Oral history of the Botrivier Coloured community recorded by Babara Townsend

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Date: After 1800 to 2010
Location: Botrivier, Western Cape, South Africamap
Surname/tag: Hess
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Content of Babara Townsend's Book

An oral history of the families of the Groeneweide Seniors Club, Botrivier. The project to record the personal history of the residents of Bot River was co-ordinated by Babara Townsend. [1]

Village Elders

Residents who participated in the study included:
Regina Arnold, Christina and Jan May are 1st cousins. Regina's mother and Christina and Jan's father are siblings. Regina is also Louise's great aunt.
Jeanetta Fisher and Marie Hendricks are 1st cousins once removed.
Hendrik Hendricks is Louise's second cousin once removed.
Marie Hendricks and Jeanetta Fisher are 1st cousins once removed. Marie is also the wife of Louise's second cousin once removed.
Joybelle Hess is the wife of Louise's grandfather's cousin and the cousin of Marie Williams.
Christina May is Louise's grandfather's cousin.
Jan May is Louise's grandfather's cousin.
Katy May is Louise's grandfather's cousin's wife.
Marie Williams and Joybelle Hess are 1st cousins.

Disputed Information

Unanswered Questions

Noteworthy Mentions


  1. Townsend, B, 2010, Botrivier: The story of a village, English/Afrikaans edn, Barbara Townsend, Bot River, Western Cape, South Africa.


Louise (Hess) Haggis references Babara's book quite extensively while researching her own family background. However, many of the other Botrivier families in Babara's book are actually also related to each other and to Louise's family through marriage. Louise is eternally greatful for the foresight shown by Babara Townsend to have undertaken this project.

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