16 January 2012

De Buys information wanted

I am looking for information on the following De Buys families and/or information about them:
  • Alfred De Buys (born 1899/08/03, died 1966/11/20) who married Rachel De Bruyn (born 1898/11/02, died about 1979) and they had Alfred, Joyce, Ruben, Agnes, Muriel, Ernest and Cecil De Buys
  • Coenderaad Wellem (Coenraad Willem?) De Buys (born 1880, died 1925) who was married to Anna Naude (born 1887) and had Pieter Bieno De Buys
  • Coenraad Willem De Buys (born estimated: 1850) who married/had a relationship with Margaretha Maria Koopman and had Catharina Maria Adriana, Margaretha Catharina and Wilhemina Christina
  • Coenraad Willem De Buys (born estimated: 1870) who was married to Elsie Susanna De Beer and had Joseph Benoni De Buys (born 09/03/1895, died 10/05/1945)
  • Elisa Gabriel Michael De Buys (died 1967) who was married to Magrieta Magdalena Ludick (died 1977) and they had Maria, Hendrik, Koenraad, Anna, Mooitjie and Jurie De Buys
  • Johannes De Buys (born 14/08 year estimated as 1930) who was married to a Catherine and they had Johannes, Frederick, Sarah, Ester, Pixie, Bokkie De Buys
  • Johannes De Buys (born estimated: 1940) had (at least) 2 children: Manie and Pieter Johannes
  • Johannes Gerhardus Hendrica Jeremias De Buys (born about 1859) who was married to Elizabeth (born about 1864) and had Catherina, Johannes Gerhardus Hendricus, Carel Frederik, Johanna, Frederica and Maria De Buys
  • John De Buys (born 24/06/1871, died 25/04/1944) Buried at the Free State, Koffiefontein, Main Cemetery
  • Pieter De Buys (born about 1854) who was married to Johanna Petronella (born about 1874) and had Susan and Thomas De Buys
  • Pieter Johannes De Buys (died 24/11/1994) who was married to Joan Elizabeth Maude
  • Simon De Buys (born 1946/06/16, died 1987/04/19) who was married to a Diana
  • Willem Frederick De Buys who was married to Isabella Maria Labuschagne (born 02/1894, died 12/09/1959).  Isabella had Sophia, Levina, Isabella and Martin Rood from a previous marriage to a Rood.
I have a little more information on each of these families but will not share for privacy reasons and to allow me to verify any information I receive on these De Buys'.

Where dates have been "estimated" I have merely set the date of birth around 25 years before the birth of the child, I therefore, could be badly out.

If you know these families, or other De Buys families who's information you think I may not have please feel free to get in touch with me.

05 January 2012

Governor Van Noodt's mysterious death!

Source: http://www.mysteryghostbus.co.za/photo's.html
Pieter Gijsbert Van Noodt became govenor of the Cape on the 25th of Feb 1727 after a successful career in Java. He became one of the most hated of all Cape governors.

It is alleged that he embezzled monies that should have been paid to the Company’s soldiers; that he refused licenses to trade, and withheld renewals of leases; prevented adventurous youths from prosecuting the trading and elephant-hunting expeditions which had been their wont; and acted in so tyrannous a manner as to cause very nearly a revolt, in the suppression of which he exercised most excessive cruelty.

Matters came to a head in 1729, when 14 soldiers who had attempted to desert were rounded up and put on trial. Various punishments were handed down, with seven of the supposed ringleaders, who had resisted arrest, being sentenced to death.  Despite pleas for clemency from all levels of the settlement and administration, as two of the condemned were also theology students, Van Noodt held firm and the executions were scheduled for 23 April 1729 with Van Noodt decreeing, “They shall all be hanged, the brutes! They shall all hang!”, adding that "I will take it on me" in Dutch.

Three of the seven were spared death and given corporal punishment and imprisonment and four were to be hanged.  And they were. But prior to the placing of the fatal noose over the head of the last of the men, he cried out, looking towards Government House where Van Noot then was: “Governor Van Noot, I summon you in this very hour before the judgment seat of Omniscient God, there to give account for the souls of myself and my companions.”, he then let the laxman put the rope round his neck and mounted; there another rope was put on; the two fastened to the nail, and then the laxman pushed him off the ladder.  He died without a single quiver.

When the execution was over the whole council, escorted by guard, returned to the Governor’s house to report to him the execution of his sentence. There, in the audience hall, sat Van Noodt, to all appearance busy at his official desk. But, on approaching him, he made no sign of recognition; he sat motionless in his chair - dead!

It is said that Pieter Van Noodt haunts the Castle in Cape Town to this day.

The Story of the Settlement - Grahamstown As It Was, Grahamstown As It Is
T. Sheffield, Published by T. and G. Sheffield, Printers and Publishers 1884

Ghosts of South Africa
Pat Hopkins (Zebra Press) 2006

Cape Town Stories
Madeleine Barnard (Struik) 31 Aug 2007