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Johanna Catharina van Tonder

F, b. before 12 November 1769, d. 30 May 1846
Fact 1* Johanna was a Burger of Swellendam. 
Birth*before 12 November 1769 Olifants River, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa 
Marriage*16 November 1783 Cape of Good Hope, South Africa; 0; Principal=Johannes Marthinus Els 
Death*30 May 1846 Caledon, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa 

Family

Johannes Marthinus Els b. 20 Dec 1763, d. 9 Sep 1844
Child

William Toomey

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Marriage* Bride=Matilda Ellis 

Family

Matilda Ellis

Mary Tow

F
Marriage* Groom=Anthony Ellis 

Family

Anthony Ellis b. 1668, d. 1767
Child

Louisa Trammel

F, b. 1830
Birth*1830 Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA 
Marriage* Groom=Charles J. Ellis 

Family

Charles J. Ellis b. 1827, d. c 1895?
Child

Lucinda Miriam Travis

F, b. 21 August 1879, d. 30 July 1956
Birth*21 August 1879 Tracy City, Tennessee, USA 
Marriage* Groom=Edward Eugene "Jim" Ellis 
Death*30 July 1956 Pensacola, Florida, USA 

Family

Edward Eugene "Jim" Ellis
Child

Mary Bennet Travis

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Marriage* Groom=Moses Ellis 

Family

Moses Ellis b. 1792
Child

Mary Trick

F, b. between 1782 and 1786
Birth*between 1782 and 1786 Devon, England; aged 55-59 in 1841 
Marriage*3 November 1803 St. George's Anglican Church, Monkleigh, Devon, England; Groom=James Ellis 
Residence*7 June 1841 Sey Road, Monkleigh, Devon, England 

Family

James Ellis b. 7 Apr 1776, d. c Dec 1843
Children

Alice Tripp

F
Marriage* Groom=Griffin Ellis 

Family

Griffin Ellis b. 1580
Child

Elizabeth Tudor

F
Marriage* Groom=Thomas Ellis 

Family

Thomas Ellis b. c 1787, d. 3 May 1837
Child

Sarah A. Turner

F
Marriage* Groom=David Ross Ellis 

Family

David Ross Ellis b. 1810
Child

Lecter Ann Upton

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Marriage* Groom=Daniel Ellis 

Family

Daniel Ellis b. 1856
Child

Catharina Elizabeth Uys

F, b. 31 January 1868, d. 28 May 1955
Research-Note* 
According to family lore Catharina and her first husband, van der Merwe, had 2 daughters; one, allegedly, died young and the other died at age 21 "just before she was to marry". It was established that Catharina indeed had a daughter, Dina Margaretha van der Merwe. According to the British Concentration Camps database (BCCD) at the web address http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ , during the Anglo Boer War (ABW) while her husband, Johannes Els, was on commando with the Boers, Catharina, her 3 sons and the daughter, Dina van der Merwe, were interned in the Middelburg (Transvaal) Concentration Camp for 5 months before they were moved to the Merebank Camp south of Durban (note: her two youngest children Catharina and Barend were born after the ABW). Catharina is recorded as "Mrs. Johannes Marthinus Els": http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/Person/81338/Mrs_Johannes_Marthinus_Els/
They, at that stage, lived on the farm Morgenzon, district Bethal.

Shortly after the ABW, Dina Margaretha van der Merwe apparently contracted the disease leprosy which was then considered a socially unacceptable disease that was preferably not talked about if it occurred in a family. By 1909, at age 22, Dina was confined to the "Pretoria Asylum" (probably the previous Westfort Leper Asylum, now the Westfort (Sometimes Fort West) Institute, north of Lotus Gardens, Pretoria West. On 9 September 1909 the Assistant Colonial Secretary of Transvaal wrote as follows to the Colonial Secretary, Orange River Colony:

"A White leper named Dina van der Merwe in the Pretoria Asylum wishes to know whether her parents named J. M. Els and Katrina Elizabeth Els, nee Uys, are living in De Villiersdorp, District Vrede, O. R. C. She has heard that they are residing on ground belonging to Mathewis Pieters in the above-mentioned place; and I have the honour to ask whether you will be good enough to cause enquiries to be made in this connection and furnish me with the result"

On 28 September 1909 the Under Colonial Secretary of the Orange River Colony replied:

"With reference to your letter No. 1/16232 of the 9th instant, I have the honour to state that the parents of the white leper Dina van der Merwe are living, and reside at present in the town of Villiers, Frankfort District, Orange River Colony." (VAB CO VOL. NO. 528 REF. 276/21). They seem to have lived in Paul Roux later.

