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Suzanne Carol Dupmeier1,2

#2881, b. 30 April 1930, d. 15 August 2018
Last Edited=25 Aug 2019
     Suzanne Carol Dupmeier was born on 30 April 1930 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.1,2 She married James Henry Coryndon Greathead, son of James Henry Greathead and Violet Florence Wren, on 11 June 1955 in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, Sue's uncle and Aunt lived in Letchworth. Met while Jim was working in Paris. Sue was on holiday with friends and had a puncture. Some of Jims friends changed the tyre and invited the girls back to the restaurant to meet all the boys.
Honeymooned in Paris - of course!!1,3,4,2,5 Her husband James died on 18 July 2012 aged 86 Jim was well known for making underhammer pistols from scratch.6,7 Suzanne died on 15 August 2018 in Castle Cary, Somerset, England, aged 88 Sue was a keen member of the bowling club and church and helped with many local projects including the museum and a much beloved member of the Castle Cary Community.8 Her ashes werw buried on 29 September 2018 in St Andrews Church, Castle Cary, Somerset, England, after a private cremation in Hereford.8

Children of Suzanne Carol Dupmeier and James Henry Coryndon Greathead

  • June Carol Greathead
  • James Thomas M Greathead+ b. 25 Sep 1959, d. b 2018
  • David Joseph Greathead
  • Clare Florence Greathead

Sources of Information

  1. [S1718] Emails between Dr David Greathead and Jan Cooper 2 October 1997 together with much information from David's wonderful book "A Passage to the Cape of Good Hope" David has since very sadly died.
  2. [S4500] Emails between Tony Goggins and Jan Cooper from 11 March 2003.
  3. [S1741] Letters between James Greathead and Jan Cooper from 28 October 1996.
  4. [S2883] Letters between James Greathead and Jan Cooper from March 2003.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1855/Q2 Hitchin Volume 4B Page 279.
  6. [S3038] Emails between Kathryn Devine and Jan Cooper from 27 February 2014.
  7. [S9] Wills Index in TNA and Probate Office.
  8. [S40000] Website funeral-notices.co.uk/national/death-notices.

James Thomas M Greathead1,2,3

#2883, b. 25 September 1959, d. before 2018
Last Edited=25 Aug 2019
Relationship
8th great-grandson of Thomas Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 2 - Lifeboat and 1820 settlers Greathead families
     James Thomas M Greathead was born on 25 September 1959 in Tehran, Iran, it was a difficult birth.1,2,4,3,5 He was the son of James Henry Coryndon Greathead and Suzanne Carol Dupmeier. He married Annette Bowdich on 16 June 1984 in St Michael's, Easthampstead, Bracknell, Berkshire, England, at 2:00pm.1,4,3,6,7 In 2002 electoral list James was listed as living at 3 Pickering Avenue, Bracknell, Berkshire, England, with his wife Annette until 2007.8 James died before 2018 It is assumed that James died before his mother as he is not mentioned in her tribute, although his three siblings and his son James are!!9

Child of James Thomas M Greathead and Annette Bowdich

  • James Roy Greathead

Sources of Information

  1. [S1718] Emails between Dr David Greathead and Jan Cooper 2 October 1997 together with much information from David's wonderful book "A Passage to the Cape of Good Hope" David has since very sadly died.
  2. [S1741] Letters between James Greathead and Jan Cooper from 28 October 1996.
  3. [S4500] Emails between Tony Goggins and Jan Cooper from 11 March 2003.
  4. [S2883] Letters between James Greathead and Jan Cooper from March 2003.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - Tehran consular births 1958-1960 Volume 53 Page 1906.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - June 1984 Bracknell Volume 19 Page 30 Reg 684.
  7. [S40045] Newspapers Paper 5675 Friday 15 June 1984 (West Surrey FH Open Day).
  8. [S40000] Website Find my past - Electoral lists.
  9. [S40000] Website funeral-notices.co.uk/national/death-notices.

