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Sophia Aletta Jacoba Fredrika Snyman

Baptised 11 March 1808, Graaff-Reinet 1
Died 1849, Kammanassie 2


Sophia is the daughter of Willem Snyman and Petronella Wilhelmina Bezuidenhout, daughter of frontier character Coenraad Frederik Bezuidenhout.

Sophia's difficult maternal grandfather, Coenraad Bezuidenhout, appears in Chapter 4 of AmaBhulu. He is very active on the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony where he is accused in 1792 of being the cause of the Second Frontier War [#1]. A price is eventually put on his head, dead or alive, during the so-called Van Jaarsveld Rebellion of 1799, treated in Chapter 5. Coenraad's younger brothers are central figures in the infamous Slagtersnek insurrection of 1815, treated in detail in Chapter 7 of the book. Her mother's brother, also named Coenraad Frederik Bezuidenhout, was involved in the "rebellion", but was one of the men later "excused", subject to relocating away from the frontier in the Tulbagh District [#2]. Coenraad's ancestor, Wynand Wynandsz Besuidenhout was the leader of the first party of Western men to meet Black people overland in 1702 in Chapter 3.

In a sense, Sophia is an embodiment of the history of the frontier.

After Pieter Johannes' death, she marries first Christiaan Jacobus Behr, and then Leendert Barend Deyssel.

For the references, see below#

Married 12 May 1822 at Graaff-Reinet 3

Pieter Johannes Booyens Died 1832
Crop Farmer and later Cattle Rancher 4
of Keurfontein farm, Upper-Olifantsrivier Wyk of the George District 5

Petronella Wilhelmiena
1823 -

Peter Johannes Ernst
1824 -

Sophia Aletta Jacoba Fredrika
1827 -

Willem Jacobus
1829 -

Petronella Wilhelmina Johanna
1832 -

Children of Sophia Aletta Jacoba Fredrika Snyman and Pieter Johannes Booyens

Petronella Wilhelmiena Booyens 1823-1832
Born 20 February 1823 6
Baptised 26 February 1824, Uitenhage 7
Died Before 6 December 1832 8

Notes: We know very little about this young lady beyond the fact that she dies before 6 December 1832, because she does not appear on her father's death notice [#1] of that date.
#1. Cape Archives MOOC8/48.32. Testator(s): Piet Booijsens : 6 December 1832. Opgenoomen goederen van weijlen Piet Booijsens ...LINK

Peter Johannes Ernst Booyens 1824-1897
Born 3 December 1824, Schilpadbeen, District George, Upper-Olifants River Wyk
Baptised 1 March 1825, Uitenhage
Died 27 January 1897, Rietvlei, District Oudtshoorn

 x Married 21 May 1855 George
Maria Susanna Jacoba Stander 1835-1920

Sophia Aletta Jacoba Fredrika Booyens 1827-1883
Born 29 March 1827 9
Baptised 5 August 1828, Grahamstown Anglican Church 10
Died 12 May 1883, Jan Fourieskraal 11

Notes: - We first meet "Aletta" when she is baptised in the Anglican Church in Grahamstown on 5 August 1828. While this is a comparative rarity among the devout Dutch Reformed Church members, one of father Pieter's brothers also baptises a child in the same church over this period and another does so in the Methodist Church. It is not understood why they do not make use of the Dutch Reformed Church in Uitenhage, which is founded in 1817.

The fact that the authoritative SA Genealogies by Heese does not list this young lady among the children of Pieter Johannes Booyens, is no doubt due to the fact that the particular author did not expect the baptisms to be outside of the Dutch Reformed Church.

It is clear that the surname is a challenge for the presiding Anglican Minister, given as F McCleland, because the family is listed as "Boings". The date of birth is given as 29 March 1827.

We next meet "Aletta" at the time of her father's death in 1832 [#1]. She is listed as a child of "6" years.

The next time she surfaces in the documented records of the Cape, it is as the 19 year-old bride at a marriage on 26 April 1846 to Thomas John Douglas.

Thomas dies in 1860 and "Aletta" marries a gentleman by the name of Van Greunen. "Aletta" dies in 1883
#1. Cape Archives MOOC8/48.32. Testator(s): Piet Booijsens : 6 December 1832
Opgenoomen goederen van weijlen Piet Booijsens ...
procreated in wedlock with Aletta Snyman
Aletta Booysen 6
... LINK

 x Married (1) 26 April 1847 George, Cape 12
Thomas John Douglas 1824-1860
Born 10 June 1824 13
Baptised 9 July 1825, George 14
Died 1860, Cape Colony 15

Notes: Son of John Ogilvie Douglas and Susan Ford, who marry in George on 12 November 1820. John is a British Settler, and Susan is the daughter of British Settler William Ford and his wife Susan Young. John and the Ford Family were members of the Peter Tait Party of British Settlers. The Party sails from Scotland in 1818 on the ship Carmarthen. They receive land in the George District. See H.E. Hockly, The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa, pp. 37-38. Juta & Co., Johannesburg (1948). The success of this party was used to promote the greater 1820 British Settler scheme in Britain.

 x Married (2) Before 1883 Cape Colony 16
van Greunen

Willem Jacobus Booyens 1829-1913
Born 1829, Rietvlei, Oudtshoorn
Died 28 December 1913, Ficksburg, OFS

 x Married (1) 15 January 1855 Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa
Susanna Petronella Weyers 1823-1895
 x Married (2) Circa 11 May 1897 Johannesburg
Cornelia Christina Visagie 1846-1933

Petronella Wilhelmina Johanna Booyens 1832-1852
Born 2 April 1832 17
Baptised 10 February 1833, George, Cape 18
Died 23 December 1852, Buffels Valley, Olifants River, District of George 19

 x Married 5 June 1849 George 20
Jan Carel Murphy

# References for the NOTES of Sophia Aletta Jacoba Fredrika Snyman

#1. Resolutions of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope; Cape Archives; C. 223, pp. 178-268. LINK

#2. H.C.V. Leibbrandt , The Rebellion of 1815, (1902) J.C. Juta & Co. p.844; ONLINE: LINK. he is described as "Coenraad Bezuidenhout, Coenraad's son".

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