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2. Margaret Blyth [2786] (John Balfour1) was born on 14 Mar 1828 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

Noted events in her life were:

Research: 1828.

3. John Blyth [2787] (John Balfour1) was born on 14 May 1830 in Dundee Angus Scotland, died on 22 Mar 1865 in Dundee Angus Scotland aged 34, and was buried in Mar 1865 in Constitution Road Cemetary Dundee, No.1861.

Noted events in his life were:

Research: 1830. Birth: IGI Ref: C0061-Scotland C112828/15169

John married someone on 2 Jul 1855 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

His children were:

+ 16 F    i. Elizabeth Couttie Blyth [2796] was born on 4 Jan 1859 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

+ 17 F    ii. Christina Blyth [2797] was born on 1 Jan 1863 in Dundee Angus Scotland, died on 22 Apr 1864 in Dundee Angus Scotland aged 1, and was buried in Constitution Road Cemetary Dundee, No.1861.

4. Mary Blyth [2788] (John Balfour1) was born on 18 Jun 1832 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

Noted events in her life were:

Research: 1832.

5. Alexander Ferguson Blyth [2790] (John Balfour1) was born on 29 Dec 1835 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

Noted events in his life were:

Research: 1835. IGI Birth Ref. C0061-Scotland C112822 15171 Witnesses David Blyth and Martha Cuthbert.

Occupation: 1881. The 1881 Census Listing C112828-15171

Emigration: 1855. Alastair Downing reported "An Alex Blyth age 20 arrived at Hobson Bay, (Port of Melbourne, Victoria) on 26 Sep.1855 on the ship "Champion of the Seas"
The ship had left Liverpool, England, on the 6 July 1855
There was no other passenger with the surname BLYTH on this voyage" This fits his age exactly.

Alexander married Barbara Unknown Name [2800].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 18 F    i. Amelia Blyth [2801] was born about 1862 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

+ 19 F    ii. Isabella Blyth [2802] was born about 1864 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

+ 20 M    iii. Alexander Blyth [2803] was born about 1866 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

+ 21 M    iv. John Blyth [2804] was born about 1868 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

Alexander next married Elizabeth Graham [4517].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 22 M    i. Alexander John Blyth [4518] was born in 1866 in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.

+ 23 F    ii. Helen May Blyth [4519] was born in 1869 in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.

+ 24 F    iii. Kate Bell Blyth [4520] was born in 1871 in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.

+ 25 M    iv. Sydney David Blyth [4521] was born in 1874 in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia and died in 1954 in Victoria Australia aged 80.

6. Jessie Blyth [3272] (John Balfour1) was born in 1838 in Dundee Angus Scotland and died on 7 Jun 1912 in 4 Magdalane Yard Road, Dundee, Scotland. aged 74. Another name for Jessie was Jane Blyth.4

Noted events in her life were:

Family: Added a possible daughter (sister of David Henderson BLYTH).

Research: 1871-1901. Sources from:-
1871 Census, St.Andrew, Dundee Ref: 282-04021-000046
1881 Census, 2 Janefield Place,, Dundee.
1901 Census. St.Peters,Dundee, Ref: 282-1-8-020

Jessie married David Peters Whitton [3273],5 son of Robert Whitton [238] and Rebecca Christie [287], on 9 Dec 1862 in Dundee Angus Scotland.5 David was born on 21 Jan 1836 in Dundee Angus Scotland and died in 1920 in Monifieth West 310-2-147 aged 84. Other names for David were David Peter Whitten and David Peters Whitton.4

Noted events in their marriage were:

Alt Marriage: 1862. 4 Married in Dundee, 1st District.

Noted events in his life were:

Alt Birth: 4 Born inArbroath 272-137

Research: 1841-1901. 4 Sources from Census of:-
1841 High Street, Abroath
1861 First District, Dundee, Ref: 282/01015/01053
1871 St.Andrew Dundee, Ref: 282-04021-000046
1881 2 Janefield Place, Dundee, a Hardware Merchant.
1901 St.Peters Dundee, Ref: 282-1-8-020
1866 Witness at his brother Robert's wedding.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 26 M    i. David Alexander Whitton [647] 4 was born on 15 May 1864 in Dundee Scotland 282-1-7634 and died after 1925.4

+ 27 F    ii. Jessie Whitton [652] 4 was born on 27 Jun 1865 in Dundee, Angus, [1Sr Su/B/M 282-1-1156]4 and died on 13 Sep 1956 in Victoria Hospiral Dundee4 aged 91.

