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A conundrum
26-07-2012, 10:30 PM
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A conundrum
How many of you have heard the story of the family origins in South Africa on father/grandfather's side.
How much is verifiable, how much is urban legend.

Such as:
Forefathers from Germany.
Sometimes Prussia is mentioned.
A father and two sons arrived in South West Africa (Namibia).
There is a family fortune if we can prove the relationship.

As against:
Johannes Struywig (or Streuwig) arrved in 1752 from Gronigen in the Netherlands. He travelled on board the ship "Spaarzaamheid" as a soldier, sculptor or more likely standard bearer (beeldhouer) in the service of the V.O.C. (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) He became a burger in 1758.

Johannes (generation 5 below) came from Gronigen a town in the Netherlands (on the east closish to Germany and in those times borders my have been rather fluid depending on which Duke or Baron was in the ascendency)
But also there is a tiny province , mini state, principality in what was at some time part of the Prussian empire called. Wait for it ........

Gronigen!! Grounds for a litttle confusion? Maybe?

I presently have no firm documentary evidence linking generation 2 to generation 3 but circumstancial evidence is compelling.

Does anyone have any further insight?
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07-09-2012, 12:05 PM
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RE: A conundrum
I will look into it, altho im only a half a Struwig Tongue
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09-09-2012, 07:44 PM
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RE: A conundrum
(07-09-2012 12:05 PM)MIKEYSEXYNESS Wrote:  I will look into it, altho im only a half a Struwig Tongue

Looking forward to your findings.
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