THE JOUBERT FAMILY CONNECTION.
Very little detail is given here concerning the Joubert family in South Africa because the genealogy and history of this family is very well documented from the time that Pierre Joubert arrived in the Cape in 1688 and it requires an enormously spread out tree to list the names and dates concerning the very large families that were common during those early years. So below will only be found information concerning the ancestors on Eric Freemantle's mother's side, his parents and his siblings, etc. and only the dates of his direct ancestors within the Joubert and Oosthuizen families are given here:
 Auguste Gideon Joubert.
(1599-1660 in Provence, France)
 Guillaume Adolphe Joubert.
(1633-1687 in Provence, France)
Reputedly the first Huguenot to come under Dragonades and first victim of the persecution
 Pierre Joubert.
Pierre Joubert was born in either 1663 or 1664 at LaMotte d'Aigues in Provence and he married (1st) Susanne Reyne (or Rene) in Brielle, Holland on 1st.February, 1688, shortly before the ship, taking the group of Huguenots out to the Cape, sailed from Rotterdam, Holland on 20th.March, 1688. Susanne was born in d'Atheron, Provence and she died in April or May, 1668 on board the 'Berg China'. Due to their hasty marriage prior to their departure from Holland, her maiden name is shown on the passenger list and she is described as 'spinster'. Obviously, there was no issue of this marriage.
While still on board, Pierre was married a second time, probably in May, 1688 to Isabeau Richard, who was born in 1670 and died in 1748 in Franschhoek, Cape.
The 'Berg China' reached Cape Town on 4th.August, 1688 and the Captain of the ship was Samuel van Gnoll. Pierre and his new wife, Isabeau, and the other Huguenot immigrants, were taken by wagon inland to the beautiful valley that became known as Franschhoek. Here this group settled the area, cultivating vines and making wine as they had done in the homelands they had left. Many of the lovely farm houses and buildings, which were white washed and gabled, remain standing to this day and give the valley an historic and picturesque ambience. From the records it would seem that some of the farms owned by Pierre Joubert were 'La Motte', which still retains this name; 'La Provence' (granted in 1694); 'Bellingkamp (1695); 'Lamora' (1712); 'La Roche'; 'de Plaisant', at Wavern, Tulbach; 'De Plaisant Plaats', which was over the Breede river, near Wolsley; another 'La Provence' at Oliphants Hoek, which was granted on 11.8,1712; and 'Lanqudoe' which he inherited from Jean Joubert, who was a bachelor and died in 1723. Pierre and Isabeau Joubert had ten children:
(1)Joshua Joubert, born November, 1688 and married Susannah Garde, the daughter of Jean Garde, 'a French refugee'.
(2)Jacob Joubert, born 1690
(3)Francina Joubert, born 1692 and baptised on 11th.November 1697. She was married in Paarl, on 21st.May, 1719 to Johannes Pleunis (or du Plessis), the son of Jacob Pleunis (?)
(4)Rachel Joubert, born in 1694 and she married on 22nd.January, 1730 in Stellenbosch, (1st) Dirk Willem Crafford, who was born in Utrecht. She had one son and two daughters and then she married (2nd) Gerrit van Devter on 30th.November, 1744.
(5)Jean Joubert. His date of birth is unknown, but he was baptised on 7th. December, 1695 and he married Maria van Wyk; they had seven children (see family tree) and he became a farmer in Drakenstein
(6)PieterJoubert, was born in 1699 and married on 1st.May,1718, Susanna de Villiers, born 1697 and they had four children. He also became a farmer in the Drakenstein and was a Deacon of the Church from 1719 to 1724.
(7)Maria Joubert, was born in 1701 and married Jan Loots in 1726. They had three sons and four daughters.
(8)Gideon Joubert. It is from his descendants that the Freemantle family connection is made. See section  below.
(9)Elizabeth Joubert, born 1706, she married (1st) the Huguenot Guillaume Loret and they had two sons and a daughter. In 1732 she married (2nd) Paul Roux and they also had two sons, plus five daughters.
