Barend Stephanus van der Merwe, 18661936 (aged 70 years)

Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1866-1936, c. 1920)
Name
Barend Stephanus /van der Merwe/
Given names
Barend Stephanus
Surname
van der Merwe
Birth
Baptism
Economic Event
Diamonds discovered
1867 (aged 0)
Hopetown, Northern Cape, South Africa
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Note: The Eureka Diamond was the first diamond discovered in South Africa. It weighed 21.25 carats (4.250 g), and was found by Erasmus Jacobs near Hopetown on the Orange River in 1867. The diamond, cut to a 10.73-carat (2.146 g) cushion-shaped brilliant, is currently on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa led to the Kimberley Diamond Rush, and marked the beginning of the Mineral Revolution.
Death of a maternal grandfather
Citation details: b4
Citation details: Death Notice: David Johannes WELGEMOED (1871) (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQX-CVQZ?cc=2517051&wc=WV44-S83%3A1598082379 : 12 September 2017), 007844945 > image 219 of 2137; Pietermaritzburg Archives (Formerly Natal State Archives), South Africa.
Citation details: Gravestone: David Johannes WELGEMOED (1813-1871), https://www.graves-at-eggsa.org/main.php?g2_itemId=3189044 : accessed 15 May 2021

David Johannes WELGEMOED (1793-1871)

The birth year of David Johannes WELGEMOED can be determined in the following three ways:

Death notice: His age at death is given as 78y 4m, which implies born about Feb 1793
Welgemoed naamlys: States his birth date as 19 Jan 1802 (but the source is unclear)
Gravestone: States his birth date as 19 January 18-0-13 (with the zero crossed out)

Until more evidence is found, I will take the age at death as definitive. The written 7 in 78 years on the death notice is unmistakable. This would mean he was 78y and his wife 71y in 1871. If he was born in 1813, he would be 58y and his wife 61y at his death.

Economic Event
Gold discovered
September 1873 (aged 7 years)
Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumulanga, South Africa
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Note: Pilgrim's rest declared a gold field.
Death of a maternal grandmother
Citation details: b4
Citation details: Death Notice: Maria Elizabeth KRUGEL (1875), KAB MOOC 6/9/151 #1754, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQ6-GQSR-5?cc=2517051&wc=WV44-SZT%3A1598082382 : 12 September 2017), 007844947 > image 829 of 2203; Pietermaritzburg Archives (Formerly Natal State Archives), South Africa.
Death of a sister
Citation details: b4c2d1
Citation details: Death notice: Maria Elizabeth VAN DER MERWE (1880), MOOC 6/9/176 #832, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQ6-GSHS-K?cc=2517051&wc=WV44-S89%3A1598082384 : 28 September 2018), 007844950 > image 2000 of 2130; Pietermaritzburg Archives (Formerly Natal State Archives), South Africa : accessed 22 Sep 2020
War
First Boer War
from December 20, 1880 to March 23, 1881 (aged 15 years)
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Death of a father
Cause: murder by gunshot (after inquest)
Citation details: Death registration: Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (11 Sep 1896), FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939Z-PB81-C?cc=1779109&wc=Q81G-HQR%3A139966501%2C139965702 : 21 August 2017), 1896 > Cradock > image 238 of 428; National Archives, Pretoria : accessed 11 Oct 2020
Date of entry in original source: September 11, 1896
Quality of data: primary evidence
Citation details: Death registration: Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (17 Sep 1896), FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939Z-PB81-C?cc=1779109&wc=Q81G-HQR%3A139966501%2C139965702 : 21 August 2017), 1896 > Cradock > image 238 of 428; National Archives, Pretoria : accessed 11 Oct 2020
Date of entry in original source: September 17, 1896
Quality of data: primary evidence
Text:

† "Brakfontein", dist. Cradock 11.9.1896

Citation details: b4c6
Text:

op de plaats Brakfontein

Citation details: Death notice: Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1896), MOOC 6/9/358 #2612, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQ8-FSJ7-B?cc=2517051&wc=WV44-S8T%3A1598092308 : 12 September 2017), 007844969 > image 9 of 2176; Pietermaritzburg Archives (Formerly Natal State Archives), South Africa : accessed 25 June 2019

Death place: Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1832-1896)

The death registrations indicate place of death as Dassieskloof with an intention to bury on Brakfontein his normal place of residence.

