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Elizabeth “Bessie” BodinnarAge: 68 years18501918

Name
Elizabeth “Bessie” Bodinnar
Given names
Elizabeth
Surname
Bodinnar
Nickname
Bessie

Betsy Bodiner

Name
Betsy Bodiner
Given names
Betsy
Surname
Bodiner
Birth about 1850 28 26
Census March 30, 1851 (Age 14 months)
Birth of a brotherWilliam Bodinar
about 1852 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterAgnes Bodinar
about 1853 (Age 3 years)

Birth of a sisterMary P Bodinar
about 1856 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn Bodinar
about 1857 (Age 7 years)

Epidemic from 1857 to 1859 (Age 7 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Citation details: http://goo.gl/XVwD6F
Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza
Census April 7, 1861 (Age 11 years)
Death of a fatherJames Trewavas Bodinar
between October 1863 and December 1863 (Age 13 years)
Publication: Record transcription
Note: Wife is widow at time of 1871 census
War from April 1861 to May 1865 (Age 11 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Citation details: http://goo.gl/ETtxkC
Note: American Civil War: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War
Economic Event 1865 (Age 15 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: Economic depression
Economic Event 1867 (Age 17 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: The Eureka Diamond was the first diamond discovered in South Africa. It weighed 21.25 carats (4.250 g), and was found by Erasmus Jacobs near Hopetown on the Orange River in 1867. The diamond, cut to a 10.73-carat (2.146 g) cushion-shaped brilliant, is currently on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa led to the Kimberley Diamond Rush, and marked the beginning of the Mineral Revolution
Census April 2, 1871 (Age 21 years)
MarriageJohn Thomas BlewettView this family
November 7, 1871 (Age 21 years)
Citation details: "England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2D21-K7F : accessed 26 December 2014), John Thomas Blewett, 1871; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” index, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Penzance, Cornwall, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
Source: OPC Database
Occupation
Shop assistant
1871 (Age 21 years)

Residence 1871 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Lizzie C Blewett
1872 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a son
#2
James Bodinnar Blewett
between October 1873 and December 1873 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Olivia Agnes “Liv” Blewett
June 24, 1875 (Age 25 years)
Text:

BET OCT 1875 AND DEC 1875

Citation details: War register: Olivia A BLEWETT and Ida BLEWETT (1939), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=TNA/R39/6697/6697E/010/14 : accessed 20 Sep 2020
Birth of a daughter
#4
Ida Blewett
August 23, 1877 (Age 27 years)
Text:

ABT 1877

Citation details: War register: Olivia A BLEWETT and Ida BLEWETT (1939), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=TNA/R39/6697/6697E/010/14 : accessed 20 Sep 2020
Birth of a son
#5
Thomas Blewett
about October 1878 (Age 28 years)

Note: Census mentions 1 deceased child
Death of a sonThomas Blewett
June 25, 1879 (Age 29 years) Age: 9 months
Text:

Mentions 1 deceased child

Publication: Newspaper
Citation details: July 3, 1879, p8, http://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2F0000331%2F18790703%2F108 : accessed 5 June 2016.
Birth of a son
#6
Thomas Blewett
January 16, 1881 (Age 31 years)
Text:

2 months old on 3 April 1881

War from December 20, 1880 to March 23, 1881 (Age 30 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: First Boer War
Census April 3, 1881 (Age 31 years)
ResidenceJohn Thomas BlewettView this family
1881 (Age 31 years)
Historical Event from 1852 to 1902 (Age 2 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, ZAR), often referred to as the Transvaal and sometimes as the Republic of Transvaal, was an independent and internationally recognised country in Southern Africa from 1852 to 1902.
Historical Event from 1854 to 1902 (Age 4 years)

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Note: The Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje-Vrijstaat, Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat) was an independent Boer sovereign republic in southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, and later a British colony and a province of the Union of South Africa. It is the historical precursor to the present-day Free State province
Economic Event September 1873 (Age 23 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: Pilgrim's rest declared a gold field
Economic Event 1881 (Age 31 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: In 1881 gold in the Barberton area was discovered by Tom McLachlan who found alluvial gold at Jamestown. However due to the location (the hot lowveld region was rife with malaria) no-one wanted to go there until Auguste Roberts (French Bob) discovered gold in Concession Creek in 20 June 1883. This discovery resulted in a gold rush to the area
Economic Event 1886 (Age 36 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: Discovery of the Main Reef in Witwatersrand. Gold rushes to Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precursors to the biggest discovery of all, the Main Reef/Main Reef Leader on Gerhardus Oosthuizen's farm Langlaagte, Portion C, in 1886, the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the subsequent rapid development of the gold field there, the biggest of them all.
Census April 5, 1891 (Age 41 years)
ResidenceJohn Thomas BlewettView this family
from 1891 to 1911 (Age 41 years)
Address: Garden Cottage
Epidemic February 1, 1901 (Age 51 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Bubonic plague breaks out in Cape Town
Census March 31, 1901 (Age 51 years)
Citation details: Census: John T BLEWETT and household (1901), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=GBC/1901/0013680163 : accessed 20 Sep 2020
War from October 11, 1899 to May 31, 1902 (Age 49 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Second Boer War
Epidemic February 1904 (Age 54 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Pneumonic plague breaks out in Johannesburg
Epidemic 1906 (Age 56 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Tuberculosis reaches epidemic proportions in South Africa
Historical Event May 31, 1910 (Age 60 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Union of South Africa established
Census April 2, 1911 (Age 61 years)
Citation details: Census: John T BLEWETT and household (1911), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=GBC/1911/RG14/14057/0037/1 : accessed 20 Sep 2020
Epidemic 1912 (Age 62 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Smallpox outbreaks: The outbreak of smallpox is reported in the Malay Location, Johannesburg and cases of smallpox are discovered in Durban
Birth of a grandson
#1
John Thomas “Jack” Blewett
calculated 1914 (Age 64 years)

