Saturday, May 5, 2018

Souvenir Saturday: Alice Mary Swires nee King d April 1919, Durban

Alice Mary Swires nee King. Photo Portrait by Benjamin Kisch Durban Natal.  Alice died in 1919 in the flu epidemic. Memorial inscription Stellawood Cemetery, Durban; Gadsden Family Plot:

In Sacred Memory of our dear mother Alice Mary Swires who passed away 11th April 1919 aged 52 years and 10 months

Epilogue: My great great grandparents George and Mary Ann King came to Natal on the barque Dudbrook in June 1862 and settled in Pietermaritzburg. They had eight children:  Lucretia born 14 July 1861 (before they left England); Frederick William b 5 May 1864, Alice Mary King (my great grandmother, who married James Dudley Swires, see photo above) b 16 June 1866; Edwin George King, b 3 March 1869; Hubert Richard King b 29 October 1871 (who may have died young as another Hubert made his appearance a few years later); Elizabeth Charlotte King (who married Ernest A Rhodes) b 21 April 1873; Hubert William King b 6 August, 1875; and Albert Richard King b 4 April, 1880 (who married Elizabeth Rose Leeding and died in 1944). Mary Ann was 46 when she had her last baby – she had been bearing children for nineteen years. 

George King died on 5 May 1899 and Mary Ann in 1911; both lie buried in the Commercial Road Cemetery, Pietermaritzburg.

George King was christened 31 Dec 1837 at West Farleigh, Kent, England. His parents were William (b 1807, Marden, Kent) and Mary King.

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