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William Henry Edward BROOKS

Also Known As: "William BROOKS", "William Henry BROOKS", "William Henry Edwood BROOKS", "William Henry Edmund BROOKS"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: O'okiep, Kaap / Bechuanaland, Suid-Afrika
Death: September 22, 1960 (85)
Vergenoeg, Zeerust, Marico, Transvaal, Suid-Afrika ("Carunoma Lung" (3 maande))
Place of Burial: Zeerust, Marico, Transvaal, Suid-Afrika
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph BROOKS
Husband of Alida Maria Coetzee and Margaretha Wilhelmina Priddle
Father of Susannah Catharina Petronella BROOKS; Cornelia Margaretha BROOKS; James Joseph BROOKS; Johannes Petrus Jacobus Brooks; Unnamed Child Brooks and 11 others

Occupation: Boer en transportryer tot in Rhodesië, Pensionaris
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About William Henry Edward BROOKS

AT THIS STAGE HE IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE THE SON OF JOSEPH BROOKS, THE SON OF THE 1820 SETTLER WILLIAM BROOKS. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW.

26.12.2019] Disconnected from parents Joseph BROOKS and Maria Margaretha ROOS upon request of Private User. See profile revisions.

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Y. DROST

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DNA RESULTS OF A MALE DESCENDANT

Derived variant in the Y chromosome tree: R-M405

Paternal Haplogroup: R1b1a2a1a1

Geographical Region: Eurasia

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE HAPLOGROUP

The ancestral haplogroup R1b is by far the most frequent haplogroup in

Eurasia, reaching frequencies close to 100%. For some time, it was under

discussion whether its origin was Palaeolithic or Neolithic, and it is now

accepted that it was originated in the Near East about 25,000 years ago,

and then migrated to the steppes. From the steppes, R1b was taken in

the migration of the Indo-European horse tamers (Yamna culture) in the

Bronze Age to the rest of the European continent, having replaced the

local indigenous male lineages, even in Iberia. This total replacement

was observed in the ancient DNA, which indicates that all other current

paternal lineages not of this haplogroup were probably introduced in

more recent migrations. There are several sub-lines of R1b according to

geography and yours is more frequent in Central Europe.

East Europe = 33%

North Europe = 35%

Arabian Peninsula = 10%

North Africa = 3%

West Africa = 8%

East Africa = 3%

South Asia = 3%

East Asia 2%

Native American = 2%

Neanderthal = 0.82%

"Genetic GPS" = North East Italy


Maternal Lineage:-

Maternal Haplogroup: L0d2a1

Geographical Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE HAPLOGROUP

L0 haplogroup is the oldest one in the mtDNA modern human tree, dating

around 149,700 years old. Its sub-lineage L0d was the first to emerge in its

diversification, at around 87,000 years ago and is currently more frequent in the

Khoe-San groups of Southern Africa, as well as being very common in the

Coloured population of South Africa (60-71%) and in other southern African

countries (as Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique).

Source: DNAlysis, 12 OCT 2020

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30 DES 2018 : BELANGRIKE KENNISGEWING

William Henry Edward BROOKS is tot en met nou verkeerdelik aangegee as die William BROOKS, seun van Joseph BROOKS en Maria Margaretha ROOS. Sy suster, Caroline Margaret HARMAN gebore BROOKS, is dan ook verkeerdelik aangegee as die Maria Margaretha BROOKS, dogter van Joseph BROOKS en Maria Margaretha ROOS.

Voor die ontdekking van die sterfkennis vir William BROOKS, was navorsing en aanduidings deur spesialiste dat William BROOKS, seun van Joseph BROOKS en Maria Margaretha ROOS, dieselfde person as my oupagrootjie, William Henry Edward BROOKS. Sien my notas hieronder i.v.m. die gevolgtrekking dat William Henry Edward BROOKS die seun, William BROOKS, was van Joseph BROOKS en Maria Margaretha ROOS was.

Op 29 DES 2018 het ek die S/K vir William BROOKS, seun van Joseph BROOKS en Maria Margaretha BROOKS gevind. Hy sterf in Primrose, Germiston in 1929. Sien die boedel hier:-

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS9G-L4X7?i=1885&c... S/K 69460/Tvl William BROOKS, s.v. Joseph BROOKS en Maria Magrieta ROOS v Swellendam † 11 JUN 1929 Primrose, Germiston.

Volgens die S/K leef sy moeder, Maria Magrieta BROOKS gebore ROOS in 1929 in Primrose, Germiston. Dit is die eerste aanduiding van wat van haar geword het na 1882.

Volgens die S/K is sy vader reeds oorlede in 1929, wat korrek is.

Dit is my gevolgtrekking op die stadium dat my oupagrootjie nie dieselfde persoon is as William BROOKS, seun ven Joseph BROOKS en Maria Margaretha ROOS nie.

Die identifisering van wie die Joseph BROOKS is na wie verwys word op William Henry Edward BROOKS se suster, Caroline Margaret HARMAN, gebore BROOKS, se S/K moet nou weer aandag geniet.

