Cecilia Jacomina Moodie

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About Cecilia Jacomina Moodie (Robbertse)

http://archive.org/stream/moodiebookbeing00ruvi#page/n7/mode/2up (p. 68)

MRS. THOMAS MOODIE, 1892 Nee Cecelia Jacomina Roberts. Travelled up to Gazaland with her husband (leader of the Moodie Trek), three daughters and seven sons. An interesting account of the journey is given on pp. 152-157 of "Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women," written by one of Mrs. Moodie's daughters, Mrs. Acutt. Mrs. Moodie was a very brave woman.

http://rhodesianheritage.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/rhodesias-pioneer-women-1859-1896.html - Rhodesia's Pioneer Women (1859-1896)

From http://chimanimani.rhodesiana.com/chim-05.html - settlement of Melsetter, Chimanimani

From http://www.barbaragoss.com/melsetter/ 'The story of Melsetter'

From: www.friendsofrietvlei.org History of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve area. History of the original owners of the farm (from pp 10 and 11):

In 1892 Big Tom's nephew Thomas Dunbar Moodie, who worked for Cecil John rhodes in Johannesburg, arranged with Big Tom to organise a group of farmers from the Bethlehem/Harrismith area to trek to the Eastern Highlands of Rhodesia. Thomas Moodie therefore became the leader of the Moodie Trek in 1892. Thomas and Cecelia Moodie, accompanied by their daughter, Johanna Maria, born 9 April 1871, and their other children, left Bethlehem on 5 May 1892. The Trek consisted of 37 men, 31 woman and children, 16 wagons, and a large number of live stock. The Trek proceeded through the ZAR along the main Harrismith to Pretoria wagon trail. This wagon route passed over the farm Rietvlej, of Michiel Christiaan Elardus Erasmus and his brother, Stephanus Petrus Erasmus. Then they followed the “Pioneer” route north, via Tuli and Fort Victoria to their destination Chipinga, in the eastern highlands of Rhodesia. They passed through the Sabie valley and arrived at Chipinga on 3 January 1893. Due to malaria, horse sickness and other hardships, there were only 14men, 4 woman and 3 children in 7 wagons left, when they arrived at their destination. Thomas Moodie settled on a farm he called “Waterfall”. He died of black water fever on 30 April 1894. He was buried in the Melsetter area (named after the Moodie ancestral home). After her youngest son died in 1895, Cecelia Moodie decided to return with her son, Thomas Dreyer, born 5 May 1874, to the farm Rietvlej of her daughter Johanna Maria, and her husband, Daniël Elardus Erasmus. At Rietvlej two grandchidren awaited her; Cecelia Moodie Erasmus. born 12 May 1894. Michiel Christiaan Elardus Erasmus, born 2 May 1896. Cecelia died on the 10 of November 1905, and was buried in the Erasmus family graveyard on Rietvlej.

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Cecilia Jacomina Moodie's Timeline

1842
June 20, 1842
Somerset East, EC, South Africa
1863
August 24, 1863
Age 21
South Africa
1864
June 11, 1864
Age 21
Orange River Colony, South Africa
1866
December 17, 1866
Age 24
South Africa
1871
April 9, 1871
Age 28
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
1872
December 22, 1872
Age 30
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
1874
May 5, 1874
Age 31
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
1878
January 20, 1878
Age 35
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
1879
September 14, 1879
Age 37
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
September 14, 1879
Age 37
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa