- Born in 1799 Kent, England to Michael George & Maria Doubell.
- Marries Aletta Maria de Lange in Somerset-East, South Africa 16.9.1827.
- Dies10.9.1871 in Uitenhage, Cape South Africa at aged 71 yrs.
- Doubell Family group - Facebook.com
- Doubell message board - Ancestry.com
- Doubell message board - Rootsweb
- International Genealogical Index Doubell Africa
- International Genealogical Index Doubell British Isles
Tracking the Origins of Michael George Doubell in Kent
See Attached Maps, 1 & 2 compiled by Tony Leach, showing locations of Doubells born/christened in the UK, prior to around 1850 – (mostly 1750 to 1850). "Took the place names from the IGI Doubell list. Sproughton up in Suffolk (up North on the first map) seems the oldest known location at around mid 1600’s. Mostly they are grouped in a central area on the Sussex/Kent border, with some moving up in Surrey and London."
- East Grinstead
- Tunbridge Wells
The 'Hawkhurst Gang' Theory
Sharon Doubell notes: "My Mom had Michael George as coming from Kent from the Mormon ancestry records, and I've read about the Doubells being in the notorious Hawkhurst Gang in Kent." Felicity Sparkman in June 2003 says: 'I am also interested in Richard D. who was buried 11-8-1793 & was a member of the Hawkhurst (Kent) gang (notorious smugglers)"Chris Doubell in May 2004 replies "[I have] Richard the smuggler - details of his arrest and trial for the murder of a customs officer Thomas Carswell in 1740."
- The Wikipedia article on the Hawkhurst gang in the 1740s in Sussex and Kent.
- Villagenet article on the Hawkhurst Gang
- Family Search does indeed find lots of Doubells in Sussex and Kent in the 1800s.
- Melvilles 1858 Directory of Kent has a James Doubell as chemist, stationer and news agent; and a William Doubell as a tax collector.
- But no Doubells as yet listed as known on this list of gang members.
- However, this is the story of Richard Doubell as a Hawkhurst Gang Member.
- A pseudonymous post in 2004 on rootsweb says "I have just been reading a will of Richard Doubell of Lingfield, proved on 22 December 1750. I am trying to trace a James Doubell/Doubble who was born around 1749 in or around Lingfield. All I know is his father was a Doubble and was a yeoman of Lingfield at this time. James moved to Streatham and married - Anne - and I believe they had 13 children, one was a Thomas Doubble who had 7 children by his first wife, Dinah, and 4 children by his second wife, Annie. I have traced this line back through his son, Alfred, who was the youngest son from Thomas' first marrage, but am now stuck... any information on the Doubble/Doubell's from Lingfield would be of help."
our Michael George in Kent & his father, Michael George in the UK c 1770
and Richard Doubell born c 1711, & his father, Richard 'Double' in Lingfield, UK.
The 'Killed A Man in a Boxing Fight' Theory
From rootsweb archives in 2002 Millicent <firstname.lastname@example.org> says " Hello All Doubells I'm looking for Michael George Doubell born apparantly in Kent 1799. There are various family legends as to how he came to be in South Africa: he 'jumped ship' and landed up in SA; he killed a man in an illegal boxing tournament & was sent here by his commanding officers; he was incarcerated on Robin Island & swam ashore. Whatever the circumstances, the first record of him that I can find is his marriage in Somerset East to Aletta Maria de Lange on 16 Sep 1827. His name is recorded as "George Dobell".
The fact that he was born in Kent in 1799 may have been a misunderstanding, as another ancestor of the family quite definitely was born in Kent in 1798. The family may have become muddled between the two. He may well have been in the army. He was an extremely powerful man, as were many of his descendents.
His grandon, also Michael George joined Filis' circus as a 'Strong Man' and performed at Earls Court in 1899. While in London, he married Sarah Ann Tant age 22 of 22 Pembroke Mews, London. This marriage took place on 25 Feb 1900 at St Philips, Kensington. Her father was Charles Tant. Could anyone advise me on how I could find out more information about her family? (Cautionary note about the grandson: There were 3 or 4 Michael George grandsons.)
On Ancestry, Raymond Doubell (email@example.com) says "I have been given to undertstand the following. Many years ago, my mother, whose mother's maiden name was Doubell, told me that "Michael George" was the "family name". Anyway, a Michael Goerge Doubell was born in Kent in 1799 (in the version I heard) and ended up in South Africa (Fort Brown area) because of a nasty brush with the law back in the UK (the other guy died). In South Africa, "Doubell" is usually seen as an Afrikaans name, as are a few other English surnames (most notably Barnard). Apparently we are Normans and there are Doubells recorded in documents going back to the 13th century at least. We picked up our coat of arms almost exactly 400 years ago. It is a "canting" arms, the design of which is essentially a set of puns on the pronunciation of the name at the time. I have a copy on my hard drive. The name itself is Norman-French argot of the deep Middle Ages and almost certainly means exactly what it seems to mean: "double"; maybe "twin".
In May 2011, Felicity from Australia says on arootsweb message board "There was a Michael George Doubell (1799) who fled from Kent UK to Fort Brown South Africa after killing a man in a fist fight. All my doubell ancestors came originaly from Kent so there probably is a link. I have traced my lot back to around 1550."
