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Georg Friedrich Rautenbach, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Georg Friedrich Rautenbach"
Birthplace: Tremnitz, Vogtländisches Oberland, Thuringia, Germany
Death: Died in Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Friederich Rautenbach and PN NN
Husband of Maria Magdalena Ferreira, b1 SM
Father of Isabella Maria Rautenbach, b2; Hester Catharina Rautenbach, b3; Alewyn Jacobus Rautenbach; Ignatius Leopoldus Rautenbach, b4; Gerrit Hendrik Rautenbach, b6 and 4 others

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RAUTENBACH GEORG FRIEDRICH. – According to his will born at “Trebnitz in Saxen”, according to marr. reg. at Tremnitz, (There are four Trebnitz in the Province of Saxony and one Tremnitz in the former electrorate of Saxony). Arr. 1757 as so., b. 1761, resident at Swellendam. ~ 18.4.1762 Maria Magdalena Ferreira, wid. Franz Haarhof (q.v.) (Marr. Reg. of Paarl). 9 children. + 1805. (GMR 1758-61; Rq. 1761: 182; G.R. nr. 754; Test. O.C. 45: 71.) Cf. Johann Christoffel Rautenbach.

JOHANN CHRISTOFFEL (S in CJ 1350). – Tremnitz. Arr. 1780 as so., loaned to Georg Friedrich Rautenbach (q.v.), rel. from serv. on 3.10.1789. ~ 3.7.1791 Maria Aletta Potgieter. 4 children. (GMR 1781-89; C 201, p. 199; C 220, p. 543; G.R. nr. 754.)

- Dr. J. Hoge, Personalia of the Germans at the Cape, 1652-1806, Archives Year Book for South African History (Cape Town: Government Printer, Union of South Africa, 1946)


Georg Friederich RAUTENBACH was born about 1724/1734 in Tremnitz, Greiz, Thüringen, Deutschland. He died in 1805 in Swellendam, Kaap de Goede Hoop. He married Maria Magdalena FERREIRA on 18 Apr 1762 in Paarl.


Georg Friedrich Rautenbach born 1734-Tremnitz, Zwick, Sachen Germany; He arrives on the Roosenburg at the Cape of Good Hope during 1757, employed as soldier by the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

On 18 April 1762 married Maria Magdalena FERREIRA, widow of Franz Haarhof (married) 21/11/1751) and eldest daughter of Ignatio Leopoldus Ferreira and Martha Terreblanche.

Maria Margaretha baptised at Paarl 30 Aug 1733.

Marries Rautenbach 18 April 1762. Had 4 children from Haarhof marriage.

Georg was accompanied by his 10 year old son, Johan Christoffel Rautenbach born at Tremnitz, Sakse.

George and Maria's children: -

1. Isabella Maria Rautenbach (b.1763;d.1830-Swellendam)sp: Johannes Botha (b.1759;m.28 Oct 1780)sp: Nicolaas Linde (b.1765;m.30 Oct 1803)

2. Hester Catharina Rautenbach (b.+/-1765;d.7 Apr1838-Brandwacht,Mosselbay)sp: Philippus Rudolphus Botha (b.1758;m.28 Oct 1780;d.22 Apr 1831)

3. Alewyn Jacobus Rautenbach (b.9 May 1766)sp: Dorothea Maria Ferriera (m.27 Apr 1787)

4. Ignatius Leopoldus Rautenbach (*12.10.1766-Graaf-Reinet,RSA;d.11 Oct1814-Wolvenkraal,Kouga,Uitenhage) xAdriana Josina Meyer (b.1771;m.2 Sep 1787;d.2 May1838-Tsitsikamma) MY ANCESTRAL LINE

5. Frederik Petrus Rautenbach (c.23 Apr 1769)sp: Anna Catharina Lindeque (m.30 May 1790)

6. Gerrit Hendrik Rautenbach *23.04.1769 xCornelia Aletta Marais (m.26 Aug 1787)sp: Maria Catharina Meyer (m.10 Apr 1803)

7. Rosina Elizabeth Rautenbach (b.1772-Cape Town,RSA;d.28 Oct1819-Cape,RSA)sp: Michiel Arnoldus Muller (b.20 Jul 1767-Albertinia,Cape,RSA;d.1828-Albertinia,Cape,RSA)

8. Johan Andreas Rautenbach (c.4 Sep 1774)sp: Margaretha Isabella Meyer (m.17 Jan 1796)sp: Johanna Mostert (m.May 1812)

9. Cornelis Anthonie Rautenbach (b.1776-Capetown,South Africa)sp: Adriana Agnessa Muller (b.1779-Cape Province;m.21 Apr 1799


Georg arrived at the Cape in 1757 as a soldier from Tremnitz, Saxony in Germany. He was in the service of the HOIK and arrived on the ship "Roosenburg". He served at the Castle in Cape Town, where he became second in command. He was discharged in 1762. In 1761 he became a citizen of Swellendam. From 1767 he lived on "Melkhoutessenbosch" Farm, (2156 Morgan) in the curve of the Gouritz River, 10 km from Herbertsdale. After his death his son Gerrit Hendrik inherited the farm. In 1777 Georg acquired the Brakenfontein Farm on the western bank of the Boesmansrivier. Rautenbachsdrif was in those days the only passable way through the Boesmansrivier. At that time it was the main route between Algoa bay (Port Elizabeth) and Albanie (Grahamstown) and the 1820 Settlers called it: "The Gateway to Settler Land". Famous travellers such as Beutler, Swellengrebel, Winckleman, Barrow, Lichtenstein and general JW Janssens used the drift. Now Rautenbachsdrif lies on the Long Lee farm. The "Shamwari" game reserve has now been developed on the farm. In 1785 Georg was made a Lieutenant in the Swellendam Citizen's Force and later a member of the town and district council until 1791. He makes provision in his will for his son Johann Christoph from a previous marriage in Germany and Maria Magdalena's four daughters from a previous marriage.”

Maria Ferreira was of Portuguese descent.

His 4th child Ignatius Leopoldus is our ancestor

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Georg Friedrich Rautenbach, SV/PROG's Timeline

Vogtländisches Oberland, Thuringia, Germany
April 18, 1762
Age 38
Paarl, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 39
February 17, 1765
Age 41
Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa
May 9, 1766
Age 42
Melkhoutessenbosch, Herbertsdale
May 9, 1766
Age 42
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 8, 1768
Age 44
Swellendam, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
April 8, 1768
Age 44
Swellendam, Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
March 29, 1772
Age 48
Age 50