This may be referring to this Wessel Michael?
From: "Ellen Stanton" <email@example.com>
Subject: [ZA-EC] Index to Grahamstown Baptisms 1827-1930
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:18:13 -0500
INDEX TO GRAHAMSTOWN METHODIST BAPTISMS on www.familysearch.org
239; 1566; '''DOUBELL; Wessel Michael; 10/26/1918'''
This is the gravestone for Wessel - http://www.eggsa.org/library/main.php?g2_itemId=775339&g2_image... - 26 Oct. 1918 - 26 April 1952
His parents are named in that FamilySearch.org baptism as Wessel Michael Smuts Doubell and Georgina Frances (no maiden name given.)
The elder Wessel could very well be the son of Maria Dorothea Smuts.
The FamilySearch record also names another son of Wessel and Georgina, baptized on the same day, Alfred Erk Bissett Doubell.
Estate papers for Georgina Frances Doubell nee Bisset, wife of Wessel Michael Smuts Doubell:
DESCRIPTION DOUBELL, GEORGINA FRANCES. (BORN BISSET).
REMARKS PREDECEASED SPOUSE WESSEL MICHEL SMUTS DOUBELL.
The family tree below is from Mike Doubell, over e-mail, and matches the information above regarding the two Wessels and Georgina (though Mike gives her maiden name as Mannix, not Bisset/t).
Note also that the third generation Wessel, who died 1952, married a Sybil Isobel Graham; this matches up with the above gravestone of Wessel who died 26 April 1952 and is buried next to a Martin Graham.
gg grandfather - Wessel Michael Smuts - steytlerville
grand father - also Wessel M S - settled in standerton. He married Georgina Mannix from Ficksburg/ Basutoland area probably late 1890 s
my father -also WMS - born standerton +-1916 died +-1952 married Sybil Isobel Graham 1945. She was born Cape town 1918 died 2003.
me also WMS - born 1946 still alive! Married Diane Edith Howes 1972.
Eish, I must be having a slow morning (too late last night :-) Sheldon.
I can see you've tied the Wessel Michael research together nicely above - but I also see I didn't look closer enough at this profile's data: THIS profile can't be him because THIS profile's mother - Maria Dorothea Doubell (Smuts) -died in 1902 - so this is not the Wessel you've linked all the info to so well above - as he is born after death.
Now, I think you've seen that already - but yet you still seem happy that we've found a place for him in this tree. Which is the bit I'm not seeing so well - although I agree that the Smuts connection can't be coincidence.
Am I just being dense? :-)
You're not being dense; all these repetitive names are confusing.
Above, i said that: "The elder Wessel could very well be the son of Maria Dorothea Smuts." ; I think now that should actually read grandson.
Adapting Mike Doubell's tree to what we know above, I think this *might* be the correct layout:
- Maria Dorothea Smuts (1860 - 1902) marries Mr. Doubell (on Maria's profile I noted that his name was given as Walter David Peter Doubell in Maria's Estate Papers, but I do not know how he fits into the tree)
- Maria Smuts and Mr. Doubell have at least two children, Wessel Michael Smuts Doubell I, named after Maria's father, and Henry Jones Doubell.
- WMS Doubell I - Wessel Michael Doubell - marries an as yet unknown woman; they have at least one child, WMS Doubell II
- WMS Doubell II marries Georgina Frances Bissett
- WMS Doubell II and Georgina Bissett have at least two children: WMS Doubell III (1918 - 1952) and Alfred Erk Bissett Doubell.
- WMS Doubell III (1918 - 1952) marries Sybil Isobel Graham; their son is WMS Doubell IV (aka Mike Doubell)
- WMS Doubell IV (aka Mike Doubell) marries Diane Edith Howes
Okay, drew a pic from yr verbal schematic - thank you.
Got all excited, and then realised that the problem still remains :-(
Altho all this info may link to prove that the WMS Doubell II (1918-1952) is the grandson of WMS Doubell I (via WMSII & Georgina Bissett / - altho the Mannix is a bit of a curved ball?)
- We still have no definitive connection to his parents as Maria Dorothea Smuts (c1860 - 1902) and William David Peter Doubell.
*&( !! Frustrating.
Given the next generation''s tendency to name all the oldest cousins by the same name: (My father's eldest sister and all her eldest cousins are called by variations on Hesther/Esther/Essie?Hessie to distinguish between them etc)
Do we need to eliminate these possibilities, or data for the WMSI's parents before we add this (very likely imo) descendent tree in?
