Donald Anderson Edgar (1869-1916) was living with his father and aunt/stepmother in 1881, then in Pudsey, West Yorkshire in 1900. He was a clerk when he married Kate Murray (ca1870-) in
December 1894 in Manningham, Yorkshire. His father’s occupation on Donald’s
marriage record was “cashier” (gulp). Donald and Kate sailed on the Afric to
Cape Town in April 1903. The couple may have been emigrating to join his
sister who may have been with their aunt Louisa. It was in the service of the
4th Regiment of the South African Infantry that he died of wounds in France on
30 May 1916. Company Quartermaster Sergeant DA Edgar is buried in the
Communal Cemetery, Nieppe, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais,
France. His effects were passed to his sister and sole legatee, Edith Blanche,
the implication being that Kate had died before he did, childless.
Edith Blanche (1872-1937) lost her mother before she knew her and was in
the house when her aunt/step-mother died in an upstairs bedroom. In 1901,
she was head of the house/nursery governess to her Elliot cousins then a short
time later was living in South Africa, possibly with Aunt Louisa. There is a
record of a Miss E Edgar leaving London in November 1901 on the Umtata
bound for Natal but I don’t know whether this is our Edith. In any event, she
married her cousin, James Robertson Oldfield, in South Africa. As noted in
James’ section, the couple eventually settled in Queensland. Edith is regularly
listed on the electoral roll (Capricornia Division), between 1921 and her death
in 1937. Edith and James had two children.
• Eveline Aleida was born in Butterworth in 1909. Mr Google tells me Butterworth was one of the earliest white settlements in Transkei, East Cape. Eveline was with her parents through their travels and migration to Australia. She married Peter Neilsen Lund in 1937 and the couple had two sons. Tom, the younger son, has contacted me and very helpfully sent details of his descent through five generations of the Oldfield family as well as our shared Anderson ancestry. Eveline died in Brisbane in 1977.
• Donald Edgar was born around 1910. Given the record of his parents and sister arriving in the US that year, Donald may have been born there. I have found little more about him other than he was on the Australian electoral roll until at least 1968. His occupations on the roll were variously farmer, gardener and labourer. Gwenda Mary Oldfield, presumably his wife, joined him at the same address from 1949 for some years. His final appearance is in 1968, without Gwenda.
Ellen and Donald's children