Son of Willem Petrus van der Merwe and Elsie Rachel van der Merwe
Birth Date—-22/06/1865 at OFS South Africa
Death——–12/10/1865 at Leliefontein farm Charter district Rhodesia
Spouse——-Anna Catharina van der Merwe ( nee van der Walt) Daughter of Johannes Nicolas van der Walt and Catharina Johanna Van der Walt.
Chidren——-Willem Petrus ( Ou Boetie ) , Hansie, Lodewyk Johannes , Frans Sarel Jacobus , Schalk Willem , Jan Albertus (Oom Jappie) , Hester , Anna Catharina , Elsie Rachel , and youngest Cathrina Johanna
Catharina Johanna was the youngest child of Lodewyk Johannes van der Merwe and Anna Catharina van der Merwe
Lodewyk was a diamond digger at Wolmeransstad South Africa. He built a home at Wolmeransstad and while digging the foundation he found 4 diamonds That were similar in size and shape which he gave to his 4 daughters.
Brothers And Sisters of Catharina
Willem(Oom Ou Bootie)
Catharina was the youngest
At the age of 11 her family moved by train to Rhodesia (the land of milk and honey)