Myns insiens het die moontlikheid nog altyd bestaan dat as William Henry Edward BROOKS en sy suster, Caroline Margaret BROOKS, nie die kinders is van Joseph BROOKS en Maria Margaretha HARMAN, gebore BROOKS nie, dan is hul moontlik die kinders van Joseph BROOKS se broer, James Joseph BROOKS, wat uit Swellendam weg is nadat hy van die diefstal van 'n bok aangekla is.

Y. DROST

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WILLIAM HENRY EDWARD BROOKS, 1875 - 1960

William's life history and ancestry remained a mystery up untill 2008. There were lots of stories and speculation in the family. I set out to find the truth. Herewith is my notes and findings.

Notes by Y. DROST.

What I was told when I started my research c. 2006:-

William Henry Edward's life history from his birth until around 1904 is unknown and is the subject of much speculation, including when he came to live in Zeerust. It is said that he is a descendant of the 1820 settlers. Research indicates 1820 settlers of the surname BROOKS did settle in Namaqualand in the early 1800's.

According to his son, Albert Edward BROOKS, he grew up in the foster care of Phillip Henry Ebden THEUNISSEN, born 1846 from the age of a young boy on the farm 'De Rust', Zeerust. [Coordinates: De Rust, latitude of -25.57 (25° 34' 0 S), longitude of 26.02 (26° 1' 0 E), is a farm located in the area of Transvaal in South Africa that is a part of Africa. De Rust is situated 431 kilometers north east (28°) of the approximate center of South Africa and 222 kilometers west (274°) of the capital Pretoria.]

Informasievorm van Sterfgeval: P H E Theunissen https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9BY-H9SX-Q?i=2476

SK en testament: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSSH-JKKR?i=906&cc...

Huwelik van seun Phillip Henry Theunissen. Eggenote woonagtig op Vergenoeg tydens huwelik in1911.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29M-CD8D

His sister lived with the SEPHTON's on another farm in the area. As a young man he worked for the family called WHITFIELD and P.H.E. THEUNISSEN.

Information available:-

It seems that he was living in Bechuanaland or that Zeerust fell in Bechuanaland while he was married to his first wife Alida Maria. His wife Alida Maria COETZEE died in APR 1904 in Zeerust. On the death notice he wrote "Occupier". Their four children were born between 1897 and 1904.

When he married Margaretha Wilhelmina PRIDDLE in DEC 1904 he indicated that he was from Bechuanaland.

He bought the farm 'Vergenoegd' in Zeerust around 1914 from Georg VILJOEN and settled there with his wife Margaretha Wilhelmina PRIDDLE.

He sold the farm to his son Albert Edward BROOKS due to financial difficulties caused by his daughter Emily's first husband, in 1954-1960. His son, A. E. was the only child still living on the farm at the time and took care of his parents untill their deaths.

He died from Carunoma Lung at age 85 at 6pm according to his death certificate.

He is buried in the family graveyard on the farm 'De Rust' next to Margaretha and his son John William Henry.

His ID no. was 343 745 978 W.

William and his wife, Margaretha, rode transport of goods including wood, which they cut themselves in their area and sold. Their son A. E. sometimes accompanied them on these trips.

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INFORMATION FROM WILLIAM JERVOIS 25 OCT 2006

"I have searched the only O'Kiep baptismal register that is in the Cory Library, that for the Methodist church, which commences in 1877. Unfortunately, there are no Brooks entries."

William Jervois, Resident Genealogist, Albany Museum, Somerset Street, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa (Since retired)

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INFORMATION FROM WILLIAM JERVOIS 15 MAY 2007

Most of the settlers spread outwards from this area [their original locations of 1820 Settlers], as the colony developed. Before 1850, most folk moved themselves into better (and safer) farming areas, such as Fort Beaufort, Bedford and Adelaide. Some certainly did move towards the western Cape and northwards into the Orange Free State. However, it was individual families that [m]oved, not parties, as most parties lost their cohesion within the first few months after the settlement!

William Jervois, Resident Genealogist, Albany Museum, Somerset Street, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa (Since retired)

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11 September 2008:-

Information from Debbie Ross-Brooks:

Aunty Thelma says Wiilliam Brooks came from England and landed in South West Africa or Angola.

Reply from me:

This is new info which I need to follow up on, but it fits in with my research and possible ancestors I have flagged to date.

For what it is worth my research so far has lead me to the following scenarios. On my recent trip to Namibia I learnt about Afrikaners that trekked to SWA and Humpata in Angola in what is known as the Thirstland trek. This took place from after the Great Trek throughout the later half of the 1800's. Hunters and traders made trips there to hunt elephants and trade with the locals as well. The treks started from Springbok and Zeerust areas and many died on the treks as the conditions were really bad. I have been researching this a little as this seems to be a logical and plausible answer as to why there is no trace of the Brooks untill WHE Brooks arrived in Zeerust. His parents could have died while on the trek and he and his sister were brought to Zeerust to fellow 1820 settler and Afrikaner families that had settled in Zeerust, ie Sephton and Gush, Whitfield etc. There was a James Joseph Brooks in Namaqualand who was part of a large family of which I have traced quite a number of descendants. I am related to this family through my grandmother Johanna. However, I cannot find any trace of him or any descendants, which may mean that he went on the Thirstland trek. This James Joseph was a descendant of the 1820 settlers. His age etc. fits in with our timeline. Also the practice was to name your firstborn son after your father and following that WHE named his first son James Joseph it is possible that this James Joseph that I cannot trace was WHE's father.

