I have also started tracing my ancestry and will appreciate more information on my namesake and his ancestors.His name was Nicolaas Stephanus Maritz possibly born 1851 and died 31/12/1901. He was captured during the Anglo Boer war on 27/2/1900 at the age of 49 at Paardeberg and sent to St Helena (POW 1545).I’m not sure if he died there or if he died in South Africa after returning.He was married to Gezina Johanna nee Ellis (born 13/1/1856 - died: 30/6/1930).
Nicolaas and Gezina had 4 daughters (Maria Magdalene, Petronella Johanna, Gezina Johanna and Helena Antoinette.They also had 2 sons Nicolaas Stephanus (born: 4/9/1879 Cararvon Cape Prov - died: 9/12/1918 Bethal) and Johannes Christiaan (born: 8/11/1876 Cape Prov – died: 14/6/1935 Schweitzer Reneke).The son Nicolaas was also captured the same day as Nicolaas senior at Paardeberg and also sent to St Helena (POW 1546).He never married and also had no children.The son Johannes is my great-great grandfather.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 11 723 2712 or +27 82 923 8570. Kind regards Nic Maritz South Africa