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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

About Boardman Family & related families
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YELLOW         = descendants of the Rev. William BOARDMAN, 1820 SETTLER, b 1768 -1825
BLUE (AQUA)    = descendants of James THOMAS 1781-1829
RED            = descendants of Dr Charles CALDECOTT 1781-1820
FUSCHIA (PINK)  = descendants of John SUMMERSON b. 1525
LIME (GREEN)   = descendants of Thomas DOYLE 1778-1851
GRAY           = descendants of Edward Dashwood DE LACY 1866-1930
NAVY (NAVY BLUE)= descendants of Dirk CORNELIS UYS 1698-1758, and DINA MARIA LE ROUX 
BLACK          = descendants of Edward RYAN  c.1833 
TEAL           = descendants of Michiel DEWAAL b.1527

Some notable family connections:  Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell ( Founder of the Boy 
Scouts); Arthur (Bobby) Locke ( golfer and Caldecott descendant); Edgar Wallace (Author and 
Caldecott by marriage); Dirk Cornelis Uys (Doyle family) ; Arthur Conan Doyle ( author and 
Doyle family); Thomas Boardman ( former CEO of Nedbank); Simon Susman ( CEO Woolworths and 
Davis family) Billy Forrest (Country and Western singer- Boardman family member)...........

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OUR BOARDMAN FAMILY: emigrated to the Eastern Cape from Lancashire. The Reverend William 
Boardman MA BD(Oxon) resigned his post as headmaster of the Blackburn Grammar School in 
December 1819, when he accepted the appointment of chaplain to the Settlers, and 
sailed in the ship "La Belle Alliance" for Algoa Bay together with his wife, Margaret Hayes, 
and six of his seven children; the eldest son Thomas remaining behind in Blackburn.   After 
boarding the ship on 27th January 1820, it was not until a month later that the La Belle 
Alliance was finally able to leave its moorings at Deptford due to ice, and head for the open 
sea. They arrived in Algoa Bay on 2nd May 1820 after three months at sea. The party of Settlers 
was led by Thomas Willson, who absconded soon after landing at Algoa Bay.  The leadership of 
the party was taken over by the Rev. William Boardman.  In 1824, he opened a grammar school in 
the Bathurst Drostdy.  He died in 1825 and was buried at his location in Beaufort Vale. Site of 
burial is unknown as the land has been ploughed over.  Remains of his wattle and daub home can 
still be seen on the farm "Pinedon" in the Bathurst district.  

Being a direct descendant of the Reverend William Charles BOARDMAN, 1820 Settler, Priest, 
Teacher and Party Leader, I have, from a young age, been interested in finding out more about 
the BOARDMAN family.  My interest was further stimulated by my uncle Basil (Patrick Basil 
Crause BOARDMAN), and my aunt Myrtle (Myrtle Crause BOARDMAN (McCrann)).  Much of the 
information, documents, letters, photos and family artefacts, and the very treasured old family 
Bibles, which I have in my possession, were obtained from these two persons.  
My main incentive for this website is my own enjoyment and interest in these glimpses 
of the past- AND to preserve family history for future generations---- For the younger 
members of the family who can learn much from the struggles, hardships, and trials 
undergone by their forebears; from their family tree, and the characters from whom they 
inherit, which is something personal unto themselves.  This project has evolved to include 
families related to the BOARDMANs..........and some family history and anecdotes can be found 

*****REUNION NOTICE FOR EKRON FAMILY MEMBERS- A Reunion is being planned for the year 2020- 
which is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor, James EKRON, on the ship 
Brilliant in 1820. If interested, please submit your names and details, including e-mail 
addresses to

ANY COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS- Please sign the guestbook and leave your comments or suggestions, 
the Guestbook can be found under HOME/GUESTBOOK, or else,  email
- You and I share a common ancestor
- You would like to introduce yourself as a "new" cousin.
- You have additional data, that can be added to this website
- You see any incorrect or misleading information
- You have photographs you would like to share.

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
.....George Bernard Shaw

DEAR ANCESTOR - a poem -
Your headstone stands among the rest, neglected and alone,
The name and date are chiseled out on polished marbled stone,
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born.
      Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh , in blood , in bone.
      Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.
      Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago, 
      Spreads out among the ones you left, who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived your life, I wonder if you knew.
That one day I would find this spot and come to visit you.
--- Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress....

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