De la Harpe Ancestry
The De la Harpe family has been researched extensively. I have a copy of a family tree that dates back to the 13th Century listing de la Harpe's over 17 generations. I also have two booklets obtained from my late mother that lists more information on most of the De la Harpe generations with additional "Stories" and information about their whereabouts and occupations obtained from old wills and other documents. As far as possibly I tried to assure the correctness of this information but there may be unintended discrepancies and any information and corrections will be highly appreciated. For most part the information about the first 15 generations is a direct transcript of the booklets in my possession. I hope it will be o of interest to family members who do not have access to similar documents.
One mile from the little town of Tertagnon in Switzerland was the valley of a small river called ALPA. The first settlers in the valley of the Alpa gave themselves the surname of ALPA. Afterwards some of these settlers went and settled elsewhere as the little valley became too crowded. To show that they belonged to the same family, they called themselves l'Alpa meaning "FROM THE ALPA". Afterwards when French became more modernised the l' disappeared and it was changed to de la Alpa, still meaning "FROM THE ALPA".
In the French pronunciation a L is sounded as an R with the result that later generations actually changed Alpa to ARPA, the surname now being DE LA ARPA.
As time wet by the later generations, not knowing what ARPA signified, changed it to HARPE as they thought that ARPA had something to do with a harp, and that is how the surname de la Harpe actually originated.
Other branches of the same family have different variations of the same name, for instance we find the following:
DEL HARPE, DE L'HARPE and LA HARPE.
As a token of heraldry a family crest was later designed and registered in which the harp figured prominently. All the branches of the family have adapted this one and only family crest.
The de la Harpe family crest
De la Harpe Documents
Our family is fortunate to have an extensive document of the De la harpe Family tree dating back to the first De la Harpe who was born in 1387. I also obtained booklets and hand written documents from my late mother that provide information on the De la Harpe family. All these documents were used to compile the family information for this web site.
The family tree with information on 16 De la Harpe generations
Booklets with information about our De la Harpe ancestors
Ancestors and family history
The town of Thonon (upper Savoy, France) on the 13th of April 1387 conferred on him the title of “freeman”. The deed was lost between 1744 and 1948, and has not been found; we not even posess a copy thereof. All the same, a note of about the year 1615, filed among the archives of the Vandois canton’s, give us the following information: “Pierre is herbey qualified to become the chamberlain if Lady of Savoy, which gives to him, in truth the tit,le of Esquire (Scuixfer or Shieldbearer.)
Foturnately two other deeds, in reference to Pierre have remained to us. The first is as “Cessionde censes” (transfer of forms) which he held from Guillaume de Rovéréar, and is dated the 22nd January 1390. This document reads “Petrus de Alpa, Hostinus Dominae mostrae Sabandial comitissae” – Pierre de l’ Alpa chamberlain of our sovereign Lady, the countess of Savoy.” But according to the habit of those days, this transfer had to be “landée”, that is to say, the purchaser had to pay a right of change (Probably transfer duty) and a receipt was attached to the original or principal deed. The one in our possession is dated the 16th February 1391. We read there – “Nos Bona de Borbonic comitissa Sabandial dilecto familiare et hostiaro Nostro Petro de Arpa landarius, lande vero si quae nobis compelunt, …dicto Petro de Arpa remittinus et quitamus de gratia speciali, prefati Petro attentis meretis haec exiquiti bus et majora.”
As at this period family names were not very clearly settled it is quite possible that the original name of Pierre was not de Arpa, but another name that he had changed on arriving at Thonon, after he had become the owner or Arpes. What makes this hypothesis more certain is the fact of his receiving the freedom of Thonon. Which he would have had as a right after a year and a day’s sojourn in the locality, had he not come from some other place, perchance from France with Bonne of Bourbon.
However, M l’ Abbé Piccard, the learned author of the “History of Chablais” wrote me in December 1882, “I have frequently met with De Apres in the old Charters of Chablais of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. He adds: “This family were domiciled upon the hillside which bears as yet some ruins, a few pretty country houses and as well its old name of ‘Des Arpes’. The greater part belongs today to M. Lochon, a retired solicitor.”
On the other hand, Count Amedée de Foras, author of the huge and splendid “Amorial Nobilias de Savoie” has assured me that he has only met our name on one or two occasions, adding that it was several years ago. The researches to be made on the subject would be excessively long, difficult and costly, while the result would probably be nothing. The archives of Chablais are partly in Turin, partly in Annecy, and partly in the hands of private individuals. We have done what we could in the matter but success has not crowned our work.
His marriage contract with Isode Blanc, dated the 29th July 1425 has been lost. It was in existence as late as the 7th March 1744, and was one of the title deeds produced by Louis Philippe Samuel before the Council of Rolle to prove his decent.
3. MATTHIEN (Matthew)
*1494 † 1516.
Matthien married twice. The name of his first wife is unknown. The second wife was Lucie, widow of Gerard Socteris.
