time we meet him, is in 1779, when his wife's name appears as a debtor to the estate of Johannes de Buys the Elder, the father of the famous frontiersman who became a thorn in the side of the British authorities and eventually founded the Buys People of Northern Transvaal. The elder Buys has a homestead on the Kammanassie River east of the present Oudtshoorn [#2] .

It is a further 17 years before we meet Barent again in 1796, when "Barent Booyens d' Oude" appears on the Dragoon Muster List of the Reserve Company of the Graaff-Reinet Militia [#3]. His sons Mattheus and Barend are on the strength of the Second Company of that militia unit, as are the two eldest sons of Mattheus [#4]. By now the family lives in the dry Southern Karoo, in the euphorbia studded Swartruggens area (below). How the family evolves from being successful wine estate people to being ranchers in the tough South Karoo is not clear. It may have something to do with Barent being the youngest of the brothers.

Barent's sons, Mattheus and Barend, appear on the stock lists (Beestiaal Lijsten) of 1787 in the Graaff-Reinet "Colonie" [#5]. For this reason we suspect that Barent d' Oude, as he is known by now, is also there. Certainly, from 1796 onward we can trace him in the Muster Rolls of Graaff-Reinet. The last time we find him on those rolls is in 1800, when he lives with son Petrus Johannes ("woond by Petr. Johs. Booÿens") [#6]. We therefore conclude that he died ca. 1801. This conclusion is supported by the filing of his wife's will in 1801 [#7]. The Muster Roll of 1801 does not contain him.

Barent makes fleeting appearances in Chapters 2 and 9 of the book AmaBhulu.

For the references, see below#

Married 28 January 1748 at Drakenstein 4

Elizabeth Catharina Strydom Died 1814
of Swartruggens district of Graaff-Reinet 5


d. c1816

Petrus Johannes


Children of Barent Booyens and Elizabeth Catharina Strydom

Geertruida Booyens
Baptised 22 December 1748, Drakenstein 6

Notes: We know nothing more about this child. No marriage has been traced for her and no baptisms of children. Since no death notice has been found for either of her parents, we do not know whether she is somehow alive at the time of death of either parent. Until such time as evidence to the contrary is found, we are forced to conclude that she died young. Had she lived, she would have been a grown woman and "out of the house" by the time her father's name appears on any muster list/census, at which time children living with the parent would have been listed. The 1800 muster roll [#1] certainly shows Barent and his wife, but lists no children in the home with them.

#1. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet Opgaaf (1800), J118 : Folio 23; LINK (image 67)

Mattheus Booyens Died Circa 1816
Baptised 29 November 1750, Drakenstein
Died Circa 1816, George District, Cape Colony

 x Married 16 March 1777
Anna Gouws Died 1843
Great-granddaughter of French Huguenot refugee André Gauche

Petrus Johannes Booyens Died 1836
Baptised 5 August 1753, Drakenstein
Died After 1836, Swartruggens district of Graaff-Reinet

 x Married 25 January 1778
Maria Magdalena Breitenbach Died 1822

Barend Booyens Died 1840
Baptised 19 September 1755, Drakenstein
Died 4 July 1840, Swanepoelspoort, Swartruggens, Cape Colony

 x Married 2 February 1823 Graaff-Reinet
Jacomina Hendrina van Jaarsveld 1785-1872

# References for the NOTES of Barent Booyens

#1. Cape Archives, MOOC 13/1/10,2 Boijens, Pieter. 1777. The final date on the document is 15 June 1778.

#2. Cape Archives, MOOC8/18.16, Inventory of Johannes de Buijs: LINK

#3. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet Muster Rolls, J113-J115 : LINK : Image 28

#4. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet Muster Rolls, J113-J115 : LINK : Image 12

#5. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet Muster Rolls, J113-J115 : "Lijst van Opgegewe beestiaal Anno 1787 No.32":LINK : image 40

#6. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet Muster Rolls, J117-J120 : Folio 23: LINK ; Image 67

#7. Cape Archives, MOOC Vol. No.7/1/46 Ref.44 Strijdom, Elizabeth Catharina, Wife of Barent Booijens. Will. Filed 1801.

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