My mother was Anna Maria Ainslie, born in Knysna, South Africa, April 13 1910.Her parents were James Kilgour Ainslie and Petronella Johanna Barnard.James had the same name as his father and his first child was also given the same name.There were 11 children, 3 died in infancy and 1, Adam,was killed in action at Monte Cassino while still single.James & Nellie named their children alternately with Dutch or English names and more than half of their descendants are more comfortable with Afrikaans than English.James died when I was 3 weeks old - early March 1940.Nellie died around 1959/60.I believe Jacob is the Afrikaans form of James.
This James' father, with the same name, married in the District of Knysna later in life and died while his children were still young.The kids were divvied up amongst relatives? so that 3 of the girls, Martha McLarty, Carrie & Jessie were raised in English households and never were comfortable in Afrikaans.Sannie, the youngest daughter,was raised in Karatara (I think) Dist. of Knysna, and spoke only Afrikaans.Good thing we were bilingual!My mother arranged for the old man's tombstone around 1974 although he had died when she was young.I'm not sure if James was the oldest but he spoke both languages.
My cousin, James Kilgour Ainslie Botha, the family genealogist, came to a standstill when researching our mothers' grandfather, and quite by accident, through business correspondence, discovered another family in the Port Elizabeth area.Their family story is that our first James deserted his family of wife and children while serving on the frontier, because he killed a man, thought to be his wife's lover.This explains why he surfaced several years later in what was then the back of beyond and began to raise a second family.He played the bagpipes, taught my Mum some Scottish songs, and named his farm Balmoral.Insisted they keep this spelling of the name.