All Venters In South Africa have Pieter Venter as their ancestor
This is primarily based on researchers who could not
find listings of the Venter children in the tax return reports, or
census of the time, and assuming that they have died during the smallpox epidemic. Today, we know that at least
two boy children, other than Pieter,
survived to become adults, namely Bonifatius, who entered into a
contract in 1723, at age 31:
(Source : National Archives of South Africa)
and Jan Hendrik, who was recorded in several tax returns (see below).
DESCRIPTION VENTER, BONEVATIUS. VRYBURGER. KONTRAKTE.
Bonifatius signed contracts with "+",
so it seems he was illiterate. As per above, on 26 February 1723 he
entered into a contract with Barend Pietersz to work for him as a
builder. (Bonifatius was an ordinary worker at the time and did not own
property) The contract was drawn up by Hendrik Swellengrebel, and as
part of the deal, Barend Pietersz had to provide free lodging,
food and drinks and tobacco and pay 12 Gulde per month.
Of course, Jan Hendrik, the second youngest son of Hendrik and Anna,
also survived to become an adult. He is listed in the Tax Returns of
1731, 1732 and 1733, etc. Tax Return (Opgaafrolle) reference J188
(1731/2) and J189 (1733).
And then, long before Pama, de
Villiers and others wrote their books about the South African Families,
this person existed:
DESCRIPTION VENTER, STEFANUS BONIFACIUS.
REMARKS SURVIVING SPOUSE AZALEA WINIFRED VENTER (BORN PARSONS)