Laue family history

2016-02-24 06:00

Sir, I AM researching the family history of a friend - the Laue family. They lived in and around Hermannsburg, Greytown and New Hanover areas. The two brothers, Wilhelm and Fritz, were on the Dunbar Castle from Calvorde Germany, via England.

They arrived in 1890 and settled on a farm called Kameelhoek on the road between Schroeders and New Hanover, which they bought from a Mr Gottlieb Kramer.

Wilhelm was already married to Hannah Scherf and the couple had four children.

Mr Kramer had immigrated in the 1860s and during his ownership of the farm South Africa’s first locally built pipe organ was built by two immigrant brothers, Johann and Johann Adam Lauterbach.

The organ was in a barn probably when Mr Laue took over. The organ was sold to Wartburg Luthern Church in 1909 and then donated to the Shamrock Chapel in the Eastern Cape round about 2011.

Wilhelm took ownership of Kameelhoek­ in 1890 and left or sold the farm when his wife died giving birth to their 12th child and moved onto a farm called Welgegund near Ahrens.

He owned another farm called Muhlenteig (the Mill), also in Hermannsburg. Wilhelm was reportedly the local shoemaker, but presumably farmed at the same time.

He remarried in about 1900 to Marie Nuss and they had two children before she died in childbirth in 1902,

Wilhelm died in 1903 and is buried in Hermannsburg with his family and his brother Fritz, who died in 1904.

I would appreciate any stories or information on how the family lived and what they farmed. Also if the farms Kameelhoek, Welgegund and Muhlenteich are still in existence, and if possible the histories of these farms and subsequent ownership.

At the end of the day, all we have left are the stories.

Please contact me on anne@

Anne Connell

Editor’s note: Hopefully some information is available. Please send to the Greytown Gazette as it would be very interesting to find out not only about the family, but the organ.

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