violin amazon

Visit to Graaff-Reinet

Feb 11th, 2006

Visited Graaff-Reinet to see if we could find some new family roots. Found another son of Johan Hendrik Booysen (Johan Hendrik Booysen Jnr), which means that there could be some closer relatives around that we did not know about.

Entry Filed under: Genealogy

49 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ferdinand Booysen  |  Mar 11th, 2006 at 9:05 am

    Good morning,

    I desperately want to track my family roots. The family tree on the paternal side goes as follows:

    Ferdinand Booysen (1976), Frederik Johannes Booysen (1954), Frans Johannes Jacobus Booysen (1918), Frederik Johannes Booysen (18?), Ferdinandes ? Booysen.

    Any information you have will be appreciated.


    11 March 2006

  • 2. Chris  |  Mar 19th, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Ferdi

    I have sent you a mail. Can’t find any links but have made a note of the info. I have noticed that there are a number of Booysen’s in Namibia. There must be one common forefather.


  • 3. Godfrey Sponneck  |  Jun 11th, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Folks, Interesting Site and tree you have! I am also searching into Booysen family from Graaff Reinet. My ‘Booysen’ is a Louis Barend Blom Booysen *30/1/1872 in GR +234/9/1947 in PE. His grave is therefore in PE. He married into the Vorster family (of John Vorster). She was Anna Sophia Vorster *23/12/1870 in GR also buried in PE. I find interesting that the name ‘Barend’ keeps coming up which would seem to tie the family together. Also explains the ‘Bear’ on the Coat-of-Arms. Also, I expect the ‘Blom’ to possibily be the family name of his mother or grandmother. My maternal grandmother was born Booysen and the daughter of Louis B.B. His son’s family are now all in Gauteng. I’m also in PE. Regards, GvS

  • 4. Godfrey Sponneck  |  Jun 11th, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Sorry, that was *23/9/1947. Of course, I would like to know L.B.B.’s Ancestors as far back as possible. It seems you guys have done an extensive search in Graaff Reinet; which Church would one be able search early Baptisms and marriages for such?

  • 5. Chris  |  Jun 20th, 2006 at 6:59 pm

    Unable to find any recors of a Louis B B Booysen – still looking!

  • 6. Johan Booysen  |  Aug 6th, 2006 at 11:52 am

    I grew up in Graaff-Reinet. Lived there from around 1974 until I left school in 1989, and unfortunately haven’t been back often (now in London).

    If this helps anyone out (I’m not aware of another Booysen-family living in Graaff-Reinet during the, let’s say more or less, 1970’s/1980’s):

    My great-grandfather – Benjamin Petrus Booysen

    My grandfather – Ben Booysen (not sure but he may have had Petrus as middle name too). I believe they lived in Cookhouse when my dad was still a child, and later moved to Uitenhage. Think he worked on the railways most of his life.

    My father – Basil Booysen. Taught English at Brandwag High School in Uitenhage, then became English lecturer at the teachers’ college in Graaff-Reinet until 1991. He was the superintendat for Kollegehuis (next to the college) and we lived there for many years. Transferred to Boland Teachers’ College in Wellington until he retired a couple of years ago. My parents now live in George. I’ll have a chat to him and see if he has more information about my oupa and oupagrootjie.

    Then there’s:
    me, Johan Booysen
    my brother Benjamin Booysen
    my sister, Marianne Visser (ne Booysen).

    Hope this may help someone fill in some blanks!

  • 7. Johan Booysen  |  Aug 6th, 2006 at 11:57 am

    Actually, I’m such a muppet…my uncle Benjamin Petrus Booysen (Ben Booysen) still lives in Graaff-Reinet, with his wife Anita, and daughters Nadia, Yolani, and Britney, and son Benri.

    He was a health inspector for some years, but now I believe he owns/runs various business ventures in Graaff-Reinet. Anita teaches at a “township” school (not sure what the name of the school is).

  • 8. charlesjbooysen  |  Sep 5th, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    I could not help noticing all the correspondence regarding JOHAN HENDRIK BOOYSEN and wish to provide the following info which comes from the family tree which our family has kept.
    The first JOHAN HENDRIK BOOYSEN was the son of JAN HENDRIK BOOYSEN and CORNELIA MARGRIETA FOUTCHE. In 1844 JOHAN HENDRIK married FREDERICA ELIZABETH VAN DE VYFER. They had 13 children, the 9th was a son PETER, who was born 07/08/1861 became a farmer in Graaff-Reinet. He married ELIZABETH HELEN MURRAY in 1887 and they had 9 children, the eldest being a son, my grandfather, JOHAN HENDRIK born 11/11/1889. He married MARY MELVILL de VILLIERS in 1915 and they had 6 children, the 2nd being a son JOHAN HENDRIK de VILLIERS BOOYSEN, my father, born 24/04/1918.
    Unfortunately I do not have the date of birth of JOHAN HENDRIK who married FREDERICA ELIZABETH VAN DE VYFER.
    I hope this clears up the mystery of the 3 JOHAN HENDRIK BOOYSENS.
    Charles John Booysen

  • 9. Hester Blom  |  Sep 24th, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    I’m wondering if the Louis Barend Blom Booysen you are looking for could be descendent from:

    Louis Barend Blom, christened 13 May 1804, who married Johanna Jacoba Geel on 5 Mei 1833in Graaff-Reinet. I have not been able to find any details about their children, but there may very well be a link (perhaps one of their daughters married a Booysen?). I don’t have any other “Louis Barend” names in my Blom info.

    Louis Barend Blom’s father was Louis Blom, christened 25 Feb 1781 x Anna Jacoba Hegter (Hechter) 8 Apr 1798. I have photos of LB Blom and AJ Hegter’s will in my possession if anyone is interested.

  • 10. Godfrey Sponneck  |  Sep 30th, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    Hester Blom,
    Thanks for your reply with regard to Louis Barend Blom Booysen. There could not have been that many Bloms and Booysens in Graaff Reinet those years, so one has a good chance of a connection! I will compare dates and check the feasability of a connection. L.B.B. Booysen’s daughter, my grandmother, was christened in the Pearston DRC in 1896 according to her christening certificate, but no Booysens are buried in the Church yard behind the church. A copy of the ‘will’ will be interesting please!

  • 11. Godfrey Sponneck  |  Sep 30th, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    With reference to the three Jan Hendrik Booysens’ – do you have any dates at all?
    With Charles additional information it makes all these Booysen connections a bit clearer and with so many children, the branches are of course, much wider, but still from the same root then?!
    Thank you Charles for your imput!

  • 12. Godfrey Sponneck  |  Sep 30th, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    Hester Blom
    One more, I do believe we can have a connection. Your Louis Barend Blom would have had a daughter who married a Booysen then the son would have been my Louis Barend Blom Booysen, named for his maternal Grandfather! Now to find which Blom married a Booysen – the search continues …
    Thanks guys,

  • 13. Hester Blom  |  Oct 1st, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    Godfrey, yes, that’s exactly my hypothesis! A kind descendant of Louis Barend Blom and Johanna Jacoba Geel have shared the list of their children. The birth dates below are approximations. If anyone discovers more information, please share that with me. The person who provided me with this information would also welcome any additional information about her ancestors. I’d love to know if one of the women in the list below was married to a Booysen.

    Daniel Jacobus Blom 1834 –
    Sarah Blom 1835 –
    Jacoba Johanna Blom 1837 –
    Anna Blom 1839 –
    Alida Blom 1839 –
    Maria Blom 1841 –
    Johanna Blom 1842 –
    Susanna Blom 1844 –
    Louis Barend Blom 1846 –
    Benjamin J. Blom 1848 –
    Lambertus Johannes Blom 1850 –

  • 14. Hester Blom  |  Oct 1st, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    Godfrey, please send your email address to me at hester_blom [at] and I will email the testament photos of the following will to you:

    Louis Barend Blom, christened 25 Feb 1781 x 8 Apr 1798 to Anna Jacoba Hegter (Hechter).

  • 15. john conrad charles booysen  |  Jan 4th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    It just a coincidence that my name is john c charles booysen and so others or are we related. my family stems from Klippaat Junction near Uitenhage and my grandfathe was John Daniel Booysen that is about all I know

  • 16. Hester Blom  |  Feb 24th, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Godfrey and others,

    I think a wonderful South African researcher working on the Blom family might have uncovered the missing Blom x Booysen link that we were wondering about.

    Louis Barend BLOM who married Johanna Jacoba GEEL on
    5 May 1833 had a daughter Alida BLOM ( ). Alida Blom married W. BOOYSEN.

    We would have to confirm, but it is quite possible that she could have had a son named after her father, Louis Barend BLOM.

    My guess is she added her maiden name, hence her son’s full names being Louis Barend Blom Booysen. Does anyone know more about Alida BLOM and W. Booysen?

  • 17. Johan Booysen  |  Jun 24th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I’m Johan Booysen(Dirk Johannes)

    I’m interested in finding out more about the history of the Booysen family.

  • 18. Adri Kruger (Booysen)  |  Oct 4th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Hi, I am trying to find out where we fit into the puzzle. My father was Pieter van Zyl Booysen, grandfather Gert Gabriel Frederik Booysen. I know that my father’s cousin was a John Henry Booysen and he named his son Johan Hendrik Booysen. Any suggestions or ideas?

  • 19. Jacobus Jozua Blom  |  Oct 23rd, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    My great great grandfather was Bared Johannes Blom.My great grandfather his son was Jacobus Jozua Blom.I remember my grandfather saying that our forefathers came from the east cape- Aliwal-North,Graaf Renett,Grahamstown.Could there be a link?

  • 20. allan Robinson  |  Jan 12th, 2009 at 8:30 pm


    I used to date a booysen girl from aliwal whose parents farmed there. Father was Charles Booysen and his daughter is Karen. She is married now and is probably about 45 years old. Any leads?

  • 21. Chris  |  Jan 17th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I am in contact with a Charles Booysen but his daughter is not Karen. I will contact him

  • 22. Pieter Jacobus Booysen  |  May 25th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I am Pieter Jacobus (Jakkie) Booysen originating from Sutherland!
    Family names there were Willem Kasper Booysen.
    Anyone from the sutherland area or in relation with us?

  • 23. Noeleen Murray  |  Jun 13th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Hi I came across this blog by chance. My father (Noel Murray, now deceased) grew up on Bloemhof, a farm outside Graaff Reinet and during the war he and others satyed in town at school for long periods of time in a Boarding House (on the site of the present day telkom building), around the late 1930’s early 1940’s. He and his cousins always spoke very fondly of Mrs Booysen who was the house mother. You could contact Walter Murray (at Bleomhof) he might remember somehting more? Hope this is useful.

  • 24. Adrian booysen  |  Oct 2nd, 2009 at 12:56 am

    im am a booysen who lives in mum is also booysen she is from graaff reinet nd gos by the name of serina booysen she has 6 sisters nd 1 bother they where all booysen but 3 of them are stil booysens nd 2 of them still live in graaff reinet but the 1 is marred nw nd she usd 2 be knw as jennt booysen .the other sister is louweda booysen they live in graaff reinet

