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Byrne family in South Africa


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My family - The Kemp's had told me that a Gerald had gone to South Africa and had never been heard from again! Naturally I was fascinated but soon realised it was actually that my relation Eliza Kemp (b 1860 Ramsgate, Kent) who had married Gerald James Byrne (b approx. 1853 in Liverpool according to census but cannot find records to confirm this) and some time between 1893 and 1897 they obviously shipped themselves off to South Africa with their two daughters: Edith Ellen Byrne - b 1891 Kent, and Catherine Alberta Jane Byrne b 1893 and then in South Africa had Ethel Violet Byrne b 1897.

All I've found of them since then was Eliza's death in 1914 and Catherine Alberta Jane's marriage age 26 to a Cyril Louis Pfuhl (age 24) in 1921 - they had a son a year later but his baptism record said 'dead' at the side and no godparents were listed - not sure if he was baptised after death?!

They seem to have been in the Cape of Good Hope, Salt River, Maitland area.

After this I've got no idea what happened to Gerald (or who he even really was as I couldn't find his birth) or the other girls or if there's any descendents or the line died out and that was why they were thought of as 'never heard from again'? Any help or tips appreciated - South African research is a bit new to me! :eek: