We know very little about this gentleman. He is born on Rietvley farm outside De Rust, and marries Susanna Petronella Wyers in Oudtshoorn. She is the widow of Willem Jacobus Snyman. We know the couple moves to Ficksburg at some point after 1873, because an entry next to her 1 September 1854 confirmation in the Oudtshoorn Dutch Reformed Church shows that Susanna seeks attestation in that year [#1] from that church to allow her transfer to the Ficksburg parish. In fact, the move takes place after Christmas 1874, because their eldest child is still confirmed in the Oudtshoorn Church on that Christmas day.
When their 17 year old daughter Susanna Petronella dies in the Free State on 6 January 1878 [#2], the death notice states emphatically that she leaves no children, nor any brothers and sisters; only her parents.
Susanna dies in 1895, and Willem remarries in 1897 to Cornelia Christina Visagie, the widow of Johan Peter Carl von Maltitz. The marriage is childless.
Willem's 1913 death notice states that he has outlived not just all of his siblings, but also all of his own children. The same document states that none of his children has left any issue. In fact, his first wife's death notice shows that no children survived her. More particularly, his daughter Susanna Petronella's death notice states that she leaves no children and no brothers or sisters in 1878. Ths line of the Booyens family ceases to exist with the death of Willem Jacobus himself.
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