Hendrik O'Neill

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Hendrik O'Neill

Birthplace: Natal, South Africa
Death: May 03, 1960 (73)
Gelukverwag Farm, Charter, Rhodesia
Place of Burial: Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodesia
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Charles O'Neill and Maria Magdalena O'Neill
Husband of Anna Maria Jacomina O'Neill, b1
Father of Anna Helena Coetzee; Maria Magdalena Joubert; Christoffel Bernardus (Stoffel) O'Neill; Elizabeth Maria O'Neill and Private

Managed by: Anna (Annie) Elizabeth Bekker
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About Hendrik O'Neill

The Whites of Enkeldoorn 1880-1980 is a history of the families of European descent who settled in the area of Enkeldoorn (renamed Chivi) Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Author - Sarel van der Walt.

O'NEILL Hendrik 1887 / 1960 x Anna Maria Jacomina van der Merwe 1891 / 1976. They arrived in 1919 with Anna's parents, who came from Natal. The O'Niell family home at Majuba, site of decisive war of 1881 when Boers defeated the British army, was the venue where peace was discussed and signed, the Homestead was declared a South African National Monument. They settled as crop sharing Lessees on Geluksverwacht, then moved to Manzi farm, where Hendrik worked for the owner Bekker until 1946, producing wheat and cattle. Their period at Manzi was a struggle to make ends meet and both had frequent attacks of malaria. Manzi was on the road leading to Enkeldoorn with a low water drift on the Unniati river, which was close to the homestead. During the rainy season the river was often unfordable and the stranded travellers would seek shelter with the O'Neills where all were welcome, with the O'Neills, themselves short, scraping the bottom of the bucket to feed the stranded people. It was often a case of the mealie and the odd bokkie for the pot keeping them going. Transport was a donkey cart and with no refrigeration on the farm, it meant an early start to get the little produce, butter and cream for sale, to town. In 1946 they moved back to Geluksverwacht. They had six children, all except Stoffel left the area after leaving school.

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Hendrik O'Neill's Timeline

March 1887
Natal, South Africa
July 2, 1912
Age 25
January 15, 1915
Age 27
October 28, 1921
Age 34
May 10, 1929
Age 42
Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodesia
May 3, 1960
Age 73
Charter, Rhodesia
Enkeldoorn, Southern Rhodesia