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GriquatownAndersons.com is the family tree for 4779 individuals linked to Anderson of Griquatown [William Anderson 1769-1852] and the Anderson-Davel family. Anderson landed at the Cape, South Africa in 1800 and the following year founded Griquatown - an isolated place far north that became the main route for explorers, and also the centre of British Colony "Griqualand West" 1873-1880 with its own flag, coins, stamps and the Kimberly diamonds. William Anderson came from England but his ancestors traced to Thomas Anderson 1635-1699 Aberdeen Scotland. Anderson of Griquatown married Johanna Maria Schonken whose direct ancestors landed in 1723 from Holland. Johann Christiaan Davel of the Anderson-Davel's of Zimbabwe landed in South Africa in 1734 from Germany. On the maternal side of this family, John Balfour Blyth landed in 1856 from Scotland and Johannes Pretorius before 1680 from Holland.
The Anderson-Davel family is one of the earliest arrivals in Southern Africa - arriving only a few decades after the first 197 people landed April 6, 1652 led by Jan van Riebeeck and long before the 3,800 "1820 settlers" or explorer David Livingston who arrived 1841.
The parents of our Anderson-Davel family [photo on left] arrived in Zimbabwe [Rhodesia] probably after 1897 [when the railway from Cape Town reached Bulawayo]: William Wardlaw Anderson likely 1914 and Willem Marthinus Davel before then, entered Rhodesia and settled near Bulawayo and Gwelo respectively.
Family Vault: The ancestry for the departed is available to all visitors to this site but information on the lives of the living is restricted. However, if you are related to the family you can access the Family Vault (menu left) to learn more about your living relatives and their ancestry - we will give you a password to access that part of the site.
Examples of information: on this website are given by clicking on the buttons or arrows in the following Anderson-Davel family table. Ralph Blyth Anderson [tree-author] is five generations removed from Anderson of Griquatown -
|Ralph Blyth Anderson
|William Wardlaw Anderson
|Helena Elizabeth Davel
|Willem Marthinus Davel
Helena Elizabeth Pretorius
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Updated April 27, 2013