F6/3. Charles Freemantle = Rachel McDonald
(1837 - 1906) [m. 1878] ( 1850 - 1930)
Charles Freemantle was the sixth child and third son of *Samuel Freemantle and Sarah Elizabeth Freemantle nee Paxton. He was born on 28.5.1837 in Grahamstown and spent his childhood there. By the year 1864 his parents had moved to the Cradock district and were farming at Klein Fontein.
In Cradock on 27.8.1878 he married Rachel McDonald, the daughter of John McDonald and Mary McDonald. Rachel's mother had previously been Mary Love nee Mouncey, a widow with three children. Rachel McDonald was born on 8.12.1850 in Winterberg, Cape.
(In1820, *Charles Mouncey, aged 40, was the head of Mouncey's party from Yorkshire on the 'John' with his wife, Sarah aged 39 and family. The children were James aged 10 and William aged 3. It was his daughter, Mary, born in South Africa, who first married a Mr. Love and then John McDonald. *Charles Mouncey served in the war of 1834-1835 and he was buried in Grahamstown. His son, James Mouncey went to Natal in 1834 and in 1835 was appointed to the Town Committee for Durban. During that year he was a petitioner for Government recognition of Natal. A small rural area in the Midlands of Natal was named Mouncey. Charles Freemantle (called Charlie) and Rachel had four children (shown below) and he was a painter. He died in Cradock on 18.9.1906 and his widow lived until 23.6.1930, when she died in Johannesburg.
Their children were:
F6/4.A Ethel Millicent Freemantle
b. 28. 9.1881 Cradock, Cape
m. 27. 1.1903 Cradock, Cape
Frederick Charles Smith - Telegraphist
b. 1877 England
3 sons: c.1. Leslie Freemantle Smith b. 20.9.1905
c.2. Cyril Johan Smith b. 23.7.1909
c.3. Sydney Charles Smith b. 8.6.1910
[IGI has a Frederick Charles Smith born 1875; c. 7.10.1877 Chignall St James, Essex; died 28.1.1946 and another born 1877; m. Ethel Millicent Freemantle on 27.1.1903 in Cradock]
F6/4.B Samuel Bertram Freemantle
b. 21. 1.1884 Cradock, Cape
d. 4.12.1960 Pietermaritzburg, Natal
m. 7. 8.1912 Johannesburg
Florence Gertrude Hutchings
b. 8. 8.1884 Zoutpansberg, Transvaal
d. 31.10.1966 Durban
F6/5.B[A] Edna Winifred Freemantle
b. 30. 7. 1913 Potchefstroom, Transvaal
m. 31.12.1938 Johannesburg
William Earle MacIntyre - businessman - advertising
b. 27. 4.1912 Johannesburg, Transvaal
d. 21. 9. 1959 Pietermaritzburg, Natal
c.1. Penelope Anne Florence MacIntyre b. 20. 6.1948 Pretoria, Tvl.
m. Robert D.W.Archibald B.Sc.Bot. Sugar Mill Manager
c.2. John Wyllie MacIntyre b. 5.4.1950 Port Elizabeth, C.P.
m. 5.1.1974 Amanzimtoti, Natal - Leslie Patricia Druce
F6/5.B[B] Bertram Stanley Freemantle [refer to letter following afterF6/4.D below]
b. 15. 7.1919 Johannesburg
m. 15. 7.1940 Johannesburg
Alicia Petronella (Helen) Rosebrook
b. 29.12.1919 Johanessburg
F6/6.[Ba]ab Ivan Reginald Freemantle
Pharmacist and Doctor (M.D.)
b. 29.12 .1941 Johannesburg
Colleen Myfanwy Craig
F6/7.ab[5a] Ian Duncan Freemantle
b. 10.5.1967 Durban, Natal
F6/7.ab[b] Lisa Colleen Freemantle
b. 29.7.1970 Durban, Natal
F6/6.[Ba]b Aubrey Charles Freemantle
Doctor (M.D.) and Pharmacist
F6/6.[Ba]ca Stanley Walter Freemantle
b. 10.9.1949 Johannesburg, Transvaal
m. 17.8.1975 Durban, Natal
F7/5.B[C] Cecil Reginald Freemantle
S.A. Air Freight Official
b. 6.4.1923 Johannesburg
m. 1945/6 Durban, Natal
Eva Duysel - divorced
F7/6.[C]ac Alfred Lionel Freemantle
b. 16.6.1948 Germiston, Transvaal
Norma Avril McRobert
F7/7.ac[8a] Clinton Lionel Freemantle
b. 26.10.1975 Germiston, Transvaal
F7/7.ac[8b] Andrew Murray Freemantle
b. 31.3.1974 Germiston, Transvaal
F7/6.[c]a Heather Freemantle
F7/6.[c]d Ingrid Freemantle
F6/5.B[D] Aubrey Lionel Freemantle
b. 26.3.1927 Potchefstroom, Transvaal
m. 1953 Johannesburg, Transvaal
Heila Magdelina ???