Suzanne married Humbert Georjoz, mintmaster of Lousanne in 1535.
Matthien crossed the lake to settle in Lousanne. Why, and with what end? We are ignorant, but it must be remembered that at this time Lausanne, being and Episcopal town, depending to a certain extent on Savoy, there were frequent movements between them. In 1494 he was appointed a member of the Riere-Consul, by the (literally: standard of the Bridge).
Matthew is found making his will on the 30th of June 1505. He asks to be buried in the cloister graveyard of the cathedral. He desires that four candles, a pound each, be burnt in the church on the day of his funeral, and that ten masses be said for the rest of his soul, two of these high masses and eight low masses, at the altar of the parish church of Saint Croix at Lousanne.
After some pious legacies he leaves as dowries for his daughters – to Legere – 260 florins and to Catherine, wife of … 150 florins. Matthew states that there is owing still to Susanne his daughter or rather to Humbert Giorjoz, her husband, 40 florins, the balance of her dowry. He ends by nominating his son Antoine as sole legatee. He married twice, his second wife being Lucie, widow of Gerard Socteris. He died about 1516.
Legere, daughter of Matthien gave a receipt to her brother Antoine on the 14th June 1523 for her share of her parents’ property, including 200golden florins that Antoine had given her as dowry the same day in the marriage contract she had signed with Leger, her fiancé. This is perhaps the same Lagier (Leger) Gindra de Larpat who received 30 sots for capons bought by the town of Lousanne on the occasion of the banquet given at the “Golden Lion” to the commissioner of Tribourg and Berne , 15th January 1527.
His marriage contract with Noble Bernadine daughter of Thomas de Montherod. of Iartegnin is dated 23rd June 1510. The dowry of his betrothed was 400 golden florins. He figures, July 14th, 1523, as a witness ti a concession of Franchesses granted by the baron of Rolle to that town. He was president of the feudal commission of Rolle.
“Antoine de Arpa, lord Chatelain of Mont te vieux of Rolle and the land of Luyns” died between 1528 and 1531.
In his will of the 5th of March 1531, Thomas de Montherod declared his heirs to be his daughters R. Bernadine, widow of N. Antoine de Alpa and Etinette, widow of the honourable Leger Leveril”. Antoine had been consergneur of Sarraux. Grancy and Iantegrin.
Sebastienne (9) Daughter of Matthien: On the 19th January1539 she gave a receipt to her brother Claude for her rights to her parents' goods, including 300 florins money of Lousanne, foir her dowry besides her wedding garments.
She had married Jacques Carrare of Poliz Pittet. Having lost her first husband she married in 1537Pierre Vivet, one of the reformers of Romance Switzerland. The latter in is will of the 12th April 1561, "acjnowledges having received for his will beloved wife in marriage, Dame Sebastienne dela Harpe otherwise, Montclou, the sum of 30 florins, which he wishes to be paid and restored from his wealth after his death with her jewels, and the properties of a woman".
Sebastienne went with her husband to the Court of Jeanne de’Albret, queen of Navarre. After Vivret’s death, she returned to Geneva, where the council of the town decided in view of her poverty that she be granted a room “in sight of the hospital.”
|6th generation children:|
|14||Michel (at Geneva)|
|15||Guillaume (who went “abroad”)|
** Jean the 6th child of Claude is the ancestor of our branch of the De la Harpe family that eventually came to South Africa.
** George was – a daughter who married Jean Williamoz, a notary and councellor of Lousanne.
By his will of the 15th March 1531 Thomas de Montherod had entrusted his daughter (Wife of Antoine) with the support of Claude during his nimonly. He could not marry without the express consent of Francois de Senardens and Armedee de Gento (Genthod). Claude was placed under the tutorship of N. Antoine Bovard, one of the chief magistrates of Lousanne.
Claude was a notary, married to N. Benoite, Daughter of Guido Rosser of Lousanne. His will dated 9th of February 1595. He died in 1604.
A summary of the first 6 generations of the De la Harpe family tree
(showing the branch leading to our forefathers that eventually came to South Africa)
|7th generation children:|
|22||André (Killed in action before 1646)|
|24||Salomon who was “in the country” in 1646)|
|25||Etienne (Killed in the war in France)|
Jean married Françoise Munier.
Jean was made a burgess of Mont-le-Grand, on the 8th of May 1614, and of Rolle on the 5th of January 1624. He had to pay to the latter township 100 florins, beside a banquet to the town council and a 12 florin hat to each member! He was a lawyer and had large estates at Iartegrin.
By her will of the 11th December 1638 Françoise Munier, Urbain’s mother and the widow of Jean, “Bequeathes for once to the children of the late noble Urbain Delarpe, her eldest son, all part, lot and claims that they might have upon her estate, having regard to the amount which the late Delharpe had already got from her namely his part of her jewels, furniture and linens, up to his proportionate share” – namely some immovable property, 300 florins together with “one of her petticoats (possibly and undershirt of fine workmanship, or brocade) for his daughter.
