I have a family I’ve never met. It’s not because I would not like to but rather the distance that separates. All the same, they are family and here they are!
My wife and her family are from South Africa. Lesley carries a great family history and story that is filled with historical rich-ness that would awe any genealogical nut, such as myself. It is filled with folks from the 1820 Settlers and many from before that time. Lesley herself is 5th Generation Scottish and English on her fathers side and 3rd Generation Australian and Afrikaans on her mother’s.
One her mother’s side, the Baines arrived to South Africa from Australia; where there was met the no-doubt beautiful Norah Southey to whom would the title of great-grandmother would be bestowed.
Yet the beauty of the South African ladies drew tight and love of Capel and Joan as well- The parents to the ageless Barbara Jane (Baines) Nichol.
The Webster’s, as the Baines, have a rich and deep family history. Living and fighting at the time of the Boar Wars, the Webster and Austin Forefathers led an all but non-eventful life. Even leaving a Villa at the foothills of the Zuurberg pass, called Ann’s Villa.
It was told on good account, that the tennis courts to the south were once favorite for Keith and Jane. While both today have gone their separate ways, a passion for life has not escaped them.
At the spry age of 74 Keith (Lesley’s father) is now motorcycling across the southern and eastern cape with a club of other ‘spry’ men and their wife’s.
But a great mention to Lesley’s Step Mother, Anita Hewson Webster. It has been with no few words that Lesley has spoken of the kindness, softness, and influence of “Momma Duck.” as with her own children, she brooded over Lesley as if she were one of her own.
The heritage and legacy of the family is pasted along like a snowball down a hill. Some element picked up while other elements dropped off.
Again, of some note: It is with remarkable honor that this family of the Webster’s still has the matriarch Florence F. M. Austin still living in full energy of life at 98 years young.
This is now is my family too. A rich wealth of heritage, packed with stories, wrought with trials, seasoned with victories, and spanning the globe.
You too have a family out there… go find them!
Special mention to the siblings of Lesley; Bruce and Janine, and the several Hewson Step-Brothers and their families!!!