Another possibility I have found is that of a William Brooks and son, William that were in SWA in 1875. William Snr died at Phallah Fountain in 1875. He was married to a Mrs. Jervis. Again my guess is that William Brooks Jnr could be our WHE Brooks's father. I can unfortunately found nothing further on this William Brooks and Mrs. Jervis or where Phallah Fountain is.

For both of these BROOKS guys I cannot trace any descendants, and we cannot trace any ancestors and given the information at hand I think I have narrowed down the possiblity to these two BROOKS as being our ancestors, but it is all just educated guesses at the moment.

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Information from Debbie:

He had 3 brothers and a sister. He may have also been involved in one of the ethnic wars. John William Brooks told me this, Greg's dad.

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DEATH OF SISTER AND CONNECTION TO WILLIAM BROOKS THE 1820 SETTLER

TAB/MHG/LEER/0/01/6290/58/1 Caroline Margaret HARMAN, born BROOKS, died 1958

DEATH NOTICE

Father: JOSEPH BROOKS

Transcribed and e-mailed to me by Judi. Received 3 OCT 2008.

Based on the father's name given in the DN of Caroline Margaret HARMAN, born BROOKS, William Henry Edward BROOKS and Caroline Margaret BROOKS was linked to one of the 1820 Settler BROOKS families, i.e. William BROOKS by William JERVOIS. His research indicated the Joseph BROOKS given in Caroline's DN is the grandson of the 1820 Settler William BROOKS. According to this information William Henry Edward BROOKS and Caroline Margaret BROOKS is the William BROOKS and the Maria Margaretha BROOKS of Joseph BROOKS born 1850 and Maria Margaretha ROOS.

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Notes on 25 DEC 2008:-

WHE's daughter, Violet, has said to my mom that WHE's family was from England.

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DEELNAME AAN ANGLO-BOERE OORLOG 1899-1902

William doen diens in die "Zeerust Town Guards" tydens die oorlog.

Die "Queens South Africa" medalje word aan hom toegeken in 1904. Die medaljes is toegeken sonder die lint.

Sien https://angloboerwar.com/unit-information/town-guards/2481-zeerust-... vir inligting. Bron: WO100/286.

286-zeerust-tg.pdf Afskrif van oorspronklike lys van persone wat diens gedoen het vir Brittanje in Zeerust tydens Anglo-Boere Oorlog. Bladsy 1.

Troep. Diens gedoen voor 15 JUL 1901.

Met dank aan Greg BROOKS wat vir my fotos van William se medalje gestuur het.

Saam met hom gedien o.a.:-

Sersant P. H. E. THEUNISSEN

Troep D. SNOOKE

Troep T. W. SIMS. Sterf op 19 OKT 1901 in Zeerust a.g.v. siekte. Bron: South African Field Force Casualty Roll.

Sersant T.W. SIMS

Troep E. SEPHTON Snr

Troep E. SEPHTON Jnr

Troep T. W. SEPHTON

Kaptein T. G. SEPHTON

Troep M. SEPHTON

Troep J. W. S. SEPHTON

Troep E. PRIDDLE

Troep M. G. P. PRETORIUS

Troep P. C. POTGIETER

Troep C. POTGIETER

Troep D. HARMAN

Gedien onder Luitenant Heinrich DIETRICH, gebore 18 MEI 1860 in Altona, Duitsland. In Suid-Afrika gearriveer in Oktober 1883. Hy leier van die Zeerust Town Guard en het 'n prominente rol gespeel in die verdediging van Zeerust.

Bygevoeg deur Y. DROST, 26 MAART 2019 en 28 SEP 2019.

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HUWELIK 1 : WILLIAM HENRY EDWARD BROOKS EN ALIDA MARIA COETZEE

DUPLICAAT ORIGINEEL REGISTER

Huwelijksbevestiging te Zeerust, distrikt Marico

No. 2

18 JAN 1897

William Henry Edward BROOKS, 21 jaar oud, geboren Namaqualand, jonkman, woonplaats Vergenoeg, dist. Marico, met consent ouders, [Nota in aanmerkingskolom onleesbaar]

trou zonder huwelijksvoorwaardes en na huwelijks afkondiging met

Alida Maria COETZEE, 23 jaar oud, geboren Zoutpan, dist. Bloemhof, jonge ..., woonplaats Zeerust, dist. Marico, met consent van ..., [nota onder aanmerking onleesbaar]

Dit Huwelijk is bevestigd door mij op heden, den 18 dag van JANUARIE 1897 in tegenwoordigheid der ondergeteekende getuigen.

Getuigen F./T. JACOBS en S. J. V. D. SPUY Jr.

Geteken deur S. J. V. D. SPUY, Predikant.

Dit huwelijk is voltrokken tusschen ons

Geteken deur W. H. E. BROOKS en A. M. COETZEE

Bladsy 1269

Verzenden aan S.r. "...staatssecretaris ... B.B. No. 107, get. 1-2-97.

Signed.

Stamps dated 18/1/97 geteken deur J. H. DE BEER.

Bron: https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2727134 : South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930 (Kleurling troue). Leêr afgetrek 22 DES 2018.

Document Information: Digital Folder Number 007747936 Image Number 03069 Citing this Record "South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPHX-DTXX : 3 October 2018), William Henry Edward Brooks and Alida Maria Coetzee, Zeerust, Marico, Transvaal, South Africa; citing Marriage, Zeerust, Marico, Transvaal, South Africa, NARS "Civil registration (marriages - coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927." The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

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HUWELIK 2 : WILLIAM HENRY EDWARD BROOKS EN MARGARETHA WILHELMINA PRIDDLE

Name: William Henry Estwood Brooks Event Type: Marriage Event Date: 27 Dec 1904 Event Place: Zeerust, Marico, Transvaal, South Africa Event Place: Zeerust, Marico Gender: Male Age: 29 Birth Year (Estimated): 1875 Spouse's Name: Margaretha Wilhelmina Briddle Spouse's Gender: Female Spouse's Age: 21 Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1883

Record Collection:

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930

Document Information: Digital Folder Number 007747945 Image Number 00569 Citing this Record "South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPWT-YSGK : 3 October 2018), William Henry Estwood Brooks and Margaretha Wilhelmina Briddle, Zeerust, Marico, Transvaal, South Africa; citing Marriage, Zeerust, Marico, Transvaal, South Africa, NARS "Civil registration (marriages - coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927." The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

DUPLICATE ORIGINAL REGISTER

Marriage solemnized at Zeerust in the District of Marico

Church No. 25/04

Office No. 58

Married on 27 DEC 1904

William Henry Edwood BROOKS, 29 years old, born in Bechuanaland, C. C., Widower, married in community of property, residing in Zeerust, district Marico, Banns published at Dutch Reformed Church, consent given by Master of the Supreme Court, re marriage Certificate dated 22/12/04

married to

Margaretha Wilhelmina PRIDDLE, 21 years old, born at Kameelpan district, Vaal River, O. R. C., spinster, residing at Zeerust, district Marico, married with own consent

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Estate file reference for William Henry Edward BROOKS: TAB/MHG/LEER/01/8358/63/1 William Henry Edward BROOKS, died 1960.

STERFKENNIS

William Henry Edward BROOKS

Gebore te Ou Keep

Blank

85 jaar en 4 maande oud

Pensionaris

Vergenoeg, Marico

Getroud met Magrietha Wilhelmina BROOKS in gemeenskap van goedere te Zeerust.

Geen vooroorlede eggenote.

Sterf op 22 September 1960 te Vergenoeg, Plaas, Marico

Kinders:-

1. Emily Winefred VAN DEVENTER (geb. BROOKS)

2. Johanna Elizabeth HARMAN (geb. BROOKS)

3. Harriet Hatchellor KRUGER (geb. BROOKS)

4. William Henry BROOKS

5. Margaretha Wilhelmina CONRADIE (geb. BROOKS)

6. Esther TWINE (geb. BROOKS)

7. Charlotte Georgina HARTMAN (geb. BROOKS)

8. Albert Edward BROOKS

9. Violet Verginia THEUNISSEN (geb. BROOKS)

10. Francesca MARTINS (geb. BROOKS)

11. Louisa VAN NIEKERK (geb. BROOKS)

Almal meerderjarig

Geen losse goedere nagelaat.

Slegs vruggebruik nagelaat.

Boedel is na raming nie meer as R600 werd nie.

Geen testament is nagelaat.

Geteken te Zeerust in Oktober 1963 deur A. E. BROOKS, seun van oorledene: Teenwoordig by afsterwe.

15 JUNE 2009

Y. DROST

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Obtained from the Home Affairs Office, Pinetown, Ethekwini, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa c. 2007

FORM OF INFORMATION OF A DEATH

Deceased Identity Number: 343-745978 W

Surname: BROOKS

Name: William Henry Edward

Date of death: 20 SEP 1960

Gender: Male

Place of death: Vergenoegd No. 3, distrik Marico

Race: White

Age and date of birth: 20 MAY 1875, aged 85

Marital status: Married

Occupation: Pensioner

Cause of death: Carunoma lung

Duration of illness: 3 months

Medical practitioner: Dr. W. WILKENS

Place of birth of deceased: Namakwaland

Address of deceased: Vergenoegd No. 3

Place of Burial: De Rust

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Information from M. A. DROST born BROOKS on 14 SEP 2009:-

Volgens Margaret DU PREEZ het hy en sy suster vir hul suster, getroud met FOURIE, in die 1950's ontmoet vir die eerste keer sedert hul as kinders geskei is nadat hul wees gelaat is. Boet HARTMAN het blykbaar die reunie gereël.

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INFORMATION FROM M. A. DROST, born BROOKS

The PRIDDLE and VILJOEN families were friends.

JUL 2011

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HISTORY OF FARM VERGENOEG

I was first alerted to the possibility that the farm my mother grew up on was once owned by the well-known VILJOEN family when Annelie ELS enquired whether the farm was the Vergenoeg once owned by Jan VILJOEN. At the time I was unaware of the connection, but the name rang a bell and I remembered that my mom had told me that my great grandfather William Henry Edward BROOKS had bought the farm Vergenoeg, Marico, from Georg VILJOEN around 1914. I had no idea who Georg VILJOEN was and what his connection was to Jan VILJOEN.

Then I came across the following e-mail in JUL 2011 which confirmed Annelie's suspicions and I decided I had to find the evidence to prove this:-

From: Daniel Jacobs <danielmalanjacobs@gmail.com> Subject: [BP] Fwd: UITVLUCHT EN VERGENOEG MARICO Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 15:04:24 +0200 References: <AANLkTinYWz_cX6VcXZnAkpT_+H9rtV78f7+NCy3yCx3P@mail.gmail.com> In-Reply-To: <AANLkTinYWz_cX6VcXZnAkpT_+H9rtV78f7+NCy3yCx3P@mail.gmail.com>

Beste Vriende

Iemand het 'n hele klompie jare gelede vir my 'n paar foto's gestuur van Uitvlucht in die Marico-distrik. Die plaas grens aan Vergenoeg die plaas van die grootwildjagter Jan Viljoen (Vergenoeg genoem omdat hy gedink het hy het toe ver genoeg van die Engelse af weggetrek).

Uitvlucht het behoort aan my voorouer Daniel Johannes Malan (geb ca 1824) wat waarskynlik in die laat 1860's vanaf Wellington na die binneland verhuis het, nadat hy in Wellington bankrot gespeel het. In 1868 trou sy dogter Anna Aletta met my voorouer Willem Daniel Jacobs (geb. ca 1839) en daarna verhuis hy na die Wes-Transvaal. In die vroeë 1890's trek hy terug Wellington toe waar hy in ca 1893 sterf. My oupagrootjie trek saam met hom en so beland ons Jacobse weer in die Boland.

As die persoon wat die foto's vir my gestuur het nog dalk 'n lyslid is en nog steeds die foto's het sal ek dit baie graag weer wil ontvang asseblief.

Vriendelike groete

Daniel Jacobs www.gendata.co.za

Siebrits/du Toit/Meyer/Zeeman/De Villiers (Franschhoek/Paarl) Jacobs/Oberholster/Smith (Graaff-Reinet/Fauresmith) Le Roux/Van der Merwe (Villiersdorp) Louw/Brink (Kaapstad/Wellington) De Vos (De Doorns/Wellington) Malan (Wellington/Zeerust) Ungerer (Swellendam) Smith (Wellington)

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I recall my mom telling me that my grandfather had attended school on the farm Uitvlucht. I now was sure that my great grandfather's farm Vergenoeg and Jan VILJOEN's farm Vergenoeg were the same farm.

In order to verify that my great grandfather had indeed bought the farm Vergenoegd once owned by Jan VILJOEN, I started by researching Jan VILJOEN from VERGENOEGD and found the following information:-

The owner Jan VILJOEN

Full name. Trekker Leader Jan Viljoen

life span. 1815-00-00 to 1893-00-00

A biography of Trekker Leader J. . Viljoen.

JAN VILJOEN. 1815-1893.

Viljoen was probably the most significant of the Marico Trekkers who moved into valley in 1848, settling on his farm Vergenoeg, near Zeerust. In 1836 he had been a bywoner (free tenant) on his brother's farm near Outshoorn in the Cape. In 1848 he was captured at the battle of Boomplaats during their conflict with the Orange Free State. As he was a marked man, he trekked into the (later) Transvaal.

From 1850 to 1860 he was Field Cornet for the Marico district, and had a close relationship with most of the local African leaders, in particular Setshele of the baKwena who lived beyond the borders of the South African Republic (SAR). In 1860 he became commandant.

In 1885 he wrote that, "When I settled here with my family everything was wild and I held the frontier so that we now have churches and schools in safe surroundings". It was largely due to his efforts that relatively peaceful relations pertained along the western Transvaal border. However, this does not appear to have been a constant position. In 1853, he seized, as a captive, the son of Setshele, which led to a general state of instability in the Marico.

Part of Viljoen's reason for wanting an undisturbed frontier was because he needed safe access to the trans-Limpopo hunting fields. This required being on good terms with Setshele and his northern ally, Sekgomo of the bamaNgwato. He was indeed an indomitable hunter, hunting for ivory in Shoshong and further north near the Zambezi as early as 1851-1852. Folklore in the Transvaal contends that he saw the Victoria Falls before the explorer David Livingstone, but he never made the claim personally. By 1855 he had entered into an agreement with Mzilikazi of the AmaNdebele granting him access to hunting grounds in Matebeleland. Despite his avowed antipathy to the British, he was on good terms with a number of English "ivory entrepreneurs" such as George Westbeach George "Elephant" Phillips and Courtney Selous.

