John Alfred Michael, Uitlander in South Africa during diamond boom in the Randt. Married to Annie, one daugther Mabel Ethel, born June 11 1887 in Kimberly South Africa.
Either John Alfred or Annie was from Co. Armargh, Ireland, we have no idea if they met out there, or moved there from Ireland together. Annie died of pneumonia some years after Mabel was sent back to England in 1899 at the outbreak of the Boer War.Young Mabel returned to Kent to live with her maternal aunt Martha Woolan (Martha Woolan married to Frank Woolan of Sherwood Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells) John Alfred had abandoned his family some years earlier in SA. He was reputed to have been a member of the original Cecil Rhodes expediation into what became Rhodesia. John Alfred Michael was a game hunter, he reputedly lost an arm being mauled by a big cat. Martha Ethel Michael's Uncle Frank Woolan made his fortune in South Africa before returning to Kent, England.
The family genealogy is reputedly back to the Hadden family in Armargh dating from about 1680, although we are not sure which side of the family (surname Michael or not) Any Michaels in Armargh at this time (middle to late 1800's), any family history of emigrations to South Africa, any connections to the Hadden line would be much appreciated.