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Mattheus Booyens
Died Circa 1816

Anna Gouws
Died 1843

Pieter Johannes Booyens
Died 1832

Sophia Aletta Jacoba Fredrika Snyman
Died 1849

Peter Johannes Ernst Booyens

Crop Farmer and Carpenter, Rietvlei, District Oudtshoorn 1
Born 3 December 1824, Schilpadbeen, District George, Upper-Olifants River Wyk 2
Baptised 1 March 1825, Uitenhage 3
Died 27 January 1897, Rietvlei, District Oudtshoorn 4


Peter Johannes Ernst is the first son from the second marriage of Pieter Johannes Booyens with Sophia Aletta Jacoba Fredrika Snyman and is born on Schilpadbeen farm, southwest of Willowmore. The first time we meet him after his baptism, is as 8 year old boy at the time the inventory of his recently departed father [#1] is done on 6 December 1832. The inventory states: Procreated in wedlock with Aletta Snyman: Piet Booysen 8 years of age The inventory proves that the family is desperately poor. Besides four plates, five spoons, three forks and one bed, they have a few utensils and tools, and an old ox-wagon with only 3 draught oxen.

The next time we run into Peter is at his marriage to Maria Susanna Jacoba Stander in the George parish of the Dutch Reformed Church on 21 May 1855. He is described as "Wagenmaker - Camnatie". So, he is a wagon builder in the Kammanassie region of the Little Karroo. This places him nearer the present day De Rust, rather than at Schilpadbeen. He signs his name as Petrus Johannes Booijyens.

Maria gives Peter three children. The first, a daughter named for Maria's mother Anna Sophia de Swardt, dies before the age of 17, because she is never confirmed in the church.

Pieter features in Chapters 13 and 14 of the book AmaBhulu.

When Peter dies of a stroke in 1897 at the Booyens "headquarters" of Rietvlei, the national death notice describes him as a carpenter while his Cape Civil Death notice describes him as a Graan Boür (crop farmer). His daughter's husband, Johannes Hendrik Booyens, is present at his passing, and signs the Civil Death Notice. On this document, the writing by a certain Coetzee is arcane in the extreme and his surname is written as Boüyans.

For the references, see below#

Married 21 May 1855 at George 5

Maria Susanna Jacoba Stander1835-1920

Anna Sophia Aletta

Petrus Johannes
1871 -

Sophia Aletta Fredrika Jacoba
1874 -

Children of Peter Johannes Ernst Booyens and Maria Susanna Jacoba Stander

Anna Sophia Aletta Booyens Born 1862
Born 26 March 1862, Oudtshoorn district 6

Notes: This young lady appears to have died young, before confirmation in the Oudtshoorn NG Church. By implication, she did not attain the age of 17. Her name also does not appear on her father's death notice [MOOC 6/9/362 ref. 597 Booyyens, Petrus Johannes. Death Notice]

Petrus Johannes Booyens 1871-1953
Born 6 September 1871
Baptised 10 October 1871, Oudtshoorn
Died 5 December 1953, Calitzdorp

 x Married (1) 4 January 1898 Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa
Elizabeth Petronella Wilhelmina Snyman 1878-1911
of Olijvenhoutskloof in the district of Oudtshoorn
 x Married (2) 18 October 1911 Oudtshoorn magistrate's court by special licence
Elizabeth Petronella Wilhelmina Snyman 1881-1948

Sophia Aletta Fredrika Jacoba Booyens 1874-1941
Born 31 December 1874
Baptised Oudtshoorn
Died 1941, Orange Free State

 x Married 14 March 1893 Oudtshoorn
Johannes Hendrik Booyens 1855-1937
Ostrich farmer, Venterskloof, Klaarstroom (July 1909)

# References for the NOTES of Peter Johannes Ernst Booyens

#1. Cape Archives MOOC8/48.32. Testator(s): Piet Booijsens : 6 December 1832. Opgenoomen goederen van weijlen Piet Booijsens ...LINK

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