Viljoen was known to have a short temper and this was revealed on a number of occasions. In 1863-1864 a civil war broke out after M.W. Pretorius became joint President of the Orange Free State and the SAR. Many in the SAR saw the move as an incitement that might provoke British intervention, to the detriment of the political future of both republics. Viljoen backed Pretorius and led a party of Marico boers (the so-called Volkslaer-army of the people) which attacked Paul Kruger's force in Potchefstroom in 1864. In 1868 a party of clerics lead by Ds Lion-Cachet attempted to ride into Marico and establish a branch of the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) in Zeerust. Viljoen, who belonged to the more conservative Gereformeerde Kerk (so called "Doppers") turned them back at the Marico river but they returned a few days later, whereupon Viljoen assaulted Lion-Cachet and his companion with a sjambok, attempted to ride them over with his horse and threw them for a few days into gaol. After these incidents he began to fall out of favour with the SAR's authorities. (See also Zeerust, M.W Pretorius, Mzilikazi)

Project sponsored by the National Heritage Council Website sponsored by the Department of Economic Affairs & Tourism, North West Province Compiled By B. Mbenga and A. Manson

(Source:- http://www.nwhist.co.za/view-person.php?personid=4; 13 JULY 2011)


Names: Viljoen, Johannes Willem (Jan)

In summary: Hunter, commandant and politician

Johannes Willem (Jan) Viljoen was born in 14 May 1812, Winterhoek. Having moved from Oudtshoorn to the present Orange Free State in 1843, he settled near Winburg, where he joined the Voortrekker group of the population, hostile to H. D. Warden. Together with five others from among the Voortrekker element in Transorangia, he was imprisoned at Colesberg in 1846 for anti-British activities. Released after a few months, he took part in the Battle of Boomplaats and because of this had to flee across the Vaal River. He settled near present-day Zeerust and called his farm Ver Genoeg. His wife, Maria Catherina Messer, daughter of the German missionary J. G. Messer (in the service of the L.M.S.), presented him with fifteen children.

References: Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa Vol.11, Cape Town: NASOU.

(Source:- http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/johannes-willem-jan-viljoen; 13 JUL 2011)

(NOTE: Also see Geni profile at Kmdt 'Jan' Johannes Willem Viljoen)


From GENI.COM I obtained the following in JUL 2011:-

Pioneers and Early Settlers - Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi) [Geni]

Hunters

Jan Viljoen 1826-1904. - one of the best-known hunters of Ngamiland and Southern Matabeleland. His friendship with Mzilikazi led to his obtaining permission to hunt in Mashonaland in 1865, and he was the first European hunter in that part of the country. He conducted Selous on his first visit to Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, as well as James Chapman on his first hunting trip into the interior.

In 1848 he fought at Boomplaats against the British forces under Colonel Harry Smith, and being one of the wanted men after the fight, he immediately trekked north to where the town of Zeerust now stands and settled on a farm which he called Ver Genoeg (Far Enough), where he died in 1904.


I then found a copy of the deed of transfer as well as the plans of the farm Vergenoeg from when my great grandfather bought the farm in 1914. In them were the references of J. G. H. VILJOEN and Johan Georg Hermanus VILJOEN. On researching J. G. H. VILJOEN, I found that his father was indeed Jan VILJOEN who owned the farm Vergenoeg, Marico. Thus it was confirmed that my great grandfather had bought a portion of the farm Vergenoeg once owned by the well-known Jan VILJOEN.

Herewith a transcript of the plans for the portion of the farm Vergenoeg Johan George Hermanus VILJOEN, son of Johannes Willem (Jan) VILJOEN sold to my great grandfather, William Henry Edward BROOKS in about 1914.

PLAN 1

FORM B2 – DIAGRAM FORM FOR A SUB-DIVISION OF A FARM OR PORTION OF A FARM S.G. NO. A.33 [rest of number not visible]

The above Figure lettered A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, mid spruit A & O, P, Q, R, S, T. 36 morgen 416 Square Roods of Land, being port. D of the Eastern Port. VERGENOEGD NO. 3

As appears on the Diagram S. G. NO. A 641/95 framed by surveyor J. H. CREWS in March 1895 relating to Deed of Transfer No. 2311/91 dated 27.10.1891 made in favour of ' "J. G. H. VILJOEN" ' situate in the District of Marico Ward Klein Marico Transvaal Province, bounded as indicated.

The beacons were pointed out by C. MULLER and A. G. DREYER and have been properly erected according to [not visible]


Surveyed in July & Sept. 1914 by me, Sgd. A. G. DREYER, Land Surveyor.

PLAN 2

The above Figure lettered ABCD mid River A excluding Portions ABCD and Outspan represents the Remaining extent of the Eastern Portion of the Farm VERGENOEGD NO. 3

In extent 174 Morgen 588 square Roods of land District Marico Ward Klein Marico Province of Transvaal

Compiled in the Surveyor Generals Office from Diagram S. G. No. A 641/95 Surveyed by J. H. Crewes in March 1895 and General Plan S. G. No. A 339/15

Surveyed by A. G. DREYER in July & September 1914.


Herewith is a transcript of the deed of transfer from my great grandfather, William Henry Edward BROOKS to my grandfather, Albert Edward BROOKS in 1954.

Deed of Transfer No. 29070/1954

William Henry BROOKS, born 20 MAY 1875 transfer property to Albert Edward BROOKS, born 31 JAN 1919 on 6 JUL 1954.

(1)Described as Portion C of the Eastern Portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3 situate in the district Marico measuring 6 Morgen, 15 square roods, extending as certificate of registered title No. 3008/1930 with diagram annexed [See descriptions Plan 1 and Plan 2] made in favour of the Government of the Union of South Africa, on 25 MAR 1930, and one subsequent Deed being Crown Grant No. 386/1954 this day made in favour of Appearer's Prinscipal, will more fully point out.

Specially subject to and entitled to the following servitudes:-

of

The property transferred hereunder and the properties held under paragraph (2) and (3) hereof.

Portion E of the Eastern Portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. ..., situate in the district of Marico, held under certificate of Registered Title No. 3008/1930.

(c) Portion B of the Eastern portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3, situate in the district of Marico, held under Crown Grant No. 140/1930.

(d) The Remaining Extent of the Eastern portion of the said farm, measuring as such 174 morgen 588 square roods, held under Deed of Transfer No. 7056/1907.

(e) Portion A of the Eastern Portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3, situate in the district of Marico, held under Crown Grant No. 31/1953.

(f) The Remaining Extent of the Western portion of the said farm measuring as such 579 Morgen, 552 square roods, held under Deed of Partition Transfer No. 9602/1911.

(g) Portion 10 of the Western portion of the said farm held under Crown Grant No. 142/1932, shall jointly keep the graveyard situate on that portion of the Western portion of the said farm called "Weigrond" fenced and in good order.

This transfer is further made subject to:-

The rights of the Governor-General described in sections 31 and 34 of the land settlement Act, 1912, including reservation of mineral rights in favour of the Crown as will more fully appear from Certificate of Rights to Minerals No. 636/1954 RM registered this day.

(iv) the division and distribution of the water available for use of the Eastern portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3 as between and among the lessees and/or owner of portions of the said Eastern portion of the said farm namely:-

Portion A in extent 28 morgen 324 square roods

Portion B in extent 6 morgen 152 square roods

Portion C in extent 6 morgen 15 square roods

Portion D in extent 36 morgen 416 square roods

and the Remaining Extent in extent 174 morgen 588 square roods, shall rest with the Minister of Lands.

C. subject to the usufruct of the said William Henry BROOKS (born 20 MAY 1875) and Magrietha Wilhelmina BROOKS (born PRIDDLE on 2 JAN 1882) married in community of property to the said William Henry BROOKS, this day registered under No. 1076/1954 S.

and further subject to such conditions as are mentioned or referred to in the aforesaid Deeds.

(2) Certain Portion D of the Eastern portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3, situate in the district of Marico measuring 36 morgen, 416 square roods extending as certificate of Registered Title No. 3008/1930 with diagram annexed thereto, made in favour of the Government of the Union of South Africa on 25 MAR 1930 and 1 subsequent Deed being Crown Grant No. 386/1954 this day made in favour of Appearer's Principal, will more fully point out;

A. subject to the conditions set out under paragraph (1) A. and B. which include reservation of mineral rights in favour of the Crown as will more fully appear from certificate of rights to minerals No. 636/1954, registered this day subject to the usufruct of the said William Henry BROOKS (born 20 MAY 1875) and Magrietha Wilhelmina BROOKS (born PRIDDLE on 2 JAN 1882) married in community of property to the said William Henry BROOKS this day registered under No. 1076/1954 S.

and further subject to such conditions as are mentioned referred to in the aforesaid Deeds.

Certain 1/2 share in the remaining extent of the eastern portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3 situate in the district of Marico measuring as such 174 morgen, 588 square roods; extending as deed of transfer no. 2311/1891 with diagram annexed thereto, made in favour of Johan Georg Hermanus VILJOEN [Johannes Georg Hermanus Viljoen, 2d2e9f1g2] on 27 OCT 1891 and 2 subsequent deeds the last of which crown grant no 386/1954 this day made in favour of appearer's principal, will more fully point out;

the remaining extent of the eastern portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3, district of Marico (1/2 share of which is hereby transferred) is specially subject and entitled to the following servitudes:

The remaining extent of the eastern portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3, district of Marico, as undivided 1/2 share which is hereby transferred, is subject to a servitude of abutment in respect of a dam in the Vergenoegd spruit in favour of the owners of portions measuring 240 morgen 295 roods and 444 morgen 239 roods of the farm DE RUST No. 57, district of Marico, as will more fully appear from Notarial Deed No. 355/1913, registered 18 DEC 1913.

(ii) The owners of

(a) Portions C and D of the Eastern Portion transferred as aforesaid and the Remaining extent of the Eastern Portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3, district Marico, an undivided 1/2 share in which is hereby transferred.

(b) Portion B of the Eastern Portion of the farm Vergenoegd No. 3, District of Marico, held by crown grant No. 140/1930

(c) Portion A of the Eastern Portion of the said farm held under crown grant No. 31/1953

(d) The remaining extent of the western portion of the said farm measuring 579 morgen 552 square roods held under deed of transfer 9662/1911

(e) Portion 10 of the western portion of the said farm held under grant no. 142/1932

shall jointly keep the graveyard situate on that portion of the western portion of the said farm called Weigrond fenced and in good order.