F7/6.[D]ad Alan Russe Freemantle
b. 20.4.1956 Johannesburg, Transvaal
F7/6.[D]ba Derek Gordon Freemantle
b. 25.3.1958 Germiston, Transvaal
F6/5.B[E] Thelma Freemantle
b. 6. 8.1915 Johannesburg, Transvaal
d. 15.12.1920 Johannesburg, Transvaal
F6/5.B[F] Doreen Freemantle
b. 16. 7. 1916 Johannesburg, Transvaal
d. 7.12.1925 Potchefstroom, Transvaal
F6/4.C Ernest John Freemantle
Farmer and Mine Swelterer
b. 9. 9. 1888 Pretoria, Transvaal
d. 1972(?) Bedfordview, Transvaal
m.9. 9.1913 Vryburg
Mary Jane Hester Collen
b. 1. 9.1891 Barkley West, Cape
F6/5.C.a Myrtle Freemantle
b. 21. 5. 1914
d. 21. 7. 1943
m. Ernest Edward Davey
F6/5.C.b Phyllis Thora Freemantle
m. Redvers Williams
F6/5.C.c Stella Joy Freemantle
b. 18. 4. 1924
m. Leon Louw
F6/4.D Norman McDonald Freemantle
d. 11.8.1970 South Coast, Natal - buried at Port Shepstone.
m. Beatrice Chick
d11.8.1970 South Coast, Natal - buried at Port Shepstone
From a letter to Edna Winifred MacIntyre from Earnest J. Freemantle's wife (Aunt Hetty) dated 16.11.1974:
'Uncle Norman and Aunt Beatie passed away 11th August '70 on Uncle Norman's 78th birthday. You will remember their tragic ending. They are buried at Port Shepstone in one grave. I don't think you were at their funeral ...
[Also] John Mouncey the leader of an 1820 Settler's party had a daughter Mrs Love who married John McDonald - Granny Freemantle's parents. John Mouncey's name is on a plaque with all the leaders of the 1820 Settlers on the Toposcope at Bathurst and points to their location.'
From a letter from Bertram Stanley Freemantle dated 12.4.1989:
'I shall endeavour to relate as much information as possible, although I could write a book on my life as a child, because my dad was an ambitious gypsy, always on the move, looking for something better, I still don't know how my wonderful little mother managed to take my father's restless way of life. Anyhow, I'll deal with my father first.
Samuel Bertram Freemantle born Cradock 21.1.1884
Dad's parents were not well off, so Dad had to start work at a young age. I think he passed Standard 6; his first job was working in a blacksmith's shop, swinging a 14 lb hammer every day. At least it gave him a pair of strong arms and shoulders but he did not like the greasy, dirty work. After a year or so he decided that an office job would suit him better, so his second job was with the railways as a clerk and he did quite a lot of travelling in the Eastern province as he had to visit all the stations in his area from time to time. The Boer War had started, so he enlisted to fight for the English at about 15 years of age, was issued his equipment, including a horse, and he told me that sometimes he had to get the horse to swim across rivers in the fighting areas.
After the war, he decided to go to Johannesburg as he wanted to study bookkeeping. So, he bought books, studied them and passed some exams, which enabled him, eventually, to get a job at Stuttafords and this was where he met my mother as she was also working there. After a time he decided he didn't like Johannesburg, so he got a job in Potchefstroom and liked that, so he stayed there. While in Potchefstroom he heard about a job which would be suitable for my mother's father, who was unemployed at the time, so the Hutchings family went to live in Potchefstroom as well. My dad and mother got married in that town and both families stayed there until one day when my mother's father was riding a bicycle to the school where he was teaching, fell off the bike at a bridge and damaged his back, which paralysed him and he was unable ever to walk again, being bedridden for about eleven years. The Hutchings family decided to return to Johannesburg and so did my mom and dad.
Dad then got a job at T. W. Beckett & Co. and worked his way up to chief accountant and I still have a picture showing him with the rest of the staff. The First World War had just started when dad joined up, he was sent to East Africa and, after a year or so, was sent back home with some complaint regarding his health.
I believe times were hard after the war, jobs were scarce so dad and mom went back to Potchefstroom where he started a commercial school teaching bookkeeping, shorthand, etc. at night, while he also held down a full time job during the day.
