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Later I received via my wife, a
document prepared by her cousin Merryl Howell (nee Symons) who had
studied the Symons/Brown families who go back to the 1820
MATERNAL SIDE OF EDITH BROWN (Granny Symons)
Robert Miles married Ann Dicks in
grandparents maternal side of Edith Brown (Granny Symons)
They came from Erlestoke, a small village near two
Wiltshire towns of note
which became a manufacturing centre famous for fine woollen clothes.
an old market town well know for its corn, cattle and pig market.
Robert himself was a weaver and would be alarmed that
machinery was rapidly taking the place of hand weaving. Materials
were now woven in “factories” where conditions were so bad that
working in them was often attended by great misery.
Departure was on
January 1820 at 4.30 p.m in the “Weymouth” and joined the Ford’s
party. They paid 10 pounds and among the emigrants were a few
friends. They landed in Algoa Bay (Port Elizabeth) between 16th
and 20th May 1820.
Their first child William arrived on
May 1820. They were allocated land at Greenfontein near the Kowie
River, Port Alfred. He married Margaret McPhail (1826-1903). They
are our GG grandparents.
Later Robert and a few others had a disagreement with
their leader Ford and without changing their allotment (near Hilton)
they joined Cock’s Party. Stephen Brown came out on the “Weymouth”
in Cock’s Party.
Robert and Ann’s 3rd child Susannah married
Stephen Brown, a farmer.
They are our G grandparents. Stephen was a farmer and they
settled at Vaalkrantz near Cathcart. They had 8 children – 5 boys
all farmers in the Cathcart area and still farmed by Browns and 3
girls. Their second child Edith married our grandfather Robert
SIDE OF EDITH BROWN (Granny)
FAMILY HSTORY OF EDITH BROWN BORN 24/6/1877
MOTHER DIED / /1944
She was descended from the 1820 settlers the emigrants
who were all from
The Napoleonic Wars had ended in 1915 and life was not too good in
England. No jobs, poverty etc. Settling in South Africa (a British
Colony founded in 1656) and buying and owning cheap land was a
pleasant temptation for young families.
G-G-G Grandfather Stephen Brown married Sarah Hillman in
Chelsea, England. They sailed in the “Weymouth” with
William as 1820 settlers and joined Cock’s party. This was Stephen’s
second marriage (first wife’s name unknown). He had two children
Nathaniel and Sarah. Nathaniel joined himin South Africa later.
William born 29th
February 1816 in Chelsea England
*** Edward born 20th October 1820
Harriet born 1822
Hon Thomas Hillman Brown born 1822
G-G-G Grandfather Edward Brown married Charity Hobbs
(daughter of Phillip and Charity Hobbs)
He farmed at “Reed Fountain” +/- 10 miles from Port Alfred
William born 15th January 1848 married
Elizabeth Emma Miles (buried Hilton, Cathcart District)
Brown born 1849 married Sussanah Catherine Miles @ Hilton. Settled
on the farm Vaalkrantz near Cathcart. Both buried at Hilton.
born 17th August 1851 died@ 19 months 185.
Edward born 21st August 1853 married Alice Jeanette Miles
settled @ “Craigcross” Farm, Cathcart.
STEPHEN BROWN BORN 1849 MARRIED SUSSANAH CATHERINE MILES. BORN 1850
DIED 1947 AGED 07
Susannah died after her daughter Edith Brown who died in
1944. There is a photo of 4 generations at Vaalkrantz where she
lived with her son Martin.
Ernest Brown married Adelaide Marshall had 4 children. Lived at the
“Dales Farm” Cathcart.
Brown married Robert Symons a widower lived for years at Buffalo
Villa, Buffalo Road, KingWilliamsTown.
Lawrence married Harriet Gibbons had 6 children lived “Glengotha
Farm” Cathcart District
Brown married Emil Schaefer they had 2 children.
Edward married twice. 1st to Athlie Dell they had two
children. Then married Ethel. Lived at “Stanmore Farm” Cathcart
Allan Brown married Margaret Gibbons they had 4 children, Percy,
George*, Ralph and Mollie. They farmed at “Ellington”, Cathcart.
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