Northern Transvaal Branch - Allegaartjie

The Allegaartjie meeting has become an annual institution of the Northern Transvaal branch, during which branch members present a variety of talks - usually something of everything. The Afrikaans word ‘Allegaartjie’ actually means that one accumulates, collects or combines different things to be jointly entertained by the variety.
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2020-11-14 
Oosie Oosthuizen Programme Director        
2020-11-14 
Louna Coetzee Op gister se spore
2020-11-14 Tinus Kühn Die foto in die gang
 
2020-11-14 David Engela Van watter Engela's is jy?
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Flip & Leonie de Witt  Familiegeskiedenis, aan die hand van foto's en gepaste musiek:
    Piet Retief: Lenie de Wet-soektog  
  Zuurberg Soektog – Jan Christoffel Greyling
  Leonie Greyling Familie-register
  Flip de Witt Familie-register
2020-11-14 
  Afsluiting
  Wendy Cox Bedank die sprekers        
  Wilhelm Bernhardt Spreek die laaste woord        

Louna Coetzee - Following yesteryear's footprints

Louna Coetzee fotoLouna Coetzee, 14 November 2020
With her sub-title 'Old photos, letters and visits', Louna uses just this type of material to show her ancesters' footprints. She has been interested in genealogy from a young age.
Her grandparents David and Helena Boshoff were married in 1922 in Philippolis, where Louna's video takes viewers. Then on to Springfontein and later Jagersfontein where diamonds were mined. One of these is apparently in the British Crown Jewels. She shows the historic houses in Palmerston Street where David and Helena lived. There was a water pump where one had to deposit one penny to get water. Unfortunately, the old municipal offices dating from 1892 were burnt down by protesters.
In Fauresmith she remembers how they visited Grandpa and Grandma as children. Here the train drove into the main street; Louna shows historical photos in her video of the first time the train got in there. People are resplendant in their Sunday best. Today the station is deserted and overgrown with weeds.
Louna could also stand on the steps where her parents Johnnie and Lenie stood on their wedding day in 1946. She also visited the Anglo-Boer War monument at the cemetery; her Grandfather fought in that war. At the Phoenix coffee shop with its display of historical items, she finds out that someone in town will know where her ancestors lived. The house in Du Toit Street looks different today, but 54 years later she still recognises the veranda and a cement slab where the round dam once was.
Grandpa David was a water diviner in his day; Louna shows another photo of this. He also loved fishing under the Silver Bridge, which Louna later saw on the way to Koffiefontein; it's black now. He was buried in 1961 in Sasolburg.

Prof Tinus Kühn - The Portrait in the Passage

Tinus Kuhn fotoTinus Kühn, 14 November 2020
The story that unfolds in Tinus' PowerPoint presentation is disturbing. Although he remembers the photograph in the passage of his parents' house well, he had little information about it. His father did not know much either.
It was Tinus' paternal grandfather: Willem Johannes Kühn, the 6th generation from the progenitor Hans Kune. The latter worked from 1688 to 1726 at the Castle in Cape Town. Tinus' research on the ancestors shows that Willem Johannes was born in Swellendam in 1854 and married a Combrink lady in 1887. They had two children.
After this he was married a second time: to Hester Johanna Petronella Cilliers with whom he had six children.
During the Anglo-Boer War he was on commando while his family was in the concentration camp. After the war, with only the clothes on their bodies, he moved with his family and other relatives to German West Africa (later South West Africa, now Namibia). They were not part of the Thirstland Trekkers; only four families who moved out in April 1904. Tinus' father Danie was a few months old.
They trekked from Sendelingspos in Marico via Mafeking (now Mafikeng) to Rietspruit on the border, and further to the vicinity of Mariental. Meanwhile, their oxen had died and they had to borrow a cart and oxen. Willem and his son-in-law Tom Knoesen went into the interior with £ 3,000 (three thousand pounds), where they were allegedly killed by the Witboois - against whom they were warned.
According to a statement made by one Wouter Gronum, Willem was strung up from a tree, while Tom first fled but was later shot by the Witboois and also hanged.
The survivors were housed at a mission station for a time and later returned to the Cape via Windhoek and Swakopmund. Eventually, they returned to Sendelingspos.
Tinus concluded by showing a photograph of a doll his Grandpa Willem had bought for the one daughter Hester; still in its original packaging. It is with a family member in Pretoria.

David Engela - From which Engela’s are you?