Muriel Singleton1,2

#2887
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
     Muriel Singleton married James Selby Shattock, son of Leonard Shattock and Nancy Greathead.

Children of Muriel Singleton and James Selby Shattock

  • Robin Paul Shattock
  • Shirley Jean Shattock
  • Peter Leonard Shattock

Sources of Information

  1. [S1718] Emails between Dr David Greathead and Jan Cooper 2 October 1997 together with much information from David's wonderful book "A Passage to the Cape of Good Hope" David has since very sadly died.
  2. [S4500] Emails between Tony Goggins and Jan Cooper from 11 March 2003.

Kenneth Horatio Greathead1,2

#2891, b. 21 August 1910, d. 14 May 1998
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationship
7th great-grandson of Thomas Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 2 - Lifeboat and 1820 settlers Greathead families
Kenneth Horatio Greathead
     Kenneth Horatio Greathead was born on 21 August 1910 in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa.1,2,3 He was the son of James Henry Horatio Greathead and Helen Douglas Huntly. While Horace worked on the mine schooling for his children was not easy. They had a Governess Myrtle Holmes who later married their Mother's brother Norman.

When the family moved to Hereford there was first Mrs Gough and later Miss Austen for a short time, after that Phyllis and Eileen went to High School in Salisbury and Ken during 1922-23 attended Prince Edwards School. As the farm was five miles from the railway siding where they caught the train to Salisbury, Horace took the girls in the pony trap and Ken rode his horse "Baron"

After the flax crash Ken went to Mrs Norval's private school as a weekly boarder and the girls stayed at the High School where they finnished their education. Ken stayed at Mrs Norvals for a year and then went to Matopa's Agricultural College near Bullewayo in 1924, leaving in June 1925 when he was fourteen years old much against his mother's wishes.3 Ken's first job was a cotton ginnery in July 1925 but unfortunately this did not last long as it closed three months later. With the help of his Uncle Norman he got work on a large maize and tobacco farm and worked there for four years. The farm was owned by Mr Raynor, a friend of Uncle Norman's, and was not far out of Bindura. He would ride his bicycle, his only means of transport home the 12 miles late each Sunday to see his family, returning before dawn on Monday. On the farm he had his own outside room but had all his meals with the family. He received a salary of £4 per month with a bonus of 2.5% of the nett value of the maize crop. He was supervising the labour force on the maize section of the farm. After three years he had managed to save nearly £500.

With the stress over the past few years his month's health had not improved and her doctor advised a holiday. With Kens financial help it was arranged for his Mother and sister Eileen to go to South Africa for six weeks. His other sister Phyllis looked after the running of the boarding ouse and Guy and Godfrey were attending school in Bindura as day scholars.

On the farm he missed his family and friends and had no time to play sport so after three years he left the Raynor's farm and went to "Slams" gold mine as a sampler. He boarded at home and tried to help at home, providing fatherly control over his two younger brothers and helping his mother where he could. He had been working there for just over a year when it was rumoured that the mine was closing and that everyone would be moved to "Shamvu" mine which was much further out of town.

At the time he had to choose between living out at "Samvu" or going to stay with his Uncle Billy and Aunt Nell in Kenya. Kenya won.

In April 1930 he left for Kenya and work as as assistant in the Creamery at Nanyuki, Kenya. He caught the train at Bindura for Salisbury and from there took the long journey to Beira, stopping at the border post before entering Portugese East Africa, now Mozambique. At Biera he was met by a family friend with whom he stayed for a couple of days before catching the German line ship SS Usambara to Mombassa. Here he was met by the agent from Dalgety and Company who drove him to catch the train to Nairobi. He stayed a few days with his Aunt Nell before leaving for Nanyuki.

