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Mattheus Booyens
Died Circa 1816

Anna Gouws
Died 1843

Matthys Stephanus Booyens
Died 1871

Susanna Catharina van den Berg
Born Circa 1842

Jan Christoffel Stephanus Booyens

Born 29 March 1860 1
Baptised 24 June 1860, Bloemfontein 2


Jan Christoffel is the first child out of Matthys Stephanus' second marriage. His oldest half-brother is no less than 47 years older than him -- almost two generations in time. He is eleven years old when his 84 year old father dies in the Bloemfontein district. His mother, Susanna van den Berg, remarries some three years later. Jan and his younger siblings move with their mother to Fontainebleau, the farm of their new stepfather, Gideon Philippus van Zyl, in the Ladybrand district of the Eastern Free State.

Jan is confirmed in the Ladybrand Dutch Reformed Church on 22 February 1884. After this, we lose track of him for one-an-a-half decades.

On 26 March 1889, he marries Aletta Elisabeth Lategan of the farm Altona in the same district. At this time Jan is on the farm Lowridge or Louwridge in the Ladybrand district. The marriage is in the Ladybrand parish of the Dutch Reformed Church. He is described at this time in the marriage documentation as a "Zaaiboer" (a crop farmer). Until 1898 the couple baptises four sons and one daughter in the same church. However, in 1898 the family moves to Brandfort north of Bloemfontein, where they baptise at least one more son in 1899. And this is when the Anglo-Boer War breaks out and devastates the pastoral democracy of the Orange Free State.

At this point, somewhere in the vicinity of Brandfort in the Free State, we lose track of Jan Christoffel Stephanus and his wife and family. We can find absolutely no further record of either Jan or Aletta Lategan; no concentration camp records, no death notices, no Anglo Boer War records, no baptisms; absolutely nothing. They simply disappear from all records to which we have access.

Any information from family members would be welcome, as would any help from genealogists.

Married 26 March 1889 at Ladybrand

Aletta Elizabeth Lategan Born Circa 1863

Matthys Stephanus Johannes
1890 -

Johannes Jacobus Christoffel

Barend Matthys Johannes

Andries Willem
1894 -

Susanna Catharina Carolina

Frans Petrus

Children of Jan Christoffel Stephanus Booyens and Aletta Elizabeth Lategan

Matthys Stephanus Johannes Booyens 1890-1924
Born 17 April 1890
Baptised 5 October 1890, Ladybrand
Died 1 November 1924, Bloemfontein

 x Married 6 December 1915 Ficksburg, Spoorweg Cottage 134
Cornelia Strydom Born Circa 1898
Born Circa 1898

Johannes Jacobus Christoffel Booyens Born 1891
Born 6 July 1891
Baptised 4 October 1891, Ladybrand

Barend Matthys Johannes Booyens Born 1892
Born 24 September 1892
Baptised 12 March 1893, Ladybrand

Andries Willem Booyens 1894-1959
Born 21 March 1894
Baptised 2 September 1894, Ladybrand
Died 19 November 1959, Harrismith

 x Married 30 June 1925 Harrismith
Maria Elizabeth Roets 1902-1976
Born 24 October 1902
Died 27 April 1976, Harrismith

Susanna Catharina Carolina Booyens Born 1895
Born 5 September 1895
Baptised 19 January 1896, Ladybrand

Frans Petrus Booyens Born 1899
Born 5 October 1899
Baptised 5 March 1900, Brandfort

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