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Early Settlers of Enkeldoorn - F

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A history of the families of european descent who settled in the area of Enkeldoorn (renamed Chivu) Rhodesia. now Zimbabwe.

Author -- Sarel Van der Walt

Completed in approximately the year 2001


... and some GUTU RELATIVES 1880 TO 1980 All family details, dates, residences and occupations as far as could be ascertained. List not complete)


  • Henrietta Maria x Nicolaas Jacobus de Wet Dreyer 2c


(brother and sister)


  • Winnifred Janet x Jan Andries Rademeyer 1 child.


The Ferreiras of Langebaan and Gamtoos were many in number. As a consequence nicknames were used and family lines became known by those nicknames.

Kort Thomas was the father of Hendrik Atties so named because as a child he had mimicked a Hottentot called Atties, he x Susanna Johanna Louwrens. They did not leave Gamtoos.

Their children, four sons,

Salman Matabele was a resourceful lad and when 15, delivered a wagon for a Potgieter to Barclay-East. His brothers were in Rhodesia on a business venture where they met Cecil Rhodes. They learned that Rhodes intended experimenting with Merino sheep and recommended their brother Salman for the job of transporting the 330 sheep from Humansdorp where the animals were procured in the belief that the diseases and pests were probably similar to what prevailed in Rhodesia.

The sheep were conveyed by train as far as the railhead at Mafeking and from there driven on the hoof for the remaining more than six-hundred miles. Salman walking the entire distance without a road or known landmarks, constantly under threat of predators and unfriendly inhabitants, he delivered the animals at the farm Enkledoorn, the intended destination. He received a 3 000 morgan farm as a reward.

Salman's venture with the sheep caused the family to become interested and the whole family including in-laws, decided to move to Rhodesia, in particular three brothers, Piet, Hendrik and Tommie and two brothers-in-law including Hermanus Gerhardus Kok who married sister Martha Johanna and their 5 children.

The Merino experiment was aborted as the sheep were slaughtered to feed the military forces during the Matabele and Mashona wars, where the Ferreiras excelled in the fighting to the extent that in his subsequent letter of appreciation Rhodes wrote "One Ferreira is worth more to me than an entire regiment of soldiers".

Group 1

  • Hendrik Atties x Susanna Johanna Lourens (Did not come to Rhodesia).
    • b1 Martha Johanna 1860 / 1937 x Hermanus Gerhardus Kok 1855 / 1896 7 children.(Martha 2x Willie Staines. 0 children.)
    • b2 Tom (Tommie) (owner of Vaalkop) x daughter of Kanon Wehmeyer. She went back to Gamtoos for birth of second child, while away Tommie died of Malaria. She did not return to Enkeldoorn. Tom (Veldkornet) arrived 1895 with Ferreira trek, settled on Vaalkop where he organised the second Mashona war lager.
    • b3 Hendrik x ??, arrived 1895 with Ferreira trek, settled on Enkeldoorn farm where he organised the first Mashona war lager.
    • b4 Pieter Lourens (P.L.) (1867 - 1961) x Martha Johanna Greeff. 2x (Enkeldoorn) Maria Magrieta Magdalena Hamman.
      • Children from x
        • Hendrik (Henry)
        • one daughter
      • Children from 2x
        • Daphne Louren
        • Cornelius (Corre) 9-7-10
        • Violet 3-5-14
        • Hendrik (Henry) 12-9-15
        • Batalia 6-7-17
        • Ester 26-4-19 Leader of the Ferreira trek (1895), Pieter Louwrens (P.L.) pegged and settled on Swartfontein to the East of his brothers Hendrik and Tom. About 1908 he bought Manese Poort farm, West of Manese Hills. He subdivided the farm and later sold it as separate farms Manese Poort A and Manese Poort B. After settling in Pieter Ferreira started a legal practice. He was well known as he rode his horse Naughty Boy. He lived well into his nineties.
  • b5 Solomon (Salmon Matabele) x ?? arrived on foot driving merino sheep and received a 3000 morgan farm as a reward.
    • Joos (s.o. Salman Ferreira) x Elonie ? (She was Chairperson of R.C.V.V. about 1960). They left the area.


  • Salomon Thomas (cousin of P.L. and uncle of group 3, Solomon) x Janet McKenzie Arrived from Gamtoos 1920 together with his brother Daniel who left the aea. They settled on Swartfontein (10 km south of Enkeldoorn).

Salman's children, all left the area except Solomon and Beyers.

  • b1 Solomon Daniel (Sollie) 8-7-08 x Maria Elizabeth Blignaut 18-9-25 They farmed on Swartfontein concentrating on cattle production. He was active in community work and served as Chairman of the Enkeldoorn Farmers Association, also Chairman of I.C.A. and the Dingaansdag Festival organising comittee.
  • b2 Beyers (30-12-1917 / 3-9-1977) did not marry, he left the area, then returned in 1951 to grow tobacco on Rietpoort till he died.


Parents, with sons Theodorus and Danie moved to Rhodesia, travelling by train, they arrived at Umvuma on 27 April 1927.

Nephew of Group 2 Solomon, he bought farm Hugosfontein as recommended by his uncle who had already settled on Swartfontein near Enkeldoorn town Solomon and family farmed on Hugosfontein for about two years then bought Rooipoort adjoining town on East side. There was no kraal and buildings were delapidated making it necessary to make bricks and renovate before moving from Hugosfontein. After school, his sons had to work on the farm. Magdalena was a trained nurse and helped out at the hospital, bringing in appreciated extra earnings. Magdalena was also a good seamstress and made all the boys clothes from unbleached calico bags used by milling companies and sugar refineries. It was quite normal for the boys to wear shirts with the milling company or sugar refinery name displayed.

As the Economy improved after the world depession, Solomon made hundreds of thousands bricks, sold to the government for another hospital, maternity home, an extra school hostel for girls and additional houses and single quarters for the police. The sudden growth also caused businesses to expand needing more bricks. Solomon built his own trading store and milling plant on the part of the farm that jutted into the town, with the road to Range and Buhera and District Commissioners headquarters passing in front of the store.

Solomon then built his own salepens and speculated in buying and selling cattle. He employed four cattle buyers who toured the communal lands with the appreciated approval of chiefs and headmen, the purchased animals being resold at the auction pens. Solomon personally attended to buying cattle from the local commercial farmers. Solomon took advantage of opportunities offered by the banks, to take over liabilities for bonds on which the banks had foreclosed and thereby obtained extra grazing for his speculation cattle.

On Rooipoort Solomon had a shooting range where about 150 surrounding farmers, men and women met for shoots.

The children:




  • Jacomina Christina x Thomas Mathews Lambert 3 children.


  • John Henry x Sara Maria Meyer 1933
    • Elizabeth Wilhelmina 9-11-53


  • C.M. Fletcher x May Eveline 1875 / 5-10-18
  • Constance H.D. nee Oakley 1906 / 1-7-28



  • Johanna Dorothea Wilhelmina x Gert Andries Petrus Naude 1c
  • Elsje Gesina Jacomina (SEE TAUTE) x Gerhardus Wilhelmus Naude 1 child.




  • Sydney Mchael 20-11-30 / 30-11-53


  • R.and T Town