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MAUD AGNES HEATHER - later ROBERTS - was born on 21 July 1914 and passed peacefully away on 8 June 2001. At the time she was living with, and was compassionately cared for by, her youngest son, Vincent, in Pretoria.

She was known to her friends as Maudie or Bubbles. Her dear and most mischievous brother Ben always called her Aggie. As daughter, sibling, wife, mother or friend Aggie was always kind. Kindness was her religion. She was never dominant, but her meekness manifest a sturdy and quiet integrity. At times we as her daughters lectured her about being more assertive. She heard us out patiently and then carried on being exactly as she always had been - steadily gentle with every person she met! At heart she was a closet communist - a revolutionary - living out the Sermon on the Mount, always keeping an eye out for those less fortunate and more vulnerable to the brutalities of human nature.

She told her children and grandchildren many stories of her childhood. She loved her siblings dearly and never forgot them - calling them by name as she neared her end and addressing her own children sometimes by the names of her brothers and sisters. Her identity was entirely wed to her love for her parents and her family.

She was witty and she had class. She was always mannerly and gracious and could turn her wit to lighten moments which might otherwise have been fraught with tension or unpleasantness. Known to her grandchildren as 'Mutti' she exemplified all the elements of her loving nature as she esteemed and affirmed each grandchild. They adored her and look back on those times they spent with her as the most precious of their days. They loved to be with her, knowing that she would cherish them every minute of the day. The greatest compliment to her grandchildren is that they are like their grandmother - and each of the four strives to develop the graciousness that was hers.

My mother was not brilliant, academic or obviously well organised, and yet she was a wonderful secretary during her working days, and managed the home routines in a way that created a haven for each member of the family. She lived out her faith in the ordinary acts of love in which she made every relationship meaningful. She treated fancy and humble folk with equal respect. She afforded dignity to each person and every creature she met. To her four children she was the angel at the centre of our family. We were always coming home again to her, and all four of us were with her at the end of her life. She slipped away peacefully between one breath and the next as we gathered around her to bring comfort. Her last words were 'Thank you' in response to our efforts to give her the peaceful end which her nature deserved.

My mother was a most beautiful woman. Even in death she was lovely. Yet, she never became vain or self-seeking. She was always modest. She exercised her spiritual growth as she meditated a daily passage in the 'Path of Truth' booklets which mysteriously arrived for her. The booklet was at her bedside when she died and the reading for the 9th June, the day after her death, reads as follows:

'We are not here as ornaments. Life has been given to us that we may put something into it, enriching it for ourselves and for everyone else. 'Service ' should be our watchword. It enables us to live productively, to help those who are weaker or less endowed, and makes it possible for us to fulfil the good we have received from God. We find ourselves in a material plane of consciousness. It is through work that we demonstrate the Spirit. The Father presses about us closely as we carry out His tasks and whispers assuringly to us "I am with you'.

This was how she lived.

Rest in peace, Aggie. Sweetness is thy name.

Heather, Maud Agnes (I128874)
Thomas Moore
England Births and Christenings
Name Thomas Moore
Gender Male
Christening Date 26 Mar 1788
Birth Date 02 Mar 1788
Father's Name Thomas Moore
Mother's Name Phillis 
Moore, Thomas (I138095)

Alice Victoria Lee [75] was born on 6 Jul 1897 in Adelaide, Eastern Cape, South Africa,
died on 8 Oct 1994 in Durban, Natal, South Africa aged 97, and was buried in 1994 in
Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, South Africa. The cause of her death was Old Age.
Another name for Alice was Punch.
General Notes: Alice Victoria Lee was born in Adelaide, Eastern Cape, South Africa in
1897. Daughter of Frank Raey Lee and Amy Maitland McMaster. She attended boarding
school at St. Mary's, Kloof, Natal where she was honoured shortly before her death as the
oldest "old girl" at the time. It was also the school which her two great-granddaughters
attended; Janlyn and Julieann Falconer.
Alice married William Steel after the 1st World War and had Llandell Llewellyn Steel.
Her second son, Danby Maitland Steel, wasn't in fact a Steel at all. He was the result of a
union with Albert Edgar McMaster, her first cousin. At the time she was still married to
William Harold Steel.
When finding herself pregnant she left South Africa and travelled to Australia to meet up
with William Harold Steel who was working in Bunbury as an Accountant. He had
travelled to Fremantle aboard " The Balranalt' and arrived via the Cape on the 11th
November, 1923. She travelled to Fremantle on 'The Beltana' with Kate Vaughan Steel
aged 2 at the time. They arrived via the Cape on the 24 Feb 1925. Danby Maitland was
born on the 24 July, 1925.Whilst living in Bubury William Harold and Alice Victoria lived at 2 separate addresses.
In 1929, when she came back to South Africa, she went to Colenso and opened up a
boarding house for men only. While she was running the boarding house, William Gabriel
Vorster was a lodger. This is where they met.
From a young girly, she had great organizational abilities, especially when it came to fun
and games. On one such occasion she even became involved in spanning oxen to take
everyone to a picnic at a local river.
She learnt to drive during the second World War so that she could ferry the many helpers
to the various military hospitals.
Talking about her driving, it is important to note that she continued to drive well into her
eighties and it took great diplomacy to persuade her to stop driving. Apparently it started
one day when a grandson was cruising up the dreaded Fields Hill coming out of Pinetown
in his van when he was overtaken by a very speedy red mini. To his great astonishment
the speedster was identified as none other than his eighty something year old
She started each day with an ice cold shower no matter what the weather, and even took
an ice cold shower on the days that it was snowing. Perhaps that was the recipe for her
long life as she lived to the age of 97.
During that time of her life she witnessed the invention of the first motor car, the first
flight of an aeroplane, the first landing of man on the moon and the invention of the radio,
television, calculator and computer. She even had the distinction of seeing Haley's comet
By the time she died she had had 5 children, 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
To Dear Dot & Redvers Wishing you a very Merry Xmas & a Bright and Prosperous New
Year With Lots of Love & kisses from the crowd at the Zoo Bill & Punch
Alice and Kate with William Steel outside his house in Bridgetown, Western Australia.
They were not living together at the time, but Alice was living in another suburb in a
house of her own.

Alice next married William Harold Steel [76] [MRIN: 31], son of William Charles
Thomas Llandell Steel [6565] and Elizabeth Bastard [6566], on 14 Jan 1918 in
Ficksburg, Orange Free State, South Africa.21 William was born circa 1887 in
Rotherhithe, Kent, England and died on 4 Jan 1954 in St. Winifred's Beach , South Coast,
South Africa aged 67. They had one son: Llandell Redvers. 
Lee, Alice Victoria (Punch) (I124985)

Her Ashes were scattered at Mottisfont Abbey, near Romsey, Hampshire, under the large London Plane tree on 21 June 2009 
Aylward, Susie-Bell (I100)
208 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Bowker, Beverley (I117355)
209 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F46797
210 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Mitford-Barberton, Karin Elisabeth (I22767)

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Bowker, Oliver George Duncan (I130)

Bowker, John Humfrey (I1279)

Gillespie, Kathleen Iris Stawell (I73534)

Family F46798

Family F46798

Source (S3049)

Appeared in Grocott's Mail dated 29th October, 1951.

"Thomas Eastland belonged to the same party as Richard Bowles. He was accompanied by his wife Sarah, three sons and three daughters, ages ranging from one year up to thirteen. He was granted land on the West bank of the Kareigha River.

Eastland was a sawyer by trade and, over twenty miles to the West in the Oliphant Hoek forest, he felled the great yellow wood trees and sawed them into planks and beams for the builders of Grahamstown, riding home at weekends and returning to his work on Monday morning.

During the week, in their home, Mrs Eastland kept the first Kareigha School and Sunday School was held in the same home with Thomas Eastland junior as the Superintendant.


In 1834 the Settlers decided to build a church. Thomas Eastland gave the site and towards the end of the year the Rev. William Davies, Baptist minister from Grahamstown, laid the foundation stone.

