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I have updated the file of James Edward FORD once again at http://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php/additional-information/f-...
I have still not found a baptism for Jane Murray FORD, but it appears that she was born in Essex, and was probably baptised in one of the parishes not covered by the IGI. SA sources give her date of birth as 27 January 1814, but I now think she was born on 27 January 1816, two years later.
Here is my reasoning. I knew from my transcription of the Grahamstown Journal that she married William Glendonwyn Scott in 1850. Courtesy of his middle name I have been able to find the following original records:
1851 UK census for Birkfield Barracks, Liverpool HO107/2185/723, where her place of birth is given as Essex and her age 35.
Report of her marriage available as a free download http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C13325290 which gives Jane's age on 8 January 1850 (the date of the marriage) as 33 years and 346 days, making her date of birth, if my maths is correct, 27 January 1816.
William's service record WO76/455 (National Archives) lists a son of the marriage, William Joseph born 8 July 1854, who died in Queenstown on 13 July 1855
I have found a birth of another son, Harold John Glendonwyn Scott, born 20 April 1859 in Falkirk, Scotland
Her DN in South Africa from 1873 6/9/145/9879 says she died in Caen France, and this fits with a will index I found for William Glendonwyn Scott in Ireland, dated January 1887, which states that William died on 6 June 1883 at Villa Saint Croix, Saint Pair, France.
Hope this helps neaten up someone's files!
As well as adding links to the 36 volumes of "Records of the Cape Colony" I have begun to add some material to various correspondence files. Richard Ball sent me photographs of CO6138 Volumes 1 and 2 from the Cape Archives, which cover the settler returns. Most of these pages are exact copies of the settler returns from the National Archives in London already transcribed, so I won't be doing anything with those, but there are some letters and other information not at present on the site which I will be adding as and when I can. Please keep an eye out for "Recently Updated" files at http://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php
So far I have added two letters to the end of the files of John LEIGH and William SMITH, as well as Alexander BIGGAR's Articles of Agreement, referenced by M.D. Nash in her book. This last must win the prize for the longest ever wording of a date!!
One of the reasons I am careful to call my postings "Extracts" is that I can never be totally sure I haven't missed something whilst scanning the original papers. The print is fairly dense. However, BMDs tend to appear in the same places in the paper and so are usually easier to find.
There are some issues missing from the British Library holdings, and others I miss out because the BMD entries are simply repeats of those in the previous issue. I have had a look at the online issues of the GTJ available to me via my British Library membership, which are taken from holdings in the US. I prefer to make my transcriptions from my own photographs taken in London, because they are easier to read, but I sometimes go to the World Newspaper Archive to check things that are out of focus.
The good news is that they do have some issues for late May that are missing from the UK holdings. The bad news is that I still can't find any mention of Dr. Gibson. Not everyone, of course, had a death notice in the papers.
All the best
From: Albie <albie(a)astonbay.co.za>
To: 'Sue Mackay' <rhoosesue(a)yahoo.co.uk>; south-africa(a)rootsweb.com
Sent: Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 8:15
Subject: RE: [SOUTH-AFRICA] Extracts from the Grahamstown Journal 1874 January - March
Sorry to trouble you but my gr.gr.Grandfather Dr James Gibson died in
Grahamstown on the 23rd of May 1872 and was burried from the Anglican
Catheral but in following your good work it seems there was a gap in
continuety in Grahamstrown Journal or did I miss it?
There is a quite famous photograph of two misses Meintjes, Katie and Annie,
in the Brandfort concentration camp during the Anglo-Boer War.
For the life of me, I cannot now find it. Does anyone have a copy?
The backstory is, these are my great-aunts, sisters of my grandfather.
After the war, Katie married Dr. JJ Ross, who was a Scottish physician, a
volunteer at the camp. They then lived in Fauresmith, where he became
District Surgeon. After Katie died, JJ Ross remarried her sister, Annie,
who had not been previously married.
I'd like to find this photo to use in an article I am writing.