Jan Gabriel Marais

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About Jan Gabriel Marais

Jan Gabriel Marais (1841-1900), who travelled from Beaufort-West to the Suikerbosrand during the great trek, built the old pioneer house located to the east of the main entrance road. Together with his wife, Cornelia Jacoba Marais, and their eight children, they established a mixed farm at the foot of the magnificent kloof, known today as 'Diepkloof'. The main house was built in 1845 and stands as one of the oldest structure in Gauteng. The farmstead, family cemetery, jonkershuis, waanhuis and skoolhuis were restored in 1989 and proclaimed a National Monument. Today the Diepkloof farm museum is one of the few examples of what Voortrekker, Agterna Trekker life was like early Transvaal Republic. Clearly noticeable are similarities in architectural style and lay out of the Sarel Marais farmstead in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. The Diepkloof Voortrekker farm museum is currently undergoing routine maintenance and restoration and is closed to public access

Doop van Jan Gabriel Marais s.v. Jan Gabriel Jan Gabriel Baptised: 26 Dec 1841 Born: 24 Nov 1841 Father: Jan Gabriel MARAIS Mother: Cornelia Jacoba SMIT Residence: over de Grensen Witnesses: MARAIS Sarel Johannes, SMIT Hermina Christina, MARAIS Gerhardus Petrus, VERMEULEN Maria Adriana Source: Nederduits Gereformeerde Gemeente (NGK), Colesberg, Baptism register, 1837-1843. Repository: NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch, G16 3/2. Note: Colesberg established 1826 from Graaff-Reinet. Transcribed by Annelie Els, independently, from Pretoria Archives FK 2277 http://www.eggsa.org/cgi-bin/searchBaptisms.pl


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Jan Gabriel Marais's Timeline

February 8, 1817
South Africa
March 11, 1838
Age 21
Beaufort West, WC, South Africa
June 30, 1840
Age 23
Colesberg, Bo-Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa
June 30, 1840
Age 23
November 23, 1841
Age 24
November 23, 1841
Age 24
Colesberg, Bo-Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa
September 23, 1844
Age 27
September 23, 1846
Age 29
Beaufort Wes, Kaap, Suid Afrika
February 21, 1847
Age 30
February 21, 1847
Age 30