Krukenberg? Any takers?

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My wife's grandmother is Eileen Krukenberg (still living) I think I have tracked down her father's death notices, but I cannot find out anything beyong this. William / Wilhelm Frederick Krukenberg was married to Bertha Holstein.

What with Krukenberg being such a rare surname, I wonder if anyone else has come across it?
WikiTree profile: Krukenberg-1
in Genealogy Help by Evan Snyman G2G2 (2.9k points)

1 Answer

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Hi Evan,

It would help other to help you if you could indicate the country of the person, which help them search or give you an answer to your question.
All the best

by Billy Wallace G2G6 Pilot (212k points)
Hi there all

Thanks Billy - a slip. Our old lady was born and bred in Villiersdorp in the Western Cape in 1922. Her father, William Frederick / Wilhelm Frederich died in Wynberg in 1924, Cape Town and the death record shows that he was aged 35 and was to be buried in Philippi.

I just phoned my ouma-in-law, and she was quite taken aback that I knew more about her father than she did. What she does recall is that he grandfather, possibly Frederick Willem Krukenberg, was a German immigrant to South Africa, which means that William Frederick was born in South Africa in in c. 1889, He died when ouma was 2, and her mother Bertha remarried, and produced a second child, (_____) Lee who currently lives in Durban. Ouma was sent to live with her uncle, Fritz Krukenberg and his wife Freda Engelke.

I am trying 1) to find any records for this family line, 2) to develop the line further.

Again, any help would be much appreciated.


Dear Evan,

I am only finding this thread now. My maternal grandmother Dulcie Enid Ellis (born 1925 in Johannesburg) was the daughter of Fredricka Marie Krukenberg (born 1900) Wilhelm's brother (who died in Wynberg 1924). Their father Friedrich was an immigrant farmer from Nieden Germany who arrived in 1886 and married JM Engelke- I think they had 10 children. They were farmers in the Philippi area. 

There is also book on the establishment of the Philippi market garden area by the Germans immigrants in the late nineteenth century- although much reduced it still produces a lot of fresh vegetables for the city of CTN. Die Groenteboere van Philippi by Lizette Rabe 1992

I have a word doc that I compiled of the family records that I found on Ancestry 24 before it closed including images of the Krukenberg gravestones from the Lutheran Church in Philippi. 

Please contact me for more information. 

Best wishes



Sorry to only discover your comment now, but if you still have that information, I would love to take a look at it.

Evan Snyman

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