(10)Francois Joubert, was born in 1708 and he married (1st) Gesina van der Venter on 6th November, 1729. She was born in 1711 and they had nine children.
Note: [The following brief resume is included in order to clarify the very distant connection, that is often claimed by family members, to General Joubert renowned for his part in the Anglo-Boer War,] The sixth child of this marriage was Josua Joubert and he had twelve children, the ninth one being Petrus Jacobus Joubert, born 3.9.1786 and he married in Swellendam on 6.7.1806 Helena Susanna Strydom. Their eldest son was Josua Francois Joubert, born 30.10.1808, and married on 6.3.1830 to Ester Maria Gousch and the first child of this marriage was Petrus Jacobus Joubert, who became Kommandant General of the Republic of Zuid Afrika. He was born on 20.1.1831 in the Swartberg and died in March, 1900.]
Francois married (2nd) Elizabeth Conje on 18th February, 1731. No facts were traced concerning this marriage.
Pierre Joubert died on 31st.June, 1732. His name is listed, and his signature can be seen, in the museum in Franschhoek, as among those Huguenots who arrived in 1688. This museum is adjacent to the very attractive monument dedicated to these intrepid and hardworking people, who left such an indelible mark on their country of adoption.
 Gideon Joubert.
Gideon Joubert was born in 1704 and died in 1739. He married (1st) Margarite Msrgaretha de Villiers in 1725, became a Deacon of the Church in 1727 and a cattle farmer at De Plaisante. They had five children:
(1) Pieter Joubert who leads down to the Freemantle connection, see the section  below.
(2) Margaretha Joubert, who was born on 18th.July, 1728 and married (1st) Daniel Hugo, on 14th February, 1745 and (2nd) Francois Josua Rossouw.
(3) Gideon Joubert, who was born on 28th.May, 1730 and they had six children. Then he married (2nd) Martha Maria Moller on 3rd.March,1766 and they had two children. He became a farmer at Drakenstein.
(4) Jacob Joubert, who was born on 7th.October, 1732 and he married Martha Marais on 1st.April, 1752. He also became a farmer at Drakenstein and they had one son.
(5) Josua Joubert, who was born 15th. June, 1735 and married (1st) Maria Johanna Hugo on 25.4.1756 and they had eight children. He married (2nd) Johanna Margaretha Grove on 25.6.1781 and they had three children. He married (3rd) Johanna Minaar (who was previously married to G.R.Opperman) on 3.12.1785; then he married (4th) Elizabeth Nieuwoudt on 25.5.1788 and (5th) Cornelia Viljoen (she was previously married to Johannes van Aswagen on 25.101789). There was no issue of these last three marriages.
Gideon Joubert married (2nd) Maria Koppe; apparently also without issue.
 Pieter Joubert.
Pieter Joubert, who was born on 13th.January, 1726 and married on 9th. December, 1746 to Martha du Toit. He was a farmer at Drakenstein and they had sixteen children:
(1) Margaretha Joubert, was born 10th.March, 1748 and married Francois Retief.
(2) Debora Joubert, born 4th.May, 1749; married on 1.11.1772 Jacobus Retief, who was born in 1754 in the Wellington district. (He was the seventh child of Francois Retief).
Debora died in Paarl on 9.6.1814 and Jacobus died on 12.5.1821. They had twelve children and the fifth one was Piet Retief, Leader of the Voortrekkers.
(3) Gideon Joubert, was born 0n 16th.August, 1750 and he married (1st) Anna Elizabeth Joubert, born 20.2.1757 and they had ten children. He married (2nd) Johanna Catherina Krige and they had eight children
(4) Martha Joubert, who was born on 25th.February, 1753, married J. S. du Toit.
(5) Stephanus Jacobus Joubert, was born on 18th.August, 1754.
(6) Petrus Jacobus Joubert, and his marriage led to the Freemantle connection. See  below
(7) Stephanus Francois Joubert, born 21st.August, 1757, married Elizabeth Bosman and they had two children.
(8) Daniel Joubert, born on 18th.February, 1759, married Louisa Jacoba Krige and thay had twelve children.
