Hello, Happy New Year!
Wondering if someone could please help me, or at least point me in the right direction...
I'd like to try and find out some information about William Twigg's family, he was born approx 1844 in Ireland and moved to Cumberland approx 1860's. I believe in the late 1880's he and some of his family moved to South Africa. I have lots of information on this family in the UK, it is when they move to SA that I have come to a standstill.
On the 1901 Census he is showing a visitor with family in Cumberland and has children with him that were born in South Africa (Robert - 1888, Grace - 1889, Tilly - 1893 and Primrose - 1896).
My main interest is to try and locate a possible Balmer link in South Africa. I'm not sure if his wife Mary Sarah Twigg (nee Sloan) also moved to SA with them and whether she is the mother of his children born in SA. I have not located a death for her yet, but on the 1901 Census William is listed as a widow.
My main reason for this information is that I am trying to locate my Great Grandfather Joseph Twigg-Balmer, born 1882 in Cumberland. I'm trying to see if there is a link between this William Twigg's son Joseph Twigg (born 1882 in Cumberland). I was wondering if perhaps there was another woman that stepped in to help William raise his children (after Mary died) and that maybe her surname was Balmer and that is why Joseph added the additional part to his name. I guess I may never know (unless I can find some kind of evidence).
I've been searching for Joseph for over 6 years now. I have some information but nothing that has led me to be able to confirm his birth etc. I have his Army Service Papers and he does indeed have a connection with SA. His lists his NOK as James Twigg-Balmer who is in SA.
I have no idea how I would look up births and marriages in South Africa, so desperately hoping someone may be able to help.
Thank you so much and fingers crossed.