The church took twenty years to complete because of three Kaffir wars.

In 1854 the first service was held in a building with mud floors and thatched roof. Young John Webber led the singing by means of a flute.

The church is still in use, but the thatched roof has gone and corrugated iron has taken its place. The mud floors are boarded and a fine organ played by Mrs. Malcolm Baines, leads the singing.

After the close of the war with Hintza in 1835, the Eastlands returned no more to Lower Kariegha.

The Webbers took their place - William and Elizabeth Webber, as a newly married couple (aged 21 and 20 respectively), came from Surrey with Scott's Party in the Nautilus.

Thomas Eastland, the Settler, is buried in the old cemetary, Grahamstown. His son Thomas, married a Miss Leach and moved to beyond Fort Beaufort. With the outbreak of Umlanjeni's War he was murdered." 
Family F45772

Burke's Irish Family Records (1976) gives 10 Jan 1862 for the marriage of Mary Jane Cumberland Synnot and David Boswell Reid.
The marriage date should most likely be 10 Jun 1862, as in Henry Swanzy The Families of French of Belturbet and Nixon of Fermanagh (Alex Thom & Co Ltd, Dublin, 1908). The Australian Marriage Index reg. no. is 1863/1146, indicating a registration in early 1863. 
Synnot, Mary Jane Cumberland (I136067)

Burke's Irish Family Records (1976) says that Catherine was the eldest daughter of Robert Balentine, MD, LRCS, of London. However, Catherine's marriage entry gives her father as William Ballantine, Esquire, and a witness is Elizabeth Ballantine, possibly her mother. 
Ballantine, Catherine Augusta (I136060)
222 accessed 28 Jul 2014:

George Synnot (1819-1871 ) was one of Victoria's pioneer settlers arriving in the Port Phillip District about 1837 and rising to become a prominent land owner and Geelong businessman.

George Synnot was son of Captain Walter Synnot,[1] a prominent Australian Colonial, one of numerous children. His Brother Monckton Synnot was also a well known squatter and wool brokers. His sister Jane married into the Manifold family.

George Synnot travelled to the Port Phillip District from ... and established the firm, George Synnot & Co., in 1854, taking Thomas Guthrie (1833-1928), into the partnership in 1857.[2] They operated hide and skin stores, wool and grain warehouses in Claire Street Geelong, and also engaged in trade. Synnot is credited with holding one of the first auction sales of wool in Geelong in November 1858.[3] Hawkes Bros. took over the business in 1882. In 1850, Synnot purchased over 18,000 acres under pre-emptive rights in the parishes of Bulban and Wurdi Yowang. With his brother Monkton Synnot, he managed the main station known as 'Station Peak', while the Mouyong property (also known as Mowyong Mayong, Moyong, Mouyong or Bareacres).[4]

Synnot bought the gabled Scottish manse style house 'Fernside' in Geelong at an auction in 1866.[5]

[1] "The Children of Walter Synnot Esq" Painting by Joseph Wright of Derby
[2] J. Ann Hone, 'Guthrie, Thomas (1833–1928)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, published in hardcopy 1972, accessed online 20 June 2014
[3] Mary Turner Shaw, 'Synnot, Monckton (1826–1879)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, published in hardcopy 1976, accessed online 20 June 2014
[4] Werribee - The area, its people and heritage. Bill Strong Flickr stream, 'Synnot family' Geelong Historical Records Collection
[5] Gordon Honeycombe thegreatwork accessed online 20/6/2014 
Synnot, George 1820 Settler (I136065)
223 accessed 28 Jul 2014:

Sir Walter Synnot Manifold (30 March 1849–15 November 1928)[1] was an Australian grazier and politician.

Born in Melbourne, Manifold was the son of Thomas Manifold, the pioneer grazier in the Western District, and a descendant of Sir Walter Synnot.

He was educated at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School and the University of Melbourne and in France and Germany, and qualified as a solicitor in 1875, but never practised. Instead he became a grazier, owning first Sesbania station in northern Queensland from 1876 to 1884 and then Wollaston station near Warrnambool from 1886 until it was sold for soldier settlement in 1914.

