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YELLOW                = descendants of the Rev. William BOARDMAN (1768-1825), 1820 Settler. 
BLUE (AQUA)         = descendants of James THOMAS (1781-1829), 1820 Settler. 
BLUE                     =  descendants of James EKRON (b. 1793), 1820 Settler. 
RED                       = descendants of Dr Charles CALDECOTT (1781-1820), 1820 Settler. 
FUSCHIA (PINK)     = descendants of John SUMMERSON (b. 1525)
LIME (GREEN)        = descendants of Thomas DOYLE (1778-1851) 
GRAY                     = descendants of Edward Dashwood DE LACY 1866-1930 
NAVY (NAVY BLUE) = descendants of Dirk CORNELIS UYS 1698-1758, and Dina Maria LE ROUX  
BLACK                   = descendants of Edward RYAN  (b.c.1833)  
TEAL                      = descendants of Michiel DE WAAL (b.1527)
MAROON                = descendants of William HOLDER (1789- 1855)
PURPLE                  = descendants of Yacov (Jacob) WOLFOWITZ 

OUR BOARDMAN FAMILY: emigrated to the Eastern Cape from Lancashire. The Reverend William  Boardman MA BD (Oxon) resigned his post as headmaster of the Blackburn Grammar School in  December 1819, when he accepted the appointment of chaplain to the Settlers, and  sailed in the ship "La Belle Alliance" for Algoa Bay together with his wife, Margaret Hayes,  and six of his seven children; the eldest son Thomas remaining behind in Blackburn.   After  boarding the ship on 27th January 1820, it was not until a month later that the La Belle  Alliance was finally able to leave its moorings at Deptford due to ice, and head for the open  sea. They arrived in Algoa Bay on 2nd May 1820 after three months at sea. The party of Settlers  was led by Thomas Willson, who absconded soon after landing at Algoa Bay.  The leadership of  the party was taken over by the Rev. William Boardman.  In 1824, he opened a grammar school in  the Bathurst Drostdy.  He died in 1825 and was buried at his location in Beaufort Vale. Site of  burial is unknown as the land has been ploughed over.  Remains of his wattle and daub home can  still be seen on the farm "Pinedon" in the Bathurst district.   

Some notable family connections: 
Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth BADEN-POWELL ( Founder of the Boy  Scouts); 
Arthur (Bobby) LOCKE ( golfer and CALDECOTT descendant); 
Edgar WALLACE  (Author and  CALDECOTT by marriage); 
Dirk Cornelis UYS  (DOYLE family) ; 
Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (author and  DOYLE family); 
Dr. Leslie Grey BOARDMAN ( fmr. chief geologist at AMCOR),  and his son,  
Thomas Andrew BOARDMAN (former CEO of Nedbank); 
Simon SUSMAN CEO of Woolworths  (DAVIS family);  
William Charles BOARDMAN a.k.a BILLY FORREST (Country and Western singer)...........
Sir Thomas Major CULLINAN ( HARDING-EKRON family)
Sir De Villiers GRAAFF  (UYS family)

DEAR ANCESTOR - a poem - by  --- Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
 Your headstone stands among the rest, neglected and alone,
 The name and date are chiseled out on polished marbled stone, 
 It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn.
 You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born.
 Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh , in blood , in bone.       
 Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.       
 Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago,        
 Spreads out among the ones you left, who would have loved you so. 
 I wonder how you lived your life, I wonder if you knew.
 That one day I would find this spot and come to visit you.

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