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Michael George Doubell, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "George Double"
Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Kent, England, UK
Death: September 10, 1871 (71)
House of Charles Kirkman, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael George Doubell and Maria Doubell
Husband of Aletta Maria Doubell, SM
Father of Aletta Maria Cloete, b1; Walter David Peter Doubell, b2; Michael Willem Johannes Doubell, b3; Baltus David Petrus Doubell, b4; Thomas Henry Doubell, b5 and 7 others

Occupation: Farmer / Shop Keeper
Managed by: Private User
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About Michael George Doubell, SV/PROG

Obituary in The Grahamstown Journal on Monday 25th September, 1871. Thanks to Sue Mackay for her transcriptions done in the archives in England.

A WATERLOO VETERAN Mr. M.G. DOUBELL of Eland’s Poort, division of Uitenhage, died on the 10th inst. He was an 1820 Settler, and prior to arrival in the colony was a soldier, when he fought at Waterloo. He took up his residence in Port Elizabeth in 1826, at which time Port Elizabeth was part of the Uitenhage district. He has never resided out of the district since.


"Michael George Doubell * Kent, Engeland t Uitenhage 10.9.1871 (71.10.-) See our research project on his ancestry

sv Michael George en Maria Doubell x Somerset-Oos 16.9.1827 Aletta Maria de LANGE dv Adriaan de Lange en Gesina Nel wed. v. CJ Lombard" Source: "Suid-Afrikaanse geslagregisters", Google Book Search - [http://tinyurl.com/n2g9wl]


Alternative death date - 10 December (not September) 1871?

Michael George Doubell was

  • a Farmer on his first daughter - Aletta Maria's 1829 Grahamstown baptism certificate. At the time he was living in Fish River
  • a Shop Keeper, according to his daughter, Sarah Johanna Doubell's 1838 baptism certificate.


ALIA George Double in marriage/register/| OCCU Farmer|SOUR JH = Dec 1799|

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]

Note: 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

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

From rootsweb archives (2002) From: "Millicent & Hugh" <hughe@eastcape.net> Subject: Re: [DOUBELL-L] Roll call time again Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 19:17:06 +0200 References: <020701c25e6d$2a159960$1438270a@wolf>

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?

Regards Millicent


Cautionary note about the grandson: There were 3 or 4 Michael George grandsons.

Dion Doubell's DNA results have been populated to the Doubell ancestor on our SA tree. If his paper trail is correct, then all male Doubells in SA carry the Y chromosome R-M269 (also called R1b1a1a2) - now concentrated in Western Europe, where "[t]he frequency is about 92% in Wales, 82% in Ireland, 70% in Scotland, 68% in Spain, 60% in France (76% in Normandy), about 60% in Portugal, 45% in Eastern England, 50% in Germany, 50% in the Netherlands, 42% in Iceland, and 43% in Denmark. It is as high as 95% in parts of Ireland. It is also found in some areas of North Africa, where its frequency peaks at 10% in some parts of Algeria. M269 has likewise been observed among 8% of the Herero in Namibia."

At the moment, the ancient path of R-M269 appears to have been a migration from Western Asia via southeastern Europe.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_R1b [Sharon Doubell Oct 2016]

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Michael George Doubell, SV/PROG's Timeline

December 1799
Kent, England, UK
April 19, 1829
Age 29
South Africa

Source: "Suid-Afrikaanse geslagregisters"

Age 30
Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 17, 1833
Age 34
Uitenhage, South Africa

Source: "Suid-Afrikaanse geslagregisters"

July 9, 1834
Age 34
Eastern Cape, South Africa

Source: "Suid-Afrikaanse geslagregisters"

May 1836
Age 36
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 14, 1838
Age 38
South Africa

Source of Date of Birth: Sarah Johanna Doubell's baptism certificate, Ancestry24.com

October 9, 1839
Age 39
South Africa

Source: "Suid-Afrikaanse geslagregisters"

January 6, 1843
Age 43
South Africa

Source: "Suid-Afrikaanse geslagregisters"