Charlotte Harriet Ann Liefeldt (Philipps) (1838 - 1927)

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Birthplace: Grahamstown, South Africa
Death: Died in Transvaal, South Africa
Managed by: Sally Ann McConnell
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About Charlotte Harriet Ann Liefeldt (Philipps)

Mrs Jill Carlisle writes :


You have asked your readers to display any knowledge and information they might have of the 1820 Settlers. Here is some of our knowledge and memories of stories told by Charlotte Carlisle to her daughter-in-law, wife of the late Frederick Phillips Carlisle.

One of Charlotte's earliest memories was when she was four years old and her father was struck by lightning and killed. This was in 1854. They were all congregated in the drawing room after church when the lightning struck down the chimney and killed him.

"A nurse standing in the doorway, with the baby, was also struck and killed, but the baby was quite unharmed. After the death of the father, Charlotte's mother, Mary-Anne took her children to her brother, William Currie.

"While they were living there Charlotte remembered the great springbok exodus. Thousands of springboks ran through the farm and went into the sea. She was five years old at the time, so this was a wonderful sight she would not have forgotten, or the mystery and why-for of the springboks' behaviour.

"Three years later the family had to flee from the Xhosas. The children walked eight miles, little Charlotte lost a shoe, but there was no time to stop to look for it, so the little girl walked a very long way in only one shoe. Many painful hours followed spent pulling thorns from her poor little foot when they finally reached the safety of the laager.

"Soon afterwards her Uncle William was killed in the Kaffir War. The family was stranded again, so Mary-Anne decided to go and live with her brother Walter (Sir Walter Currie), who was head of The 'F.A.M.P.

"When Charlotte was fifteen her mother married the Rev. L. Henchman. They all went to live at Fort Beaufort. Three years later her mother died and Charlotte returned to her Uncle Walter. Some time later she married Frederick Carlisle and she began another phase of her life on the family farm 'Belmont'.

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Charlotte Harriet Ann Liefeldt's Timeline

June 25, 1838
South Africa
Age 21
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 7, 1861
Age 23
April 14, 1863
Age 24
Eastern Cape, South Africa
February 17, 1865
Age 26
South Africa
July 12, 1865
Age 27
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 21, 1874
Age 36
Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 29, 1875
Age 37
Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 15, 1927
Age 88
Transvaal, South Africa
May 16, 1927
Age 88
Germiston, South Africa