B. subject to conditions (i) to (ix) set out under paragraph (1) B hereof which include reservation of mineral rights in favour of the crown as will more fully appear from certificate or rights to minerals No. 636/1954 registered this day.

C. subject to the usufruct of William Henry BROOKS (born 20 MAY 1875) and Magrietha Wilhelmina BROOKS (born PRIDDLE on 2 JAN 1882) married in community of property to the said William Henry BROOKS, this day registered under No. 1076/1954 S.

and subject further to such conditions as are mentioned or referred to in the above Deeds.

Where off the Appearer, renouncing all the right and title which his said Principal heretofore had to the premises, on behalf as aforesaid, did in consequence also acknowledge the said William Henry BROOKS to be entirely dispossessed of and disentitled to the same; and that by virtue of these presents the said Albert Edward BROOKS his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns now is and henceforth shall be entitled thereto conformably to local custom; government, however, reserving its rights; and finally acknowledging Transfer Duty to have been paid on the sum of £750 being fair and reasonable value and further appeared before me, the said assistant registrar of deeds, the said George Gadney DENOON, he, the appearer, being duly authorised thereto by virtue of a special power of attorney granted to him by Albert Edward BROOKS, born 31 JAN 1919 and signed at Zeerust on 30 SEP 1954.

And the said Appearer, on behalf of his aforesaid principal, hereby declares to accept the aforesaid donation of the property hereby transferred subject to the usufruct aforementioned.

In witness whereof I, the said assistant registrar, together with the appearer have subscribed to these presents and have caused the ... of Office to be affixed thereto.

Thus done and executed, at the Office of the Registrar of Deeds, at Pretoria, Transvaal, on 5 NOV 1954.

Registered in the register of Marico.

Kept at Pretoria 1)Book I, pg 3; 2) Book I, page 3; 3) Book I, pg 3

Certified a true copy of the original 29 APR 1961.

Added by Y. DROST

NOTE: History of the farm is continued on Geni profile of A. E. BROOKS, born 1919 at Albert Edward Brooks, (1919-2011).

Currently the farm is owned by a second cousin of grandson of William Henry Edward BROOKS after it was sold to him in 2004.

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Coordinates

Vergenoeg, with a latitude of -25.57 (25° 34' 0 S) and a longitude of 25.98 (25° 58' 60 E), is a hypsographic (hill) located in the area of Transvaal in South Africa that is a part of Africa.

Location

Vergenoeg is situated 429 kilometers north east (28°) of the approximate center of South Africa and 226 kilometers west (273°) of the captial Pretoria.

Source : http://www.traveljournals.net/explore/south_africa/map/m1878438/ver...

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The farm has three different variations in spelling, ie. Ver genoeg, Vergenoeg, Vergenoegd.

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Individuals who died on farm Vergenoegd No. 3, Zeerust, Marico:-

John William Henry BROOKS born 6 JUN 1911, died 25 MAR 1937 Vergenoegd, Zeerust, Marico.

William Henry Edward BROOKS born 1875, died 22 SEP 1960 on Vergenoegd, Zeerust, Marico.

Albert Edward BROOKS born 21 AUG 1987, died 8 OCT 1989, Vergenoegd, Zeerust, Marico.

Johanna Magdalena BROOKS, born PELZER born 13 NOV 1929, died 11 JUN 2006, Vergenoegd, Zeerust, Marico.

Albert Edward BROOKS born 31 JAN 1919, Vergenoegd, Zeerust, Marico, died 5 DEC 2011, Vergenoegd, Zeerust, Marico.

Individuals who died on farm Vergenoegd, Marico:-

Petrus Cornelis Jacobus PELTZER, a1b2c4d1e6, † Vergenoegd, Groot-Marico 11.11.1897. Petrus Cornelis Jacobus Peltzer, a1b2c4d1e6 (Listed in the About Me section of his father Abraham Jacobus PELTZER, a1b2c4d1 : Abraham Johannes Peltzer, a1b2c4d1 .) His second wife, Alida Maria OBERHOLZER † Vergenoeg, Groot Marico 27.3.1897 Alida Maria Oberholzer

Petrus Jacobus Cornelis PELSER, a1b2c4d1e1f10, † Vergenoegd, Marico 13.11.1919

Y. DROST

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Hy is nie die seun van Joseph Brooks, a1b2c9

He is not the son of Joseph Brooks, a1b2c9

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William Henry Edward BROOKS's Timeline

1875
May 20, 1875
Kaap / Bechuanaland, Suid-Afrika
1897
October 24, 1897
Zeerust, Ngaka Modiri Molema, North West, South Africa
1899
April 22, 1899
Zeerust, Transvaal, South Africa
1901
July 12, 1901
Zeerust, Transvaal, South Africa
1903
March 9, 1903
Zeerust, Transvaal, South Africa
1905
April 14, 1905
Zeerust, Transvaal, Suid-Afrika
1907
November 24, 1907
Zeerust, Transvaal, Suid-Afrika

Date of birth is as on her gravestone which I saw in April 2007. Gregory's date was 1907.
Y. SIM
11 AUG 2009