Johannes Hendrik is an interesting man. As the second last child of his parents, he marries Sophia Booyens, only daughter of his father's younger half-brother, Peter Johannes Ernst. When Sophia's father dies in 1897, her mother, "Miem" Stander, marries another Booyens, distantly related to her first husband Peter. Miem's second husband, late in her life, is Barend Matthys Booyens, a cousin of Johannes Hendrik's father. No doubt it is the bond of mother and daughter that leads to the two men, Johannes Hendrik Booyens and Barend Matthys Booyens jointly buying the farm Venterskloof, immediately outisde the little hamlet of Klaarstroom, located in a mountain valley immediately behind the Great Swartberg mountains. The mountain peaks above the town regularly get snow in winter and the area has considerable water, but at the time of the death of one of his daughters in 1909, Johannes Hendrik is instead described in the death notice as an Ostrich Farmer.
In 1920 he and Sophia move with their remaining children to the Eastern Free State. While their whereabouts are difficult to ascertain for the first half of that decade, children Petrus and Susanna are confirmed in the Ficksburg Dutch Reformed parish in 1925 and 1928 resepctively.
Johannes dies on 30 May 1937 on Chalk Farm, two months after the marriage of his daughter.
By 1939-1944 period, the family is on the farm Hestersdeel in the Eastern Free State district of Cornelia, because the two sons have that address at the time of marriage.
Sophia passes away in the Free State in 1941.