Hi. I am seeking contact with any person who can offer any information on the following family. Either late in the 1800's or early in the 1900's a Margaret Mitchell moved from Victoria, Australia to South Africa. Her ancestors came from Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, south of Glasgow. She came from a large family resident in Warrnambool. In 1955, when 84 years of age, she corresponded with a Patricia Mitchell of Warrnambool. What can be read of that letter is copied below. I can be contacted direct on the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret was one of 15 children. My grandfather was the only child of the first born of this family and was actually Margarets nephew. Unfortunately Archiebald Donald Mitchell was dumped by his mother (Margarets older sister, Mary Brown Mitchell) and was raised as the 13th of the 15 children in total. So although the other kids were actually Archies uncles and aunts, they were all raised as brothers and sister. Archies mother disappeared off the face of the earth sometime after 1884 when she took off for Melbourne with a Barker James Shattock. She was never heard of again.
From Margaret to Patricia Mitchell 1955. Thanks .... For your letter. I was ......to hear from you. I must .... You .. Writing such nice letters, but at my age I do not return such nice letters to you. But I will soon be 84 yrs I do forget so many things such as answering letters.
I want to tell you that we will be moving down to the South ... As my son has brought 5 acres of land and has given us one acre to Marjorie and myself. And he is building a cottage for us to retire in just 2 bedrooms, a large sitting room with a ... Built at one end and a dinner drop Which all our meals slide through it is a great service for our ...when serving meals through and slides.
Johannesburg has ... Such a big city and nothing but 10 & 12 up to 16 building of flats. One gets so tired of being closed in we hardly see the sun & in Hillbrow it is very close to the the city and is very noisy. We shall be very pleased to get down to the sea. Our home is built right on top of a hill & looks out over the ocean & native servants are much cheaper down there.
I am sure your dad loved Adelaide I spent 2 days once going over to Australia in the old "Bendigo" and also when we were returning home to Africa. We stayed .... days and we spent most of our time in the art gallery and it was a lovely show but nothing like Sydney has a most beautiful art gallery also a lovely harbour. I lived four years in Sydney and was very sorry to leave. But my dear hubby was better off over here as he was a foreman in a large engineering works for 50 yrs.
And we are looking forward to our new house. Marjorie earns $70 per month now and she will have to retire. She has a very good brother and the two of them get on very well also Jack's wife ... So they are building their own house and will sell some of his land he has retired from work and hopes his son Peter and his wife she has just made me a great grandma. Aunt Margaret
In 2011 a Ronald Mitchell posted a note on this site, seeking information about his family and ancestors who originated from Scotland. Ronald Mitchell also mentions an Archibald, Ronald and Raymond in his family tree. My tree out here as similar names. Unfortunately Ronald Mitchells email address has expired.
Just a short note to confirm that Alan's parents, Dr John Austin Gill and Margaret Elizabeth (nee Kirstein) did indeed resided at 15 Harvey Street, Umkomaas wef approximately 1956. He obtained his medical degree at the Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland in the early 1900s. Before relocating to Umkomaas after his retirement, he practiced at Ladybrand in the Free State and later served as Chief Medical Officer (District Surgeon) at Quachas Neck and Teyateyaneng in Lesotho (the then Basutuland). My parents were close friends of them (we were neighbours). He passed away in the late 1960s. Margeret (or Maggie as she was known), stayed on alone in the house for many years. She was a keen gardener and had the most beautiful garden! When her health started to fail (she was born in 1893), she sold the house and moved in with her one son (Ian) who resided in Edenvale at the time. She passed away in the middle 1980s and I attended her funeral in Edenvale. As far as Alan in concerned: He had a very pleasant personality and was quite a likeable person. He studied commerce at the University of Natal. However, he would just "disappear" for extended periods and his mother was always telling us that he was on business in Kenya. The last time I saw him was in approximately 1970/71, when he got married to a lady by the name of Pam (Pamela?). Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of them, but I have two pictures of Maggie which were taken at the Umkomaas house in circa 1981. She has the most exquisite antiques in the house, amongst other things a hand carved chair dating back to the reign of King Charles II and a beautiful grandfather clock, which also appear on the pictures. If you are interested, I can e-mail copies of these pictures to you. The foregoing may not be useful information but I nevertheless thought I will pass it on to you. I was informed a year or two ago that Alan has since also passed away, but unfortunately I do not have any details.
Hello Hendrik, Thank you so much for all that info. I am still speechless....thank you for sharing . I didnt really know my father Alan. He left my mom, Norma when I was about 2 years old. I saw him briefly when I was about 5, but have very vague recollections. i would really love to see the pics you have. My email address is email@example.com. as you can see, we are living in New Zealand. Emigrated here in 2001.
Thank you so much for your email and the photos.I will forward that to Belinda as well...I find it hard to believe that a stranger can be so kind and take the time to fill in the gaps, that I have needed to know all my life..... for so long, I didnt feel like I belonged...I so often felt like the under dog...so thank you for changing that.
If you can think of anything else, would so love to hear ...I am going to try and upload your email reply to me on this site and the photos. There might be a few more siblings out there.
I am also doing research on my ancestry and managed to trace back my family roots to 1555 in West Flanders in Belgium. It is a laborious task, but very rewarding. I've been doing research for approximately 15 years now, but there are still a few gaps.
I have previously contacted Belinda and supplied her with the same information and e-mailed the pictures to her as well.
I am also an alumni of the Natal University and will try to see if I can source some information on Allen from their records when I attend our next get-together shortly.
How very interesting, so you are an old hand at this!
When I first joined My heritage, i really thought, Hmm' this is wishful thinking, little did I know I would come across someone like you who has been so wonderful in sharing this info...I so look forward to any other info you may stuble across.
My biological fathers' name was also Alan Austin Henry Giill. Only met him a few times when I was a small child. I do know he passed away many yrars ago. Do you have any other info about him? i wonder if it"s the same person??