Jack, a marine engineer and merchant seaman, was born in Shropshire UK and emigrated to Australia in 1924, where he married Nan Bell Lawson and had a son (who is looking for him). He left his family in 1926 and toured Queensland, then worked on ships for some years in the Singapore area.
After a brief visit back to the UK in 1936-7, he settled in Durban, probably working for Lever Brothers about 1938-1943. It seems that he married an Esme about 1939 and they toured the Congo and Rhodesia. In 1943 he got a job with the United Africa Company (a subsidiary of Lever Brothers) and he and his wife went to Nigeria where he worked (as an engineering manager?) at various Bulk Oil Plants. They made two trips to the UK in 1946 and 1948, but an intended trip to the USA wasn't possible.
In 1950 they were living in Calabar, Nigeria, and decided to return to Durban. Writing to a family friend, Jack said he was leaving for South Africa on June 28th [1950, presumably from Nigeria] by plane and would join his wife in Durban where she was at that time. "He said she had bought a new Buick and they intended to do an extensive tour of South Africa and the Transvaal. He was leaving Calabar for good and had no desire to return although their life there has been pleasant and they have had lots of fun. He gave a contact address as The Standard Bank, Smith St, West Durban, Natal".
This suggests the possibility that he and Esme might then have settled in South Africa; she may have been South African. Can anyone help trace them?
My name is Kevin Rhodes Jacobs (birth certificate refelects Spencer but I was adopted by my grandfather, Marnie Jacobs who lived in Rhodesia). I was born 15th Jan 1949 and my mother (deceased) was Emily Spencer. I am trying to trace family members.
The reason for my contact is that my great great mother was Dorothea Wilhelmina SMIDT born Oct 1854-7 Aug 19191 Her parents were Magrieta Gertruida Sofia PUTTER married to Mynhardt Adriaan Willem SMIDT.
Can anyone help me with finding out about the history of the Milledge family in South Africa.
I am afraid I don't have many details - my grandfather was Charles Henry Milledge - married to Jessie Mayne. I believe he had brothers - all named after English kings - and a sister - Grace? He was a station-master at a young age, served in the First World War and died quite young.
Can anyone help me with the family name Hurter. I am particularly interested in who Roelof Hurter's parents were, he was born on 14 June 1915 and died on 31 March 1950. He was married to an Engela Wilhelmina at the time of his death. They had only been married for 6 mnths. They were living in Christiana
I belive he was a master builder and for a period of time he was in theNatal Midlands, Kranskop where he built a house for his Son in law`and daughter, Ruth and Siegfried Nuss on the farm "Linklater ".
Any leads or information on either Johannes or his family will be greatfully accepted.
A new book by Taffy and David Shearing, The Rebel Record, is a list of 15,433 Cape colonists who joined the Transvaal and Orange Free State forces as Cape Rebels in the South African War of 1899-1902. It is a book for military historians, genealogists and anybody interested in their family It forms the database of Taffy’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Stellenbosch, entitled The Cape Rebel of the South African War, 1899-1902 in 2004. It consists of three A4 volumes, 983 pages, and has a full list of sources for further research.
In his foreword to this work, Prof Albert Grundlingh of Stellenbosch University said, “Taffy and David Shearing have been exceptional in mining the rich history of the Cape rebels during the war. Theirs have in many ways been a labour of love for fifty years. What is remarkable is their utter devotion to the topic and unflagging attention to detail. These volumes bear testimony to their labours and will serve as the authoritative record of virtually every Cape rebel. It comes highly recommended.”
The list contains full names, addresses, and even voter and ward numbers where possible, in order to identify people who had the same family names. Surrendered rebels and those who were captured under arms were first divided into Class 1 (the leaders who were gaoled) and Class 2 (the followers who were disfranchised). It was in 1901 when Martial Law returned that 32 Cape Rebels were sentenced to death by Military Courts and executed for High Treason under arms, to the horror of their families, who thought the Cape Parliament was protecting them.
For the family historian searching for roots in the South African War, there are no hard and fast rules when searching for records. Many rebel prisoners-of-war gave false addresses, and it was only after many years that these were discovered and the corrections made. This is a must for South African genealogists and military historians.
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