See also

Charlotte SMITH (1808-1871)

1. Charlotte Rebecca SMITH, daughter of John SMITH ( -1813) and Charlotte BURNETT ( - ), was born in 1808. She married Adolph HECKRATH in 1834. She died in 1871.


Charlotte's descendant Greta says: "I have an original letter written in 1832 by James Smith to his nieces Charlotte and Sarah Smith asking them to go out to South Africa! He mentions that as their aunt had died they had no need to stay in Scarborough. He says that one of the girls can live with him and his wife and the other with their brother, John who he says is married with three children. Also he says the passage out will cost £30!".


Adolph HECKRATH was the son of Ernst Jacob HECKRATH ( - ). He and Charlotte Rebecca SMITH had the following children:



Edmund Walter HECKRATH (1848-1935)

Second Generation

2. Edmund Walter HECKRATH, son of Adolph HECKRATH and Charlotte Rebecca SMITH, was born in 1848. He married Elizabeth KIFT in 1875. He died in 1935.


Elizabeth KIFT and Edmund Walter HECKRATH had the following children:



Adolph James HECKRATH (1876-1958)

Third Generation

3. Adolph James HECKRATH, son of Edmund Walter HECKRATH and Elizabeth KIFT, was born in 1876 in Kiberley, SA. He married Ida Laurie Beatrice SKATES in 1905. He died in 1958.


Adolph's granddaughter Greta says: "[Adolph's] Gt Grandfather, who was born in Germany, had emigrated to the Cape in 1799 after living for a few years in London. He became a merchant in Cape Town and when I went there I went to the Cape Archives to look at his letter book (which had been donated in 1953 by my great aunts) in which he kept copies of all the letters he wrote.( No carbon paper in those days!) So I had many letters copied and some are just like reading a history book. Also not only are there letters that he wrote to friends in England in English but also letters written in old German to relatives in Germany and ones in Dutch to his son who was living in the Eastern Cape. The letter book spans 22 years. I'm still trying to get these translated after all this time!".


Ida Laurie Beatrice SKATES and Adolph James HECKRATH had the following children:



Pauline Anna HECKRATH (1918-2004). Pauline was born in 1918. She married James Eric DEIGHAN in 1945. She died in 2004.