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Johan Carel Maas1,2

#2978, b. 21 January 1920, d. 16 November 1998
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
     Johan Carel Maas was born on 21 January 1920 in Rijswijk, Holland.1,2 He was the son of Carel Johan Maas and Clara Spork. He married Margaret Eleanor Gadd, daughter of Selby Montague Ernest Gadd and Margaret Angela Greathead, in 1946 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.1,2 He was a Sea Captain. Johan died on 16 November 1998 in Soest, Holland, aged 78.2,1 His body was cremated on 20 November 1998 in Bilthoven, Holland.2,1

Children of Johan Carel Maas and Margaret Eleanor Gadd

  • Brenda Margaret Maas
  • Carel John Maas
  • Elinor Karen Maas

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.

Michael John Noble1,2

#2989, b. 15 January 1958, d. January 1999
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationship
8th great-grandson of Thomas Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 2 - Lifeboat and 1820 settlers Greathead families
     Michael John Noble was born on 15 January 1958 in Grahamstown, Cape Town, South Africa.1,2 He was the son of Noel Noble and Elizabeth Mary Gadd. He died in January 1999 in Queenstown, Cape Town, South Africa, and was killed in a plane crash.2

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.

Edward Rivers Greathead1,2

#2997, b. 20 September 1964
Last Edited=24 May 2017
Relationship
8th great-grandson of Thomas Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 2 - Lifeboat and 1820 settlers Greathead families
Edward Rivers Greathead
     Edward Rivers Greathead was born on 20 September 1964 in Nelspruit, Transvaal, South Africa.1,2,3 He was the son of Peter Don Rivers Greathead and Monique E Lugrin. He was a Businessman. Peter farmed at Hoedspruit, in the Transvaal, moving with his family to England. Peter was a great friend of Richard Norman Greathead.1,4 In 2002 electoral list Peter was listed as living at Brook House, The Green, Axminster, Devon, England with his parents until 2004.5 The BBC reported on 20 November 2005 that coastguards help missing man hunt. Searches are continuing in Devon for a man who has been missing since he went for a walk on Thursday. Coastguards were called out on Friday night to help look for Edward Greathead, 41 , who was last seen in May Terrace in Sidmouth. Mr Greathead is described as white, with a thin build and 6ft tall. He has a pale complexion and unkempt hair. He is believed to be wearing a rugby shirt with green trousers, and several wooden surfer-style necklaces. Mudflats and marshes in the Sidmouth area are among the areas that have been searched.6 An article appeared in the Daily Mirror newspaper dated 26 May 2006 sayig: Edward Greathead, 41, has been missing from Sidmouth, Devon, since 17 November 2005 and his family are anxious. Originally from South Africa, Edward is 6ft 1in, slim, with long, unkempt greying hair. He was wearing a Springbok baseball cap, black Wasps rugby shirt and khaki trousers.7,8 A further article appeared on 17 November 2007 in the Express and Echo and read: An appeal to find a missing man has gathered pace on the second anniversary of his disappearance. Two years ago today, 41-year-old Edward Greathead went missing from Sidmouth. His dad said: "Even if he doesn't want to contact us we just want to know that he is safe and well." Edward is 6ft 1in tall and slim with longish, greying brown hair. It is believed he was wearing a Springboks baseball cap, black Wasps rugby shirt and khaki green trousers when he went missing.9 Edward is presumed dead. Devon Live reported on 24 May 2017: A Devon man who went missing from a psychiatric unit in 2005 has been legally declared dead by a High Court judge in London. Edward Greathead was just 41 when he went missing from a psychiatric unit in November 2005 and was never seen again. His disappearance sparked a storm of media publicity, but a two-day search by police and the coastguard proved fruitless. His parents, Peter and Monique, and other family members combed the snow-covered coastal path between Lyme Regis and Exmouth but found no sign of him. Now, in the final chapter of the tragedy, Peter Greathead, has obtained a court declaration that his son is presumed dead. Judge Paul Matthews told the High Court: "It cannot be easy for any parent, hoping against hope that a long lost child will one day be found alive and safe, to ask the court to in effect snuff out that hope. "I extend my sympathy to Mr Greathead and the rest of his family on their loss and hope that the making of this declaration will assist them in moving on with their lives."

Edward was a hard worker and had an active social life, but suffered from clinical depression and had undergone extensive psychiatric treatment in Sidmouth. "He sometimes spoke of suicide as being the only solution to his problems. He contemplated, if not attempted, suicide on at least five occasions". He took no clothes with him and left behind his wallet, his passport, his bank cards, mobile phone and even his spectacles, the court heard. Amidst icy winter conditions, he would not have been able to get far on foot and money in his bank account had remained untouched. The judge added: "If he had simply wandered about, then collapsed and died from exposure, his body would most probably have been found by now. The obvious possibility is that he went into a local river and his body has been swept out to sea, but of course there are others." The judge ruled that it was "more likely than not" that Edward died soon after his disappearance. And he concluded: "It is right that the court should make a declaration that Edward is presumed to have died on the day that he disappeared."10

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. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1964 Johannesburg Volume 3388 registered 1980.
  4. [S2867] Emails between Richard Greathead and Jan Cooper from 9 June 2003.
  5. [S40000] Website Find my past Electoral rolls.
  6. [S40000] Website BBc.co.uk.
  7. [S40045] Newspapers Daily Mirror newspaper -26 May 2006.
  8. [S40000] Website www.missingpeople.org.uk/help-us-find/edward-greathead-05-009098.
  9. [S40045] Newspapers Express & Echo - 17 November 2007.
  10. [S40045] Newspapers www.devonlive.com.