Thomas Ignatius Ferreira

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Thomas Ignatius Ferreira

Birthplace: Haasfontein, Tarkastad, Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Place of Burial: Melsetter, Southern Rhodesia
Immediate Family:

Son of Willem Pieter Ferreira and Margaret Elizabeth Ferreira
Husband of Maria Magdalena Ferreira
Father of Margarita Elizabeth Bosch; Marthinus Louis Ferreira; William Peter Ferreira; Thomas Ignatius Ferreira; Johannes Steyn Ferreira and 2 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
Tarkastad, Cape, South Africa
January 1, 1854
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 20
March 12, 1882
Age 28
Cape, South Africa
Age 29
Cape, South Africa
April 22, 1889
Age 35
Cradock, Cape Colony, South Africa
July 23, 1935
Age 81
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)