his age at death was 54 years 5 months. The date of death on the DN agrees with that on the gravestone, which gives a date of birth of between 6 June 1850 and 5 July 1850, not 1860 as on the gravestone. Another reason for distrusting the year 1860 is that his brother Jan Gabriel du Plessis is given on his gravestone, also in this cemetery, as born on 20.8.1860. The two dates of birth cannot both be correct.
The smallest possible correction of the discrepancey is to assume that the digit 5 was misread as a 6 when the present plaque was made. The original gravestone may well have been barely legible.
That is to say, Gerhardus Barend du Plessis was probably born on 1 July 1850.
Posted by Member of GSSA branch 2016 on Wed 15 Nov 2017 15:21:41 UTC
Posted by Member of GSSA branch 2016 on Thu 01 Dec 2016 15:00:25 UTC
Margaritha Aletta Wilhelmina x REYNOLDS
Posted by Annelie on Fri 30 Oct 2009 03:39:50 UTC
Spouse: Hendrik Wessels STRAUSS 1873-1927 (Estate VAB 19562)
Posted by Annelie on Fri 30 Oct 2009 03:36:54 UTC
Highly likely that this is James Edward FORD 1820 Settler, who tried his hand at farming in the Eastern Cape and when that failed, he moved to Cape Town and made a living as a miniature painter. He died there in 1840.
Posted by Marielle Ford on Wed 03 Dec 2008 16:57:59 UTC
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