26 JEAN- BAPTISTE
8th generation children:
|39||Barthelemy, baptised 10th July 1636|
|40||Sarah and Jeanne (41) twins, baptised 16th March 1639|
|42||Jeanette*, baptised 6th June 1640|
|44||Matthieu Henry baptised 14th May 1649|
|45||Jean Françoise, baptised 28th November 1652|
|46||Gasparde, baptised 26 January 1660|
|47||Marie, baptised 20th December 1663|
|48||Jean Françoise, died unmarried|
Marriages of Jean Baptiste's children:*
Jeanette married, 23 January 1660 Arthemand Billiard, councillor of
Aubonne from 2nd January 1651.
Jean Françoise married, 4th March 1680, Buillanie del’Harpe (40) son of Gaspard (27)
Marie, baptised 20th December 1663, married Samuel Correvon, judge at Yverdon.
Jean-Baptiste settled in Fechy, between Rolle and Aubonne and became a citizen of this place. By her will of 11th December 1838, his mother Françoise Munier, left to Jean Baptiste “two hangings of bed linen to attempt to make his proper share”
The brothers J. Etienne, Solomon and Etienne divided with him on 7th November 1639 the property received from their mother. His share amounted to twelve fixtures in Rolle and the surrounding country. On May 31st 1645, Jeanne Etienne entrusted to J. Baptiste the care of certain properties that Solomon and Etienne had laid in their care before going abroad. They had not returned and nothing had been heard of them.
On the 9th of January 1658, he was made a freeman of Aubonne “As much by privilege as by the price and sum of 500 florins, beside the Auctionary banquet.” His son in law Anthemand Billiard was a tenant of the Barony of Aubonne. He married Elizabeth Berger on June 12th, 1684 and died in 1679.
44 MATTHIEU HENRY
|9th generation children:|
|76||Marguerite, baptised 17th March 1678.|
|77||* Isaac, baptised 27th February 1681.|
|79||George Jean Louis, baptised 22nd September 1687|
* Isaac married Henri of Berne
Matthieu Henry was judiciary and consistorial assessor of Aubonne.
He married: (1) Anne Correvon and (2) Helene Bickhardt
78 JEAN RODOLPHE
|10th generation children:|
|122||Isaac Gideon, baptised 25th June 1709, † October 1712.|
|123||Jacob Baptiste Louis|
Jean Rodolphe son of Matthien Henry , baptised 2nd September 1685 married Jeanne Louise Rosset (†29th September 1751) on the 23rd April 1707, “Desirous of faring in for lands” he applied to the council of Aubonne for a passport which was promptly granted. He died on the 29th April 1738
125 JACQUES ELIE
|11th generation children:|
|160||Marc Francois Isaac, * 5th October 1799 †19 July 1761|
Louise, * 19th † 21st March 1760
|164||Rodolphe Frederic *1 April †8 July 1761|
|166||Marc Gabriel, * 8th January 1765 died young|
|167||Suzanne Henriette Marguerite, * 7th April 1767 †20/9/1822 at Lousanne.|
|168||Jacques Elie, * 2nd July † 5th October 1768.|
|169||Charlotte Madeleine, baptized 22nd March 1770 † 7/12/ 1822 at Lousanne|
Jacques Elie de L’harpe, dela Harpe (son of Jean Rodolphe) baptized 24th April 1721. He married Jacqueline Paton on 22nd July 1754.
He was judiciary of Aubonne from the 26th of April 1768,”judge of the Venerable Consistory of Yens” from the 18th of July in the same year and a member of the Neutral Council Aubonne. He obtained recognition as burgess of Rolle, 31st July 1762 and “ancient bourgeois” of Lousanne on the 10th of September 1781. In this last deed he is called “Freeman of Aubonne, rolle, Moth le Grand, Techy, Tartegrin and Longiroo.” He had to pay 800 francs for this recognition “of 10 batz piece” (1200 francs in our money). He died on the 28th September1799 at Aubonne, his wife lived till 1808.
162 JEAN CHARLES
|12th generation children:|
|198||Jean Charles - he had one daughter Christina (249)|
|199||Barend who had several children|
Charles William Henry
|201||Hester x Jauti|
(162) JEAN CHARLES DE LA HARPE, the son of Jacques Elie (from d’Aubonne - Rolle – Mont-le-Grand – Fécht – Tartegnin – Logirod in Switzerland) was baptised on the 17th May 1759.
Jean Charles Hayward de la Harpe (*1789 † 1840) was the first De la Harpe to arrive in South Africa.
He entered as a cadet in to the Dutch East India Company (VOC), Meuron Regiment on the 1st June 1781. He was appointed Leutenant on the 1st November 1787, and captain on the 30th December 1788. He resigned on 23rd September 1790 and repaired to the Cape of Good Hope where he served under General Jansen with the rank of Captain. He took part as commandant of a company of burgher horse brigade in the battle that in 1806 delivered the Cape to the British. He returned afterwards from the service and settled in Algoa Bay. He died in 1840.