(9) Francina Joubert, born 31st.August, 1760, married Hermanus Bosman.
(10) Anna Helena Joubert, born 15th.May, 1763, married Johannes Marais.
(11) Elizabeth Joubert, born 5th.August, 1764, married Daniel Bosman.
(12) Francois Joubert, born 20th.November, 1768. No trace of marriage or wife's name, but he had eight children.
(13) Esther Geertruy Joubert, born 16th.June, 1771, married Jacobus Pienaar and died 14.9.1861 in Murraysburg.
(14) Maria Magdelena Joubert, born 25th.July, 1772.
(15) Daniel Andries Joubert, born 4th.September, 1774.
(16) Anna Susanna Joubert, born 11th.February, 1776.
 Petrus Jacobus Joubert.
Petrus Jacobus Joubert, was born on 13th.June, 1756 in Uniondale and baptised the same day. He married Adriana Smit, who was born in Cape Town in 1756. She was the daughter of Francois Smit and she died on 13.6.1840. He died at Umfolozi Drift on 27.12.1838. They had five children:
(1) Petrus Jacobus Joubert, married N.N. van As.
(2) Francois Nicolaas Joubert, born about 1793 and married Anna Maria van der Merwe. He died on 24.8.1866 and she died 20.8.1878, both in Colesberg.
(3) Maria Johanna Joubert, married Zacharius de Beer and they lived in Colesberg
(4) Gideon Daniel Joubert, see below  for descent and connection to Freemantle family
(5) Margaretha Louisa Joubert, married (1st) H. van As and (2nd) N. N. Weger
 Gideon Daniel Joubert.
Gideon Daniel Joubert was the fourth child and third son of Petrus Jacobus Joubert and Adriana Joubert nee Smit. He was born in the Malmesbury district on 12th April, 1795 and baptised on 26th.April, 1795. Presumably he received some early education there or in the Tulbach district where his parents lived until he was ten years old. Not much is known of his childhood but at that age (in 1805) they moved to the Seekoei River field cornetcy in the Graaf Reinet district and it would appear that he had some formal education judging by the numerous letters and reports he wrote as an adult. In fact, it is claimed that he attended Cambridge University. However, he never became very proficient in the English language and although he expressed himself well, his handwriting was always difficult to read.
At the age of twenty, he married 14 year old, Aletta Sophia Venter on 29th October, 1815. She was born on 19th.March, 1801 and was the daughter of Jan Adriaan Venter and Aletta Sophia Venter nee Bezuidenhout. He died on 26.4.1858 and she died on 15.11.1876, both at Hebron, Hantam, district of Colesberg. He became a Field Cornet in1838 when he was sent on commission to investigate the conditions of the former slaves. Gideon Daniel Joubert became a landowner and was a prosperous farmer on his farm 'Hebron' at Hantam, north-east of Colesberg until his death on 26th.April, 1858. During his lifetime he owned several farms in the southern part of Transorangia as well as a small house in Colesberg. He was always a respected member of the community and was also a founder member of the Colesberg N. G. Congregation.
After his appointment first as provisional field-cornet of the New Hantam area in 1822 and, later, as field-cornet and commandant, he never hesitated to speak up for the farmers on the northern frontier or bring their problems to the attention of the authorities.
1835 was a critical year for Southern Africa. For the preceding sixty years or so, there had been no radical changes in the borders of the Cape Colony. Since the 1770's the black tribes had checked the Boer drift to the east but by 1835 the internal pressures had come to a head and culminated in consolidation of the causes of the Great Trek. The first parties of what would eventually amount to some 14,000 Boers sold up their homesteads, packed their possessions into their ox wagons and moved away from British rule, taking their families and animals with them. They crossed the Orange River, skirted Basutuland, veering inland toward the central plateau that had been depopulated by the Mfecane, finally coming up against Mzilikazi and his Matabiele warriors, whom they overcame, forcing their retreat north over the Matapo Range. Thereafter, some of the Voortrekkers crossed the Vaal River, moving as far north as the Limpopo River, while others turned east and descended into Natal through the passes of the Drakensberg. In less than a year the boundaries of European settlement had broken but the Trekkers failed to escape the British administration, which slowly but surely eventually encompassed all the areas they had opened up.
