Sarah Susanna Franzsen, SM

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About Sarah Susanna Franzsen, SM

Sarahs father was a well known farmer in the area of Eastford and was a deacon in the NGK Knysnia.A report which was in Dutch but has been translated into English appeared in the local newspaper of Knysnia, the "Heseverks Blad" on the 9th october 1875 as follow:

"Yesterday the otherwise quiet town of Knysna was enlivened by the fluttering of various flags everywhere and by the various welldressed ladies and gentlemen who came from all directions on their way to the Dutch Reformed Church...."

".. The special occation was the wedding of Sarah Hildebrand to Johannes Franzsen. The wedding was conducted by ds MC Botha. Sarah was the daughter of Mr P. Hildebrand, the deacon of the church...."

..."After the ceremony, the invited guests made their way to Eastford, the home of the parents of the bride. The young couple had hardly left town on honeymoon when the ship the "Hettie" sailed into the Harbour with Lars and Malene and their two daughters, Ingeborg and Karen, the parents and two sisters of Johannes."

..."The wedding had been arranged for that particular day because the bridegroom had expected his parents who had just recently arrived in Tablebay from Norway. Unfortunately they had to wait to enter the harbour through the heads and so missed the wedding.Witnesses at the wedding were Rolf Thesen and CA Thesen.

Sarah spent her last years in Cape Town in a wheelchair with severe arthritis.

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Sarah Susanna Franzsen, SM's Timeline

September 30, 1853
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
November 20, 1853
Riversdale, South Cape DC, Western Cape, South Africa
July 19, 1876
Age 22
Knysna, South Africa
July 27, 1877
Age 23
Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
November 6, 1878
Age 25
Knysna, South Cape DC, Western Cape, South Africa
November 17, 1879
Age 26
Knysna, South Afrika
February 2, 1881
Age 27
Knysna, South Africa
August 7, 1882
Age 28
Knysna, Sør Afrika
September 28, 1883
Age 29
Quarry Woods, Knysna, South Africa