* I have two sources listing the children of Jean Charles Hayward De la Harpe with contradictory names. The first as shown in the table above was gained from the booklets in my possession as well as from the family tree and therefore regarded as the more correct version. I will add the hand written document with names as well.
Barend married Maria Martha Meeding and they had 2 children:
Maria Martha Albertina
Johan Fredirik married (1) Catharina Elizabeth Bergh and (2) Mary-Louise-Emma Haywood Cornwall Cornuel.
They had more children of whom little is known.
Hand written note: Jean Charles de la Harpe
The Dutch handwritten page reads as follows:
JEAN CHARLES DE LA HARPE VAN Rolle in Switzerland, Luitenant in het regiment van Meuron gehuwd 3.9.1786 net CHRISTINA MOSTERT, hertrouwd 29.9.1800 met Anna Catharina, Elizabeth ten Bergen from Bergen op Zoom.
Zy had seven kinderen as volgt:
1. Esther Jacoba Eliza (1787) gehuws met Petrus Johannes Taute
2. Johannes (1788) gehuwd 20.05.1811 met Anna Catharina Kemper.
Zy hadden twee kinderen:
a. Theodora Hendrina (1812)
b. Christina (1813)
3. Carolus Hendrik Wilhelmus (1790) geh. 30.12.1810 met Anna Cornelia Hillegers.
Zy hadden twee kinderen
a. Jean Charles (1812)
b. Franciscus Gerhardus (1814)
4. Jacobus Elias (1791)
5. Bernardus (1793)
6. Anna Catharina (1795)
7. Constance (1796)
The De la Harpe generations who first came to the Cape.
De la Harpe Generations 7-11
De la Harpe Generations 12-16
Now we get closer to the family members that I know and whom are more directly related. In the following pages I will add as many faily photos that I have to enhance the genealogy descriptions. Henceforth I will add information about all the De la harpe family members and not only those in our direct ancestry lineage.
200 CHARLES WILLIAM HENRY
|13th generation children:|
|251||Jean Charles - direct ancestry lineage|
|252||Frsanciscus Gerhardus *1814|
|255||**Charles William Henry|
Charles William Henry (200) son of Jean Charles (162) at the Cape of Good Hope, married Helligers who was a Dutch woman (who died in March 1882). Charles William Henry (200) died in 1825.
(252) Franciscus Gerhardus [* 1814] de la Harpe: married (x) Annie Gibbon
(xx) Maria Margaretha Kritzinger.
According to some records he also married for a third time. His children were:
(254) Maria Christina xJohn James Sunter in 1841 and they lived in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.
(255) Chares William Henry died without decendants at age 37.
(325)Anna Caroline * 1841 X frank Josaph
(326) John Francis (*1843 ) x Alice Ada Southey
(390) Amy Ethel *1868 x Harry Cosser
(391) Ida Francis * 1869 x C.H. Wardop 1900
(392) Elinor Southey x Alfred van Ryneveldt
(393) Henry Southey [*1874] x Margaret Mc Donald; He died in Graaff Reinet.
F63 Norman Alexander [* 1901] x 1928 Marjorie Lovemore
F120 Margot Elaine * 1929 x David Blaine
F 121 Jennifer Louise * 1931 x Ed Thomas D'Arcy Hall
F 121 Anita Anne *22/8/1938 x Claude Reynolds
F 121 B Jonathan Henry * about 1945
F64 Esme Ethel
F66 Henry Southey * 1908 at a young age
F67 Douglas Claude [* 1911 † 1963] x Audrey Southey
F122 Anthony Edward *1941
F 123 Julia Guerney
F 124 Lionel Alexander *1947
F 125 Diana Louise *1949
F 126 Douglas Gordon *1952
F67 (bis) Lorraine Marguerite
(394) Sydney Brenton[*31/8/1879 † 1913] x Gertruide Luscombe
F 68 Walter Luscombe *1903 x Maud Pett Grey
F 69 Gerald Sydney *1905 x S Birch emigrated to New Sealand
F 129 Thornton E Gerald *1937
F 130 Robin Ruth *1939 x R. Girdlestone
F 131 Judith *1947
F 70 John Henry [*1908 † El Alamein 1939] x Floris Anderson
F 132 Derek Anderson *1940
F 71 Wilfred Bernard * 1910 x M. Adams
F 133 Peter Richard *1930 x Maureen Blare
F 148 Derek *1960
F 139 Pholip *1962
F 134 Pamela Anne *1939 x Anthony Leppan
F 135 John Gordon * 1944
F 136 felicity Jane * 1949
F 72 Marjorie * 1907 x Wilfred Close
F 73 Norah * 1911
251 JEAN CHARLES
*8 Jan 1812 † 3 May 1857
|14th generation children:|
|317||Charles William Henry|
|318||Marthinus Potgieter *10/10/1842 † 1910|
Jean Charles (251) was born on the 8th January 1812 at the Cape of Good Hope. He married Catherine Ignasina Wilhelmina Ptgieter on the 26th May 1840, and died 3rdMay 1857.