  • 25. Cor Booysen  |  Nov 12th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Have read the previous posts. I\’ve also been told that my grandfather is also originally from the Graaf-Reinett – Booysen tree. The names however are all new so maybe someone can link them. My great grandfather was born in 1882 as Gert Jacobus Booysen (he was married to Johannes Cornelis (Nellie) Strydom), and they had 5 children. My grandfather Johannes Cornelis Booysen (born 1921) and then Petrus Jacobus Booysen (pre 1921), Susanna Sophia Wilhelmina Booysen, Aletta Catharina Booysen and Gert Booysen. Apparently Gert Jacobus\’ dad (ie my great-great grandfather) was married twice

  • 26. Charles Booysen  |  Dec 4th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hi Noeleen,
    Obviously it has been a long time since I visited this blog and have only today seen your comment regarding the boarding house. This boarding house was located at 45 Somerset Street in Graaff-Reinet and was owned by my grandparents, Johan and Molly Booysen. She was the housemother. I was born shortly after the War and have fond memories of visits to my grandparents at the house. After the war she rented rooms to teachers and no longer took in school children as boarders.

  • 27. Shaun Jerome Xavier Booysen  |  Feb 15th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I stay in belhar. Came in belhar 2004. My father is flip booysen and my grandfather is dawid booysen. They did stay in prieska. I would love to meet my family in mitchell plain cape town. Thank you

    shaun jx booysen

  • 28. Arno Bouwer  |  Jun 5th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Ek soek baie dringend vir Johan Booysen wat in GRT groot geword het saam met my, Arno Bouwer. Booysen my landlynnommer is 049 8922120, of kry my op facebook of by [email protected] of [email protected]

  • 29. Roxanne  |  Oct 4th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Hi, my granfather was one of the 13 sons, he was johannes Abraham Booysen, he was married to lena, unfortunatley they got divorced but had a child together, Steve Booysen, Johan had 2 more sons and a couple daughters im not sure about. hope that helps

  • 30. marinda van tonder  |  Nov 16th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    ek is opsoek na dolf booysen weet hy het n broer piet dolf is getroud met teressa hulle het vroeer jare in pretoria gewoon email my
    [email protected]

  • 31. Babette Clare (nee Booysen)  |  Jan 14th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    My dad was Dirk Johannes Booysen (14.09.1929 – 09.08.1989). He was born in Beaufort West and grew up in Danielskuil and also lived in Kimberley. His parents were James Jacob Frederick Booysen and Dorothea Grobbelaar. I believe my father was the youngest of 11 children, so for all I know his parents were from a different town before he was born. I knew two of his sisters, one was Dora Booysen (I suppose short for Dorothea) and Hester Holroyd (nee Booysen) and I knew one of his brothers, Ben Booysen. If you have any information on my ancesters, could you please let me know. I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much.

  • 32. Wesme Muller  |  May 14th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I have just started tracing the Blom history, and more specifically my grandmother. Here’s the thing. She was Annie Sophia (1909-1998) Married to a Daniel Jacobus Blom (1908-1983). Her maiden name was Vorster, but I was always told that she was raised by her husband’s parents, (Daniel Jacobus Blom & Anne Maria (nee Post) as she was an illegitimate child. The Blom and Vorster names, as well as locations in this trail just fit in with the little that I do know. Anne Maria Blom (nee Post) was the daughter of Cornelius Post, a teacher at Schoombie, and his second wife Elizabeth Frances Freemantle, who came to SA with 1820 settlers, and worked for minister Andrew Murray.
    I would be very interested to know if anyone has any connections/information.

  • 33. Retha Booysen  |  Sep 20th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Hallo almal! Ek is n afstammeling van d Suidwes Booysens. My pa se oupagrootjie was Kommandant Dirk Booysen. My oupa was Hendrik Johannes Frederik Booysen en is getroud met Rozetta Holtzhauzen. Oupa het n broer gehad met die naam Adriaan o.a. My pa is Dirk Johannes Booysen. Daar is n boek geskrywe met die naam “Gésel van Namaland” waarin n bietjie gepraat word van my voorsate.

