SMUTS, Jacobus Abraham
- Born: Apr 16, 1845, R.K. ?
- Christened: May 4, 1845, Worcester South Africa ?
- Marriage (1): DE VRIES, Catherina (Cato) Petronella on Mar 6, 1866 in Worcester South Africa ?
- Marriage (2): VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, Maria Christoffelina on Apr 29, 1902
- Died: Aug 25, 1914 aged 69
Another name for Jacobus was SMUTS, Koos.
1. Occupation. Farmer Bovenplaats R.K. ?
2. Historical, 1866, Boplaas, Cape Province. Here, at Boplaas, Smuts's grandfather, Michiel Smuts, and all his brothers and sisters were born, just as were Smuts's father and his brothers and sisters. Of them Jacobus Abraham (known as Kosie) was the youngest. Kosie, unlike the rest, found himself a girl from outside the Swartland (Black country) and in 1866 he married her, Catharina Petronella (Cato) DE VRIES, a rather prominent lady from Worcester, the sister of the Reverend Bodewyn de Vries, a cleric known for his enlightened theological attitudes, for whom she kept house. The young Smuts couple moved into a house which is today a national monument, unpretentious and simple, without a gable or front porch, and with a thatched roof and thick white-washed walls.Boplaas lies askance the impressive peak of Riebeeck Kasteel and in those days was a grain farm rather than a wine farm. Opposite, where the sun rises, is the northern point of the Drakenstein mountain. ... Koos Smuts and Cato were finally married in 1866 and their second son was Jan Christiaan. In many ways his birth coincided with great events great events for England. Not only did his birthday, 24 May, coincide with that of Queen Victoria, but it was later proclaimed Empire Day. The year was 1870 -- the year in which the first large diamonds were discovered at Kimberley ... It was also the year in which ... Cecil John Rhodes arrived in the Cape.
3. Historical, 1870. In 'Jan Christian SMUTS, by his son J.C.SMUTS' pub 1952, his son describes his ancestry as follows:
pp6 His christian names he inherited from his maternal grandfather Jan Christian de VRIES. Like his grandfather, he spelt Christian with one "a".
pp 7 Jacobus Abraham Smuts, my parternal grandfather, was a man of some prominance in these parts, for he was a member of the old Cape Legislature or supremem parliament of the province. he was the sixth generation of Smutses to be born in the Cape, he was almost pure Dutch extraction. The first Smuts to settle in the Cape was Michiel Cornelis who came out from Zeeland in the service of the Dutch East India company in 1692. My fathers mother was plump Catherina (Cato) Petronella de Vries, a sister of Bodewyn, the local padre. She was the seventh generation descendant of Jacob Cloete who arrived in 1652 with Van Riebeecks's entourage, and in old age was murdered on a farm by natives. In Ouma Cato's veins was about one-sixth French blood, which perhaps accounts for her mercurial & impressionable temperament. Boplaas was, in the 1870's, considered to be quite an attractive farm, lying high on the sloping ground above Kasteel . . .
Jacobus married Catherina (Cato) Petronella DE VRIES, daughter of Jan Christiaan DE VRIES and Maria Magdalena Philippina NIEHAUS, on Mar 6, 1866 in Worcester South Africa ?. (Catherina (Cato) Petronella DE VRIES was born in May 1845 in Worcester South Africa ?, christened on Jul 6, 1845 in Worcester South Africa ? and died on Feb 13, 1901.)
Jacobus next married Maria Christoffelina VAN DER WESTHUIZEN on Apr 29, 1902.