318 Marthinus Potgieter [*10/10/1842 † 1910] x on 20 October 1874 Mary Anne Eager
385 Jean Charles [13/10/1875] x Cecilia de Jager
F29 Isabella Johanna * 1912
F30 Mary-Anne *1913 x Jacobus Kok xx Hendrik Fourie
F31 Cecilia Johanna*1916 xJean Kichenbrand xxCoetzee
F32 Maria Alice * 1918
386 Maria Alicia Harding *19/7/1878
387 Hamilton Ross *13/12/1879
388 William Walter * 29/11/1881 x Evelyn-Bailey Bennett
F33 Mary Maud
388A Catharina Wilhelmina *1883 x Charles Chase
388B Blanche Emily *1885 x Du Pré Crongier
388C Hester Anna Heloise *1887 x Cornelius Gould
388E Amédée Francis *1889 x Susanna Magdalene Rautenbach
F35 Mary Anna *1920 x Christian O. Hecker xx Frederick Schluter
F 36 Marthinus Potgieter *1922 x Catharina Maria Lamb
F89 Jean * 1942
F90 André *1954
F 91 Anita *1858
319 Johann Bestendig [*3/8/1844 † 7/3/1930] x 29 May 1873 Petronella Gertruida Meyer
F1 Percival [*1874 † 1947] x Lily Johanna van Reenen
F37 Yvonne * 1904 x Petrus Ch. Vercueil
F38 Elodie* 1907 x Christoffel Wiid
F39 Johan Bestendig*1911 † 1932 without decendants
F40 Jan van Reenen * 1915 x Lorraine Serfontein
F93 Gillian * 1951
F94 Karen * 1956
F 95 Susan Louise *1959
F2 Maude Evelyn *1875 x Dan J. De Villiers
F3 John Charles Bestendig [* 1879 † 1958] x Annette Schimper xx Nellie Belingham
F41 Frances Edna *1904 x Donald Slatem
F42 Johan Bestendig* 1906 x Muriel Williams
F96 Michael † young
F97 David †
F43 Francis Schimper *1907 x Victoria Henderson
F44 Petronella Gertruida *1922 x Christ. Meyers
F4 Edwin Meyer [*1879 † 1961] x Johanna Marguerite Moolman xx Ellic Spiller Née Fick
F45 Vareena*1911 x Izak De Villiers
F45A Petronella Gertruida *1915 x Goen Bezuidenhout
F45B Lorraine * 1917x Dirk Hertzog
F45C Edwina Marguerite*1924 x Ross Mc Gregor
F45D Moolman Meyer [*1927 † 1966] x Catharina Jozufilia Olivier le Roux
F99 Joanita Moolman*1953
F100 Edwin Meyer*1955
F101 Stephan Petrus le Roux*1957
F102 Jozua Scholts *1958
F5 William Henry [*1881 † 1956] x Susanna Elizabeth Malan.
F46 Madeleine † young
F47 Léon † young
F 48 Pierre *1914 x Irene Krayenbroeck
F103 Etienne *1951
F 49 Jacqueline *1923 x Wessel Gildenhuys xx Gerrit Coetsee
F 50 William Henry *1921 xMargaretha Theron
F104 Retha *1954
F105 Susan *1956
324 Peter Edwin [*1855 †1927] x Maria Susanna Martha Muller
389 Jean Charles* 1883 died without decendants
F11 Adelaide Augusta x Harold Shaw
F12 Thomas Anthony Died without descendants
F13 Edmond Louis died without descendants
F14 Victor Claude *1890 x Agnes de Haas
F55 Jules André* 7/3/1919
F56 Ann Valerie Joy *16/9/1924
F57 Hubert Charles *6/1/1930
F15 Charlotte May x Col. C.W. Bolton
F16 Eric Seymour Ernest *20/3 1897 x Doris Ballance
F58 Roland Eric †22/1/1935 x Wendy Boyle
F112 Eric Richmond *18/7/1963
F113 Kevin Roland *16/3/1965
F113bis Nicolas Claire *14/4/1968
F59 Brian Cecil *8/10/1939 x Irene Siegfried
F114 Anthony Peter *13/11/1965
F114A Richard Andrew *21/8/1968
F 17 Clement Henry*16/6/1899 x Irene Thompson
F60 June *1928
F61 Peter Lawton x Tessa Corder
F62 Newton Ogilvie x Helen Radlof
F117 David Henry *12/8/1957
F118 Andrew Peter * 2/3/1960
F119 Susan Mary * 19/1/1965
317 CHARLES WILLIAM HENRY
*17 March1841 † 1895
15th generation children:
|379||Jean Charles Hayward (My maternal grandfather)|
|380||Dinah *8/6/1874 †5/7/1881|
|381||George. N . John|
|382||Charles William Henry|
|384||Catherina Wilhelmina *12/6/1882 (Kittie?)|
|384A||Edmond x Susanna Terblance - one daughter Maria Christiuna Johanna - no son|
|384B||Anna Elizabeth Bellingan|
381 George Nathaniel John [*1876 † 1946] x Isabella Terblanche
F25 Maria Danielina
F26 Charles William Henry * 1910 x Stephanie Delport
F58 Philhelene *1941 x Gerhard Engel
F59 George Nathaniël * 1943
F87 Isadena *1947 x Chris Pienaar
F88 Charles Philip
Note: I remember visiting Charles William Henry de la Harpe (F26) in the Caledon district where he was a farmer and meeting his family. His sons both studied medicine at Stellenbosch University and to the best of my knowledge practiced at Caledon and also retained the family farm. His sister Danielina lived in Caledon and never married.
382 Charles William Henry [* 21 Feb 1878 †1963] x 1912 Magrieta Johanna Du Toit. (They lived in Jeffreys Bay)
F27 Ivan Hayward *28/9/1914 x 1945 Johanna Scheepers
F89 Charl Jacques *5/8/1949
F90 Marguerite *4/12/1950
F28 Elizabeth Etta * 4/7/1920
384 B Anna Elizabeth Bellingan: A photo of Jean Charles Hayward de la Harpe (379) and his sister Anna Bellingan taken on the farm Kranzkop in the district of Steytlerville when my grandfather visited them. On the stoep in the background is Anna's husband George Bellingan. According to grandpa's note on the back of the photo it was taken on 28 December 1951.
Anna Elizabeth Bellingan, (384 B), JCH de la Harpe (379) and George Bellingan
379 JEAN CHARLES HAYWARD
*28 May1872 3 Feb 1963
16th generation children:
|F18||Charles William Henry (Charlie)|
|F19||Johannes Admiraal (Hansie)|
Dinah Johanna Susanna (Dinah)
Jean Charles Hayward (Jean)
|F23||Anna Catharina (Katie)|
|F24||Alice Flora (Alice)|
379 Jean Charles Hayward De la Harpe [*28 May 1872 † 4/2/1963] x Alice Flora Admiral
According to notes obtained from my mother Alice Flora de La Harpe F25) Jean Charles Hayward and Alice Flora Admiral had more than the five children listed above. Babies who died soon after birth are mentioned in the following note.
Note by Alice Flora de la Harpe (F24)
Additional notes about the children of:
Jean Charles Hayward (379) x Alice Flora Admiral * 22 April 1866 † 19 August 1908:
F18 Charles William Henry * March 26 1895 † 15 Dec 1965
F19 Johannes Admiraal [* 2 March 1896 † 20 September 1967] x Susanna Catharina Weideman [* 20 Oktober 1892]
-- Baby born 6 April 1897 †29 April 1897
-- Baby born 22 February 1898 † 6 march 1898
-- Marianne Christienne *19 Jan 1899
-- Jean Charles Hayward * 1 Jan 1900 † 28 Jan 1900
F20 Dinah Johanna Susare * 27 April 1901
F21 Jean Charles Hayward * 28 Nov 1902
-- Babies Robert and George Nathaniel born between 1902 and 1906?
F22 Edmond * 19 June 1907 † 5 October 1973
Children from the second marriage of Jean Charles Hayward (379) with Hendrika Lodewika Jacoba Momberg (* 24 August † 3 February 1955):
F23 Anna Catharina * 11 February 1910 (Katie)
F24 Alice Flora * 19 August 1911 † 15 March 2005)
Photo albums of Jean Charles Hayward De la Harpe (379) and his descendants
Johnnie de La Harpe (379) and his wife Hennie de la Harpe (née Momberg)
Left - their wedding photo and on the right a photo taken at their home in Theunissen.
Two paintings by Alice Flora Admiral first wife of JCH De la Harpe (379)
Johnnie De la Harpe (379) and Hennie at the farm Kareeboomvlei in the Theunissen district, RSA
Newspaper photo and clippings of Grandpa's 90th birthday on
the farm Werda, Theunissen, where he stayed at the time with his Daughter Alice Cronjé
Jean Charles Hayward De la Harpe, better known as Johnnie de la Harpe, was born in the Eastern Cape and lived there (farming in the Steytlerville Graaff Reinett - Aberdeen areas). His father also had a farm by the name of Chelmsford. As far as my knowledge goes all his children were born inAberdeen. His occupation was also to go around on the farms to repair wind mills.
Johnnie's first wife - Alice Flora Admiral was a governess in the Eastern Cape. She was a literate lady that lived in the Far East (Ceylon) for a number of years and according to family legend could speak no less than 7 languages (some Far Eastern dialects amongst them).