Gideon Daniel Joubert was a loyal supporter of the British Colonial administration and clearly stated this on several occasions, but he was never blind to the shortcomings of the British and did not hesitate to criticise the government or the missionaries, if he felt this was justified. Nevertheless, official opinion of him was always favourable.
He sympathised with the difficulties and hardships of the Trekkers in the southern Transorangia, but he openly opposed the Great Trek because he feared for the material, spiritual and cultural welfare of the Trek farmers if they should venture into the interior. He was not able to accept the fact that the Voortrekkers were prepared to reject the authority of the lawful Colonial Government.
On 2nd.June, 1837, a report came to hand concerning the kidnapping of Bushmen children by the Boers and, to quote: "Mr Rawstone sent the famous Gideon Joubert, who had been employed to go to Natal to investigate the slave question, to enquire into the truth of this matter. He returned with the report that it was correct. An attempt was made to arrest those concerned, but it was unsuccessful."
In 1838 he decided to visit the Voortrekkers in Natal in order to try to persuade them to return to the Colony. Cory (in Vol.IV) describes the mission thus:
'April, 1838. Two interesting visitors appeared at Maritz's camp at the Bushman's River. They were Gideon Joubert a well-to-do farmer of the Colesberg district and Jacobus Nicholas Boshoff first clerk to the civil Commissioner of Graaf Reinet - a gentleman who afterwards played an important part in the history of the Orange Free State.
News of the terrible disasters, which had befallen the Natal Boers, as well as the distressed condition of the survivors [Piet Retief presented his document to Dingaan and the Chief made his mark on it on 4th February, 1838 and he and his companions were murdered on 6th.February, 1838] had become known in the Colony. Sympathy for them took the practical form of subscriptions being collected for their relief.
Messrs. Joubert and Boshaoff set out from the Colesberg district with this help. Joubert had gone unofficially with a view to inducing the Boers to return to the Colony.
In addition, he and a Mnr. van der Walt prepared a report after they were sent on a mission to the emigrant farmers and their recommendations were that the Boers should be taken under British protection, but Sir George Napier was not in favour of this and gave a negative, albeit a long-winded, reply.
Very soon after this Gideon Joubert made a second journey to Natal, having been sent by Governor G. T. Napier, in October, 1838 with instructions to bring back the slaves whom the Government believed the Voortrekkers had forced to leave the Colony with them. December 1st. was approaching and on that day all 'apprentices' (i.e. erstwhile slaves) were to be liberated and the last traces of slavery were to disappear from South Africa. To recover these and to give them the full benefit of the Abolition Act was now the object of Sir George Napier.
To put this into effect no more fitting officer than G. D. Joubert could have been appointed as he was a loyal Government official; Field-Cornet of Colesberg and 'persona-grata' with the Boers. In addition, the knowledge of the whereabouts of all the Natal Boers that he had recently acquired was of great value. Instructions for his procedure were issued to him by the Governor 'as a public functionary who rightly possessed his full confidence' on 16th October, so on 22nd October, he set off on his mission to Natal in the style befitting his official position with "two wagons, 24 wagon horses, 26 saddle horses, and accompanied by eight Burgers, two coachmen and four achterryers,[sic] in all 16 men and 50 horses." He travelled from one Boer camp to the next and met with no difficulty in carrying out his commission. His honest report after his return from this mission convinced the Government that their concern was unfounded. Both Governor G. T. Napier and Lord Glenelg had to admit that there was no justification for the belief that former slaves had been forcibly removed from the Colony or were being held against their wishes. Of the 150 'apprentices' who lived with the Trekkers in Natal only about 40 chose to return with Gideon Joubert to the Cape Colony.
Then, in July, 1840, in order to be supplied with the information which was necessary before any further action could be taken in connection with [the claims of] Moshesh, the Governor issued confidential instructions to the famous Commandant, Gideon Joubert, to make a tour through the hardly known country and to learn all he could about the boundaries claimed by the different Chiefs and the number of Boers settled in different parts of the country, such as Basutuland."
Gideon Joubert's opinion of Moshesh was that he was not to be trusted; that he would be found to be a troublesome and tiresome person - a prognostication which later history amply confirmed.
In June 1842, he was one of the signatories to a petition sent to Sir George Napier requesting that the boundary of the Colony should be extended so as to include the present districts of Aliwal North, Albert and Wodehouse, but this was not granted. On September 3rd he attended a conference with Sir Andries Stockenstroom and Chief Kreli.
On 29th.July, 1846 "in the attack upon Tyumie forests, Sir Andreis relied upon the assistance of 1200 Burgers and Kat River Hottentots under Commandant Joubert from Shiloh." And also, in July, 1848, Sir Harry Smith "accompanied by that accomplished Boer negotiator, Commandant Gideon Joubert, moved off to Winberg on their way to Natal".He was actively involved in the Fifth (1818-19); Sixth (1834-5); the Seventh (1846-7) and Eighth (1850-53) Frontier Wars. When the Government was slow to protect the north eastern boundary against the Thembu during the Eighth Frontier War, he called up a Commando on his own initiative to go to the aid of the farmers.
Gideon Joubert was always involved in events in Transorangia and from 1842 he advocated annexation of the area by the British to ensure protection for the farmers. He pointed out the dangers to peace there to the Government because he was certain that the Whites would never accept treaties with Blacks, which would leave them under the authority of the native chiefs. After the annexation of Natal in 1842, he hoped that the British would take similar steps in the Transorangia and therefore submitted several proposals to the authorities for administrative arrangements there. It is therefore reasonable to accept that he would have supported Sir Harry Smith's preconceived plan to annex Transorangia when he accompanied Sir Harry Smith to Natal in 1848.
In 1854, Gideon Joubert was elected a member of the Legislative Council of the first representative parliament of the Cape Colony as the first M.P. for Burgersdorp. His broken English and poor health contributed to the fact that he had little influence as a parliamentarian and early in 1855 he resigned from this position. After a long illness, he died of a stroke on his farm on 26th.April, 1858. His widow, Aletta Sophia Joubert, also died there, 18 years later, on 15th.November, 1876.
[It may be of passing interest to note that the historically declared monument of Paul Kruger's home in Rustenberg is said to be after the style of Gideon Joubert's house at Helbron, Colesberg.]They had eleven children:
(1) Petrus Jacobus Joubert, born 22nd.February, 1817.
(2) Aletta Sophia Joubert, born 3rd.August, 1819.
(3) Jan Johannes Joubert, born 10th.August, 1821.
(4) Gideon Daniel Joubert, born 14th.August, 1823.
(5) Adriana Margareta Joubert, 14th.August, 1825.
(6) Francois Jacobus Joubert, born 29th.November, 1827.
(7) Margareta Johanna Joubert, born 4th.July, 1830.
(8) Martha Louisa Joubert, born 29th.May, 1832.
(9 )Maria Magdalena Joubert, born 23rd. October, 1835.
(10) Margareta Johanna Joubert, born 15th.August, 1846.
(11) Jotham Joubert. See below section  for descent to the Freemantle family connection.
[8[ Jotham Joubert.
Jotham Joubert was the tenth child and youngest son of Gideon Daniel Joubert and Aletta Sophia Joubert nee Venter. He was born on the farm 'Hebron' at Hantam in the district of Colesberg on 6th.January, 1841.
All Jotham Joubert's older brothers and sisters were very close in age, but there was a gap of six years between his arrival and the birth of his next older sister [refer to the dates under his parent's section above]
At the age of twenty-one, he was married on 14th.July, 1862 to Martha Margaretha Jacomin Oosthuizen in Burgersdorp, the daughter of Ockert J. J. Oosthuizen and Martha Oosthuizen nee Pienaar. [see below for the Oosthuizen family connection in detail] She was born on 11th.April, 1846 in Steynsburg and she died on 5th November, 1923 in Burgersdorp. Jotham Joubert and his family lived at Vaalbank, Zuurberg until 1865, then Langkloof, Zuurberg, returning to Burgersdorp about 1868/9. It is understood that, thereafter, as a landowner, he farmed at 'Rietfontein' near Burgersdorp. He became a Field Cornet, and in 1879, which seems to have been an auspicious year for him, became a Justice of the Peace, joined as a founder member the Albert Boeren Beschermings Vereeniging and was elected a Member of the Cape Parliament for the Division of Albert (Burgersdorp) constituency. He remained their M.P. for the next for 21 years and he died on 21st.September, 1903 in Burgersdorp. They had twelve children:
(1) Martha Margaretha Joubert. See section  below for the Freemantle family Connection.
(2) Aletta Sovia Joubert, born 21st.August, 1865 at Vaalbank, Zuurberg and she married Albert Boje. They had three daughters.
(3) Magdalena Maria Joubert, was born on 28th.June, 1867 at Langkloof, Zuurberg and died in Burgersdorp on 9th.January, 1945. She married Willem Pretorius late in life and there was no issue of this marriage
(4) Gideon Daniel Joubert, was born on 1st.June, 1869 in Burgersdorp and he married Ada Robenheimer on 5th.March, 1894. They had five children:
c.1. Jotham, c.2. Gideon, c.3. Danella (My Aunt Ella, and my Father's favourite Joubert cousin). She married a Mr. Church and was a chiropodist in Pretoria, where she died in 1975. c.4. Jouba, who married Harold Hulme Sugden. There was no issue of this marriage and she was involved in the World Women's Organisation. c.5. Francois (Bobbie) who went to live in Rhodesia, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal during World War 2.
(5) Adriana Petronella Joubert, born on 27th.April, 1871 in Burgersdorp and she married Reno (Koos) Louw.
(6) Hester Johanna Joubert, was born on 30th.March, 1873 in Burgersdorp and she married Roelof van Wyk and they had four children:
c.1.Tertia van Wyk,(ca.1906), c.2. Vesta van Wyk (ca.1908),c.3. Roela van Wyk (ca.1910), c.4. Casper van Wyk (1912)
(7) Ockert Oosthuizen Joubert, born 29.3.1875, died 25.6.1978, in Burgersdorp.
(8) Minor Victorius Joubert, born 19.11.18798, died 7.9.1882, in Burgersdorp.
(9) Pierre Francois Joubert, born 23.10.1882, Burgersdorp, died 25.1.1884 at 'Rietfontein', Burgersdorp.
(10) Phoebe Salome Joubert, born on 12th.October, 1885 in Burgersdorp. She married Maurice Cullum. He died in February, 1973. They lived in Nairobi, Kenya for many years and they both died there. There was no issue of this marriage.
(However, I met them when, on our return trip from U.K in 1947, my Father and I went to see them at their home in the suburbs)
(11)Anna Louisa Joubert, who was born on 10th.April, 1887 and married (1st) Hendrik Kruger, she was born on 14.12.1882(?), died 16.11.1942 and she married (2nd) Piet Grobbelaar, who was born 30.9.1888(?). She had five children:
c.1. Albert Louis Kruger (born 14.9.1909), who became an engineer and married Cynthia Bond (19.5.1920) and had two children, (i)Jan Kruger and Ann Kruger. c.2. Henda Kruger, who married three times: (1st) Edward Wilmot (born Grahamstown and died Peddie), and they had four children; (2nd) Hazeld Westcot (divorced in 1973), one daughter, Noelene, and (3rd) John Donald. There were no children of this marriage. C.3. Leon Kruger, born 22.7.1918, died 1931. c.4. Phoebe Kruger (born 26.5.1920, Burgersdorp), married John Charles Drayton, (born 17.4.1920, East London) and they had two Children (i) Anne Marion Drayton and (ii) Rodney Gordon Drayton, born in East London and c.5. Isabeau Richard Kruger (born 28.5.1924 in Burgersdorp). She married John Hastie who was born in Dundee, Natal and they had three children: (i) John Hastie, (ii) Marilyn Hastie and (iii) Anne Hastie.
(12)Jotham Francois Joubert, was born at 'Rietfontein' near Burgersdorp on 4th November, 1889 and he married Ellen Roodt, who was born on 8th.September, 1892 in Dordrecht. He died in Cape Town on 10th. March but his widow was still living in Burgersdorp in 1974. Her date of death has not been ascertained, but the family graveyard is at 'Rietfontein', not far from the homestead. They had four children:
(A) Minor Joubert, was born on 5th.January, 1913 in Burgersdorp and he was married on 16th September, 1939 in Malmesbury to Margaretha Louw Bestbier. She was born on 30th July, 1920 in Malmesbury. He became a Civil Servant and they retired to the Strand, Cape. He died in July, 1979 and was buried on the kopjie overlooking the farm, 'Rietfontein'. They had five children:
(i) Rona Joubert (born 24.10.1940, Pretoria) married on 6.12.1963 in Lyttleton, Pretoria, Pieter Daniel Jacobs of Paardeberg (born 24.1.1935 Kimberley; garage proprietor, farmer, civil servant: two children. (ii) Francois Joubert (born 21.11.1944, Pretoria; Mechanical engineer) married Sheila Baker (born 21.10.1947?): two children. (iii) Elsa Joubert (born 23.7.1946 in Pretoria) married on 7.12.1968 in Lyttleton, Pretoria Ferdinand Claassens (born 14.4.1947 Fort Beaufort, Accountant and Cost Accountant at Naschem): two children. (iv) Roelof Joubert (born 27.8.1948, Pretoria, Horticulturist), married on 3.5.1971 in Pretoria to Bernmari Rowan (born 18.9.1950) two children and (v) Norma Joubert (born 28.9.1957, Pretoria)
(B) Roelof Joubert, was born on 2nd.February, 1916 in Burgersdorp. He married on 23.1.1948 in Gababis, South West Africa, Thelma Hodgeson who was born on 17th March, 1925? in South West Africa. He was a railway clerk and farmer and they had two children: (i) Lynette Joubert (born 13.10.1949 in Bloemfontien) and (ii) Eleanor Joubert, born 16.7.1953, also in Bloemfontein.
(C)Jotham Joubert, was born on 31st October, 1920 in Burgersdorp. He was a businessman and farmer and he owned the small cinema in Burgersdorp. He married three times: (1st) Eileen Hassett in June, 1943, but they were divorced in1948. They had one son, Pierre Joubert (born 20.25.1947). Jotham married (2nd) Orpa van Rooyen in December, 1955 in Port Elizabeth. She was born on 31st January, 1931 in Port Elizabeth and they were also divorced. They had three children: (i) Leon Joubert (born 31.5.1957) (ii) Anton Joubert (born 24.10.1959) and (iii) Marcelle Joubert (born 20.2.1960) all born in Pretoria. Then Jotham married (3rd) Marie van Niekerk in December, 1976 in Burgersdorp; she was born in 1933 and, presumably, there was no issue of this marriage.
(D) Rona Joubert, was born on 16th. October, 1922 in Burgersdorp and she married Hermanus Thomas Vermaak in about December, 1943. He was born on 9th. January, 1917 in Molteno and he was a sheep farmer, big game hunter, pilot and senior judge. They had three daughters and four (plus?) grandchildren.
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This letter from Jotham Joubert received from Pam & Brad received 23rd June 2009:
c/o J.N. Douglass,
10th Mar, 1929.
Dear Aunt Martha,
I have addressed letters identical to this one to Papa, Oom Jotham, Aunt Lettie, Ada,
Heslis & Phoebe. Aunts Rennie & Anne I have interviewed.
I write regarding Reitfontein and all it means not only to you & me but also our other
immediate relatives. I may mention that this is not a step on the spur of the moment. It is now
over five years that I have deeply pondered the problem of regaining Reitfontein for our name. For
I feel, and I think you will agree I am not entirely wrong, but much of our, shall I say dissolution,
bears a relation to the unfortunate position of the old farm home.
