Master South African List The Children's Friend Society (CFS) - Extra Notes
There is extra information relating to some of the children available in The Children's Friend Society - Juvenile Emigrants to Western Australia, South Africa and Canada 1834 - 1842 by Geoff Blackburn. The children involved are marked ▶ here and on the Master South African List. In due course this information will be added to this project, along with any other information found about these children marked ▶ here and on the Master list.
Geoff Blackburn's book can be obtained from Access Press, P.O. Box 132, Northbridge, Western Australia.
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Ayres, Robert ▶
William Ayres, a respectable market gardener in Leatherhead, Surrey, sent his son to South Africa on the Thomas Snooks in 1835. Robert was one of 10 boys apprenticed to a G H de Wet/Witt, a farmer located in the Stellenbosch district. William Ayres had written numerous letters to his son but had had no response. He had been informed by a soldier of the 96th Regiment that he had seen Robert in the Governor's garden having run away from de Wet due to ill treatment, and that he was wearing no shoes or stockings and appeared to be in a "distressing Appearance."
There was a Robert Ayres baptised on 3 October 1824 at Leatherhead by William Ayers and his wife Sarah - "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J97J-76T : accessed 09 May 2013), Robert Ayers, 03 Oct 1824.
There is a DN KAB 6/9/132 - 6445 in 1870 for a Robert Ayres, as well as various other references at NAAIRS
A Seth Ormandy, christened 4 Sep 1808 in Ulverston, Lancashire, son of William Ormandy and married to Mary Astle died at sea returning from the West Indies in 1834 South African Settlers. His DN reference is is KAB 6/9/9 Ref 1695 - 1836.
According to his Death Notice, MOOC 6/9/629 Ref 3636), William was born in London c.1816. He died on 19th October aged 93 years and 3 months at Riversdale.