+ 28 M    iii. John Blyth Whitton [3196] 5 was born on 20 Mar 1867 in Dundee Angus Scotland 282-1-5435 and died in 1941 in Monifieth Angus Scotland (Broughty Ferry) 282-5-1094,5 aged 74.

+ 29 F    iv. Rebecca Jane Whitton [877] 4 was born on 7 Jul 1870 in St. Andrews, Dundee Angus Scotland 282-4-7694 and died in 1870 in St.Andrew Dundee.4

+ 30 M    v. George Whitton [878] 4 was born on 11 Feb 1872 in Dundee 282-4-1371.4

+ 31 F    vi. Lizzie Graham Whitton [880] 4 was born in 1875 in St. Andrews, Dundee Scotland 282-4-1714 and died on 15 Feb 1960 in Infirmary, Brechin4 aged 85.

+ 32 M    vii. William Ernest Whitton [883] was born on 5 Oct 1879 in 2 Janefield Place Dundee 282-1-12 and died in 1881 in 2 Janefield Place, Dundee Ref: 282-4-595 aged 2.


7. David Henderson Blyth [702] (John Balfour1) was born on 15 Apr 1839 in Albroath, Dundee, Scotland, was christened on 15 Apr 1839 in Dundee Angus Scotland, and died on 30 Sep 1908 in 4 Pietersen St. Hospital Hill Johannesburg South Africa aged 69.

Noted events in his life were:

Family: A possible Sister and Brother.

Birth Reference: Ref:C112829/3550, 15 Apr 1839, Dundee Angus Scotland. Does this refer to his birth date, not christening date?

Immigration: Emigration from Dundee Scotland, Abt 1856.

Occupation: 1861, Beaufort West. On his marriage certificate for 12 Feb. 1861 he is stated to be a Bachelor and Clerk of Beaufort West.

Occupation: Abt 1864, Beaufort West South Africa. Stockbroker

Voter Registration: 1878, Beaufort West. From the Voters' List Records 1878 sent to me by Dennis Green, He was Voter # 24 for the Eastern Cape Province on the Beaufort Electoral Division. The source was the Cape Town Archives Repository Vol. 11/1/8

Historical: 6 This Source "Hooy Vlakte" by WGH and S. Vivier gives many accounts in which David Henderson Blyth and early descendants were engaged. In particular David was an administrator and councillor of the Beaufort West Council for some 15 years. His son John Alexander met and married Cornelia Weeber the daughter of M.J.Weeber. the first Chief Justice of the town, and also a Deacon and Elder of the local Dutch Reformed Church. Thus there was also a close relationship with the local Magistrate, none other than Ebenezer Thomas Anderson, whose son William, my father, married Sheila.Blyth

Historical: I, Ralph Blyth Anderson is indebted to Robert G.K. Blyth for the following data copied from his report headed "Descendants of John Balfour Blyth" and for much additional information supplementing my Legacy version of our joint family tree, also published on the internet as http://griquatownandersons.com and held by my son Edward in Toronto, Canada.

David Henderson Blyth is our paternal great grandfather. He was born in Dundee, Angus, Scotland in either late 1838 and not after April 1839. As is common for records of that time the christenings are more frequently recorded than the births. His christening is given as 15 April 1839. I suspect his birth date is weeks before this at most.

He emigrated from Scotland at the very young age of about 17 in 1856. The reasons for this step are not known but presumably had something to do with the dire poverty in Scotland at that time. It is thought that he initially settled in Worcester, Cape (it is not clear why he chose Worcester and whether this was the case) and shortly thereafter moved to Beaufort West. He is believed to have practised as a lawyer (there is no indication of any legal training). According to my father, his grandson, he was more of a land agent and speculator. He served on the town council for some years. There is a picture of him and some of his family in the book "Hooivlakte", the history of Beaufort West, published in the 1960's to commemorate the 125 years of the council, the oldest in South Africa. My copy has since disappeared.

