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Frederick Augustus Alexander
Elizabeth Grace Greentree
(Cir 1778-)
Jan Gijsbert du Preez
Johanna Elizabeth Meyer
(1787-Bef 1819)
William Watkin Alexander
Susanna Jacoba du Preez

John Gysbert Alexander


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Elsie Sophia Coetzee

John Gysbert Alexander 1 3 4 5

  • Born: 25 Jul 1837, Grahamstown, South Africa 1 4 5
  • Marriage: Elsie Sophia Coetzee on 14 Oct 1859 in Graaff Reinet, South Africa by the Reverend Andrew Murray 1 2
  • Died: 9 Dec 1919, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa aged 82 1 4

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Memorial: Grave Memorial.

• Photograph: Family Photograph, Cir 1888, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. I believe this picture is from the Book "Letters to My Grandchildren" by Agnes Rissik.

The Alexander Family in Kimberley about 1888.
Standing (left to right): John Gysbert, Agatha Catherine, William Watkin, Sophia Elizabeth, Stephen.
Seated: Annie Charlotte, John Gysbert Sr., Elsie Sophia, Susan Eliza.
In front: Henry Michael (p. 34)

• Alt. Death, 9 Dec 1910, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. 5 Buried on 10 Dec 1910 in Kimberley Methodist Church, Burial Entry No. 756.

John married Elsie Sophia Coetzee, daughter of Stephanus Petrus Coetzee and Agatha Catharina Wilhelmina Naudé, on 14 Oct 1859 in Graaff Reinet, South Africa by the Reverend Andrew Murray.1 4 (Elsie Sophia Coetzee was born on 31 Dec 1836 1 4, christened on 3 Feb 1837 in Graaff Reinet, South Africa and died on 29 Feb 1892 in Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa 1 4.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

• Alt. Marriage, 7 Oct 1859, Graaff Reinet, South Africa. 3


1 Dr. D.F. Du Toit Malherbe (Emeritus-Professor, University of Pretoria), Stamregister van die Suid-Afrikaanse Volk - Family Register of the South African Nation, third (enlarged) ed. (Stellenbosch, Cape Province: Tegniek Bpk., Sep 1966), Pg. 11.

2 Personal knowledge of Agnes Sophia Denoon Rissik (née Duncan) (RIN. 437). Author of 'Letters to my Grandchildren' (published 1969); Original family tree drawn in 1943 and signed "To dear Aunt Mary with lots of love from Agnes (Aug 1943)". Aunt Mary is Mary Susan Crampton (née Norval) (RIN. 429). A later version of this family tree was included in Agnes Rissik's book "Letters to my Grandchildren" (published 1969).

3 "Eastern Province Marriages," Cape & Natal News transcribed by Trisha McLeod, 1 Dec 1859; online transcription( : accessed 23 Jan 2012);


Oct. 7, at Graaff-Reinet, John Gysbert, second son of W.W. ALEXANDER, to Elsie Sophia, fifth daughter of the late S.P. COETZEE.

Additional text of interest:

WANTED A SCIENTIFIC HANGMAN - Those who are not born to be drowned may congratulate themselves that they can now be hanged upon scientific principles. The commissioner of emigration has been recently sent to Newgate to study under Jack Ketch, and to obtain the very latest improvements for "Swinging off" from this world those who are too bad to live in it. Calcraft, we are informed received the honourable gentleman most civilly and put him up to all the secrets of the infernal art, which have been duly forwarded to the colonial civil engineer, with the newly invented noose and pinions. The commissioner assures the authorities here that a culprit, by the aid of anything like a skilful practitioner, can be disposed of before he knows where he is.

There are no knots to unfasten, as they frequently do when tied by the Cape hangman, for it is not a rare event here to hang a man twice.

4 Personal knowledge of Agnes Sophia Denoon Rissik (née Duncan) (RIN. 437). Author of 'Letters to my Grandchildren' (published 1969).

5 Personal knowledge of Karen Bullen (RIN. ?). E-Mail - File: 2013-03-13 - Wepener Report; 13 Mar 2013.

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