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Lookup - My 2nd great grandfather

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JohnDoe Report 26 Jun 2013 17:02

My 2nd great grandfather was believed to be from Belgium. In 1915 he moved from Cardiff, Wales to land in Cape Town and his future residing place was going to be Congo, Belgium as it states on the record. I don't know the exact dates he was born or anything but believed to be circa 1885. Before he had to move in 1915, he married Mary Elizabeth Gwynn who was born circa 1897. He had a daughter he named Mary Elizabeth Mees who was born just after he left in 1915
I am finding it hard to even get any information, I want to try and order a birth certificate if possible.


safc Report 26 Jun 2013 17:06

Marriages Dec 1915 (>99%)
Gracey Lillian J Twigg Cardiff 11a 1018
Gwynn Mary Mees Cardiff 11a 1018
Mees Jean F Gwynn Cardiff 11a 1018
Twigg James E Gracey Cardiff 11a 1018


Graham Report 26 Jun 2013 17:07

I'm confused. In your other threads you said you had traced your family back to the 1500s. :-S


JohnDoe Report 26 Jun 2013 17:25

@Graham .. We do have many branches. I have gone back to 1530s for my grandmothers grandfather and 1570s for my grandfathers grandmother. I am trying to search for my grandfathers -grandfather who there is little known about...


Gins Report 26 Jun 2013 17:30


Do you have his fathers name from marriage certificate in 1915?


JohnDoe Report 26 Jun 2013 17:34

No I don't which is actually a brilliant Idea! Why didn't I think of this - JEEEEEZ ... Oh, unfortunately I don't know the actual marriage date..


Gins Report 26 Jun 2013 17:36

All you need are the details that sacf posted above and order it online from the GRO

There are some Belgium births online but without his fathers details, its hit and miss and the spelling of his name may have been anglicised when he lived in the UK


Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 26 Jun 2013 20:26


Name: Mr Jean MEES
Date of departure: 30 July 1915
Port of departure: London
Passenger destination port: Cape, South Africa
Passenger destination: Cape, South Africa
Date of Birth: 1884 (calculated from age)
Age: 31
Marital status: Married
Sex: Male
Occupation: Customs Collector
Passenger recorded on: Page 6 of 7
The following people with the same last name travelled on this voyage:
Ms Leontine MEES | Page 6 of 7
Report transcript error Ship: DUNVEGAN CASTLE
Official Number: 105854
Master's name: S H Owen
Steamship Line: The Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co Ltd
Where bound: South Africa
Square feet: 1914
Registered tonnage: 3313
Passengers on voyage: 189

UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
Name: Mrs Leontine Mees
Birth Date: abt 1884
Age: 31
Port of Departure: Durban, South Africa
Arrival Date: 3 May 1915
Port of Arrival: London, England
Ports of Voyage: East London
[Port Elizabeth]
[Cape Town]
Ship Name: Kildonan Castle
Search Ship Database: View the 'Kildonan Castle' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Shipping Line: Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company Ltd
Official Number: 112615

(with Mr Andre Mees, Collector of Customs)

Chris :)

Births Dec 1915 (>99%)
Mees Mary E Gwynn Cardiff 11a 584

Births Sep 1919 (>99%)
Mees Harry Gwynn Cardiff 11a 633

Deaths Sep 1919 (>99%)
MEES Harry 0 Cardiff 11a 261


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Gins Report 5 Feb 2014 08:30

Not sure what you mean in your last post?

Did you send for the marriage certificate to check the fathers details?