Good to get your news...I just want to clear up something that
I have noticed on some of the sites they seem to be missing out a generation:
the 1st generation in SA-Ephraim Frederick R b1812
2nd " 5th child from 2nd wife:
Caractacus Reliance(Crack) b1853
3rd " 1st child
Ephraim Frederick b1883
4th " 1st child from 1st wife:
Caractacus Reliance b1911
It is quite confusing with the same names - you are right they sure knew how to breed!! Your grandfather Henry Dean R was Cracks 5th son and I believe he was still alive in 1998?
You will never believe what I just found in my records -
your aunt Rhoda Mavis 2nd husband Abraham had a sister Rachel who married the grandson of one of Cracks sisters -
how about that - one big happy family. I would be grateful if you could let me know any other relevant info about your father & his brothers & sisters.