Daniel Jacobus Steyn
Whilst writing up my great-grandfather's Boer War Memoirs in the form of a short book, I have been collected information on the Orange Free State branch of the Geldenhuys family in South Africa.
If you have any information that should be added here, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The ancestor of the Geldenhuys family in South Africa is Albert Barends GILDENHUISZ / GILDENHUYZEN
who emigrated to South Africa from Germany, arriving in the Cape as a sailor on board the Princesse Royale. During Van Riebeeck’s rule he became a Free Burgher on 23 Sep 1661. He returned to Europe (Holland) in 1666, probably for about 7 years, where he married. He returned to the Cape with his wife in 1672 and lived on Roodenberg from 1673.
Daniel Jacobus Steyn Geldenhuys
Origin of the name GELDENHUYS:
Gildehaus is a village near Bad Bentheim in north-western Germany, in Nordrhein-Westfalen near the border with Holland. Burgsteinfurst, where Albert Barends is said to have come from, is close by (<20km).
The meaning of the word is literally “money house” from the old Dutch currency ‘Gilden’, so this could mean an inn or a toll house. It is believed there was an inn at the place where the village now stands.