Thomas Ignatius Ferreira

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Thomas Ignatius Ferreira

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: July 23, 1935 (81)
Mayfield farm, Chipinge, Chipinge, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe
Place of Burial: Melsetter, Southern Rhodesia
Immediate Family:

Son of Willem Pieter Ferreira and Magaritha Elizabeth Ferreira
Husband of Maria Magdalena Steyn
Father of Margarita Elizabeth Ferreira; Maria Magdalena Ferreira; Johannes Steyn Ferreira; Thomas Ignatius Ferreira; Catharina Berthalina Elizabeth Ferreira and 2 others
Brother of Christian Johannes Ferreira; Willem Pieter Ferreira; Paulus Petrus Ferreira; Catharina Bartolena Ferreira; Elizabeth Ferreira and 4 others

Occupation: Cattle and Maize farmer
Managed by: Private User
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About Thomas Ignatius Ferreira

From: Ken Markham< > Subject: Ferreira ... ... ... Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 22:38:08 +0200

Mye Goodye Cosines,


Here is a transcript of an original typed document in my possession. I can not vouch for the accuracy of this information. Most original spelling is used. The document is typed and not signed.

  • Name. Thomas Ignatius Ferreira, (Farmer).
  • Address. Mayfield, P.O. Box Chipinga
  • S. Rhodesia,
  • Age. 81 Years, 5 months.

Born the 3rd. November 1853 at Ratelshoek, Cradock district C.P. Educated by Michiel Burky on Mr. John Steyn's Farm in Cradock District.

Married Maria Steyn at Cradock on the 2nd. March 1874. When the father of three children he volontered for service in the Basuto War 1880 and served under Commander Van Wyk, and Coloner Garrington. One day after a strennous fight having fired more than 800 cartridges neither eating or drinking all day - I rescued a friend Mr. Croykamp who had been badly wounded - I was offered the V.C. for this act which I refused.

The Whites were victorious in 1881, In 1895 I trekked to Gazaland. In Kroonstad we joined the Steyn and Henry trek, Arriving in Melsetter in 1895 - The trek having taken 9 months.

I lost my late wife on Bloemhof Farm Melsetter, also 2 of my sons. I am today living with my son John Ferreira in the Chipinga District.

27 APR 1935 [Date stamp on document]


[Hand-written note at bottom of sheet]

Died July 23rd 1935 (Chigwe) Buried Chigwe Farm, Melsetter.


Yours Sincerely, Sir Ken Markham, K.C.B., (95), [A Phenomenal Researcher In The Mists Of Time]

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Thomas Ignatius Ferreira's Timeline

November 3, 1853
Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 1, 1854
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 30, 1874
Age 21
South Africa
June 6, 1880
Age 26
Melsetter, Southern Rhodesia
March 12, 1882
Age 28
Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 17, 1884
Age 30
Cape, South Africa
November 26, 1886
Age 33
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 22, 1889
Age 35
Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 23, 1935
Age 81
Chipinge, Chipinge, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe