Japie & Maie DREYER, Kroonstad, South Africa
I am trying to assist Douglas DASHWOOD-HOWARD (now living in Germany) in tracing descendants of Japie DREYER & Maie (Mary) Gentles DREYER (née SMITH), and in particular of their daughter Hilary (Douglas’ cousin). Refer to his postings on the DREYER family forum (message no. 195) and on the South Africa forum (message no. 4611).
Maie SMITH emigrated from Scotland to South Africa with her uncle and aunt Agnes CARSTAIRS, in the early 1900s. Maie married Japie DREYER and indications are that they lived in Rosebank (Johannesburg) and Kroonstad (South Africa) for a while where Japie may have worked for, or managed branches of Lindsay Motors. They had three daughters, Denise, Jackie and Hilary (b about 1935; she would therefore be about 70 years old now), and possibly a son Leslie. Hilary attended the Rosebank School in 1943 and the Kroonstad English School in 1947. Any assistance in tracing Hilary would be appreciated.
Richard ALEXANDER, Windhoek, Namibia