Cathorina Johanna van der Merwe

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Cathorina Johanna van der Merwe (du Toit)

Also Known As: "Tina"
Death: March 27, 1988 (81)
Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Genl. Sarel Petrus du Toit and Louisa Hosea du Toit
Wife of Petrus Stephanus van der Merwe and Willem Petrus Jacobus Welman
Mother of Petrus Stephanus van der Merwe; Private User; Johan Christiaan Adriaan Welman; Louise Hosea Jacobsz and Elizabeth Margaretha Welman
Sister of Dorothea Petronella Greyling; Charl Petrus Johannes du Toit; Louisa Hosea Walters; Christoffel Johannes du Toit; Lydia Magdalena Coetzee and 2 others

Managed by: Louise Welman
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About Cathorina Johanna van der Merwe

Ouma Van (as we called her), miraculously recovered from serious burns she had endured as a child. This formed her character. She married our genetic grandfather Willie Welman when in her late teens, and was widowed in her early 20's. Ouma was left behind with 3 children, the youngest little girl passed away shortly after Oupa Welman. Ouma Van suffered great poverty during the Great Depression, making her living by sewing. She was talented at hand work such as crocheting, hat making etc. Ouma had green fingers and could make any plant grow.

She was a woman with strong convictions, and fought for women's right to vote in Southern Rhodesia of those times. She was very proud of her father who had fought during the Anglo Boer War, General du Toit, and the fact that President Jan Smuts was a friend of theirs, she could fondly recall sitting on his lap during the President's visits to their home. Her father, General du Toit participated in the negotiations which ended the Anglo Boer, resulting in the signing of the "Vredes verdrag van Vereniging". The Peace Treaty of Vereniging.

She had two children with her second husband, Oupa Van der Merwe.

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Cathorina Johanna van der Merwe's Timeline

August 6, 1906
December 3, 1926
Age 20
Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodesia
January 16, 1928
Age 21
April 9, 1930
Age 23
Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodeisa
April 19, 1935
Age 28
Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
March 27, 1988
Age 81
Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa