Petrus Booyens Died Circa 1799
Baptised 19 August 1753, Drakenstein 12
Died Circa 1799 13
Notes: Some sources claim this man died unmarried in 1786 and had no progeny. We have not been able to confirm this information.
Interestingly, in 1791 a muster roll of men owning livestock in the Graaff-Reinet "Colonie" is taken. The roll, under the title "Lijst van't opgegeven Beestiaal - Ao 1791" [#1] lists the names of men alphabetically and does not state their location in this vast "Colonie". This results in the Booyens and Booysen families being listed adjacent to each other. At the top of the list of Booijens men, immediately following the Booijsen individuals, we find "Pieter Booijens jansZ" with 100 "rundern" and 300 "schap". After him follows the man we take to be his uncle Barend (now "d'Oude"), son of Pieter Boyens the immigrant, and the three sons of that uncle. These men constitute the entire living Booyens male line older than 11 years.
A study of the Booysen genealogy reveals that there is no mature "Pieter Booysen" alive who is a son of any Jan/Johan/Johannes Booysen.
Petrus Booyens JansZ appears again in the 1796 Muster List [#2].
The Census of (what appears to be) 1797 [#3] shows him clearly without a wife. Again he appears right after the Booysen men with his name carefully spelled Booyens.
The 1798 Opgaafrol [#4] is interesting in that it states that he is living with Stephanus Venter. His name is given as Pets Boÿens, Janz. He is still unmarried and has 3 horses, 9 cattle and 352 sheep.
His name is absent from the 1799 opgaaf. We conclude he dies ca 1799.
#1. Lijst van Opgegeven Beestiaal Ao 1791. Cape Archives Graaff-Reinet census record Vol J113: LINK
#2. Opgaaf Graaff-Reinet 1796. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet census record Vol J113: LINK
#3. Opgaaf Graaff-Reinet 1797. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet census record Vol J114: LINK, p.7
#4. Opgaaf Graaff-Reinet 1798. Cape Archives, Graaff-Reinet census record Vol J115: LINK, folio 29, Image 189, 6th entry from bottom