His second wife Hendrika Lodewika Jacoba Momberg (Hennie) was a tailor high of standing and she also had some apprentices. Hennie was mother to his young children until her death in 1955. In Theunissen she continued with her work as a tailor and also made eiderdowns and other fine linen items.
Left: Spandauskop as seen from the Valley of Desolation - Graaff Reinet
In 1919 he moved from the Easter Cape to the Orange Free State and lived in Theunissen till his death in 1963. After his wife Hennie's demise he lived with his daughter Alice in the Theunissen district on the farm "Werda." He continued with his work repairing wind mills for farmers and travelled far and wide in the district and elsewhere. He also kept a lively interest in family matters end had contact with many of them right till his death. He wrote an average of 7 letters per week to people all over the country and even abroad and stayed on top of the news by reading the local papers even before the time of radio broadcasts. He loved travelling and often visited family members. He died at the age of 92 while visiting a grandson, Gawie du Plessis in Potchefstroom. He was remarkably healthy for his age.
The house at 4 Piet Retief St., Theunissen (previously Vierdestraat)
in 1948, 2005 and beyond the dilapidated neighbour's house in 2009 respectively..
A sad place to visit nowadays but the memories of better days and a happy childhood remain unbelievably fresh
De la Harpe Family at Alice and Piet Cronjé's marriage 6 December 1942
The next photo is an extract of this one to show the relationships between the various family members
Jean Charles Hayward de la Harpe and his children
on the day of Hennie de la Harpe's funeral February 1955.
From left to right:
Edmond, Jean, Johannes and Charlie dela Harpe; Dinah Roux,
Johnny de la Harpe, Katie du Plessis and Alice Cronjé
Uncle Charlie and family
Decendants and notes/photos of:
Charles William Henry de la Harpe
(F18) * March 26 1895 † 15 Dec 1965
Charlie de la Harpe, eldest son of Jean Charles Hayward de la Harpe and Alice Flora Admiral was a farmer in the Standerton district, Transvaal ( now Mpumalanga) RSA. His farm was named "Topfontein".
He Married Cornelia Petronella Geyser in 1926. She was a midwife and worked in the Standerton and surrounding areas for many years.
Charlie and Killie de la harpe's wedding
Killie de la Harpe with her crochet work that she did
to get through the long nights' waiting working as a midwife.
My uncle Charlie and Killie had four children with the following lineage:
Charles William Henry de la Harpe
(F18) * March 26 1895
† 15 Dec 1965
Cornelia Petronella Geyser
*15 May ?
Jean Charles Hayward *17/4/1930 x Jeanette Johanna Mills in 1931: Their children were:
F137 Charles William Henry *1953
F138 Helene Antoinette *1957
F139 Gerhardt Peter *1959
Johanna Susanna (Tossie) *17/3/1932 x Christiaan Berning Luyt on 30 June 1956.
Tossie obtained her ? degree in March 1953.
Tossie and Bernie lived in Vereeniging, Gauteng.
Photos of Tossie and her husband Bernie obtained from Grandpa's documents with inscription as on the back of the photos.
|F76||Alice Flora Admiraal *18/3/1936 x
Theo Marthinus Steyn
To the best of my knowledge they lived in Morgenzon, Mpumalanga
|F 77||Johannes Jacobus *1938 x Maria Charlotte Rosslee - no descendants.|
Uncle Charlie was best man at my parents'wedding.
Above left shows them after the wedding with grandfather Johnny
Above right: Our visit to Uncle Charlie - Philip Hester and I with Uncle Charlie
Note: I remember this visit to uncle Charlie vividly. Upon our arrival their big black dog bit me on the hand when I tried to stroke his head. Much to my displeasure aunt Killie had to treat the wound every day. Another highlight was the Christmas celebrations on the farm. uncle Charlie's daughter played Santa that year and came through the creek with the buggy loaded with gifts. At that tender age I still believed in Santa. I must have been about 5 years old at the time.
Uncle Hansie's family
Decendants and notes/photos of:
Johannes Admiraal de la Harpe
Johannes Admiraal de la Harpe
F19 Johannes Admiraal de la Harpe
* 2 March 1896
† 20 September 1967
x Susanna Catharina Weideman * 20 Oktober 1892
Hansie & Susan wedding photo
* 8/12/1921 †?
x Elsie Johanna Jacoba Pretorius (Elsa)
F140 Antoinette Louise*1955
x Theo Potgieter
F141 Jean Hayward *1958 †
Wedding of Hayward and Elsa
Theo & Antoinette Potgieter
|F79||Anna Elmira *1924 † young|
Alice Flora *13/5/1926
x Johannes Adriaan Pienaar
xx Nicolaas Pienaar
Alice and Nicolaas Pienaar
Susanna Catherine *20/5/1928
x Louis Jacobus Faurie van der Walt
Susie & Louis van der Walt
Pieter Andries Christiaan
* 1931 † 2006
x Aletta Catharina Scholtz (Renie)
F142 Emmareantia Cornelia *1956
F143 Johannes Marthinus *1957 † 2008 no male decendants
F144 Suzette *1959
|Hansie & Susan with Baby Hayward||
*Hansie with family members
Family members in this photo are:
Grandma Hennie's niece Witkop and her small daughter with her mother Hannie next to her
and Grandpa Johnnie's sister Kittie and his son Johannes on the right
Johannes Admiraal de la Harpe lived near the train station of Welgeleë in the Free state on the farm Spoordraai.
