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About Thomas ''Groot Tom'' Moodie, SV1b1c2 (pp. 68-69)

"South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 May 2015), Thomas Moodie and Suscilia Jacomina Robbertson, 24 Aug 1863; citing p. , Marriage, Smithfield, Free State, South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Synod Centre, Bloemfontein; FHL microfilm 1,670,605.

Thomas and Cecilia Jacomina had 15 children, of which 4 died in infancy.

From - settlement of Melsetter, Chimanimani

From 'The story of Melsetter'

From: History of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve area. History of the original owners of the farm (from pp 10 and 11):

In 1892 Big Tom's nephew Thomas Dunbar Moodie, who worked for Cecil John rhodes in Johannesburg, arranged with Big Tom to organise a group of farmers from the Bethlehem/Harrismith area to trek to the Eastern Highlands of Rhodesia. Thomas Moodie therefore became the leader of the Moodie Trek in 1892. Thomas and Cecelia Moodie, accompanied by their daughter, Johanna Maria, born 9 April 1871, and their other children, left Bethlehem on 5 May 1892. The Trek consisted of 37 men, 31 woman and children, 16 wagons, and a large number of live stock. The Trek proceeded through the ZAR along the main Harrismith to Pretoria wagon trail. This wagon route passed over the farm Rietvlej, of Michiel Christiaan Elardus Erasmus and his brother, Stephanus Petrus Erasmus. Then they followed the “Pioneer” route north, via Tuli and Fort Victoria to their destination Chipinga, in the eastern highlands of Rhodesia. They passed through the Sabie valley and arrived at Chipinga on 3 January 1893. Due to malaria, horse sickness and other hardships, there were only 14men, 4 woman and 3 children in 7 wagons left, when they arrived at their destination.

Thomas Moodie settled on a farm he called “Waterfall”. He died of black water fever on 30 April 1894. He was buried in the Melsetter area. ( A town named after the area his ancestors came from. ) When her youngest son also died on the farm Waterfall a year later, Cecelia Moodie decided to return to her relatives in the ZAR.


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Thomas ''Groot Tom'' Moodie, SV1b1c2's Timeline

November 29, 1839
Kaapkolonie, Suid Afrika
January 30, 1840
June 11, 1864
Age 24
Free State, South Africa
December 17, 1866
Age 27
South Africa
April 9, 1871
Age 31
dist. Bethlehem, Oranje Vrystaat, Suid Afrika
December 22, 1872
Age 33
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
May 5, 1874
Age 34
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
January 20, 1878
Age 38
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa
September 14, 1879
Age 39
dist. Bethlehem, Orange River Colony, South Africa