The Rudolph Family History in South Africa
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The arrival of Johann Bernhard(t) Rudeloff in South Africa

Johann Bernhard(t) Rudolph (Rudeloff), the progenitor of the Rudolph
family in South Africa, was christened in Eschwege Germany on
1st December 1732.
Johann Berhard(t) was also known simply as “Jan”. He arrived at the Cape
landing in Saldanha Bay about 19th August 1756 as a soldier of the VOC.
He later became a tailor and farmer.
Of the Rudolph's of Eschwege, Germany, only Johann Bernhard(t) Rudolph
(Rudeloff) is known to have arrived in South Africa.
There are other Rudolph's that arrived in South Africa around the same
period, but they have not yet been linked to the family in Eschwege, Germany.

Early Family History in South Africa

Jan married Helena Bendtveld in Graaff-Reinet on 22nd July 1772.
Helena was the daughter of Hans Joachim Bendfeldt of Neustadt, Holstein,
Germany and Susanna Pieters of the Cape of Good Hope.

Johann Bernhard(t) Rudolph had 11 children together with Helena Bendtveld and they were:

b1 – Jacobus Andreas Rudolph = 31st October 1773
b2 – Anna Elisabeth Rudolph =4th August 1776
b3 - Johan Bernard Rudolph =12th July 1778
b4 - Marthinus Rudolph =19th December 1779
b5 – Geertruida Susanna Rudolph =25th February 1781
b6 – Johan Georg Rudolph =23rd March 1783
b7 – Henrietta Wilhelmina Rudolph =30th January 1785
b8 – Johan Bernard Rudolph =28th May 1789
b9 – Willem Christiaan Rudolph =16th January 1791
b10 – Joachim Gerhardus Rudolph =14th October 1792
b11 – Bernardina Wilhelmina (Magdalena) Rudolph =31st May 1795

Of these 11 children only Jacobus Andreas, Marthinus,
Henrietta Wilhelmina and Bernardina Wilhelmina survived to adulthood.
The majority of today’s Rudolph family are descended from
b1 Jacobus Andreas Rudolph.