The male descendants of Johannes, Hayward and Pieter is both deceased. Hayward has only one daughter, Antoinette who qualified as a medical doctor. She married Theo Potgieter and they have two daughters. Pieter had one son Johan who died in 2008 with no male descendants therefore this branch of the family tree will not continue.
Alice and Jan Pienaar also lived and farmed near Welgeleë. Alice Pienaar married Jan's brother Niklaas later on and after his death she moved to Winburg where she still lives.
Family attending Susan's 70th birthday
Back Piet& Alice Cronjé, Katie Bekker, Lettie de la Harpe, Anthonie Bekker
Dinal Roux, Killie de la Harpe , Susan de la Harpe
Front: Jean Charlie and Hansie delaHarpe
Auntie Dinah's family
Decendants and notes/photos of:
Dinah Johanna Susanna de la harpe
Dinah Johanna Susanna Roux
(née de la Harpe)
*27 April 1901
|Dinah & Niklaas Roux's children|
Alice Roux *9/1/1923 x Swartz -they have one son Izak
Martha Roux who married Oberholtzer
Uncle Jean's family
Decendants and notes/photos of:
Jean Charles Hayward de la Harpe (F21)
Jean Charles Hayward de la Harpe (F21)
* 28 November 1902
x Aletta Elizabeth van Vuuren
|F83||Elizabeth Gertruida Magdalena (Magda)
x Marais -
Uncle Jean lived in Crosby, Johannesburg and worked for the SA Railways. After his retirement he lived in Balfour. Jean and his wife Lettie had only one daughter. They visited the family in Theunissen at least once per year using their railway free pass. Lettie's sister Koot van Vuuren also lived in Theunissen. Magda lives in Port Elizabeth. Below is Photo of me, my brohter Philip and Magda as young children with grandpa Johnnie
Uncle Eddie's family
Decendants and notes/photos of:
Edmond de la Harpe
Edmond de la Harpe (F22)
* 19 June 1907
x Margaret Susan van Duyker
Eddie with police dog
Maggie, grandpa Johnnie and Alice during a family visit
Notes: Uncle Eddie lived in Heidelberg Transvaal (now Mpumalanga) and was in the force working inter alia as a dog trainer. His wife Maggie was a teacher and Son Edmond also retired as a teacher at the same school where his mother taught for many years. Edmond still lives in Heidelberg.
Jean Charles Hayward de la Harpe's second marriage was to Hendrika Lodewika Jacoba Momberg. She was born on 24 August 1874 († 3/2/1955). They had two daughters Katie and Alice.
Aunt Katie's family
Decendants and notes/photos of:
Anna Catharina Bekker (Née de la Harpe)
Anna Catharina Bekker
(Née de la Harpe)
* 11 Feb 1910
x Gawie du Plessis
xx Anthonie Bekker
Children of Gawie & Katie du Plessis
Hennie Lodewia du Plessis
* 3 Oktober 1931
x Heinrich du Plessis
Children: Christo & Arilia
Heinrich & Hennie du Plessis
Gabriel du Plessis
Isabella ?? (Issie)
Gawie & Issie du Plessis
Ria du Plessis
x Nick van Rensburg
Ria en Nick van Rensburg
|Anna (Cathy) Du Plessis|
Note: Katie, second youngest daughter of Johnny de la Harpe married twice - First to Gawie du Plessis by whom she had four children and after his demise she married Anthonie Bekker. Her eldest daughter, Hennie, born during the depression, was raised by her younger sister Alice until the child was six years old and had to go to school. Hennie studied medicine at the University of Pretoria. She married Heinrich du Plessis who was in teh Diplomatic Service and they served in New York and Salisbury. Hennie also furthered her studies in England to qualify as an anaesthetist and practiced as such till her retirement whilst living in Port Elizabeth.
Katie's son Gawie was a teacher until his retirement. He lives in Potchefstroom.
At the time of Christo's birth my mother Alice was promptly summoned by Hennie to come to her in Salisbury
- at the time still Rhodesia - to support her at the time. An air ticket was provided for the travel
and it was mother's first plane ride as well. I can still remember the excitement surrounding this event.
Left: Alice Cronjé with her sister Katie's children on her 80th birthday in August 1991
Middle : With Gawie du Plessis on her 92nd birthday in Pretoria in 2003
Right With Hennie du Plessis also on her 92nd birthday in 2003
|F23||Anna Catharina (Katie)|
|F24||Alice Flora (Alice)|