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From: Anne Chambers <>
Subject: [SOUTH-AFRICA] No death notice - addition
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 18:26:38 +1030
I should add that family folklore has him dying in an accident on the
wharves in (take your pick) East London/Port Elizabeth - I have no idea
if he was there on his own while the rest of the family were in the
I am starting to think this is a mystery I won't unravel!
> The thread on Probates and wills prompts me to ask the following question :
> Is there always a death notice ?
> I have recently been given my grandmother's birthday book, in which she
> also, very helpfully, noted deaths as they occurred. For her father
> (actually her uncle, who adopted her), Otto HILGEN, she has the following
> "Feb 2 - 1850 Otto W Hilgen" and in different ink "died July 28th 1893."
> AFAIK, the family was in the Transvaal then, either Klerksdorp or
> The only HILGEN death notice I can find on the NAAIRS database is for
> his son/nephew, Stephen Hilgen who was killed in 1900 in the Boer War.
> Any help gratefully received.
> South Australia