Death of a mother
Citation details: b4c6
Epidemic
Bubonic plague
February 1, 1901 (aged 34 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: Bubonic plague breaks out in Cape Town.
War
Second Boer War
from October 11, 1899 to May 31, 1902 (aged 36 years)
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Historical Event
South African Republic
from 1852 to 1902 (aged 35 years)
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Note: The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, ZAR), often referred to as the Transvaal and sometimes as the Republic of Transvaal, was an independent and internationally recognised country in Southern Africa from 1852 to 1902.
Historical Event
Orange Free State
from 1854 to 1902 (aged 35 years)
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Note: The Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje-Vrijstaat, Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat) was an independent Boer sovereign republic in southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, and later a British colony and a province of the Union of South Africa. It is the historical precursor to the present-day Free State province.
Economic Event
Gold discovered
1881 (aged 14 years)
Barberton, Mpumulanga, South Africa
Source citation:

Wikipedia

Note: In 1881 gold in the Barberton area was discovered by Tom McLachlan who found alluvial gold at Jamestown. However due to the location (the hot lowveld region was rife with malaria) no-one wanted to go there until Auguste Roberts (French Bob) discovered gold in Concession Creek in 20 June 1883. This discovery resulted in a gold rush to the area.
Economic Event
Gold discovered
1886 (aged 19 years)
Langlaagte, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Source citation:

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Note: Discovery of the Main Reef in Witwatersrand. Gold rushes to Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precursors to the biggest discovery of all, the Main Reef/Main Reef Leader on Gerhardus Oosthuizen's farm Langlaagte, Portion C, in 1886, the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the subsequent rapid development of the gold field there, the biggest of them all.
Epidemic
Pneumonic plague
February 1904 (aged 37 years)
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Note: Pneumonic plague breaks out in Johannesburg.
Epidemic
Tuberculosis
1906 (aged 39 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: Tuberculosis reaches epidemic proportions in South Africa.
Historical Event
Union of South Africa
May 31, 1910 (aged 44 years)
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Note: Union of South Africa established.
Epidemic
Smallpox
1912 (aged 45 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: Smallpox outbreaks: The outbreak of smallpox is reported in the Malay Location, Johannesburg and cases of smallpox are discovered in Durban.
War
World War I
from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 (aged 52 years)
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Epidemic
Spanish flu
1918 (aged 51 years)
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Wikipedia

Note: An estimated 500,000 people die from the Spanish flu epidemic in South Africa, the fifth hardest hit country in the world.
Prime minister
Louis Botha
from May 31, 1910 to August 27, 1919 (aged 53 years)
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Prime minister
Jan Christiaan Smuts
from September 3, 1919 to June 30, 1924 (aged 58 years)
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Economic Event
Wall Street Crash
October 1929 (aged 63 years)
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Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century.
Residence
Address: High Street
Citation details: Death registration: Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1936), (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-95F7-92BK?cc=1779109&wc=Q81G-8GR%3A139966401%2C139965702 : 3 December 2019), 1936 > Cradock > image 269 of 418; National Archives, Pretoria : accessed 9 Jan 2020
Prime minister
James Barry Munnik Hertzog
from June 30, 1924 to September 5, 1939 (on the date of death)
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Death
Citation details: Gravestone: Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1936) and Maria Susanna Catharina VAN DER MERWE (1947), http://www.graves-at-eggsa.org/main.php?g2_itemId=1121109 : accessed 5 July 2019
Citation details: Death registration: Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1936), (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-95F7-92BK?cc=1779109&wc=Q81G-8GR%3A139966401%2C139965702 : 3 December 2019), 1936 > Cradock > image 269 of 418; National Archives, Pretoria : accessed 9 Jan 2020
Family with parents
father
18321896
Baptism: April 18, 1832 22 21 Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: September 11, 1896Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
mother
18381897
Birth: February 1838 45 27 Dist. Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: about 1897Dist. Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Marriage MarriageMarch 1, 1857Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
10 months
elder sister
18581880
Birth: January 6, 1858 25 19 Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: September 26, 1880Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
8 years
himself
Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1866-1936, c. 1920)
18661936
Birth: March 15, 1866 33 28
Death: July 31, 1936Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Family with Maria Susanna Catharina Bosch
himself
Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1866-1936, c. 1920)
18661936
Birth: March 15, 1866 33 28
Death: July 31, 1936Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
wife
daughter
Aletta Johanna VAN DER MERWE (1889-, c. 1920)
1889
Birth: December 13, 1889 23 25
22 months
son
1891
Birth: October 2, 1891 25 27
19 months
son
Roelof Anthonie VAN DER MERWE (1893-, c.1920)
1893
Birth: April 25, 1893 27 28
daughter
Private
son
Barend Stephanus VAN DER MERWE (1911-, c. 1920)
19111969
Birth: May 28, 1911 45 46
Death: March 23, 1969
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