About John Edward Hersey
I decided in Sep 2012 to “quickly” capture in digital format, 5 typed pages of information on my mothers Joubert family ancestry, that was prepared in 1976 by a Stellenbosch researcher.
I used to joke that I was related to everyone from Cape Town to Riversdale, but having done the research now, it's much worse than that.
It seems I'm related to about 60% of the White Afrikaans South Africa Population, and probably quite a few of the English ones as well.
I've also traced my fathers ancestry back via Australia, Denmark and Germany to NeuStrelitz in ±1745 when the stopped religiously burning things in Europe for entertainment.
The family name Herse, appears to be of Norwegian Viking origin and was a title of office, meaning "Chieftain", but the bulk of people with that name today seem to live in the old areas of Pomerania/Prussia on the border with Poland.