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Help needed on finding my ancestors...

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Help needed on finding my ancestors...

Posted: 24 May 2012 12:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Beckett and Atwood
I am trying to trace both my paternal and maternal great grandparents....
Both great-grandfathers were born in Great Britain but we have no clue as to where both grandmothers were born. I have sent numerous emails to the South African gov website, but am still waiting for a reply, and living in the UK, its quite frustrating not being able to go any further with my findings.
Ernest Beckett was born in England, Great Britain abt 1870 and fought in the Boer War 1898-1902 for Britain.. We think he then may have settled in South Africa and married (the name of my great grandmother may have been Magdalena????) Ernest worked for De Beers for a number of years and then fought in the First World War (but we are not sure if it was with South Africa or Britain). They lived in Cape Town. We have no information of his family in the UK or of Magdalena's???family in South Africa, so any information on his origins and that of his wife would be wonderful.
Ernest and Magdalena? had four sons - Ernest John (my grandfather - born 1907 in Cape Town and died 1971 in Johannesburg), Stanley, Percy and William.


Edgar Arthur Gyett Atwood was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, Great Britain in 1871 and moved to South Africa around 1900? We have his origins and family from that area. He married a Sabina Van Der Fort??? and lived in Stellenbosch, Cape, SA with his wife and six children - Eleanor Gertrude Atwood (my grandmother - born 1912 in Cape Town and died 2001 in Johannesburg), Bessie, Gladys, Ethel, Athur and Edgar...
We have no information about Sabina, who she was or who her family are - although family history suggests she may have been from St Helenia???
Any help or advice would be amazing...
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
grlamcculloch 24 May 2012 6:09PM GMT 
norahglaus 25 May 2012 7:07AM GMT 
grlamcculloch 27 May 2012 8:17AM GMT 
JohnWynne62 25 May 2012 9:04AM GMT 
grlamcculloch 27 May 2012 8:23AM GMT 
JohnWynne62 29 May 2012 11:45AM GMT 
JohnWynne62 25 May 2012 9:08AM GMT 
JohnWynne62 25 May 2012 9:11AM GMT 
grlamcculloch 27 May 2012 8:30AM GMT 
JohnWynne62 27 May 2012 11:02AM GMT 
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