Louna Coetzee fotoDavid Engela, 14 November 2020
The title of David's presentation comes from his school years when he was asked by a senior at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria: "From which Engelas are you?" He was very surprised, because until then David was under the impression that there were only two Engelas in South Africa, his father and himself.
Although his interest in the family took hold early on (from his maternal grandmother), David only started doing serious research as recently as 2018.
However, following his mother's death in 2016, he found a booklet by Hercules Jurgen Engela: The Engela Family 1738-1991. His aim now is to update the book's data.
His methodology was to join MyHeritage and Ancestry, which is free if you build a family tree on it, and he also soon realised Google and FamilySearch were valuable: "invaluable" as he puts it. So is Facebook.
He became a member of GGSA's Northern Transvaal branch in October 2018. He has great appreciation for the Erfenisstigting (Heritage Foundation) library and spends a lot of time there.
Under the heading 'Questions, Discoveries, Damages, Shames and a Little Brag', David highlights interesting facts about the Engela ancestors. From the ship's register of the 'Beukensteijn' that he obtained from the archives in the Netherlands, he noticed that Jurgen Hendrik Engelaar came to the Cape and worked as a teacher for one Casper Batenhorst.
A will shows that Jurgen's surname was Engela, so no longer Engelaar. He married Anna van Staden, widow of Van Niekerk, in the Cape in 1746. There is no reference to a first wife, who may have died, or never came to South Africa herself. The other possibility is that Jurgen was a bigamist, if he was never divorced from the first wife.
David's great-grandfather Thomas Willem Engela (1880-1928) was a Cape Rebel who fought in the Anglo-Boer War and was captured. He was tried at Graaff-Reinet and banished to Bermuda, sentenced to lifelong hard labour. However, the sentence was shortened and later amnesty was granted. He ran a tobacco dealer and hairdressing business in Bureau Lane in Pretoria.
Some of the Engela family also died in the Spanish flu of 1918. Other family members made great strides in cultural circles, including Johann Engela, a composer and radio broadcaster who was once married to Mimi Coertse. There was also a painter and composer, writers and Charl Andries Engela (1911-1994) who was a sculptor. Today, Engela family members find themselves all over the world.
Lessons David learned include pursuing a specific goal and always verifying information. Genealogy is an obsession and research never ends. It is also important not to run genealogy in isolation. Never give up; ask someone who can help.

Flip en Leonie de Witt - Family history, using photos and appropriate music

Louna Coetzee fotoFlip en Leonie de Witt, 14 November 2020
During the break, a series of videos were shown by Flip and Leonie de Witt. It was put together with great effort, containing photographs and beautiful music and song. The informative production was about Leonie's ancestors and the search for their graves or where they died:
The first was about Magdalena Johanna Greyling (born De Wet) who was married to Piet Retief. In the following video, Flip and Leonie searched the Zuurberg area (in the Eastern Cape near Somerset East) for the place where Jan Christoffel Greyling and his men were ambushed and killed. Finally, Leonie Greyling's family tree was highlighted and thereafter also Flip de Witt’s family tree.

 

Wilhelm Bernhardt - The final word

"The past slips away and is lost, flows away like water, drains away like sand, and we hear the low murmuring of noise and notice how it is lost. I am the one seeing it, the only observer, the only witness: the dust on the shiny black boots, the tracks of the horses in the road, the swaying curtain in front of the window or the ribbon on the threshold; I'm the only one who knows about it, and if I did not record it, it would be lost as if it never existed. I alone hear, and if there were voices sounding from this darkness, the words would be lost if I did not listen and record them”.
Direct translation from: Verliesfontein, Karel Schoeman ,1998

 

he only observer, the only witness: the dust on the shiny black boots, the tracks of the horses in the road, the swaying curtain in front of the window or the ribbon on the threshold; I'm the only one who knows about it, and if I did not record it, it would be lost as if it never existed. I alone hear, and if there were voices
The past slips away and is lost, flows away like water, drains away like sand, and we hear the low murmuring of noise and notice how it is lost. I am the one seeing it, the only observer, the only witness: the dust on the shiny black boots, the tracks of the horses in the road, the swaying curtain in front of the window or the ribbon on the threshold; I'm the only one who knows about it, and if I did not record it, it would be lost as if it never existed. I alone hear, and if there were voices sounding from this darkness, the words would be lost if I did not listen and record them”.
Direct translation from: Verliesfontein, Karel Schoeman ,199
sounding from this darkness, the words would be lost if I did not listen and record them”.
Direct translation from: Verliesfontein, Karel Schoeman ,199