On 12 February 1861 married Sophia Kinnear in the Dutch Reformed Church. The officiating minister, James Turnbull, was a minister of the free church (Wesleyan) and I assume that at that time there was no Wesleyan church in Beaufort West. Sophia was born in Worcester where her father was a magistrate. It is not clear whether he met Sophia in Worcester or after the Kinnears moved to Beaufort West.

As far as can be established all the children were born in Beaufort West although there is some doubt about John Alexander Blyth, the eldest son.

Chris Pattinson suggests that there is evidence that he lived latterly on a farm called "Fairfield or Fairview" in the Ladismith Cape district before moving to Johannesburg. This is not unlikely as his son George (our grandfather) had married into a Ladismith family. (It is not clear how our grandparents met and the timing of the stay in Ladismith may be significant. We do not know when or why he left Beaufort West.) The farm is on the edge of the village and overlooks the town and the Swartberg. He moved to Johannesburg where he died on 30 October 1908. His death notice gives his occupation as stockbroker. Sophia remained in Johannesburg and was cared for by at least two of her daughters, Laura and Annie, neither of whom ever married.
More About DAVID HENDERSON BLYTH:
Christening: 15 April 1839, Dundee , Angus, Scotland
Emigration: Abt. 1856, To South Africa, Settled in Worcester where he married. Then moved to Beaufort West where he lived for many years. Apparently lived on a farm "Fairview/Fairfield" in Ladismith district before moving to Johannesburg late in life.
Occupation: Lawyer and Land Agent

David married Sophia Catharina Kinnear [703], daughter of William John Kinnear [82] and Johanna Sophia Carolina Itzen [2275], on 12 Feb 1861 in Dutch Reformed Church, Beaufort West, South Africa. Sophia was born on 12 Feb 1842 in Beaufort West South Africa., was christened on 1 May 1842 in Beaufort West, and died on 6 Mar 1920 in 4 Pietersen St. Hospital Hill Johannesburg South Africa aged 78. Another name for Sophia was Sophia Catherine Blyth.

Noted events in their marriage were:

Alt Marriage: 7 New Source gives marriage in Wesleyan-Methodist Church, Beaufort West as 12 Feb 1861, with some association with the Dutch Reformed Church. (DRC)
Since then a digital photo of the actual marriage certificate has been received confirming the 12 Feb 1861 as the true date, and the DRC the venue in Beaufort West. The certificate also reveals that Sophia was a minor, and she was married on her birthday! Thus the original date of 1857 in Worcester are replaced in this record. A subsequent Marriage Record on Microfilm # 1560855 Item30 transcribed by Nolene Lossau, and sent to me by Dennis Green, confirms that they were married in the Dutch Reformed Church, the presiding minister being Rev. W.A.Newman.

Noted events in her life were:

Birth Reference: 12 Feb 1842. 8 12 February birth date confirmed

Alt Name: MOOC KAB 6/9/861 Ref 565 DN gives an alternative middle name to Catherine

Residence: MOOC KAB 6/9/861 Ref 565 DN gives her place of residence as 4 Petersen Street, Johannesburg.
In Robert Blyth's report she resided at 3 Ockerse St. Hillbrow, Johannesburg.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 33 M    i. John Alexander Blyth [994] was born on 15 Dec 1861 in Beaufort West South Africa,9 was christened on 12 Feb 1862 in Wesleyan-Methodist Church, Beaufort West,9 died on 22 Nov 1910 in Beaufort West South Africa8 aged 48, and was buried on 23 Nov 1910 in Blocka, Ry198, Bird St. Cemetery, Beaufort West South Africa.8

+ 34 M    ii. George Kinnear Blyth [845] was born on 14 Jun 1863 in Beaufort West South Africa,9 was christened on 20 Sep 1863 in Wesleyan-Methodist Church, Beaufort West,9 died on 24 May 1912 in 120 Kerk St. Heidelberg, Transvaal, Southern Africa aged 48, and was buried in Heidelburg Old Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa..

+ 35 F    iii. Maisie Blyth [844] was born from about Apr 1863 to 1864 in Beaufort West, Cape Colony, Southern Africa (?)7 and died from about 1866 to 18687 aged about 3.

+ 36 M    iv. William Low Blyth [892] was born on 7 Aug 1865 in Beaufort West South Africa,9 was christened on 17 Sep 1865 in Wesleyan-Methodist Church, Beaufort West,9 and died on 4 Jan 1930 in Rossouw St. Fraserburg South Africa aged 64.