When her first husband, Andries, died Catharina inherited their farm. Her second husband, Johannes Els, however, sold the farm and bought an ox wagon and a team of oxen with which he moved from one place to another. Johannes had the "wander lust" and moved around a lot with his family from place to place in the Free State and Transvaal. At one stage he was building houses in Villiers and at one stage he was quite a successful brick-maker in a booming mining town (probably Welkom). He took his eldest son, Nicolaas, out of school (Standard 3) to assist with "klei trap" (pugging the brick clay with his feet) but after a year Johannes swopped the brickworks for a wagon and team of oxen and "trekked" again. His sons, who got tired of moving from place to place and frustrated that they are not getting settled or building up any wealth, later forced him to sign a lease for a farm for at least one year. He did, but on the day that the contract expired, he packed his wagon and trekked. He just could not get settled. He seems to have had the "wander lust" and he and his family lived on many places in Transvaal and the Free State, amongst others, they lived in Vrede in the Free State for some time. His pride, according to his son, Nicolaas, was his "kapkar" and horses.

Johannes and his sons were "bywoners" (farm hands) and worked for other farmers for part of the crop. During the 1950's until her death on 28 May 1955, Catharina lived with her eldest son, Nicolaas and his family on their farm Katrinasrus, district of Vrede in the Free State. 
Birth*31 January 1868  
Marriage*circa 1895 Probably Volksrust, Wakkerstroom or Amersfoort; 0; Principal=Johannes Marthinus Els 
Death*28 May 1955 Vrede, Orange Free State, South Africa 

Family

Johannes Marthinus Els b. 22 Jul 1867, d. 9 Sep 1938
Child

Stephen Vanstone

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Marriage*27 November 1817 St. George's Anglican Church, Monkleigh, Devon, England; Bride=Elizabeth Ellis 

Family

Elizabeth Ellis b. 27 Nov 1796

Oleander Varner

F
Marriage* Groom=James Ellis 

Family

James Ellis b. 1795
Child

Mary Veatch

F
Marriage*10 November 1749 Groom=James Ellis 

Family

James Ellis b. 4 Jan 1722/23, d. 1801
Children

Catherine Jane Verner

F, b. 18 May 1865, d. 6 June 1936
Birth*18 May 1865 St. Martin's, New Brunswick, Canada 
Marriage*9 June 1879 Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; Groom=Robert Moore Ellis 
Death*6 June 1936 St. Martin's, New Brunswick, Canada 

Family

Robert Moore Ellis b. 6 Mar 1854, d. 11 Jun 1932
Child

Martha "Mattie" Lou Walden

F
Marriage* Olive Branch, DeSoto County, Mississippi, USA; Groom=Benjamin Tomlinson "Tecumseh" Ellis 

Family

Benjamin Tomlinson "Tecumseh" Ellis b. 30 Oct 1847, d. 9 Sep 1909
Child

Leonna Ann Walker

F
Marriage* Groom=Clarence John Ellis 

Family

Clarence John Ellis b. 1854
Child

Mary Ann Walker

F
Marriage*March 1770 Groom=Nathan Ellis 

Family

Nathan Ellis b. 10 Nov 1749, d. 1819
Child

Sarah Waller

F, b. circa 1750, d. circa 1830
Birth*circa 1750 Maryland, USA 
Marriage* Groom=Stephen Ellis 
Death*circa 1830 Sussex County, Delaware, USA 

Family

Stephen Ellis b. c 1740, d. c 1802
Child

Ola Walling

F
Marriage* Groom=Benjamin Franklin Ellis 

Family

Benjamin Franklin Ellis b. 1882

Prudence Wallingsford

F
Marriage* Groom=Laban S(?). Ellis 

Family

Laban S(?). Ellis b. 1801
Child

Effie May Walraven

F
Marriage* Groom=Lee Ellis 

Family

Lee Ellis b. 1870
Child

Eliza Ward

F, b. 10 March 1859, d. 27 November 1921
Birth*10 March 1859  
Marriage*19 August 1880 Santa Rosa County, Florida, USA; Groom=William Alonzo Ellis 
Death*27 November 1921 Chumuckla, Santa Rosa County, Florida, USA 

Family

William Alonzo Ellis b. 10 Feb 1854, d. 10 Mar 1940
Child

Elizabeth Ward

F, b. 10 June 1848, d. 10 September 1930
Birth*10 June 1848 Telfair County, Georgia, USA 
Marriage*7 March 1869 Coffee County, Georgia, USA; Groom=Hiram Ellis 
Death*10 September 1930 Coffee County, Georgia, USA 

Family

Hiram Ellis b. 5 Jun 1845, d. 3 Sep 1919
Children

Nancy Elizabeth Ward

F
Marriage* Groom=Francis Marion Ellis 

Family

Francis Marion Ellis b. 1873, d. 1948

Naomi White Ward

F
Marriage*4 March 1916 Bell County, Kentucky, USA; Principal=John W. Ellis 

Family

John W. Ellis b. 4 Sep 1870, d. 23 Jun 1948

Susannah Ware

F, b. circa 1665, d. circa 1702
Birth*circa 1665  
Marriage*1681 Kent County, Maryland; Principal=John Ellis 
Death*circa 1702  

Family

John Ellis b. 29 Jul 1661, d. 1 Feb 1719
Children

Marie Watson

F
Marriage* Groom=Harry W. Ellis 

Family

Harry W. Ellis b. 1909

Mary Weaver

F
Marriage* Groom=Frank Ellis 

Family

Frank Ellis b. 14 May 1878, d. 20 Nov 1948
Child