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.
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??
Gosh, I wander if it is the same person...do you have any pics of him...or remember what he looked like. I have his birth certificate here..not sure how my mum landed up with it..but great info...I honestly cant remember him. I was about 2 when he left my mum, Norma (nee Hoggons) and I do know that my mum was expecting my sister Cheryl
He was born 13 April 1928 in Ladybrand. His family must have moved to Umkamaas, Natal some years later. His dad was Dr. John Austin Gill and his mum was Margaretha Elizabeth.
I think from memory, he had a brother called Ian... I have quite a lot of pics here..I am originally from Port Elizabeth myself. We moved to NZ 12 years ago.
Looking forward to hearing from you..will pull out the old photos and scan and hopefully we can share .
It's definately the same Alan Gill!!!!!.......I used to visit him at his mom"s house in Umkamaas. (and his brother"s name is Ian) He married my mom in about 1969/1970 and I was born in 1971. My mom left him before I was even born. As far as I know he also had other children, a son Austin and a daughter Gail........I don"t have any pic"s of him but I still remember what he looks like....sort of!! Can"t seem to open your pic"s, maybe you can email them directly to me? my email address is email@example.com
I am trying to trace the details of Arthur Charles BROMILOW b 1940 Johannesburg he married Sarah Eve EYES b 1943 Durban. Her father was Charles Leonard EYES born UK 1918 any information I would most grateful. George Johnson.
I have been trying to find the death details for my gt grandfatherArthur George WattsHe came to South Africa with his wife Janet just before 1897 from Melbourne, Victoria
He was supposed to die on Dec 13 1907 but I can't find any buriel orrecord of his death in the indexes of the Sth African records officesHe was living in the Durban area until he went to Jburg in 1904
After his death on Dec 13 1907 His wife Janet left Sth Africa on the ship "Commonwealth" with theirthree surviving children
She disembarked in Melbourne on 20 Mar 1908Can anybody suggest a way of determining if he did indeed die or not.Is there a Johannesburg newspaper that has been indexed for death notices?I'm fast running out of ideas!