Note: Calculated from age at death
Marriage of a childJames Bodinnar BlewettBeatrice WhitfordView this family
January 6, 1915 (Age 65 years) Husband: 40 years Wife: 26 years
Publication: database, FamilySearch
Citation details: Marriage: James Bodiner BLEWETT and Beatrice WHITFORD (1915), (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C91V-TS6S-B?cc=2727134 : 27 September 2019), > image 1 of 1; Citing NARS "Civil registration (marriages - coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927." The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria : accessed 20 Sep 2020
War from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 (Age 64 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: World War I
Epidemic 1918 (Age 68 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Spanish flu: An estimated 500,000 people die from the Spanish flu epidemic in South Africa, the fifth hardest hit country in the world
Death May 1, 1918 (Age 68 years) Age: 68
Address: Sheffield Road Cemetery, Cornwall
  1. Generation 1
    1. Elizabeth “Bessie” Bodinnar, shop assistant (in 1871), daughter of James Trewavas Bodinar and Elizabeth Harvey Pentreath, was born about 1850 in Mousehole, Cornwall, England and died on May 1, 1918 in Paul, Penzance, Cornwall, England. She married John Thomas Blewett, son of Thomas Blewett and Ann Harvey Madron, on November 7, 1871 in Penzance, Cornwall, England. He was born before April 4, 1847 in Mousehole, Cornwall, England and died on June 5, 1936.

      Children of Elizabeth “Bessie” Bodinnar and John Thomas Blewett:

      1. Lizzie C Blewett (1872)
      2. James Bodinnar Blewett (18731955)
      3. Olivia Agnes “Liv” Blewett (18751962)
      4. Ida Blewett (1877)
      5. Thomas Blewett (18781879)
      6. Thomas Blewett (18811956)
  2. Generation 2back to top
    1. James Bodinnar Blewett, mason's apprentice (in 1891) and mason (in 1912), son of John Thomas Blewett and Elizabeth “Bessie” Bodinnar, was born between October 1873 and December 1873 in Mousehole, Cornwall, England and died about 1955. He married Beatrice Whitford on January 6, 1915 in Johannesburg, Gauteng. She was born calculated 1889 in Clunes, Victoria, Australia.

    2. Thomas Blewett, carpenter (in 1901) and timberman (in 1912), son of John Thomas Blewett and Elizabeth “Bessie” Bodinnar, was born on January 16, 1881 in Paul, Penzance, Cornwall, England and died in 1956 at the age of 74. He married Amelia Miriam Lovering, daughter of John Lovering and Mary Ann Winser.

      Children of Thomas Blewett and Amelia Miriam Lovering:

      1. John Thomas “Jack” Blewett (19141983)
      2. Private
      3. Richard Pentreath “Dick” Blewett (19261980)
      4. James Bodinar “Jimmy” Blewett (19301985)
      5. Private
  3. Generation 3back to top
    1. John Thomas “Jack” Blewett, son of Thomas Blewett and Amelia Miriam Lovering, was born calculated 1914 and died in 1983. He married Nell Lee Williams.

      John Thomas “Jack” Blewett and Nell Lee Williams had 4 children.

    2. The details of this family are private.
    3. Richard Pentreath “Dick” Blewett, surveyor, son of Thomas Blewett and Amelia Miriam Lovering, was born on March 16, 1926 in Randfontein, Gauteng and died on December 29, 1980 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal at the age of 54.

      Richard Pentreath “Dick” Blewett had 3 children.

    4. James Bodinar “Jimmy” Blewett

      James Bodinar “Jimmy” Blewett, son of Thomas Blewett and Amelia Miriam Lovering, was born on April 21, 1930 in Benoni, Gauteng and died on May 28, 1985 in Cape Town, Western Cape at the age of 55.

      James Bodinar “Jimmy” Blewett had 2 children.

    5. The details of this family are private.