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From: Carlos Moreira <>
Subject: [ZA-IB] CROLIDGE and DEBROISE in Durban, Natal
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 03:05:40 -0700 (PDT)
I research my ancestors who lived in Durban, Natal, at least during 1890-1920. They are the following:
father - Nicholas CROLIDGE - Railway Inspector in Natal Gov. Railways.
mother - MaryLouise Bertha DEBROISE - nothing else known
daughter - MaryAnne Bertha CROLIDGE - born in 31 May 1893, at 31 Lorne Street in Durban. She had a passport issued in Bombay, India, in 1809.
Her Oporto (Portugal) Consulate register is online at : http://www.geocities.com/crolidge/register.jpg
MaryAnne CROLIDGE is my g-g-mother. She lived in Durban until 1920 when she moved to Portugal. I am researching her ancestors. I don't know if she had any siblings in South Africa, but I know there are some DeBROISEs left in Natal.
In the Pietermaritzburg Archives I found the entry number for her birth. Her birth register is located in the Department of Home Affairs, but in a vastly deteriorated condition, so it is unsuitable to produce a certificate.
Her mother was a DeBROISE, a France-originated surname... who knows from the French Hughenots who settled in Mauritus ?? At least in the NAAIRS there is reference to a DeBROISE who worked in the Natal Railways, so there is definitely here a connection between the CROLIDGE and DeBROISE in the SA railways.
I have browsed ALL censuses (UK, USA), ship lists, passenger lists, websites, etc, etc, etc, but I can not progress any further. I want to know the origin of the CROLIDGEs and DeBROISES in Natal. There lie my roots, I am sure. I have hired a researcher a few weeks but she hasn't provided any information so far.
Besides, CROLIDGE is such a rare surname, that it simply doesn't exist any longer in UK and USA. It may be a corruption of COOLIDGE or similar spellings, so I keep an open eye. I have at least found some DEBROIZEs living nowadays in Bradford, UK. The have hinted that they are descendants of this Durban-based family.
I have chased the origins of the above family since 1997, but I seem to have hit the dead end now. I wonder if any of you can help me out further on this.....
My quest for the CROLIDGE and DEBROISE in South Africa is online at http://www.geocities.com/.
Sorry for this post a bit messy... any help is greatly appreciated !
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