BLYTH, George Kinnear
- Born: Jun 14, 1863, Beaufort West South Africa 1
- Christened: Sep 20, 1863, Wesleyan-Methodist Church, Beaufort West 1
- Marriage: BECKER, Anna Emilie on May 5, 1896 in Ladismith, Cape Colony, Southern Africa
- Died: May 24, 1912, 120 Kerk St. Heidelberg, Transvaal, Southern Africa aged 48
- Buried: Heidelburg Old Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa.
1. Alt Birth. 1 Source of record Microfilm 1560855 Item 23 Ref 29 Loc 4655 Transcribed Ellen Stanton
2. Alt Place Name. MOOC KAB 6/9/861 Ref 565 gives a definite place of death.
3. Occupation. MOOC KAB 6/9/861 Ref 565 DN says he was an accountant and agent.
4. Historical. George Kinnear BLYTH was an accountant. it is not clear how he came to be in the Transvaal but the discovery of gold may have had something to do with it. He practised as an accountant and legal agent in Heidelberg. He died there in 1912 and is buried in the old cemetery alongside his young son Heinrich Wilhelm. (CP note that he died at Erf No 12a in Beaufort West is clearly incorrect.)
For unknown reasons his father also moved to Johannesburg from Beaufort West. I suspect that his father moved to Johannesburg towards the end of the 1890's. He died in Johannesburg in 1908 and I have correspondence between my great grand mother Sophia (living in Johannesburg) and my grandfather in Heidelberg. (There is also a comment from Chris Pattinson that he may have rented a farm called Fairfield/Fairview on the boundary of Ladismith village before he went to Johannesburg).
My grandmother trained as a teacher and went to teach in the Transvaal. I suspect that she must have taught in Heidelberg where my grandfather practiced. (It may also be that my grandparents met in Ladismith when she was still a schoolgirl and that is why she went to teach in the Transvaal) They married in Ladismith in 1895 and settled in Heidelberg.
My Father listened to his mother's account of his father's death. He was apparently diagnosed as having liver failure but my father is convinced, from his mother's account that the cause of death was a ruptured appendix. Surgery for that was pretty heroic in those days.
George married Anna Emilie BECKER, daughter of Heinrich Wilhelm BECKER and Hermina Maria NEFDT, on May 5, 1896 in Ladismith, Cape Colony, Southern Africa. (Anna Emilie BECKER was born on Mar 18, 1875 in Ladismith, Cape Colony, Southern Africa and died on Jun 7, 1950 in Church St. Ladismith Cape.)
1. Alt Marriage Date. Robert Blyth gives 5 May 1896 as their date of marriage