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Magdalena Petronella Blignaut[1]

Female 1844 - 1927  (82 years)

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  • Name Magdalena Petronella Blignaut 
    Born 19 Oct 1844 
    Christened 31 May 1846  Colesberg Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 12BB901354EED41198970000E87852C63E4A 
    Died 29 Jun 1927 
    Person ID I1370  Blignaut Family
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2006 

    Father Jan Hendrik Blignaut,   c. 18 Apr 1798 
    Mother Aletta Johanna Rossouw,   b. 21 May 1812, Kaap Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1898, Witvlei Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1837  Cradock Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 23B4901354EED41198970000E87852C648F1 
    Family ID F777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gerhardus Jacobus Oosthuizen,   b. 1847,   d. 8 Mar 1918, Plaas Klipspruit, aan die laer Lephalalerivier Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [2
    Married 27 Jul 1911 
    _UID 0935111AD823C4409F67F5727FF778723578 
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F826  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Grafsteen/Gravestone met dank aan/with thanks to Richard Wadley
    Grafsteen/Gravestone met dank aan/with thanks to Richard Wadley

  • Notes 
    • Die volgende inligting omtrent Magdalena is ontvang vanaf Richard Wadley:

      The Grave of Magdalena Petronella Oosthuizen (née Blignaut)

      Moletadikgwa Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Portion 5 of the farm Weltevreden 49KR in the Waterberg District of Limpopo Province.

      Under a large fig tree near the western boundary of the farm (GPS co-ordinates 240 06.336min S, 280 23.356min E), there is a small informal cemetery containing four graves with headstones. Three of the graves are of members of the Barnes family, former tenants/owners of the property in the period 1925-1951 (the farm had been owned by the Union Government between 1920 and 1945).

      The fourth grave is that of Magdalena Petronella Oosthuizen (née Blignaut).

      According to information provided by Alida Schoultz, a guest at our Mokabi Lodge and keen genealogist, using data in the SAG volumes, Magdalena Petronella Blignaut was born on 19 October 1844 and baptised in Colesberg, Cape, on 31 May, 1846. She was the daughter of Jan Hendrik Blignaut (born in 1798 and baptised on 18/4/98) and his second wife, Aletta Johanna Rousseau, (the daughter of Pieter & Aletta Rousseau) who was born on 21 May 1812 and died on 30 May 1898. Jan & Aletta Blignaut were married at Cradock in the Eastern Cape on 12 March, 1837. Magdalena was one of 16 children. (This information was subsequently corroborated from the Blignaut Family website).

      What brought Magdalena to the Waterberg is not yet known. But what we have found is that, on 27 July 1911, at the age of 67, she married Gerhardus Jacobus Oosthuizen, a recently widowed local farmer. The latter was born in 1847 to Gerhardus Jacobus Osthuizen senior and Salomina Catharina (nee Prinsloo) at Steenekop, near Krugersdorp. He married Isabella Cornelia Steenekamp. At some time, they moved to the Waterberg, where Gerhardus eventually came to own a share of the farm Rietfontein 288 (now 191KR) - where the Heuningfontein store on Tarentaalstraat is located today. Together they had six children, before Isabella died in 1910. Gerhardus was re-married the following year, at the age of 64 - to Magdalena Petronella Blignaut. (Her name is spelled Bligenhout on Gerhardus Oosthuizen’s Death Notice, which is in the National Archives at Pretoria; Magdalena did not have a Death Notice). The elderly couple enjoyed each other’s company until Gerhardus died, on 8 March 1918, on the farm of his son - also Gerhardus Jacobus - at Klipspruit, which is on the lower Lephalale River, near the village of Beauty.

      Gerhardus and Magdalena had no children of their own; so one of the questions that remain to be answered is whether the inscription on Ouma Magdalena’s headstone refers to her own children and grandchildren, or to her stepchildren. Was she married before she met Gerhardus? There is no mention of a previous married name on his death notice - and it seems that no notice was completed for her. So far, we have no information about how Mev Oosthuizen came to be in this area; we’ve also not been able to establish any links to members of the several Oosthuizen families that still live in the Melkrivier area. Research continues.
      The inscription on her headstone reads:

      “Hier Rust in den Heere
      ons teerbeminde
      Moeder en grootmoeder
      Magdalena Petronella
      geb. Blignaut
      geb. 19 Oct. 1844
      overl. 29 Junie 1927

      Lof eer den Held die overwon
      Die ons met God verzoenen kon
      En aan den dood ontrukken
      Gez. 141:1”

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] VAB Sterfkennis, R668.
      Moeder se sterfkennis

    2. [S390] Richard Wadley - E-pos.