THE ANTHON FAMILY TREE. Anthon/J. Van Beek

THE ANTHON FAMILY TREE. Anthon/J. Van Beek

Johan Van Beek born date unknown in a village or town outside Brussels, Belgium, was a farmer and married a lace maker Maria from the Huetch? family who came from Holland. They had one son Johan and one daughter Maria. Johan when visiting his mothers Dutch family met a young girl called Yolanda a friend of the Huetch? Family. She was a wealthy only child and could not marry Johan until he made a name for himself. Yolanda [2nd name unknown] was born near Amsterdam, she had several relatives and friends who visited them from South Africa and eventually they all sailed back to South Africa. Johan and Yolanda corresponded and her parents eventually sent passage money to Johan to join them in South Africa. They were living in Bloemfontain at the time and got married there. They had a long and happy life together. Their issue one daughter Yolanda and one son Edward, they were christened in the Dutch Reform Church [Protestant]. Yolanda who like her mother always got her own way in the end, never had to go to work, unlike her brother who became a Boer and whom she disliked. She had always been a popular girl and had many friends, She fell in love with a friends brother John Anthon, and although her family were against her marrying so young, they eloped and married. [date unknown]
John was a fruit farmer and together they built a very prosperous fruit farm in the suburb of Cape Town called Paarl. This was to prove a very successful farm with may workers, horses and large carts for delivery, supplying shops and large stores in Cape Town. They were a very religious family, their issue was 12 children, John, James, Daniel, Edward, Albert, Richard, Charles, Daisy, Susan, Jeanette, Kitty, Ethel, all named after their fathers sisters. They were the poorer side of the family, but Yolanda was the wealthy one and without her money John (husband) would never have been able to make a success of the farm. They were always very friendly with a Scottish family, who wanted to return to Edinburgh after they had made their fortune. They eventually sailed for home and persuaded Yolanda to visit them. As South Africa wanted to become independent Yolanda who ruled all her family {like Queen Victoria) said she wanted to remain British and did not wish to stay in South Africa. So she took her daughter Jeanette and sailed on a Union Castle Liner called “Windsor Castle.” They arrived in Southampton and then travelled to Edinburgh which she liked very much. South Africa was fighting for its independence which Yolanda did not like, she and her daughter went back and collected all the family, after selling her home farm and land, and arrived en masse in Edinburgh, they were welcomed by their friends of long standing found a house and stayed. .
Of course war broke out (1st World War) son John who had already been fighting for Britain under Churchill in the Boer war, joined The Royal Field Artillery in 1914 and served as a saddler until 1918. James joined The Argyl Sutherlands (Highlanders) 1914 – 1918. Edward joined the army in 1914 and was killed in the trenches in 1916. Albert stayed in Cape Town as a conscientious objector. Richard on Munitions, Charles as a Civil Engineer was made exempt from the forces as he was more importent in the home office. All the “girls” except Daisy who was married (to Reuben) went into factories making army and naval clothes. After the war, as all the sons, who had been apprenticed to various jobs, could find no work in Edinburgh. So, once more Yolanda decided to go where work could be found, and came to Manchester. This is where she and her husband died both 80 years of age. Date unknown. South Africa as one of Britains Commonwealth countries was given independence. Strangely as we now know, Yolanda made all the decisions for her family. All our families and issues feel that she did the correct thing. We must all pay tribute to her for the love, support and dedication she gave to them.