I started school there at Potchefstroom Primary School, but he wasn't doing too well, so back he went to Johannesburg to work for Premier Biscuit Company. I attended Standard 2 and 3 at Kensington Primary School. When the world depression started dad lost his job, we moved to Norwood and I went to Norwood Primary School for Standards 4 and 5. Dad was out of work for a time, so he used to cycle out to my uncle's small holding at Rivonia, where they were growing vegetables and flowers. They had a well dug there as water was very scarce and one day my dad fell down the well. Fortunately, he managed to break the fall by pushing his legs and feet astride on the sides of the hole and was not badly hurt. As the depression continued my dad decided to go back to Potchefstroom where he tried to establish the correspondence school again and he also had a temporary job, but things didn't work out in Potchefstroom. Meantime, I had started the first term in Standard 6 at Potch., we were there for six months and then dad got a job in Johannesburg at Stag Breweries, so back to Johannesburg we went again. We lived in Auckland Park and I spent my second six months of Standard 6 at Melville School, where I managed to pass although I don't know how and then went to Parktown Boys' High for Standard 7. I'm afraid my school days were not happy ones as apart from always being the new boy, I had a stammering problem, which fortunately now very few people notice. I have managed to master it pretty well. Dad wanted me to be an office type, but I was certainly not suited to that, so when I left school in Standard 8, I had had enough. I like fiddling with motors, so decided to do an apprenticeship with a motor firm and after three and a half years, in June 1940, I decided to join up. I went to the authorities and asked if I could be a pilot or an air-gunner in the air force, but they said I would be more useful repairing the 'planes, so they sent me on a course which finished by the end of 1940 and thereafter I was posted to the Rand Airport where we were operating a transport squadron. From time to time I was sent up to Acara and Egypt to ferry 'planes to the Union of South Africa for coastal defence. In 1944 I was posted to Cairo West where we were operating a break-down service for any of the 'planes that had come down in that area. At the end of 1945 I managed to get back home to South Africa, then after two months leave, I joined the South African Airways where I took further ground engineering exams and spent the next 8 years there, until I was offered a partnership in a motor business in Durban, which I accepted. In June 1954 we left Bramley [Johannesburg] for Durban North and I have no regrets at having left the Transvaal. Helen still hates the humidity here, so maybe one of these days we will decide to spend the winter months in Durban and summer in Cape Town.'
Written by Ruth May in about 1982:
We first met Bertram and Helen in the early 1970's when we were attempting to compile the family trees. At that time they were living in La Lucia and we visited their home there. Some time later they spent a few months in the Cape and we were able to cement the friendship we had formed and which we have maintained until now. Even though they returned to Natal (and eventually to La Lucia again) we have kept in touch with one another by correspondence or the periodic visits we have been able to make from time to time. Bertram was one of the people who seemed to derive considerable interest from the family tree and he and Helen assisted us with much information concerning their branch of the Freemantle family
Continuing from the letter written by Bertram Stanley Freemantle dated 12.4.1989
Right! Now for our sons:
Ivan and Aubrey - born in Johannesburg on 29.12.1941. They started school in Bramley, but we moved from there half way through 1954, and they went to Northlands Boys' High where they remained until they matriculated. They continued their studies, taking Pharmacutical degrees and working as Pharmacists for a few years, but then found they did not really like this profession so they studied medicine at the University of Cape Town. Aubrey started on this three years before Ivan and so he qualified in 1975, whereas Ivan qhalified in 1978. Aubrey should qualify as a gynaecologist at the end of 1989.
They both played tennis at school, liked fishing and squash. Ivan is very musical and plays the piano and drums. In fact when they were in matric they started a band. Aubrey learnt the saxophone and Ivan played the drums and piano and they made a lot of money which paid for their cars and so on while they were still at home.
Stanley was born in Johannesburg on 10.9.1949. He started school at Northlands Primary School and then attended Northlands Boys' High, where he matriculated. He then went to Europe for a year or so, travelling in a V.W.Kombi [Volkswagen Kombi] with a friend. When he returned to South Africa, he got stuck into a course on Electronics with the S.A.B.C. [South African Broadcasting Co.] and he has done very well with them. My dad, Stan and I were very similar in character; we all loved sport and, especially rugby and cricket, but also swimming.
Written by Ruth May in about 1982:
If I am not mistaken, Helen told me that Stanley was also a twin, but they lost the other little boy soon after birth. I have also been given to understand that my aunt Ethel's second pregnancy produced twins and, co-incidently, the baby that lived was called Ivan. [Ethel was a Miss Freemantle and she married Thomas Goulding] Her sister May Freemantle had three sets of twins, although none of these babies survived and the brother of Ethel and May, Eric Freemantle, also had twin boys. During our research we encountered a further two sets of Freemantle twins but could not trace the connection to the 1820 Settler branch of the family.