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marriage register (4 March 1837): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-23580-55930-25?cc=1468076&wc=SFV4-W3R:44975801,44975802,49802601,49820401

This is the headstone on the grave of James Benjamin Donald Moodie 11th Laird of Melsetter and eldest son of Capt. Benjamin Moodie 10th Laird of Melsetter. The grave is to be found in the graveyard of O'Lot farm on the banks of the Caledon River - between Ladybrand and Don Don towards Hobhouse in the Eastern Free State. James was born on 26th May 1819 in Scotland. His date of death is recorded on the headstone as 3rd December 1894. Incidentally, the headstone of James Benjamin Donald Moodie is beautifully preserved. It is made from a large slab of soapstone, is beautifully carved and does not weather - like the sandstone of the area. Soapstone is foreign to this area and Boetman did not realise that this stone is easily scratched. This headstone as well as that of his wife Susarah was most probably bought off a "smous" because an identically shaped, carved and sized soapstone headstone, stands at the head of the grave of another of my ancestors namely Izak Andreas Delport. Izak is buried on the farm Belle Alliance (now named Scapgoats Rest) a few kilometers away higher up the Caledon River. s you can see is partially buried due to soil movements over the last century plus. A local farmer (Boetman Brink) who has lived in the area for fifty years led me to the graveyard and he and I had to dig away some soil with whatever we could get hold of (mostly our hands) to expose the dates of birth and death. How high / tall the gravestone is, I do not know. - Peter Henning, Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/13528171129/?ref=browser

http://archive.org/stream/moodiebookbeing00ruvi#page/n7/mode/2up (p. 57)

James Moodie, Esq, of South Africa, eleventh representative of Melsetter, born in Scotland 26 May 1819, and married, at Grahamstown, Cape Colony, 4 March 1836, Sara Maria Johanna, daughter of John Benjamin van Zyl of Grootfontein, Cradock, Cape Colony (born 19 December 1817, died 20 July 1897); had issue 11 children:

  • Benjamin Moodie, 'Younger of Melsetter', born Doornhoek, Burgersdorp, Cape Colony, 19 December 1836; died 21 July 1877 Egmont, Orange River Colony; married Dorothea Maria Heming (b. 25 Dec 1840); had issue 6 children;
  • Thomas Moodie born Groot Vaders Bosch, 29 November 1839; married at Smithfield, Orange River Colony, 24 August 1863, Cecilia Jacomina Roberts (b. 20 June 1842); had issue 15 children;
  • Donald Montgomery Moodie, born Swellendam, 7 April 1841; married at Mauritius, 1869, Emma Haddon (died at Newcastle, Natal, 1901); issue 2 sons who died young;
  • John Benjamin Moodie, born Burghersdorp, Cape Colony, 3 August 1854; died Salisbury, Rhodesia, 27 August 1900; married at Newcastle, Natal, 29 October 1885, Margaret Agnes Brown (b. 17 Jan 1866); had issue 5 children;
  • Malcolm Moodie, born Doornhoek, Cape Colony, 17 July 1856; unmarried;
  • Harriet Susan Moodie, born Swellendam, 24 September 1842; married at Cradock, 2 June 1862, William Bucknall, of Long Heaton, Derby (29 January 1821 - 4 December 1901); had issue 8 children;
  • Margery Hester Moodie, born at Doornhoek, Orange River Colony, 16 March 1845; married at Smithfield, Orange River Colony, 16 March 1863, Edmund Francis Coleman (born at Sydney, New South Wales 12 December 1836); had issue 5 children;
  • Susana Jacoba Levina Moodie, born Driefontein, Orange River Colony, 27 May 1847; married at Egremont, Orange River Colony, 1 June 1875, Johannes Roussouw van Reenen; had issue 8 children;
  • Janet Elizabeth Moodie, born Doornhoek, Orange River Colony, 9 December 1848; married at Smithfield, Orange Roiver Colony, 4 March 1865, Gert Franz Johannes Henning of O'Lot, Orange River Colony, son of Martinus Christoffel Henning of Driefontein; had issue 8 children;
  • Hester Margaret Helen Moodie. born Burghersdorp, 19 December 1852; married at Bethlehem, 18 July 1879, Piet Daniel van Zyl, son of Casper van Zyl of Schaap Plats, Bethlehem; had issue 7 children;
  • Sarah Maria Cornelia Moodie, born at Speelmanskop, Cradock, Orange River Colony, 14 June 1859; married at Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, 10 December 1877, Casper Hendrik Badenhorst, son of John Badenhorst, of Smithfield, Orange River Colony; had issue 6 children;

James Benjamin Moodie died 4 December 1894.

The Moodie brothers, James and Thomas, left Swellendam and settled in the Bethlehem district of the OFS.

James, who took over the mantle as the 10th[11th?] “Laird” of Melsetter, fought on the OFS side, during the Anglo –Boer war. He was captured by the British forces with Genl Piet Cronje at the battle of Paardeberg. (Five of Thomas and Cecelia’s sons also fought with the Boer commandos in the OFS.)

The Anglo–Boer war saw many South African families divided by loyalties, and the Moodie family was no exception. Donald Moodie, a brother of James and Thomas, “Big Tom” Moodie, supported the British cause, and his son, Benjamin was killed at the battle of “Diamond Hill’ near Pretoria, in June 1900, while fighting with G Squadron, Roberts Horse of the British army.


www.friendsofrietvlei.org - History of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve area. History of the original owners of the farm, (from pp 10 and 11)

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James Benjamin Moodie, SV1b1's Timeline

May 26, 1819
September 4, 1825
Age 6
Cape, South Africa
December 19, 1837
Age 18
South Africa
November 29, 1839
Age 20
Kaapkolonie, Suid Afrika
April 7, 1841
Age 21
South Africa
September 24, 1842
Age 23
South Africa
March 9, 1844
Age 24
South Africa
December 5, 1845
Age 26
Colesberg, Kaapkolonie, Suid Afrika
May 27, 1847
Age 28
South Africa