In 1885 he married Fanny Maria Smith.

He was elected to the Legislative Council of Victoria for the Western Province in 1901, and held the seat until 1924,[1] as a non-Labor, later Nationalist, member. From 1910 until 1919 he was the unofficial leader of the Legislative Council, and in 1919 was elected President. He was knighted in the 1920 New Year Honours.[2] He retired as President in 1923 due to ill health and in early 1924 resigned his seat. He died four years later at Toorak.

[1] "Manifold, Sir Walter Synnot". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
[2] "Colonial Office List", The Times, 1 January 1920

P. H. de Serville, Manifold, Sir Walter Synnot (1849 - 1928), Australian Dictionary of Biography - Online Edition
Obituary, The Times, 16 November 1928
Who Was Who 
Manifold, Sir Walter Synnot (I136087)

The London Gazette of 26 January 1886 advised that Charles Forbes Goodhart Synnot was subject to a Receiving Order under the Bankruptcy Act 1883, at the Pembrock Dock Court on 22 Jan 1886. The date of the public examination was set down for 3 Feb 1886 at 11:45am.

The Gazette of 29 January 1886 notified the first meeting on Charles' indebtedness under the Bankruptcy Act 1883 - it was was set down to be held at the Gate House Hotel, Tenby on 6 Feb 1886 at 12 noon. 
Synnot, Charles Forbes Goodheart (I136062)

According to Burke's Irish family Records (1976), Monckton was born at Ballintate, Co. Armagh. accessed 28 Jul 2014:

Monckton Synnot (1827-1879) was a prominent squatter in Victoria, Australia, the sixth son of Captain Walter Synnot and his second wife Elizabeth, née Houston, and the grandson of Sir Walter Synnot, of Ballymoyer, County Armagh.

Born at the family seat of Ballymoyer, Synnot settled in the colonies in 1836 with his father Captain Walter Synnot and brothers. A year later two elder sons crossed to Port Phillip, followed in 1838 by the next two, Albert and the 12-year-old Monckton. They brought sheep with them and became pioneer landholders at Little River near Geelong, where they remained in various partnerships for about ten years.

By 1852 they had scattered and Monckton, after a brief sortie with Albert to the Californian and Victorian goldfields, was the only one left in the Little River district, as sole owner of the 26,500-acre (10,724 ha) Mowyong, later called Bareacres. In 1852 he assisted in the rescue of the survivors of the flood at the Wedge’s Werribee Station and rescued the granddaughter Annie Emily Lawrence (daughter of Robert William Lawrence and Anne Wedge). On 25 February 1853 at St Kilda, Melbourne, he married Annie Emily Lawrence. He later bought the South Brighton sheep station in the Wimmera where, in 1862, he was a member of the first Horsham District Roads Board, and a councillor in 1862-63.

The prize-winning superfine merino wools of the Western District had been extolled by the Thomas Shaws, C. H. MacKnight, J. L. Currie and others, but in the mid-1860s Synnot's letters to the papers queried their real value and gave rise to a drawn-out and sometimes bitter battle of words. Selling South Brighton in 1868, he bought the large Terrick Terrick station near the Murray River, and for a few years had some share with his brothers Albert, George and Nugent in Gunbar and Cowl Cowl in the Riverina. In 1873 he moved to Melbourne, living in Ballyreen, a mansion on Brighton Road, St Kilda. He bought large central city premises from the merchants and flour-millers, William Degraves & Co., and set up the Flinders Wool Warehouse in Flinders Lane: in this he followed the lead of his elder brother George who, opening in Geelong as a stock and station agent, had held one of the first auction sales of wool there in November 1858.

Synnot entered Melbourne wool-broking in prosperous and expansive times, when many firms were offering warehouse services, selling wool by auction or privately, or arranging and often financing its shipping for sale overseas. A pioneer of the wool trade with the East, he visited China, sent a consignment of woollen yarns to Hong Kong and arranged for silk and cotton weavers at Ning-Po to produce samples of woollen cloth, which were exhibited throughout Australia and New Zealand and at the Paris Exhibition of 1878. His efforts failed at first, but later that year when the first Japanese Trade Commission visited Australia his ideas bore some fruit.

