Elizabeth Helena Stapelberg (c.1875 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Elizabeth Helena de Fortier"
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About Elizabeth Helena Stapelberg

Pietersburg Refugee Camp 28 June 1901 – 27 December 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Elizabeth Helena de Fortier

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as head of family: Yes

Unique ID: 40013

Camp History

Name: Pietersburg RC

Age arrival: 27

Date arrival: 18/02/1902

Tent number: 43

Farm History

Name: de Fortier family

Town: Houtbosch

Status of Husband

Type: National Scout

Relationships

Mrs Elizabeth Helena de Fortier

is the mother of Miss Elizabeth Helena de Fortier

is the mother of Miss Anna Helena Martha de Fortier

is the marriage of Miss Maria Peternella de Fortier

is the unknown of Mr Sabrant van Dyk

Sources

Title: DBC 89 Pietersburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 89

Dates: 18/2/1902; 18/2/1902

Notes: p.6

Personal Details

Name: Mrs Elizabeth A Fortier du Sabrant

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Unique ID: 35516

Camp History

Name: Pietersburg RC

Age arrival: 26

Date arrival: 13/05/1901

Date departure: 02/11/1901

Reason departure: Gone into town on rations

Destination: Pietersburg

Tent number: 10

Farm History

Name: Vaalpent [Vaalpeut]

District: Haenertsburg

Relationships

Mrs Elizabeth A Fortier du Sabrant

is the wife of Mr Cornelius Fortier du Sabrant

Sources

Title: DBC 87 Pietersburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 87

Notes: p.42

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Elizabeth Helena Stapelberg's Timeline

1875
1875
1894
June 11, 1894
Age 19
1895
December 28, 1895
Age 20
1897
December 12, 1897
Age 22
1899
October, 1899
Age 24
1900
September, 1900
Age 25
1901
June, 1901
Age 26

The camps were formed by the British army to house the residents of the two Boer republics of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. They were established towards the end of 1900, after Britain had invaded the Boer republics. This database was designed to investigate mortality and morbidity in the camps during the war. Although it will include everyone listed in the registers during the war, it usually excludes returning prisoners-of-war and men who came back from commando at the end of the war, as well as the considerable movement of people which took place after 31 May 1902, when families were repatriated to their homes.

Pietersburg was the northernmost camp in the Transvaal system, isolated and difficult to service. Although Pietersburg itself was relatively open, the nearby Zoutpansberg was mountainous and forested, bordering on Mozambique. The town was only occupied by the British on 8 April 1901 and, initially, the people of this region were housed in Irene camp. It was only after some thought that it was decided to establish a camp in such a remote area, in May 1901. This was still, in some respects, frontier territory, vulnerable to attacks from local African societies who remained unsubdued by the Boers. While there were some established farmers, much of the wealth of the area was derived from lumber and mining. Slave trading (the capture and sale of black children as apprentices to Boer farmers) still occurred occasionally. Many of the families were subsistence farmers at best and the presence of the Buys clan of Mara was an indication of the ‘in-between’ status of some of the people. These were the descendents of a Cape colonial renegade, Coenrad Buys, who had married into local black families. His descendents, however, did not identify with black society (in the camp context at least) and refused to be classed with black camp inmates. Instead, they maintained a separate identity in Pietersburg camp, living largely in their own wagons but rationed by the camp authorities. The head of the family was ‘a big burly negro, who rules his camp with great discretion’, the Ladies Committee noted in November 1901. Pietersburg was close to malaria country and the health of the region was notoriously poor so it was inevitable that the mortality in Pietersburg camp should be high.

http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/Histories/Pietersburg/

1903
February 4, 1903
Age 28
1904
May 7, 1904
Age 29
1905
August 14, 1905
Age 30
South Africa