Johanna Catharina Kruger (1896 - d.)

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About Johanna Catharina Kruger

Bethulie Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Miss Johanna Catrina Kruger

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Free State

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 92934

Camp History

Name: Port Elizabeth RC

Reason departure: transferred

Destination: Bethulie RC

Name: Bethulie RC

Age arrival: 5

Date arrival: 05/09/1901

Age departure: 6

Date departure: 18/04/1902

Reason departure: transferred

Destination: Bloemfontein RC

Farm History

Name: Kruger family

Town: Jagersfontein

District: Fauresmith

Relationships

Miss Johanna Catrina Kruger is the daughter of Mr Johannes Cornelius Kruger

Sources

Title: SRC 74 Bethulie CR

Type: Camp register

Location: Free State Archives Repository

Reference No. SRC 74

Notes: pg.160

On 4 May 1896 a baby girl was born on a farm in Jagersfontein in the Orange Free State and was named Johanna Catharina Kruger. She was my grandmother and this is what I have been able to find out about her. It is information that I did not have until recently.

Her father was Johannes Cornelius Kruger born about 1861 and her mother was Adriana Sophia Elizabeth Kruger born van den Heever. (This name on the children’s baptismal certificates is spelt as van den Heefer). Adriana’s date of birth is also recorded as about 1861.

Johanna’s parents were married and living on a farm called Kruisfontein, in Jagersfontein, registered to ‘The Kruger Family’ in the District Fauresmith, in the Free State.

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Johanna Catharina Kruger's Timeline

1896
May 4, 1896
May 13, 1896
Smithfield, South Africa

CHILD NOTES: Johanna Catharina KRUGER-19471

General: Doopgetuies: Petrus J. van den Heefer, Cornelia Catharina Smith.

1900
1900
- 1902
Age 3

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.

Bethulie camp was formed on 22 April 1901, after the civilian administration took over the running of the camps from the military, and was created to take the overflow from Springfontein camp. At first families were housed in the little town (which had a population of hardly more that 550). Initially the camp was located on the koppies above the town, but it was moved twice. In June 1901 it was placed nearer to the river. Unfortunately the lower site meant that the camp often lay in heavy mist, the Ladies Committee observed. As disease increased and the ground became polluted, in March 1902 the camp was moved again, to a site where the ground was less fouled.

http://www2.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/Histories/Bethulie/

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