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Matthys Johannes Booyens
1813-1897

Sara Susanna Snyman
1817-1857

Petrus Johannes Booyens
1841-1915

Gesina Maria Botha
1855-1900

Matthys Johannes Booyens


Born 28 February 1880, Oudtshoorn 1
Baptised Circa 1880, Oudtshoorn, Cape Colony 2
Died 28 July 1968, Bethlehem 3

Notes:

By 1903, at the time of their marriage, Matthys and Susanna were both from the Mushroom Valley area of the Winburg district. The marriage was in the Dutch Reformed Church building at Mushroom Valley. She was 20 at the time.

Sometime after 1903, they spend time in the Dewetsdorp region. On 4 September 1915 the couple registers [#1] in the Dutch Reformed Parish of Ladybrand. They are registered as arriving from Dewetsdorp.

Determining the detail surrounding the children of the couple has been a challenge. We provide below [#2] the argument for the order of birth of those children without dates of birth.

For the references, see below#


Married 6 October 1903 at Mushroom Valley in the district of Winburg 4

Susanna Johanna Margaretha van Rensburg1883-1957


Pieter Johannes
1904 -
1989

Cornelia Johanna
1906 -
1976

Jacobus Frederik
c1908 -
1962

Gezina Maria
1910 -
1988

Susanna Johanna Margaretha
1912 -
1986

Matthys Johannes
b.1915

Emma Catharina
1917 -
1999

Theunis Jacobus
1920 -
2009

Matthys Johannes
1922 -
1987

Magdalena Petronella Jacoba
1925 -
2004

Children of Matthys Johannes Booyens and Susanna Johanna Margaretha van Rensburg

Pieter Johannes Booyens 1904-1989
Born 14 July 1904 5
Baptised 4 September 1904, Winburg 6
Died 10 August 1989, Senekal, OFS 7

 x Married 21 June 1927 Petrusburg 8
Christina Barendiena van de Venter Born 1905
Born 22 April 1905 9
Baptised 4 June 1905, Petrusburg 10


Cornelia Johanna Booyens 1906-1976
Born 23 May 1906, Ficksburg 11
Died 7 July 1976, Bloemfontein 12

 x Married Before October 1939 Ficksburg 13
Rudolf Cornelis van Niekerk Circa 1889-1961
Born Circa 1889, Boshoff district 14
Died 8 January 1961, Bloemfontein 15


Jacobus Frederik Booyens Circa 1908-1962
Born Circa 1908 16
Died 1962 17


Gezina Maria Booyens 1910-1988
Born 21 June 1910, Ficksburg 18
Died 22 August 1988, Ventersburg 19

 x Married 23 April 1929 Commandonek, Ficksburg, OFS 20
Sarel Andries Johannes van Deventer 1900-1962
Born 12 October 1900, Petrusburg 21
Baptised 19 November 1900, Petrusburg 22
Died 25 August 1962, Bethlehem 23


Susanna Johanna Margaretha Booyens 1912-1986
Born 4 December 1912 24
Died 16 November 1986, Bloemfontein 25

Notes: The 17-year old Susanna is confirmed in the Dutch Reformed parish of Ficksburg on 17 October 1930 [#1]. The same books show her moving to the parish of Jagersfontein on 27 June 1938.

#1. Membership Books of the Dutch Reformed parish of Ficksburg 1911-1948, page 46, entry 70. Online at: LINK


 x Married  26
Dirk Cornelis Norval 1897-1965
Born 1 May 1897 27
Died 28 April 1965 28


Matthys Johannes Booyens Born 1915
Born 11 October 1915 29
Baptised 22 November 1915, Ladybrand 30


Emma Catharina Booyens 1917-1999
Born 27 October 1917 31
Baptised 30 January 1918, Ladybrand 32
Died 16 February 1999, Bloemfontein 33

Notes: On 4 May 1935 the 17 year-old Emma is confirmed in Ficksburg in the Orange Free State.[#1]

#1. Membership Books of the Dutch Reformed Parish of Ficksburg 1848-1956 , Page 60, entry 9. LINK



 x Married 2 February 1946 Bloemfontein 34
Hendrik Jacobus Venter 1924-1975
Born 3 October 1924, Philippolis 35
Died 14 December 1975, Springfontein 36


Theunis Jacobus Booyens 1920-2009
Born 2 May 1920 37
Died 19 July 2009 38

Notes: On his father's 1968 death notice his name is wrongly given as Theunissen Johannes. It is shown as Theunis Jacobus on his mother's death notice. The former name is not known anywhere in the Booyens family tree, but the latter is well established in that tree.


Matthys Johannes Booyens 1922-1987
Born 6 September 1922, Ladybrand 39
Died 15 April 1987, Paul Roux 40

Notes: Matthys is the second sibling to bear his double name, the first having died before this young man's birth.
His first marriage is to Jane Gardner Chalmers, and his second to Molly Helena de Beer (nee Els). There are no children from the first marriage and one, Matthys Johannes, from the second.


 x Married (1)  41
Jane Gardner Chalmers 1908-1975
Born 15 March 1908, Scotland 42
Died 14 August 1975, Virginia, OFS 43

 x Married (2) 23 January 1976  44
Molly Helena Els


Magdalena Petronella Jacoba Booyens 1925-2004
Born 30 May 1925 45
Died 22 February 2004, Bloemfontein 46
Buried Bloemfontein Memoriam Cemetery

 x Married 17 June 1945  47
Barend Johannes Rautenbach 1924-1987
Born 29 September 1924, Marquard 48
Died 13 August 1987, Bloemfontein 49
Buried Bloemfontein Memoriam Cemetery 50



# References for the NOTES of Matthys Johannes Booyens

#1. Membership books of the Dutch Reformed Parish of Ladybrand Book: 1906-1922 , page 52. LINK

#2. We do not have dates of birth for Jacobus Frederik or Theunis Jacobus, but we can present the following argument for their placement in the sequence of children. The Afrikaner Naming Convention requires that the first son be named for the husband's father, the second for the wife's father, and the third for the husband himself. In this case, the wife's father is named Jacobus Frederik. This requires that the second son be named Jacobus Frederik. However, we have a known date of birth for the third son, Matthys Johannes, named after the husband himself. This means Jacobus Frederik is born before Matthys Johannes, and the only period with enough space for such a son to be born is ca. 1908. Thereby, son Theunis Jacobus, named for the oldest brother of the husband, must have been born at the earliest roughly two years after 1917, when Emma was born. More particularly, Theunis was likely born between 1919 and 1923, because, by 1925, Susanna, the mother, was already 42 years old and, realistically for the era, nearing the end of the childbearing phase of her life.


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