  • 34. Bruce Campbell  |  Nov 5th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Yet more Jan Hendrik Booysen’s from Graaff Reinet area. Jan Hendrik Booysen (my third great grandfather) married Martha Catherina Susanna Pienaar (b 1845, d 1899 Graaff Reinet). Jan Hendrik’s adress at that time was Uitkomst farm, some 30 km from Graaff Reinet. They had four children (Johanna Magdalena who married Schalk Willem Burger), Elizabeth Hendrina (who married Thomas Hugo), Jan Hendrik Booysen jnr, and Martha Susanna Booysen. Jan Hendrik jnr (b 1870, d 1942) married an American (!) Katherine Martha Chase.

  • 35. Burnell  |  Feb 20th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    And more Jan Hendrik Booysen’ from Graaff Reinet area. Jan Hendrik Booysen (my husband Jan Hendrik Booysen Hugo 3 x great grandfather) married Martha Catherina Suzanna Pienaar. Their daughter Elizabeth Hendrina Booysen married Thomas Arnoldus Hugo. Interesting is that Thomas Arnoldus Hugo’s parents were Thomas Arnoldus Hugo and Cornelia Margarieta Booysen.. Other Booysen’s in his family are Johanna Petronella Booysen married to Piet Muller. Johanna’ parents were Petrus Johannes Booysen and Jacoba Isabella Boshoff.
    My husband’s cousin is also Jan Hendrik Booysen
    Hugo known as Jannie my husband know as Booysen as there were too many with the same name.

  • 36. Liza Booysen  |  Mar 17th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Hi, I’m trying to track down my fathers family, i never knew my father he died the year i as born but cant find any records. he died in april 1989 in mpumalanga in a car accident his name was (beertjie) frederick booysen not too sure if he had a second name will try and find out but in the mean time can you help me please?

  • 37. Godfrey Sponneck  |  Mar 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Bruce Campbell – that you for your last entry. I am also chasing JAN HENDRIK BOOYSEN but I have him married to CORNELIA FORCHE. Dates would have been in the early 1800’s. A son recorded is simply ‘W BOOYSEN’ . Could this be W for Willem I am wondering. Often there was more than one or even two marriages! W Booysen may have been born about 1830’s. This W BOOYSEN then would be the father of my lost Louis Barend Blom Booysen!! Confirmed born 1872 and died 1947 in PE.

  • 38. Godfrey Sponneck  |  Mar 22nd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Hester Blom – Please email me to [email protected] ASAP

    Godfrey, yes, that’s exactly my hypothesis! A kind descendant of Louis Barend Blom and Johanna Jacoba Geel have shared the list of their children. The birth dates below are approximations. If anyone discovers more information, please share that with me. The person who provided me with this information would also welcome any additional information about her ancestors. I’d love to know if one of the women in the list below was married to a Booysen.

    Daniel Jacobus Blom 1834 –
    Sarah Blom 1835 –
    Jacoba Johanna Blom 1837 –
    Anna Blom 1839 –
    Alida Blom 1839 –
    Maria Blom 1841 –
    Johanna Blom 1842 –
    Susanna Blom 1844 –
    Louis Barend Blom 1846 –
    Benjamin J. Blom 1848 –
    Lambertus Johannes Blom 1850 –

    I think I have a direct lead from this info …

  • 39. Richard Booysen  |  Oct 20th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Hello again

    Thanks to this page I have connected with family,
    Now….. I am looking again.

    Born possibly late 1950’s to
    Father, Christopher John Booysen,,
    (I don’t know his moms name, just that she was my dad’s first wife).
    Peter also had a slight arm and leg deformity from birth
    Chris later got married to Audrey, This is where I came along 1963/08/10.

