Maria Louisa Dunbar

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About Maria Louisa Dunbar

Received 4 shares of Standard Bank and 46.16.8 pounds Total 306.16.8 from the estate of Ann Maria Stringfellow, and Sarah Stringfellow, in terms of a certain argument between the heirs of both the deceased. She was living in Kimberley in 1898.

Letter written on behalf of Ms L N Dunbar. Written by Phillip B Simson on 6th May 1898 With regards to the estate of the two sisters- (pages missing)

5 On the spot so as to thoughly acquaint yourself to the every detail and definitley advise of daughters on the …? move? She ought to take. I feel that you would on every account, depreciate ? the extreme stop of a lawsuit, if matters can be reasonably adjusted, otherwise I will even try to put before you as far as I can the present state of affairs. 1. The sale of the whole of Miss Sarahs personal and joint estate took place on Saturday April 23rd with exception of the manor house and grounds, and the Standard Bank shares. The house, now rented by Mc jannet Co was bought in by the estate for 830 pounds. Also so much of the ?selser 6 as was specially bequeathed in the will. At my urgent instance the accounts of the sale of the ?astieles mentions in the ? inventory of the joint estate of the two sisters was kept separate from the account of the sale of the articles, which were Miss Sarahs private property for these reasons and the ?better settlement of the claims of the heirs of the joint estate. Because I have not yet clearly understood where the necessity lay in selling certain articles in Miss Sarahs private estate of which Gertie is the secondary heir, or to the sale of which she strongly objected ?? I E a favourite house. Miss Sarahs personal clothing 7 2 In connection with the sale of Miss Sarahs private estate, grossly unpleasant facts have come to light-being that certain articles which Gertie knew to be in the house as Miss Sarahs death, have vanished prior to the sale. Some of these were Miss Sarahs own property, some belonged to your daughter. I requested your daughter, foreseeing these difficulties, ?ithine as week of Miss Sarahs death, to make out a complete list as possible from memory of the articles , large and small which she knew to be in the house, at the time of her aunts death. There is a very long list…. 8 Of such articles as mentioned in her list, which are mentioned in the Executors lists. Some of the greater, some of less importance. I served a copy of this list on the Executor attorney some time ago. 3 Certain articles of greater value, being a gypsy table, work box, writing desk and Japanese Cabinet, also mentioned in the inventory (made in 1886) of the joint estate and therefore pre-sumebly Miss Sarahs private property to do what she liked with, are definitely claimed by your daughter to take them given to her, by Miss Sarahs during the latter lifetime .I therfore advised her to make an affidavit of the ?sauce which she did, and,,,,,,, Page 4- (13) Which opinion as I have already stated I have not been allowed to see or study. I have however been recently permitted to see the “Notarial Document” but under pledge of not disclosing the contents. I may however say that two of the chief clauses in it appears to me to be more or less mutually destructive, though on the whole, my inference would be that where Miss Sarah signed this notarial document. She must have been under the impression that she has not ceded the rights and claims of herself and her heirs, to her duly inherited one half of Miss Annes mostly of the financial estate 14 I understand that in all probability, the executor will decide to accept the interpretation put upon the said agreement by the joint heirs of Miss Anne as just described and it will be of the greatest importance that you should give your daughter, (thought we will ? ? to think the best) definite advise as to whether she should question such administration of Miss Sarahs estate on such lies or not. I think I have touched on all the chief points up to the present time, and my letter is already

15 Suffecently long, so I will end by my asking you to reply categorically at your earliest convenience to the above, and specially to say whether and how soon we may hope for your presence here. Believe me, dear Miss ?Mr? Leuth? Or Teubes? Your very faithfully, Phillip B Simson I am keeping a copy of this for future reference. Copied by M L N Dunbar May 6th 1898

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Maria Louisa Dunbar's Timeline

November 12, 1846
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 27
May 1, 1876
Age 29
May 7, 1877
Age 30
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 10, 1879
Age 32
February 25, 1881
Age 34
June 7, 1884
Age 37
Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 25, 1886
Age 39
Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 29, 1922
Age 76
Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa