I am looking for relatives of Willem Andries (Adriaan) (Stefanus) Putter born 01-01-1911. Not sure if his 2nd name was Andries or Adriaan and if he had a 3rd name Stefanus. He died in the mid to late 80's in Pretoria, and was buried in Pretoria North Cemetry. I am his grandson, and am looking for his brothers/sisters and their relatives to hopefully find his father etc. I was told that Dick Putter who played prop for the Springboks in the early 60's was my grandfathers cousin. I have no idea how correct that is.
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I am hoping that someone may have more luck finding this guy or his descendants.
He was Born 1930 in Portsmouth, England to
Frederick William Thomas Chamberlain and Ivy Helena Martin.
His Mother appears to have been VERY ill and died in 1939. His father it appears was not much involved with his son.
John Eric was Put on the "Bloemfontein" of the Holland Africa Line on the 30th Apr 1938. He traveled 1st class Aged 8, Alone. His home address being listed as 84A Queens Road, Portsmouth. Headed for Durban South Africa.
I have no idea what happened to him in the intervening years BUT on the 26th May 1957 he attempts to find his father. (from Andrews newspaper index cards) Missing parson column, in which he states,
"CHAMBERLAIN (Frederick William Thomas) Last heard of about 15 years ago in England. Inquirer, Son, John Eric Chamberlain, 33 St Albans Avenue, May Fair, West Johannesburg, South Africa."
So i am hoping that with all this info someone mightbe able to shed some light on what happened to him and/or his descendants. His father went on to have other children who would love to hear from John or any descendants.
Thankyou for any and all efforts made.
I am currently researching my family. My grandmother was born Savona and my grandfather is a Bengtson. If you have any information please contact me. My email is email@example.com. Also looking for a daughter born to my grandfather out of wedlock. His name is Horace Kelman Bengtson.
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.