    I know Peter was an auditor for Sasol during the mid 1980’s he stayed with us for a while and then moved to Port Elisabeth,

    If any one knows of PETER, please pass my email address onto him to make contact.
    [email protected]
    [email protected]


  • 40. Cindy Pretorius  |  Nov 27th, 2015 at 11:19 am

    hi there , my mom Megan Booysen was the adopted daughter of Isobel Louis Booysen , she also ran a boarding house and was also an midwife , she used to tell me that she had delivered hundreds of babies . I would love to get in touch with some of our long lost family members , I remember growing up and as a little girl going to Aunty Molly for tea and living in Eldorado in Bourke Street Graaff Reinet , if anyone has any stories about my grandmother Sister Isobel Louise Booysen please contact me on my email , I loved my gran dearly and would love to find out more about her

  • 41. Irene  |  Oct 21st, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Hi, I’m trying t trace my family. My grandfather was Frederick Christian Els Booysem. He was married to Aletta Johanna Van Heerden. My father was Andries Stephanus Carel Booysen (Klein). Any info would help.

  • 42. Jan Ruthven  |  Nov 12th, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I recently stayed at a guest house in Graaff-Reinet and on the outside of my room there was a little brass plate with the following inscription: “This erf was granted to J J Booysen on 9 September 1818”. I would like to know what the actual names of J J Booysen were if anyone could kindly help.

  • 43. samantha jacobs  |  Feb 21st, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    dag se. my naam is samantha. ek is opsoek na die jacobs family in graaf reinet, ek ken nie hul name nie, maar my oupa is wilfred jacobs sy broers… piet jacobs, robert jacobs en john jacobs…. my oupa is oorlede hy het altyd vir ons gese hulle is van graaf reinet

  • 44. Irene  |  Nov 28th, 2017 at 11:32 am


    I am trying to trace my familly tree. My grandfather was Frederick Christian Els Booysen born 20 February 1904. He was married to Aletta Johanna Van heerden (Hettie). Anyone have any information ?


  • 45. Rita Geiser  |  Mar 14th, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Hi to all,
    I am trying to trace the biological family of my husband who was adopted in 1943 in Pietermaritzburg.KZN

    His mother was Susara Johanna Louisa born Booysen born 1907 daughter of
    Johannes Frederick Booysen born +- 1883 and his wife Susara Johanna Louisa born Claasen in 1885. They lived at Glen Avon in the Somerset East district.
    They seem to have fallen off the map, does anyone out there have any information on them
    I would dearly love it !
    Rita Geiser.

  • 46. Jennifer Theys  |  Apr 24th, 2020 at 1:34 am

    good day…im trying to find my father’s parents. He was born Alan foushee..but later changed to Vivian Baartman..he stayed with Mrs Booysen who owned the old age home in Graaf Reinet he was born in 1949

  • 47. Attie Booysen  |  Feb 18th, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    looking for the parents of Adriaan Jacobus Booysen born 3-9-1899 married 31-6-1923 to Petronella Adriana Johanna Brits he was born in the Cape Colony and she at Oudedorp Potchefstroom. Can someone assist please. Apparently his parents dis own him and at the day of his death on 27-1971 his was not even informed of his parents death or place of burial.

  • 48. Elaine Soul  |  Feb 25th, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Good day all how lovely to see all the searches for Booysens
    I too am doing a family tree. I have hit a wall. Looking for information on Leah Magdalena Booysen who married Jacob paulse. In cape Town they lived in die akkers now know as vasco Any information thank you

  • 49. René Schmidt (Booysen)  |  Apr 24th, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Die aanmerkings van Bruce Campbell, 5 November 2012 en Burnell, 20 Februarie 2013 verwys. Ek is ‘n afstammeling van Jan Hendrik Booysen en Ellie Francina Jansen (dogter van Frederik Anthonie (Frikkie Withuis Jansen) wat op die plaas Uitkomst geboer het. Indien iemand ‘n familieboom opgestel het of inligting of foto’s het sal ek graag afskrifte wil bekom. Ek woon in Mosselbaai en my kontak nommer is 083 333 1818.

Leave a Comment


Required, hidden

Some HTML allowed:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Oct 2021

Most Recent Posts