Synnot died on 23 April 1879 at Elsternwick, aged 52, and was buried in St Kilda general cemetery. The eldest of his seven sons, Monckton Davey Synnot, and three of the younger ones carried on as wool-brokers. Both fathers and his son, Monckton, were tall, handsome, genial and convivial, with the Irish tendency to enjoy a brisk argument, but the senior Monckton was the only one to take any part in public affairs.

References & Further Reading
R. V. Billis and A. S. Kenyon, Pastoral Pioneers of Port Phillip (Melb, 1932)
A. Henderson (ed), Australian Families, vol 1 (Melb, 1941)
W. R. Brownhill, The History of Geelong and Corio Bay (Melb, 1955)
A. Barnard, The Australian Wool Market, 1840-1900 (Melb, 1958)
L. J. Blake and K. H. Lovett, Wimmera Shire Centenary (Horsham, 1962)
Economist, 1862, 1863, 2 Feb 1866.
Argus (Melbourne), 16 Sept 1877, 8 Jan 1878, 8 Sept 1883.
'Synnot, Monckton (1826 - 1879)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, Melbourne University Press, 1976, pp 238-239. 
Synnot, Monckton (I136090)

At the time of their marriage, Herbert (aged 22 years) was a Draper. They were married by Rev. J Wilson-Thompson in the pesence of B Jennings, C H Zimmerman and J G Jennings who signed as witnesses. 
Family F40546

Call number: as transcribed by Ellen Stanton 
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Call number: Sue Rutherford [] 
Source (S129)

Call number: transcribed by Hugo Slater 
Source (S95)

He was a Farmer when he died aged 54 years and 7 months. Death Notice No. 25070 was signed at Bethlehem on 7th June 1933 by his widow F F Bloemhof (Born Leach). She was present when he died. 
Bloemhof, Johannes Franciscus (I127888)

He was a retired Schoolmaster when he died, aged 70 years 3 months and 6 days on 23rd June 1904. Death Notice No. 1994 was signed at Adelaide on 8th July, 1904 by his son J B Bloemhof.

His last known residential address was the farm Baviaanskrantz, dist. Fort Beaufort. 
Bloemhof, Johannes Franciscus (I127881)

Her father was known as Earl O Wills. She was the Granddaughter of Earl Wills of Scotland.

Wills, Sarah 1820 Settler (I45040)

Herbert died during the 1918 'flu epidemic. At the time of his death he was 39 years and ten months. His widow, Rhoda Alberteen Zimmerman (Jennings) signed his Death Notice No. 3849 in Grahamstown on 7th August 1918. He was buried from the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Grahamstown. 
Zimmerman, Herbert (I113285)

Hierdie berig het in die koerant 'DIE BEELD' verskyn :

Geskryf deur Adele Steihler


'n Man van Amandasig in Pretoria is dood met 'n nylontou om sy nek nadat vermeende rowers hom vermoedelik verwurg en met sy bakkie en persoonlike besittings gevlug het.

Mnr Wynand Jakobus Bloemhof (55) het by stoorkamers van sy onderneming in Klerksoord in Akasia gewerk toe hy deur die aanvallers oorval is, het insp. Jacques Theunissen, ondersoekbeampte, gesê.

Bloemhof se seun, mnr Wayne Bloemhof (27), het gisteroggend op sy pa se lyk afgekom, nadat hulle reeds die vorige aand na hom begin soek het.

"Toe dit begin donker word, het ons bekommerd geraak omdat hy nog nie by die huis is nie." Het Bloemhof gesê.

Volgens hom het hulle by die stoorkamer in Klerksdorp na sy pa gaan soek. "Dit was alles danker en die bakkie was weg. Ons het aangeneem hy het gery," het Bloemhof gesê. Die deure van die gebou was gesluit.

