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André Gauch
died 1698
Jannetje de Clercq
died circa 1748
Andries Gous
circa 1698-circa 1735
Johanna Conterman
Pieter Gous 1
born circa 1719, at the Cape 2
died 18 January 1790, Waveren 3
Although I have not been able to find any unequivocable proof that Pieter
Gous, the son of Andries Gous, born circa 1719, was the same person as
Pieter Gous, husband of Aletta Vorster, we do know that the former was
still living in 1748, since he is named as one of the heirs of his grandmother,
Johanna de Clercq, and that he was still recorded as such when the estate
accounts were finalised on the 8th August 1757. It seems to me pretty
certain that we are here dealing with the same Pieter. See also my notes
below on other clues, as well as my article in Genesis, February 2007.

for a note on his parentage see below#

married 25 November 1742 at Drakenstein 4

Alletta Vorster
circa 1722-1798


Maria Johanna

1753 -


Johannes Petrus

Alletta Dorothea

children of Pieter Gous and Alletta Vorster

Johannes Gous born 1743
born 1743 5
baptized 4 August 1743, Drakenstein 6

Maria Johanna Gous born 1749
born 1749 7
baptized 5 October 1749, Tulbagh 8

Elisabeth Gous 1753-circa 1800
born 1753, at the Cape
baptized 14 January 1753, Tulbagh
died circa January 1800
 married (1) 10 April 1773 Tulbagh

Johannes Petrus Smit 9 died 1788
 married (2) 2 August 1789 Cape Town

Gerrit Coetzee Dirkzoon 10

Andries Gous born 1755
born 1755 11
baptized 14 March 1755, Tulbagh 12

Johannes Petrus Gous born 1758
born 1758 13
baptized 2 July 1758, Tulbagh 14

Alletta Dorothea Gous 15 born 1762
born 1762, at the Cape 16
baptized 10 April 1762, Tulbagh 17
 married  19

Nicolaas Bester 18
born at the Cape 20

# The parents of Pieter Gous

Maria van Staden, in her will dated 177., refers to him as her nephew (neef).
This puzzled me for a long time, but I now think she must have regarde him
thus through her brother-in-law, Alewijn Smit who was married to Hester
Bekker, aunt of this Pieter Gous. Throughout their lives Francois and Alewijn
Smit are recorded in the muster rolls of as farming partners along with their
respective wives, and I believe they always farmed near one another.

Maria van Staden and Francois Smit were witnesses at the baptism of one of
Pieter Gous and Aletta Vorsters' children, and two of the daughters of Alewijn
Smit and Hester Bekker were also witnesses at baptisms of other of their

The naming of their children which, if it followed one of the conventional
patterns of the time, could be a clue to his parentage, seems to be as follows.
The first son named for his maternal grandfather, the first daughter named
for her 'aunt' Maria van Staden and her paternal grandmother Johanna
Contermann, the second daugher after her maternal grandmother, Elisabeth
Lubbe, and the second son after his paternal grandfather, Andries Gous.

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