I do agree that we now need to focus on finding Steytlerville baptism and marriage records for WMS Doubell I and II; unfortunately, it doesn't look like FamilySearch.org or Ancestry24.com have the necessary records available as yet.
As for the Mannix - I can only guess that either Mike Doubell was mistaken, or Georgina was previously married. (I have sent all this info to Mike Doubell, but haven't received a response yet)
Okay, my husband is having a great time here speculating with possibilities. He says we only have one spare WDP body in the graveyard unaccounted for :-) born appeox 1861.
He wonders if the gap between the death of Anna Meiring (1st wife), and the birth of Henry (1862) by 2nd wife Ester Jones, does not leave space for an elder brother to Henry as Ester's 1st child called......
you guessed it:
WDP (the Steytlerville grave 1861-1950 for a WDP that I photographed but can't find a profile for)
What if he married Maria Dorothea Smuts and so on from there..
(Then Wessel Michael Smuts Doubell is named for his mother's family surname; and the 2nd son, Henry Jones Doubell is named for his father's mothers family surname)
Of course he points out that WDP must then have married again in the 48yrs after Maria Dorothea's death in 1902, to account for the "my dear husband' bit on his grave.
Of course that just adds in another level of speculative link :-) :-)
I can email you the diagram if you like.
OK jacKpot on that speculation: Tony found a website that gives poor Ester Irabella 16 kids! including the WDP speculated to fit above, as well as the other unaccounted for Doubell grave there in Steytlerville: Gerhardus Stefanus, as another brother.
Of course it doesn't link Wessel Michael any more definitively than before as the son of WDP and Maria Smuts.
That website is a very interesting find; but I think it's worse than 16 kids.
According to Esther's Civil Death Record, that was filled out by her son Douw Doubell, she had a total of 19 children (it's right at the bottom of the document).
Oh yes, I printed that out. It's in the same file (Really I have a sieve for a brain!) Poor poor woman! (her, not me :-)
Tony's found other pages on that site that suggest our speculative link to to Wessel may not be correct, though. There's another Smuts mother involved too. Will report back next week.
Unfortunately we can't get any further into that site to check their sources without paying.
I received an e-mail from MIke Doubell confirming that the gravestone and baptism record mentioned above for Wessel Michael Smuts Doubell (1918 - 1952) are indeed for Mike's father; the baby boy buried next to Wessel, Martin Graham, is Mike's brother.
I also asked about the Mannix surname - minor confusion, Georgina's sister was the one who married a Mr. Mannix; Georgina's maiden name is indeed Bissett.
Mike is not certain when and where WMS Doubell II and Georgina Bissett were married, unfortunately, so could be Steytlerville, or elsewhere. He does however believe that they were also buried in Standerton, same as WMS Doubell III and Martin Graham.
Yes, Wessel Michael Smuts Doubell is My Uncle, Michael and Sandra's Father, married to Sybil, who later became Crooks after Wessel pssed away. The other, younger Wessel Michael Smuts Doubell, born, 29/10/1952, just after WMS Doubell passed away, is the son of Alfred Esk Bisset Doubell, also son of Wessel Michael Doubell and Georgina Frances (Bisset, I think) as her sister Aunt Daisy was Mannix, now if Daisy Mannix was not married, this could be Mannix for my Gran, but.....?? The Mike Doubell that has commented is my cousin, which I have not seen since childhood in Standerton.
Walter David Peter Doubell, a Widower and farmer of Steytlerville, received a Special Marriage License on 6 May 1903 to marry Charlotte Marthina Smuts, a spinster of Steytlerville. Charlotte was the daughter of the late Wessel Michael Smuts of Uitenhage.
Source: FamilySearch.org, "South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992", Steytlerville : Marriage records 1902-1916 vol 1/2/24/2/2/1, Image No.: 34, 35 and 36.
Unfortunately FamilySearch still does not appear to have Steytlerville baptism records, but this information does match up with what we know so far; we also still have yet to determine who this Walter was the son of.
At the moment Henry is my fourth cousin once removed through Maria Dorothea Doubell nee Smuts.
PS I was presuming the mother was the same, http://www.geni.com/people/Mary-Smuts/60000000057797102457, because Charlotte Marthina Doubell's daughter is also called Maryann 'Girlie' Smuts van Niekerk.