Bloemhof se vrou, Linda, het hom as vermis aangemeld, waarna polisielede ongelukke nagegaan het, het Theunissen gesê.

Bloemhof is gisteroggend terug na die stoorkamer waar hy sy pa vasgebind in 'n kamer aangetref het. Theunissen het gesê hy is vermoedelik verwurg.

"Ons is nog almal baie geskok," het hy gesê. Sy Pa was 'n sadehandelaar en het sy onderneming uit die huis bedryf, maar die voorraad by diè perseel gestoor.

Die metaalblou 4x4-enkelkajuit-Isuzu-Bakkie met registrasienommer LMN 741 GP word vermis. Volgens Bloemhof se seun is sy selfoon, beursie en tjekboek ook weg.

Enigiemand met inligting wat die bakkie gesien het, kan Theunissen bel by 082 789 8040

Bloemhof, Wynand Jacobus (I128205)

His favourite pastime and hobby was fishing and taking part in pigeon racing. 
Swanepoel, Adam Johannes (At) (I127796)

I was very fond of my cousins, Sue and Petra Swanepoel and spent lots of my free time with them. They lived at 4a Roux Street. This house was situated near the local golf course and opposite the Catholic Nursery Gardens. We loved spending time with the Catholic Priest who tended the gardens. As we had no local photographers in Bethlehem you went to them to have your photo's taken. They would hang a sheet onto the wall and we simply stood in frond of this whilst he took a photo. Now when I look at them I am highly amused but we thought we looked ever so smart when the photo was taken…

My Uncle At loved fishing. We would all cycle with him to the Dam where we would happily play and have a picnic whilst he fished all day. He actually caught plenty of fish. Another hobby was his racing pigeons. He spent hours preparing them for a race. The pigeons were taken far away and then released to fly home. A small ring was fastened to one leg. As soon as they arrived home this ring was removed and the time noted. We children were told to stay in the house so that we did not disturb them when they came to the loft.

Family F45556

Information received from Becky Horne, Port Elizabeth :

ZIMMERMAN, Johann Conrad (1823), aged 38, wife Catherine, aged 33 with 5 children, from Nassau, Kesselbach, settled in King Williams Town (One source) or Hamburg (Eastern Cape) (Another source)

They departed from Hamburg aboard the 'WANDRAHM', 564 tons, on 13 August 1858, arrived East London on 6th December 1858. Aboard were 74 families, comprising 344 people of who 264 were adults. Ten children and one adult died on the voyage. Ship's Captain H Decker, Ships Doctor, Fr. August Hanf.

Family F46208

Janet was affectionately known by the family as Janny or perhaps Jan for short. 
Trollope, Janet May (I131683)

John Patrick worked as a Government Surveyor in Fiji. He and his wife Carrie Amelia St John had no children.

A death notice/obituary in the Australian Town and Country Journal on Sat 28 Feb 1891 advised:
'Death - Mr J. P. Synnot, well known throughout the Corowa district, died suddenly at his residence on Wednesday. Mr Synnot's constitution had been undermined by a long residence in Fiji.' 
Synnot, John Patrick (I136097)

Marriage Notes: It is interesting to note that this couple lost three of their sons
within a matter of 8 months or so, all to the ravages of the Boer War. (see
Maxfield, Daniel and George)
Noted events in their marriage were:
1. Minister: 7 December 1865, Grahamstown Commemoration Chapel,
Grahamstown, Albany District, Cape Colony, Southern Africa. The Minister at the
wedding was the Reverend W. Impey, Superintendent of the Wesleyan Missions.
2. Marriage Witnesses: 7 December 1865, Grahamstown Commemoration Chapel,
Grahamstown, Albany District, Cape Colony, Southern Africa. The witnesses at
the wedding were, D.R. TROLLOP and Jemima KING who four years later married
her co-witness.
General Notes: Emily was the fourth daughter of T.F. KING. 
Family F7752

Mary Jane was the daughter of Joseph Mather of Maytone House. She had previously been married to Charles MacArthur. 
Mather, Mary Jane (I136115)

Mrs Tossie Niddrie supplied the notes :

She was told her Grandparents farmed in the Beaufort West area but have no knowledge of them.

