WEEBER, Eveline Marguerite
- Born: Apr 3, 1897, Queenstown South Africa 1
- Christened: May 3, 1897, Dutch Reformed Church, Beaufort West, South Africa
- Marriage: WELCH, Noel St.Vincent May on Dec 9, 1925 in Dutch Reformed Church. Beaufort West, South Africa
- Died: Abt 1986, Pretoria, South Africa aged about 89
Other names for Eveline were WEBER, Evalina Margarita, WEEBER, Evelyn Margaret and WEEBER, Evelyn Marguerite.
1. Historical. The following eulogy on the life of Evalina Margarita Weber was written by her granddaughter, Meg Perkins (nee Francis) on Easter Sunday, the 8th April 2007
"Evelyn Margaret Weber was baptized in the name of Evalina Margarita Weber in the Dutch Reformed Church in Beaufort West. She often told the story of her mother's death when she was about four years old and the remarriage of her father. She talked about the little twin sisters that she had and her "doctor brother George". Her grandchildren were also aware that she had sisters in Cape Town.
On 9 November 1925 she married Noel St Vincent Mai Welch, whose father, Edward Mai Welch, was a printer and publisher in Queenstown, Cape Province. Noel was one of six children, many of whom had moved to Southern Rhodesia with their parents when they retired to a farm. They were married in the church where Evelyn had been baptized. In about December 1927 Evelyn was on her way to Cape Town to greet her brother, who was returning from England. She was involved in a car accident and suffered a head injury.
Apparently, Evelyn spent six months in a nursing home in Cape Town, unable to speak for much of the time. She then gave birth to a daughter, Valmai, in July 1928 and returned home to her husband. Evelyn struggled to manage and the baby spent some time on her grandfather's farm at Beaufort West. About three years later another baby, Peter Edward Mai Welch, was born.
Evelyn was a beautiful and talented woman who had played the piano, enjoyed reading the works of Dickens and had worked in an office in Johannesburg before her marriage. After the accident, she was somewhat dependent on her husband, who was very loyal and took care of everything. She dressed beautifully, and her home was always spotless. She had two little cocker spaniels and she doted on her grandchildren. Noel and Evelyn spent six months touring Europe in 1957 when he retired from his position as a manager at Barclays Bank in Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately, Noel died in 1964 as the result of another motor vehicle accident, this time in Rhodesia. She lived for another twenty years and always said that she had had the perfect husband.
She is remembered as a very kind and loving grandmother, singing lullabies to us in African languages \endash thula, thul', thula baba thula sana. Fifty years later, her granddaughter was singing the same songs to Evelyn's great great grandchildren in Australia."
2. Alt Marriage. Meg Perkins (nee Francis) advised as follows :-
"She was living at the Nazareth House Old Age Home so perhaps the service was held there? I will ask my mother.
Evelyn became a Catholic towards the end of her life. No-one was quite sure why, but she was living at a Catholic Home and her funeral would have been conducted by the Catholic priest. Nazareth House Pretoria might have records. She definitely died before 1988 as that was the year we left South Africa. I think she was 86 years old so it was probably 1984. We believe that she was born in 1898."
It was later discovered that her baptismal certificate gave her birth date as1897.
3. Alt Birth. 2 From Nazareth House, Pretoria records the date of birth is 3 Apr 1897, and death 23 Sep 1985 and both differ by one year from those of the previous source.
From her baptismal certificate, she was baptised on the 3 May 1897, and hence her birth on 3 April 1897 is more acceptable. .
4. Historical. The full citation in the record book kept by Nazareth House, Pretoria is as follows:-
"Weber, Evelyn Margaret, Born: Beaufort West on 3 April 1897, Married to Noel St.Vincent Mai Welch, Occupation: Spouse: Housewife, Husband: Bank Manager. Parents: Marthinus Weber and Georgina Aspling. Entered (Home): 10 June 1982,
Died: 23 September 1985. Recommended by: Daughter, Entry No.680"
Transcribed by me: R.B.Anderson 16 April 2007.
5. Name Change. From a copy of her baptismal certificate dated 3 Nov 1933 she was baptised Eveline Marguerite Weeber at the N.G.Kaerk, Beaufort West on the3 May 1897.
However, her name given on MOOC KAB 6/9/496 Ref 1017 is Evelyn Margarite.
Eveline married Noel St.Vincent May WELCH, son of Edward Mai WELCH and Minnie Marion HALL, on Dec 9, 1925 in Dutch Reformed Church. Beaufort West, South Africa. (Noel St.Vincent May WELCH was born on Jan 31, 1898, died in Jun 1964 in Port Elizabeth, Southern Africa and was buried in Ashes Interred And Named In Wallof Remembrance, St.Mary's Church Port Elizabeth.)
1. Alt Marriage. Meg Perkins (nee Francis) writes as follows:-
She was living at the Nazareth House Old Age Home so perhaps the service was held there? The date engraved in Evelyn's wedding ring is 9.11.1925 and not 8 December. I think the wedding ring date should be trusted above what anyone thinks the date was.
But the date of marriage solemnisation on the Certificate gives 9 December 1925. This includes the cancellation date on the revenue stamp
Meg Perkins in an e-mail dated 7 Apr 07 says that her mother advises that Norel and Evelyn Welch were married in the Dutch Reformed Church, Beaufort West on 8 Dec 1925 and adds "I guess she should know!"
So we will relegate the alternate informatiom of a marriage in Cape Town in Nov 1926 as of secondary importance.