Raymond replies: "I can confirm Felicity's account of Michael George, with this variation: the 'fist fight' to which she refers was an illegal boxing match in the armed forces. Michael George indeed settled in the Fort Brown area. He married a Dutch (nowadays we'd say Afrikaans) girl whose surname was De Lange. He became a farmer and transport rider (but didn't just about everyone who was a white settler in those days?) I'm not so sure that he was an 1820 Settler in the strictest sense, but he certainly ended up here (in S Africa) around about that time.
The 'Jumped Ship & Changed his Name from Dobell' Theory
Deserted his ship at Gibraltar & changed his name from Dobell to Doubell? -|ref Aunt Carrie's letter. [http://www.myheritage.com/person-1000162_1_44586681/Michael+George-Doubell] who also has him as a farmer
Research: There were certainly Dobells in Kent at the time: [http://home.alphalink.com.au/~leenor/page9.html] but there are no Michaels on this list
The '1820 Settler' Theory
From Michael Doubell on rootsweb board "hi, I am a descendant of a doubell who arrived with the 1820 settlers. My late grandfather lived in standerton, Tvl,and I recall as a child back in ealy 1950s visiting his father in Steytlerville. I would assume that the settler was his father?" From Romey Doubell on rootsweb in mArch 2011 The Doubell family crest was registered to one Walter Doubell of Falmere Sussex in 1604. one Walter David Peter Doubell arrived in (Algo Bay now) Port Elizabeth,from Kent England with the 1820 Settlers.He settled in Port Elzabeth, married and his children moved in and arround Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Steytlerville. There was several generations (I will inform you ) and my Grandfather was Walter David Peter Doubell, I spent many holidays in Steytlerville (nick name of Steytlerville is Sakkies)my gradfather was married to Chatarina Van Staden and they had 6 six children, as follows:Eldest a boy Jones Doubell no children,Daughter Chatarina(Rina) spinster al her life, Daughter Rhoda married a Dr,Archer 3 daughters, Son Edgar 3 children one girl and 2 boys, Son Peter William (My Father, one son me, Romey Walter) Daughter Tertia married a du Pasanie 3 daughters. You will note that all the Doubell s come with the English names, such as Walter, Peter, William, Henry,Thomas,Edgar.
- The SA settlers website has Michael George, not Walter David as a settler from Britain, but not on the 1820 Settler boat lists.
- We have Walter David as Michael George's son, and BORN in SA in 1834.
A Michael George Doubell, possibly son of Thomas Henry Doubell (1837 - 1909) and Caroline Elizabeth Magdalena Myburgh (1837 - 1920), performed as a Strongman in Fillis Circus in 1899 at Earls Court in England. Michael also married a Sarah Ann Tant, though the marriage does not seem to have lasted. In his marriage record, Michael is described as a Farmer, not a Circus Performer or Strongman; no evidence has yet been found that he was a part of Fillis Circus.
Michael George Doubell was a Shop Keeper, according to his daughter, Sarah Johanna Doubell's 1838 baptism certificate. Source: Ancestry24.com
- Our SA Prog doesn't have a daughter called Sarah. Perhaps this might be his sister?
Rootsweb carrieelaggan says "the Doubell family came from the Surrey area, all were Quakers. At some time their surname was Double." Ray Doubell from Southhampton says in 2003 "The daughter of my 3 times great Granfather married into the Quaker faith. She was born in Reigate Surrey, in 1817."
- We know there were Surrey Doubells; and that there appears to have been a 'Double' father of Richard, the Hawkhurst Gang member ; but gangsters aren't usually Quakers?? Are they Quakers afterwards, I wonder? (As a result of their smuggler gang ancestors' narrow delivery from the gallows? :-)
Raymond Doubell (firstname.lastname@example.org says), "Apparently we are Normans and there are Doubells recorded in documents going back to the 13th century at least. We picked up our coat of arms almost exactly 400 years ago. It is a "canting" arms, the design of which is essentially a set of puns on the pronunciation of the name at the time. I have a copy on my hard drive. The name itself is Norman-French argot of the deep Middle Ages and almost certainly means exactly what it seems to mean: "double"; maybe "twin"."
A French Genealogy search
produces 23 possibles versions of the spelling, from Doubet, Doubey to Doubel: http://www.culture.fr/genealogie/?action_type=search&lang=fr&search_nom=Doubell&search_prenom=
The earliest is a baptism of the child of an Anne Doubet in 1655 at Loir-et-Cher Vendôme St-Martin http://daf.archivesdefrance.culture.gouv.fr/sdx-222-daf-ecv/ecv/search.xsp?id=N41269B_48364&qid=sdx_q0&page=1
The closest spelling to our own Doubell is the death certificate of a soldier, Sabat Gaston Doubel, who ‘died for France’ in 1894, in or of Martinique http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/culture/php/fiche_mpf.php?_Lg=fr&_Fiche=gnRYUf5GolzCQA5EVEqkNw==&_C=3497395820
Mentions of Doubells in the rest of the world:
- London c 1894: "Edward Henry Doubell, slide painter at the Royal Polytechnic in London, is known to have painstakingly added colours to Robert Paul films, at a rate of two or three frames per day." http://thebioscope.net/category/technology/page/4/