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From: "franklyn" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA] the family of Brown
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 13:47:17 +0200
From: "Anne Sharples" <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 3:35 AM
Subject: [ZA] the family of Brown
They had a Sister, MARY AGNES, wife of WILLIAM K. EARLY who died on the 6
> March 1909 at Susarma Mine, Gwanda, Rhodesia.
> I should appreciate it if anyone knows anything or has any connection with
> these people, to get in touch >
The William King EARLY you mention was my grandfather's brother (my
g.uncle), He was one of 6 brothers who came to South Africa from Scotland in
the late 1880's. They all worked for De Beer's Diamond mines in Kimberley
for varying lengths of time. William K. EARLY was employed as a mining
contractor. He married Mary Agnes BROWN on 13th June 1895 in St.Alban's
Church, Kimberley. Witnesses to the wedding were D. BROWN (David BROWN?) and
A. EARLY (Albert; W.K.'s youngest brother) William K. resigned from De
Beer's on 14th Nov 1904 but I have no date when he and Mary left for
Rhodesia. My info agrees: Mary Agnes died 6th March 1909 at Gwanda,
Rhodesia. Age 39 years. William EARLY was into gold prospecting and
small-scale mining. He owned and worked at least one mine in the Bembisi
District (the Donove Mine) where my father lived between 1914 and 1922.
Before my father's arrival there, William had remarried. A woman named Janet
There is another BROWN/EARLY/Kimberley link. One of W.K.EARLY's brothers,
Charles Henry EARLY (wife Annie Mary COOPER) had a daughter, Anne Lillian
EARLY. This daughter married a David BROWN, "of Rhodesia" according to my
notes. (No dates or places) The BROWN couple had 4 known children: Lillian
in 1930), Eric (major in 1930), Iris (minor in 1930), and Daphne (minor in
Do you have any info on this branch?
Frank Early. Johannesburg.