I have been researching the Woodward, Ashley and Shearer Families for a few years and have quite a lot of information n the Shearer Family and still looking. Unfortunately I have found on My Heritage part of the Shearer Family managed by Priscilla Anne Shearer. I need to get hold of her to inform her of family members missing and/or incorrect but am unable to get hold of her due to my having to become a Premium Member on My Heritage - which with our rate of exchange will cost me R 62.79 a month - something I simply cannot afford.
Is there anyone who may know of how I can contact her.
I HAVE I AM LOOKING FOR IMFORMATION ON G G GRANDFATHER ETHELBERT BENNETT WHO WAS BORN IN INDIA THEN COME TO SOUTH AFRICA HE MARRIED ETHELINE MAUD COGLE THEY HAD A SON ERNEST EDWIN BORN IN KIMBERLEY ON THE 05 09 1912 THAT IS ALL THE IMFO THAT I HAVE COULD DO WITH SOME ASSTIANCE
I am researching my husband's family tree. His grandmother Letitia Selina (MINNAAR) POOLE had a younger sister named Emily who married Pieter Johannes Steyn MASSYN; their children were Avis and Johan Fritz. I believe Avis was married to Beila Roy COTTRELL who died in Nov 1967; they had two children, a boy and a girl, Gilbert and Kim. I met Avis, her widowed father and her children in the mid-1970s, but left South Africa in 1979 and lost touch with them. I think she later remarried, but I don't know her current surname.
Fritz was a lawyer; I met him but don't remember how many children he had. Both Fritz and Avis lived in the Johannesburg area, perhaps in Kempton Park.
I've done extensive research and would hope that I could share it with both families. Also, I would like to locate any photos and other material on the MINNAAR family that Avis or Fritz may have inherited from their mother. My husband has few family photos.
My blog about my husband's parents' families can be found at:
www.quesnellpoolesouthafrica.wordpress.com The posting for May 2012 may be of particular interest in giving some of the background for my search for the parents of Hendrik Nicolaas MINNAAR, the earliest ancestor of that surname I've found.
It makes partial sense to me, but I can possibly share only a few interesting notes.
My great grandfather was Willem Jan Albert Steyn. (1863 - 1935). He had 5 children. ( One of which was my grandfather, the oldest). The person you may be interested in was his daughter Martha (Martie). I do not have her full particulars.
She was married to a Cottrell. His name I do not have. They had 4 sons. The following names, also not complete i.r.o. any additional firste names:
Beila, Eric, Bert (possibly Gilbert?), Douglas. As far as my memory is comcerned two of them occupied very senior positions with IBM or a similar business in the 1960's.
I met Doug and Bert in the 1970's at the funeral of their mother's sister Alice Roos (Steyn).
We resided at 144, Madeline Street Florida, for many years. A Mrs Massyn lived at no. 136. As a youngster I was not interested in genealogy. My mother told me that Mrs Massyn was somehow related to us. If my memory does not fail me she was called Avis.
I met Avis but it was not of any importance to me at the time.
My dad, Clement Steyn, according to me, must have been a cousin of hers. My dad passed away on 27 Feb. 1961 when I was 17 years old. I think that she moved into no. 136 after his death.
The name Pieter Johannes Steyn is a very important name for me. I am researching my great grandfather's info at present. All info I have of him is that he was married to a Martha Venter, who died -!895/6. He then married a Anna Sophia van Tonder.
I know he had a brother named Benjamin. I have a suspicion that Pieter Johannes Steyn could have been another brother.
From the above particulars, certain things do not make sense. Maybe with what you have we could try to sort this lot out!