Early Rhodesian Settlers - after the Treks
The aim of this project is to add Geni profiles of early Southern Rhodesian/Rhodesian Settlers post 1895 (not considered to be Pioneers) who went to Rhodesia after the main Pioneering Treks of 1892 to 1895, and who are not listed on those projects. It excludes the territories to the North - Northern Rhodesa/Zambia and Nyasaland/Malawi
- Thomas Moodie Trek 1892
- Moolman - Webster Trek 1893
- Edenburg Trek 1894
- Martin Trek 1894
- Mynhardt - Utrecht Trek 1894
- Kruger-Bekker Trek 1895
- Henry-Steyn Trek 1895
Please add the names of the settler and accompanying family members to the list below, (not the descendants), linking the names to their profiles where you can elaborate on their story. Add them to the project as well. Initially be can have a cut-off date of 1915 but this can be up for discussion!
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- Please add only the profiles of those who migrated to the area to this project (not their descendants)! This is easily done from the profile page using the Add to project link.
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- Add any documents of interest using the menu at the top right of the page, and then add a link to the document in the text under the heading below. If you do not know how to do this please contact one of the other collaborators to assist you.
How to add a link is explained in the attached document - Adding links to Geni profiles in projects.
- Bernhardus Hermanus Bester and his wife Anna Maria Petronella de Wet, (1872-1940) 1908. (Mrs. Bester). The biograghy of Anna Maria Petronella Bester (nee de Wet), is one of sixty biographies the book, Down Memory Lane with Some Early Rhodesian Women, written by Madeline Heald. The Bester family trekked to Rhodesia by mule-wagons, arriving in Enkeldoorn on 1 October 1908.
- Jacob Benjamen (Oupa) (1858-1933) and Margaretha Isabella(Ouma) Kirstein arrived approximately 1912 from Kinross, Transvaal, where he farmed on Winkelhaak. In 1910 Oupa, disheartened by droughts and other problems decided to look for pastures new and a reconnaissance trip to Rhodesia took him to the Enkeldoorn area. He was satisfied and about 26 miles South of the town Enkeldoorn, pegged a virgin farm that he called Welvaart.
- Hendrik Schalk Coetzee 1865-1950) married Maria Petronella Conradie (1868-1954), arrived 1909 from Potchefstroom Transvaal trek and settled on Riversdale farm where he produced wheat. Hendrik was a big man, exceptionally strong and very bad tempered while Maria was the opposite and very even tempered. Both died on the farm. Hendrik established the Riversdale school. They had 18 children, one died an infant, the last four were born in Rhodesia.
- Mathian (Matie) Coetzee and Elsie Petronella van der Merwe arrived 1910, travelling with Elsie's family group who came from Natal.They travelled by train to Umvuma and by ox wagons to the farm and settled on Crystal. Matie was known for his great strength and sense of humour with a love for practical jokes, he was also easily moved to tears when sad or happy.
- Izak Andries Delport (1848-1922), sy vrou Susanna Jakoba Magritha Delport (1859-1927), hulle kinders Izak Andries Delport (1877-1941), Petrus Marthinus Jacobus Delport (1880-1952) Aletta Elizabeth Delport (1890-1948) vertrek met die trein na Rhodesia in 1908, saam met die Van der Merwe en Keyter families.
- Thomas Frederick Dreyer (1860-1934) married Aletta Elizabeth Schoultz (1862-1937) They came from Wolmaransstad, Western Transvaal and arrived in Rhodesia in 1910. They farmed near Marandellas till about 1917 when they moved to Enkeldoorn and settled on Kwesfontein B.
- Francis John Eager (1883-1977) married Margaretha Christina Erasmus (1893-1932) They arrived at Enkeldoorn, Rhodesia in 1914.
- Jacobus Johannes Erasmus (1899-1965) (Brother-in-law of Francis Eagar) came to the Enkeldoorn area in January 1914 as a 15 year old schoolboy, in the care of his sister and brother-in-law, Francis and Elizabeth Eagar, when Francis accepted a post with the Rhodesian Education Department as school teacher.
- Johannes Daniel Jansen van Rensburg (1864-1948) and his wife (first cousin) Maria Jacomina Jansen van Rensburg (1862-1935) took their family to Rhodesia after the Boer War - date not known possibly after 1911.
- Pieter Bernardus Keyter (1887-1963), sy vrou Susanna Jacoba Magritha (Pop) Keyter (1888-1965) vertrek met die trein na Rhodesia in 1908, saam met die Delport en Van der Merwe families.
- Barend Daniel Marais (1864-1964) Migrated around 1911 with his wife Elizabeth Magdalena Smit and children. He had followed his brother Cornelius Hermanus who was on the Henry-Steyn Trek.
- Jan Jonathan Stephanus Marais (c.1870-1918) brother of Barend Daniel above
- Willem Abraham Marais (c.1886-1916) brother of Barend Daniel above
- Elizabeth Magdalena Smit (1874-1915) Wife of Barend Daniel Marais
- Jan Carl van der Merwe (1877-1964), sy vrou Cecilia Johanna (Hannie) van der Merwe (1884-1962), hulle twee kinders Susan van der Merwe (1904-1919) en JK(Ouboet) van der Merwe (1906-1997) vertrek met die trein na Rhodesia in 1908, saam met die Delport en Keyter families.
- Álbertus Johannes van der Merwe (1872-1942), en sy vrou Hendrina Wilhelmina van der Merwe (1871-1926), hulle kinders Jan Carel van der Merwe, Frederick Jacobus van der Merwe en Catherina Maria van der Merwe.
- Anna Maria Petronella de Wet, (1872-1940) 1908. (Mrs. Bester). The biograghy of Anna Maria Petronella Bester (nee de Wet), is one of sixty biographies the book, Down Memory Lane with Some Early Rhodesian Women, written by Madeline Heald. The Bester family trekked to Rhodesia by mule-wagons, arriving in Enkeldoorn on 1 October 1908.
- The two brothers b2c1 James Wheeler (1866) and b2c4 Thomas Wheeler (1874) from Loskop area, Middelburg District, Transvaal, went to Southern Rhodesia. On reconnaisance and purchased from the Potgieter family, Wildebeestlaagte and Hartebeeslaagte. They went back to fetch belongings and families. Accompanied by their relative Smit, trekking with donkey-drawn wagons they arrived in 1899.