WILLS and INHERITANCES
Sara Jonanna Louw (do. Ockert Johannes Albertus Louw and Sarah Johanna Nieman) [L887] (b Philippolis 23 January 1844 d Smaldeel 24 March 1901). The executor was her son, Johannes Albertus Kotzee. An inventory of the joint estate showed ownership of a portion of erf 60, Winburg at £75, cash £114, “Kareeboomfontein” (sold to Marthinus van Rooyen) £3000, promissory note of £26, with liabilities of £980. The residuum of £1069 was divided between the surviving spouse and eight children. However, the authorities discovered that 480 sheep and goats had been sold to a Mr W Holland in September 1901 for an undeclared £123.17.6 (later reduced to £85). All the sheep and goats were subsequently confiscated and/or destroyed by the British troops, but the £85 was still accrued (through a supplementary liquidation account)to the estate. “Certain claims for compensation were made up and handed in” and, if successful, were intended to be incorporated in a further liquidation account.
Pieter Jacobus Kotzee b 27 March 1837 bapt. Colesberg 7 May 1837 d 9 October 1904 [K1405]. Will written at “Kareeboomfontein” and lodged a month prior to his death, 6 September 1904. He left ¼ of his estate to Jacobus Gidion(sic) Kotzee and ¾ to Petrus Jacobus Kotzee (thus excluding his son, Johannes Albertus Kotzee), with David Gerhardus Roux, Justice of the Peace, Winburg, as executor testamentary and guardian of Petrus Jacobus Kotzee (minor) “to be properly educated and brought up in a Christian manner”. The estate constituted erf. 60, Winburg (sold to a R V Acton) at £95 and live stock etc. totalling £351 less minor liabilities. An error of £1 detected by the Master of the High Court in the drawing up the final liquidation account was borne by the executor (stating “……… I would prefer to bear the loss thereof to redrawing the Liquidation Account”). This estate could only be settled finally in 1906/7 once the final liquidation account of Sara Jonanna Kotzee (neé Louw) was agreed to by the Master of the High Court.
Johanna Aletta Kotzee (neé Erasmus) was born at Uitenhage in 1868 and died in the child-birth of her twins on 6 May 1900 [E 379]. She was sworn as dead on 24 September 1900 by J A Kotzee (husband). They were married in community of property and drew a joint will dated 28 December 1891. Written in the meticulous and educated hand of Johannes Albertus Kotzee, it listed “Afgunspan” in the district Winburg as their only possession. Later, on her death, the inventory of her estate listed the undivided portion of “Bultpan” No.336 district of Hopetown at £8000 and some livestock at £83 as their joint property. Officially, at that time they were living on erf.91, Winburg, then owned by S J P Erasmus [E 771].
Salomon Jacobus Petrus Erasmus and Hester Susanna Erasmus (neé Oosthuÿhuizen).
On 1 February 1901, S J P Erasmus died. The Joint Will and Testament of Salomon Jacobus Petrus Erasmus [E 771] and Hester Susanna Erasmus (neé Oosthuÿhuizen) was drawn up in English on 4 May 1898. The details in the main are :
Allermanskraal No.46 left in equal part to Gert Cornelius Erasmus and Lourens Daniel Erasmus ; each of whom have to pay £200 to Susanna Salomina Vermaak (neé Erasmus)(deceased) and Cornelia Elizabeth Rudman (neé Erasmus)
Taaibosch No.43 left in value to Johanna Aletta Kotzee (neé Erasmus) and Hester Susanna Petronella Erasmus [E 848]
Ventersrust No.735 left to Hester Magdalena Potgieter (neé Erasmus)
Mainreef No.842 left to Solomon Jacobus Petrus Erasmus who “may not sell, exchange, give or in anyway alienate or mortgage” and upon his death will transfer it to his natural children.
Lekkerlewen No.423 left to Abel Hermanus Christiaan Erasmus and Johannes Martinus Andries Erasmus ; each of whom have to pay £300 to Susanna Salomina Vermaak (neé Erasmus)(deceased) and Cornelia Elizabeth Rudman (neé Erasmus)
# with life-long usufruct on the farms to the surviving spouse and maintaining the full ownership of the estate and giving expression to full power of the Will only after the death of the last surviving
and, in the case of Allermanskraal, Lekkerlewen, Taaibosch and Ventersrust, the farms may be sold to strangers provided that they have been offered first to members of the family at market-related value an, in turn, declined
Erf No.91, in the town of Winburg bequeathed to each other mutually.
The value placed on the Estate was £10786.14.9. The first liquidation account was published on 14 August 1903, followed by one for £235.1.6 on 29 January 1906. The First Liquidation and Distribution Account is dated 9 January 1903; the final, the 29 January 1906.
Johanna Aletta Kotzee [K1669] death certificate was sworn on 4 July 1911 by J A Kotzee (father). She died intestate. She received one-fifth undivided portion of “Taaibosch” No.43 formerly owned by Salomon Jacobus Petrus Erasmus [E 771]. Life-long usufruct passed to Hester Susanna Erasmus (neé Oosthuÿhuizen).
Sarah Johanna Kotzee [K1670] death certificate was sworn on 4 July 1911 by J A Kotzee (father). She died intestate. She received one-fifth undivided portion of “Taaibosch” No.43 formerly owned by Salomon Jacobus Petrus Erasmus [E 771]. Life-long usufruct passed to Hester Susanna Erasmus (neé Oosthuÿhuizen).
Johannes Albertus Kotzé [K1855] died 17 November 1900. Sworn as dead on 5 May 1916 by S J P Kotze (brother). Here is found the first spelling of name as Kotzé. This child predeceased [E 771]. There appears to have been no distribution from [E 771] in favour of this child and, through him, J A Kotzee (father).
Gert Cornelis Kotzé [K1856] died 16 October 1900. Sworn as dead on 5 May 1916 by S J P Kotzé (brother). The first spelling of name as Kotzé. This child predeceased [E 771]. There appears to have been no previous distribution from [E 771] in favour of this child and, through him, J A Kotzee (father).