It is painful to reflect that our 'home' is now in the hands of outsiders, virtually
speculators, when it was so clearly the intention, the wish of your father & my grandfather, that
the old farm should remain within the family (see Clause V of Joint Will).
It is quite unlikely that Oom Jotham will ever regain possession of Reitfontein. I am told
he has said he does not wish to regain it, and as it is reasonable to expect that he will live on for
another twenty five to thirty years, and as during all that time the farm would remain in the hands of
people who would naturally get everything out of the place they possibly could, without putting
anything back in the way of improvement or even staying deterioration, & as, through these
circumstances, the once splendid old place will become virtually a derelict, a retrogression to the
district it might, a swelling of the numbers of these farms which re-tard the agricultural
development of South Africa, & as at that time the farm will have become all
but, if not entirely, ruined, it is necessary that something be done at once.
If Oom Yotham lives for another 25/30 yrs, Minor?, his eldest son, will then be 40/45 yrs
old, possibly long since settled in his vocation, with possibly an indifferent interest for a derelict
farm thrust upon him too late. He will find himself in the position of having to tackle, without
capital & qualification, an utterly exhausted & dilapidated farm which had been 'bled', constrained
for forty years with nothing done to improve the place or even stop deterioration. The farm by then
would be almost useless & worthless. And with such facts before him it is conceivable he will
sell his (life night?) for what it will fetch.
When one faces the facts it is a pitiful tale. Reitfontein, the home of our fathers, once
so highly held, so loyally honoured by those who saw fit to choose it's owner as their representative
in parliament for over twenty consecutive years, fallen upon days so evil that it will become not only
forgotten & forsaken, but worthless. And with it our name - a byword & a warning.
I say for over five years I have pondered the problem of saving the place & it's tradition,
and I think I have now solved the difficulty to the advantage of, I candidly say, not only Oom Yotham
& myself, but also the grand old place. And there are two reasons why I think I, of all the relatives,
should be given the opportunity of gaining possession of Reitfontein. Firstly, - I have my
grandfather's name & I am the eldest son of his eldest son. Secondly, - Clause V mentions my father
& had Rietfontein gone to him I would naturally have inherited it in the course of time.
Taking into consideration, then, the facts that:
1 Oom Yotham will not regain possession of Reitfontein
2 He is an impecunious position
3 In 30 yrs time Reitfontein will have deteriorated practically beyond redemption
4 Minor will have to mark time only to receive an exhausted dilapidated farm at the age of 45
5 Our home is to be, for probably 30 yrs, if not longer, & possibly forever, at the mercy of
anyone who cares to become interested without any advantage, but only sorrow
& regret, to us.
6 In the meantime we have the painful knowledge that my grandfather's obvious intention
& wish (& I think ? no less) that the farm remain in the family is frustrated.
7 The care & improvement so necessary to modern conditions & methods of farming are
entirely neglected. Worse, they are, & will be reversed under obtaining conditions.
8 I have my grandfather's name & I am the eldest son of his eldest son, & had Clause V
of the joint will applied I would naturally have inherited Reitfontein in the course of time
and as it would appear from opinions I have sought that there is no other
remedy, I want to ask you if you will not consider the desirability of your
signing a Petition praying the Court's to grant an order in (?) of my
I may mention I have twice in the past endeavoured to come to
an arrangement with Oom Yotham regarding Reitfontein, but we were unable
to formulate a satisfactory agreement. I hope and believe this new
scheme will meet the case, & I put it before you with confidence.
I suggest that Oupa's family petition the courts to let Reitfontein
come to me in free & full possession. I shall then have to repay the present
occupier, Mr. Oosthuizen, £6000, pay the legal expenses which will amount
probably to £1000, & the pay Oom Yotham a life pension, as it were, of
£120 per annum.
I have not taken Counsel's opinion on this new line pending your
favourable reply. As soon as I shall have received your support I hope to
make all necessary arrangements.
I may also say Aunts' Lenie & Anne bpoth expressed their strong
approval when I spoke to them.
Your loving nephew,