My mother had a brother who lived in Wolmaranstad and a sister Lenie who lived in Bethlehem. One of Lenie's grandchildren was Sarie Brits who was an author. She wrote fiction novels. My mothers brother lived in Wolmaranstad.

After my mother died my father married a lady by the name of Anna. They had two children Petrus and Susan. They lived on a small holding where he grew vegetables. After my father died I lost contact with Anna and the children. She remarried after my father died.

Jacobs, Susanna Geertruida Maria (I131674)


My mother was the only child of John Thomas Jennings, second marriage to Eliza Dogherty (neè Futter) The pair had met in the cemetary whilst visiting the graves of their recently deceased spouses. He was the father of six children now left mother-less and she had never had a child of her own but with her first husband had adopted a child she had found while doing charity work amongst the poor in Grahamstown. This child, rescued from poverty - stricken circumstances, was then given a good home and raised as Florence Dogherty. She was a redhead and must have been 4, 6 or 8 years old when adopted. It would seem that with the birth of ELIZA CONSTANCE (my mother) to Eliza and John Jennings, a certain jealousy ensued between the half sisters, because at the death of J.T.J's wife. A quarrel broke out between these two over certain jewelry left in the effects of my Grandfather. Grandmother "Connie" as she was called, thought it quite her entitlement as the only blood child of "Aunt Dolly" (as she was known by the rest of J.T.'s extensive brood) yet it appears that these treasures had been personal gifts to her by the husband of Eliza's first marriage to "Mr. Dogherty" (as he was always referred to by the children brought into the marriage by the widowed John Thomas Jennings.

Florence claimed that she alone was the legal child of Dogherty and Eliza in the first marriage so the jewels were rightfully hers! For some twelve years or more the two half sisters were not on speaking terms! They later became reconciled and lived, within their married lives, close together with their families in the area of Kingswood College and Sugarloaf in Grahamstown.

Florence had married Percy Hubbard, a Cabinet Maker with his own private practice and they had three sons, Sinclair, Dennison and Clyde, who were all older than the two daughters born to "Connie" and James William Charles Farley. These girls were named Audrey, Molly and Rita Gladys. Audrey was always called "Molly" and she was two and a half years older that Rita (the writer of this account) The "Hubbard Boys" were all very attractive and gentlepeople and was much loved by their cousins.

I was too young to understand much of the growing up of J.T.'s children of his first marriage to a Miss Berry. It must have been quite an undertaking for "Aunt Doll" (my Grandmother) to fit the bill as mother to such a brood! Six semi-grown motherless boys and girls, to become step-mother to an adopted daughter now having lost her adoptive father and a new-born child - one Eliza Constance Jennings the one and only baby of her own that Eliza had ever had!

According to the very close and warm relationship I had with both my Jennings Grandparents it is inconceivable to me that J.T. and Eliza were not very well united. They were most adorable in the eyes of the progeny of all J.T.'s children.

Yet Hilda Dale has revealed to me only in recent years that "Aunt Doll" was regarded by her Mother (Molly Dale) and her sisters (Clarise, Rhoda and Beatrix) as having been very strict and formidable! Was she perhaps more natural and certainly most lovable to her own daughter and only blood child "Connie?" Certainly my closeness and profound love of both J.T. and Eliza coloured the whole of my childhood. My very identity seems entirely bound up with them.

Information supplied by her daughter
Mrs. Rita Strey (Born Jennings) 14 Kloof Gardens, 36 Abelia Road, KLOOF. 3610 Tel. No. 031 764 4790
Family F4911

NOT-A-MATCH: This individual is not the same as Dudley /McLuckie/ ?-?, PAF ID {4D31F7F9-8496-11D7-9512-0050FCA339C6} 
McLuckie, Dudley (I27631)

NOT-A-MATCH: This individual is not the same as Dudley /McLuckie/ ?-?, PAF ID {4D31F7FB-8496-11D7-9512-0050FCA339C6} 
McLuckie, Dudley (I27630)

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