Then he travelled by train to Naru Moru, the end of the line. He still had twelve miles to go to Nanyuki town. His Aunt Ethel arranged for Mr Dick Forester who was meeting his wife from the train to give him a lift back to his Aunt Ethel's house. Dick carried mail and parcels for Nanyuki and the twelve miles which was over a dirt road, ankle deep in muddy, black cotton soil took three hours. Ken said he spent most of the time pushing the car. He arrived sodden and wishing he was back home in Bindura.

He started his job a couple of days later. The creamery was seven miles from town. He was introduced upon his arrival to the Manager, Mr Riddell, who was a difficult man to work under and had had ten assistants working for him in as many months. Ken's accomodation consisted of a camp bed in the box making room at the factory and he had meals with the Manager. Mr Riddell left the creamery four months later and Mr Smart took over. Mr Wood, the Company engineer was sent to install new machinery and a Mr Bailey was employed as an interpreter for him as Mr Wood spoke no Swahilli. By this time a single room had been built half way between the factory and the managers house which Ken shared with the interpretter, Mr Bailey. There was no bathroom or water laid on. The African servant brought in a tin bath and carted water from an outside heater for baths. The only means of transport that Ken had was an old Douglas belt driven motorbike and that belonged to his cousin Bertie Wright.

However one weekend Ken went to visit his Aunt Ethel in Nanyuki and on his return discovered that Mr Bailey had left taking his suitcase and most of his clothes and was never heard of again. Mr Bailey was the maker of other devious stories, staying in a hotel and having the account left for another!!!

Ken had a Harley Davidson motobike and sold it buying a Citroen car. In 1932 Ken left the dairy in Nanyuki, he packed the car and left for Lumbwa where he had been transferred. There he was put up at the Dak Bungelow as no other accomodation was available. After a couple of months Ken was left in charge when the current manager was sacked until a replacement could be appointed. Ken was then transferred to Naivasha Creamery until 1934 when the Company sent me to Glen Agicultural College in Bloomfontein, South Africa to study Creamery Management. The Company paid all his expenses and he was given an allowance of £5 a month.

Ken enjoyed the year in South Africa, he made many friends and spent holidays with cousins in Johannesburg and at weekends played a lot of sport and made it into the tennis team and 1st XV rugby team for the College. He returned to Kenya in December 1034 and was stationed at Naivasha as cheese maker pending the opening of the new factory in Eldoret which was finished in March 1935 and was sent to Eldoret as Manager. He joined the Eldoret Sports Club where he continued to play tennis and rugby.3


He married Molly Clare Kelbe, daughter of Walter Edward Kelbe and B B ..., on 18 January 1936 in St Matthews, Eldoret, Kenya, after a certificate was issued. The ceremony was witnessed by Molly's parents. Kenneth gave his occupation as a factory worker.3 In 1996 Ken (at the age of 86 years) recalled “I remember I was six, I went up with him one shot, he had to go up there, he had little on the farm. He then built himself a couple of huts, my Mum and the rest of the family stayed (with Norman). He used to come down I suppose once a fortnight or so to see us and I persuaded him to take me back with him. I was six and I was always worrying my Dad to go with him to the Farm. I remember the house, and the position of the house. I can remember these two huts nicely built mud and wattle huts, thatched rooves, quite small, one he had as a dining room come pantry and the other one was his bedroom. When I went up there I stayed in the same hut as he did.

Well I know he lost the little bit of money he had, it wasn’t very much, he invested in flax. Flax yes – the idea was we were all going up to Kenya, anyhow he lost all his money and had given up farming by this stage and he went back onto the mines. Then he had an accident, that’s what killed him, an accident on the mines.

