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Elizabeth Johanna Venter

Baptised 22 October 1790 1
Died 1870, Cape Colony 2


Elizabeth Johanna is the daughter of Jan Louis Venter and Johanna Jacomnina Smit, who reside in the Graaff-Reinet "Colonie" as early as 1787. As shown by the "Beestiaal Opgaaf" of that year, Jan Louis has some 20 head of cattle and 200 sheep [#1].

For the references, see below#

Married 3 October 1807 at Swellendam 3

Barend Matthys Booyens1785-1869
Sheep Farmer 4
of the Traka in the Beaufort District 5

Johanna Jacomina
1808 -

1809 -

Anna Catharina Susanna
1813 -

Elizabeth Johanna

Martha Magdalena
1818 -

Magdalena Maria
1822 -

Jan Andries
1825 -

Barend Matthys
1831 -

Children of Elizabeth Johanna Venter and Barend Matthys Booyens

Johanna Jacomina Booyens 1808-1871
Born 24 January 1808, De Willigen Houten River at the Kammanassie Mountain 6
Baptised 5 March 1809, Swellendam 7
Died 9 December 1871, Beaufort District 8

Notes: The 1826 Beaufort District Opgaaf [#1] has them living in the Traka northeast of the later Prins Albert. His first name is given as "Jacobus", the Latin/Afrikaans/Dutch form of "James". They have no children as yet, but they do have some wagons and horses, as well as 6 oxen and 5 breeding cattle. In a countryside made for sheep, he has none. The 1828 Beaufort District Opgaaf [#2] has them living in the Traka with one son, 2117 sheep, 53 goats, a cart and 8 oxen.
Johanna Jacomina, better known as "Jenny", makes a brief appearance in Chapter 9 of the book AmaBhulu.

#1. Beaufort District Opgaaf, Cape Archive Vol J12, (Volume not dated, but signed off to be 1826), LINK , Image 104, Folio 32, Entry 77
#2. Beaufort District Opgaaf, Cape Archive Vol J13, LINK Image 174 Entry 46 Folio 28

 x Married 15 November 1823 Beaufort-Wes
James Nehemia Wright 1799-1872
Born 31 October 1799, Lanark, Glasgow, Scotland
Died After 1 July 1872, Beaufort-Wes

Notes: James Nehemia Wright is enlisted in the 72nd Regiment of Foot; originally called the Seaforth Highlanders. This unit was part of both British invasions of the Cape of Good Hope; 1795 and 1806. It will go on to fight in Nxele's (5th Frontier) War in 1819 and Hintsa's (6th Frontier) War in 1835. On 20 May 1816 he is discharged and granted the right to remain at the Cape. At this point the regiment has lost its designation as a "Highland" regiment, but James is indeed a Scot from Glasgow. He eventually settles at Van Aardtsfontein in the Prince Albert district and marries young Johanna Jacomina "Jenny" Booyens in Beaufort in late 1823; she is three months short of 16 years old. The baptisms of their children may be followed for years through the Beaufort Books of the Dutch Reformed Church from 1826 to 1840, together with other Booyens baptisms.

Matthys Booyens 1809-1888
Born 16 September 1809, Schilpadbeen
Baptised 27 November 1809, Swellendam
Died 6 January 1888, Groot Constantia, Hoopstad

 x Married 21 June 1829 Beaufort-Wes
Catharina Elizabeth Esterhuizen Died 1880

Anna Catharina Susanna Booyens 1813-1884
of Beaufort District 9
Born 25 January 1813, Antjesfontein, Swartberg 10
Baptised 1 August 1813, Graaff-Reinet 11
Died 4 May 1884, Tweefontein, Transvaal 12

 x Married 24 April 1829 Beaufort-Wes 13
Wynand Carel Bezuidenhout Born Circa 1808
Born Circa 1808

Elizabeth Johanna Booyens Born 1816
Born 22 March 1816, Graaff-Reinet District 14
Baptised 15 September 1816, Paarl 15

Notes: Beyond her baptism, we have no further information about Elizabeth. No marriage, child baptisms have been found, nor any death notice has been found. We are focred to assume, in the absence of better information, that this young lady died young.

Martha Magdalena Booyens 1818-1839
Born 14 November 1818, Elandsfontein, District of Beaufort 16
Baptised 11 October 1819, Paarl, Cape Colony 17
Died 22 March 1839, Middelwater, District Zwartberg 18

Notes: Martha marries Casper van Zyl but dies at the very young age of 20 years, less than three years into the marriage.

 x Married 5 June 1836 Beaufort-Wes
Casper Johannes Jacobus van Zyl Born 1813
Born 11 September 1813, Buffelsvalley, Cango, District George 19
Baptised 13 February 1814, George 20

Magdalena Maria Booyens 1822-1879
Born 15 February 1822, Zwartberg 21
Baptised 2 June 1822, Beaufort District 22
Died 1879, Cape Colony

 x Married 28 April 1839 Beaufort-Wes
Jan Abraham Botha Born 1815
Born 24 November 1815
Baptised 3 March 1816, George

Jan Andries Booyens 1825-1870
Born 9 October 1825
Baptised 29 January 1826, Beaufort District
Died Before 1870 23

Barend Matthys Booyens 1831-1904
Born 3 August 1831, Wagenmanskraal, Willowmore
Baptised 3 October 1831, Beaufort District
Died 26 January 1904, Venterskloof, Klaarstroom

 x Married (1) 24 June 1850 Prince Albert
Andriesa Susanna Catharina van Wyk 1830-1896
 x Married (2) 28 December 1897 Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa
Maria Susanna Jacoba Stander 1835-1920

# References for the NOTES of Elizabeth Johanna Venter

#1. Cape Archives: Graaff-Reinet Census Vol. J113: Graaff-Reinet Beestiaal Opgaaf 1787 (pages unnumbered), LINK

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