Pieter Johannes baptises a number of children in the Dutch Reformed Church in Oudtshoorn, and then moves with his family to the Winburg district of the northern Free State Republic where at least three more children are born. The odd thing is that the De Rust farm stays in the hands of the family and that he, as eldest son, prefers instead to leave for the Free State Republic. Traditionally, it is the younger sons that leave.
The Membership book of the Winburg Parish of the Dutch Reformed Church shows Pieter registering with the church on 1 December 1888 (written into the books on 11 February 1889). The entry before his shows Gesina Maria Botha as registered on 5 February 1887 (written in on 22 January 1889)and as (oddly) coming from the parish of Edenburg in the Free State.
The baptisms of their first two children presumed to be born in the Free State have not been found, but that may be due to the fact that the books for Oct 1890- September 1892 are not accessible. Nor are those of several subsequent periods in the 1890s.
The year 1901 finds Pieter and his family in the British Concentration Camp at Winburg. On 20 November 1901 they lose their 12 day old unbaptised baby daughter, Gezina Maria, to the harsh conditions [#2].
On 23 May 1915, Pieter dies in the Police Station in Ficksburg, at the foot of the Maluti Mountains. His death notice is completed in 1917, also in Ficksburg, where his widow signs the document, indicating that they have retired to Ficksburg.
Pieter has outlived 5 of his ten children. A number of them die in infancy, including both daughters named after Gesina.
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