He died in twenty four there wasn’t a great deal we saw of him with his back. He never recovered from the accident properly. He had given up work and a few months after that in May he went down to Salisbury to have his operation after the accident and he never recovered. Dr. Huggins was the Doctor who operated on him. (He became Prime minister of Rhodesia eventually - Sir Godfrey Martin Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern (6 July 1883 – 8 May 1971) was a Rhodesian politician and physician. After practicing medicine in London, Huggins emigrated to Salisbury in 1911. He entered politics in 1923 and was elected to the Legislative Council of the colony upon its creation. He became Prime Minister in 1933. Huggins won successive elections (uninterrupted for 23 years) and was knighted in 1941 by King George VI)

What happened was, he was working on the mills, on this little double stamp mill. They had five stamps here and five stamps there, they were in batteries of five and they were rigged up in this big heavy timber, 12 by 12 timber more or less, and I don’t know, something had gone wrong somewhere and he had climbed up into the mill to do something on the mill and he slipped and fell – well he didn’t break his back, he hurt it very severely.

I don’t know exactly what he died of, I’ve got an idea it may have been cancer or something due to his fall that brought it about.”.3 He died on 14 May 1998 in Regional Hospital, Albany, Western Australia, Australia, aged 87 His usual address was 60 Erindale Crescent, Albany. He had lived in Western Australia for 36 years and died from a chronic obstructive airways disease, congestice cardiac failure and chronic renal disease.3 Kenneth was buried on 22 May 1998 in General lawn area of Allambie Park Cemetery, Albany, Western Australia, Australia.3

Children of Kenneth Horatio Greathead and Molly Clare Kelbe

Sources of Information

  1. [S1718] Emails between Dr David Greathead and Jan Cooper 2 October 1997 together with much information from David's wonderful book "A Passage to the Cape of Good Hope" David has since very sadly died.
  2. [S4500] Emails between Tony Goggins and Jan Cooper from 11 March 2003.
  3. [S2898] Emails between Ken Greathead and Jan Cooper from 11 December 2004.

Joseph Dowswell

#2892, b. about 1834, d. 1907
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
     Joseph Dowswell was born about 1834 in Brantlanden, Gloucestershire, England.1 He married Ann Greathead, daughter of Isaac Greathead and Ann Morrall, on 24 December 1866 in St Andrew, Bordesley, Warwickshire, England, after the banns had been read. The ceremony was witnessed by George Greathead and Margaret Palmer. Both signed with their mark and both lived in Lawley Street. Joseph was a labourer as was his father John.2,3 Joseph was listed as head of household in the census of 2 April 1871 in 10 Cooper Cottages, Cherry Lane, Aston, Warwickshire, England, Joseph was a labourer living with his wife who was listed as Ellen but is definately Ann and their daughter Sarah.4 Joseph was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 3 April 1881 in 166 Inkerman Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, Joseph was a labourer living with his wife and family.5 Joseph was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 5 April 1891 in 4 Florence Place, Kelynge Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, Joseph was a brickyard labourer and lived with his wife and family.6 Joseph was listed as head of household in the census of 31 March 1901 in Hinton, Berkley, Gloucestershire, England, Joseph was listed as a general worker and yet again listes his wife as Ellen. I guess that this is because of a dialect in his speach.7 Joseph died in 1907 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England.8

Children of Joseph Dowswell and Ann Greathead

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S46000] General Register Office, I hold a copy of marriage certificate 1866/Q4 Aston Volume 6d Page 436.
  3. [S7] Ancestry.com - All Birmingham, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937.
  4. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 3140 Folio 116 Page 28.
  5. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 3028 Folio 118 Page 32.
  6. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 RG12 Piece 2414 Folio 40 Page 3.
  7. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 2413 Folio 104 Page 13.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1907/Q4 Thornbury Volume 6a Page 152.

Margaret Berry1

#2895, b. 1850
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationships
3rd cousin 3 times removed of Janet Susan Greathead
3rd cousin 2 times removed of George Greathead
5th great-granddaughter of Edward Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 1 My Direct Family - Edward Greathead
     Margaret Berry was born in 1850 in Colburn, Yorkshire, England.1,2 She was the daughter of George Berry and Jane Greathead.1 In the census of 30 March 1851 at Colburn, Yorkshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of George Berry.3 In the census of 7 April 1861 in Colburn, Yorkshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of George Berry Margaret was a scholar.4

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1850/Q4 Richmod Y Volume 24 Page 527.
  3. [S41851] UK Census 1851 (HO107) - 30 March 1851 HO107 Piece 2381 Folio 332 Page 9.
  4. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 3676 Folio 57 Pages 2 and 3.