+ 37 F    v. Sophia Jane Blyth [755] was born on 28 Jan 1868 in Beaufort West South Africa, was christened on 15 Mar 1868, and died on 12 Nov 1945 in 3 Ockerse St. Hospital Hill Johannesburg aged 77.

+ 38 F    vi. Laura Evangeline Blyth [840] was born about 1871 in Beaufort West Cape Province South Africa. and died 31 May1956 in Cape Town South Africa.

+ 39 F    vii. Annie Wilson Blyth [841] was born about 1875 in Beaufort West Cape Province South Africa. and died on 4 Feb 1959 in CapeTown, Southern Africa aged about 84.

+ 40 M    viii. Norman Mcleod Blyth [938] was born about 1877 in Beaufort West South Africa and died 1930 ? aged about 53.

+ 41 F    ix. Jane Jessie ( Jeanne) Blyth [843] was born about Nov 1879 in Beaufort West Cape Province South Africa. and died on 4 Sep 1949 in Joubert Park Nursing Home, Johannesburg aged about 69.

+ 42 M    x. David Henderson Weeber Blyth [2784] was born about 1882 in Beaufort West South Africa and died on 14 Aug 1933 in 5 Jamieson St., Cape Town South Africa aged about 51.

+ 43 F    xi. Jessie Ferguson Blyth [842] was born on 7 Apr 1887 in Beaufort West South Africa,9 was christened on 11 Aug 1887 in Wesleyan-Methodist Church, Beaufort West,9 and died on 29 Oct 1970 in Fish Hoek Cape Town South Africa aged 83.

8. James Baxter Blyth [2791] 3 (John Balfour1) was born in Jan 1841 in Dundee Angus Scotland, died on 21 Jan 1841 in Dundee Angus Scotland, and was buried in Jan 1841 in Constitution Road Cemetary Dundee, No.1861. Another name for James was Jas Baxter Blyth.

Noted events in his life were:

Name Change: 3 Alternate given names are evident from a plaque record of burials at the Constitution Cemetery in Dundee erected by David Blyth in 1861

Alt Death: Robert Blyth reports that he died the same year as he was born namely 1841and not 1846. This is confirmed by his burial report

9. Symington Blyth [2792] (John Balfour1) was born in 1843 in Dundee Angus Scotland, died on 22 Apr 1846 in Dundee Angus Scotland aged 3, and was buried in Apr 1846 in Constitution Road Cemetary Dundee, No.1861.

10. John Henderson Blyth [1726] (John Balfour1) was born after 1843 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

11. William Blyth [2794] (John Balfour1) was born on 23 Feb 1856 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

Noted events in his life were:

Birth Reference: C112821/0553 Dundee Scotland.

12. James.Balfour Blyth [2795] (John Balfour1) was born on 17 Mar 1857 in Dundee Angus Scotland, died on 26 Jan 1891 in Dundee Angus Scotland aged 33, and was buried in Jan 1891 in Constitution Road Cemetary Dundee, No.1861.

Noted events in his life were:

Research: 1891.

13. Elizabeth Couttie Blyth [2796] (John Balfour1) was born on 4 Jan 1859 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

Noted events in her life were:

Research: 1859. Two IGI referrences:
C0061-Scotland C112821/14456 and
112821/6997

Family: 1881. She possibly married James B. Mills and had a son who was 4 years old at the 1881 Census.

Elizabeth married James Douglas Mills [2805] on 20 Jun 1876 in Gillie? Terrace, Dundee. James was born about 1856.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: In 1876 he was a Lithographer

The child from this marriage was:

+ 44 M    i. James. Balfour Mills [2806] was born from about 1877 to 1887 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

14. Christina Blyth [2797] (John Balfour1) was born on 1 Jan 1863 in Dundee Angus Scotland, died on 22 Apr 1864 in Dundee Angus Scotland aged 1, and was buried in Constitution Road Cemetary Dundee, No.1861.

Noted events in her life were:

Research: 1864.

15. William Langlands Blyth [1721] (John Balfour1) was born on 28 Feb 1874 in Dundee Angus Scotland.

Noted events in his life were:

Source: The birth of this son is mentioned in a report on the descendants of John Balfour BLYTH by Robert Blyth.
Also the existence of Mary Fyfe as John Balfour's 4th wife.


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