Peter Weatherall1

#2896, b. about 1851
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationships
4th cousin 3 times removed of Janet Susan Greathead
3rd cousin 2 times removed of George Greathead
5th great-grandson of Edward Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 1 My Direct Family - Edward Greathead
     Peter Weatherall was born about 1851 in Kelloe, Durham, England.1 He was the son of John Weatherall and Jane Greathead.1 He was baptised on 26 October 1851 in St Helen, East Hetton, Durham, England, he was the 3rd son and his father was a pitman.2 In the census of 7 April 1861 in 15 Australia Row, Seaham, Durham, England, he was listed as the son of John Weatherall Peter was a scholar.3

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S40000] Website FeeReg bmg.
  3. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 3751 Folio 67 Page 28.

James Edward Greathead1

#2897, b. 22 February 1941, d. 12 May 2019
Last Edited=24 May 2019
Relationship
8th great-grandson of Thomas Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 2 - Lifeboat and 1820 settlers Greathead families
     James Edward Greathead was born on 22 February 1941 in Mrs Dreyer's Nursing Home, Eldoret, Kenya.1 He was the son of Kenneth Horatio Greathead and Molly Clare Kelbe. Left Kenya 1960, farmed at Kendenup, W Australia for seven years. Moved to Albany in 1971 to start a furniture business.1 He married Pamela Joan Waldeck on 28 November 1964.2 He was a Businessman. James and Pamela were divorced.2 He married Brenda Villon in Australia.3 James died on 12 May 2019 in Australia aged 78 news of his death was published in The West Australian on 14 May 2019.4

Children of James Edward Greathead and Pamela Joan Waldeck

  • Bryan Kenneth Greathead b. 8 Aug 1967, d. 13 Nov 1969
  • Dudley Norman Greathead
  • John Bryan Greathead
  • Eileen Patricia Greathead

Sources of Information

  1. [S1718] Emails between Dr David Greathead and Jan Cooper 2 October 1997 together with much information from David's wonderful book "A Passage to the Cape of Good Hope" David has since very sadly died.
  2. [S2898] Emails between Ken Greathead and Jan Cooper from 11 December 2004.
  3. [S40000] Website www.thepeerage.com - Emails with Ken Greathead.
  4. [S40000] Website www.legacy.com/obituaries.

Magdelena Gerber1,2

#2899, b. 19 March 1919
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
     Magdelena Gerber was born on 19 March 1919.1,2 She was the daughter of Henry J Gerber and Susan Day Ethel Dismore. She married Richard Malebysse Smith, son of Rev Henry George Malebysse Smith and Edith Annie Booth.

Children of Magdelena Gerber and Richard Malebysse Smith

  • Trevor Malebysse Smith
  • Merle Malebysse Smith
  • Gordon Malebysse Smith
  • Vanessa Malebysse Smith
  • Christelle Malebysse Smith
  • Gail Malebysse Smith

Sources of Information

  1. [S1718] Emails between Dr David Greathead and Jan Cooper 2 October 1997 together with much information from David's wonderful book "A Passage to the Cape of Good Hope" David has since very sadly died.
  2. [S4500] Emails between Tony Goggins and Jan Cooper from 11 March 2003.

Henry J Gerber1

#2900
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
     Henry J Gerber was born in South Africa.1 He married Susan Day Ethel Dismore.

Child of Henry J Gerber and Susan Day Ethel Dismore

Sources of Information

  1. [S1718] Emails between Dr David Greathead and Jan Cooper 2 October 1997 together with much information from David's wonderful book "A Passage to the Cape of Good Hope" David has since very sadly died.