WF1a. THE WARNER FAMILY - an Introduction
Quoted from 'Self-Reliance' by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
All history resolves itself quite easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons.
From: Ruth Frances May nee Freemantle, written in Somerset West, Cape, in December 1988:
I think I can truly say that the history of the country of my birth, South Africa, has been written partly in the blood, sweat, tears, toil and love of the many generations of my ancestors in this country for my roots go very deep, straight back on the one side 300 years and nine generations to 1688, when the Huguenots first reached these shores - there are even a few wispy side-roots, burrowing even deeper - and on the other side, back through five and six generations to a goodly quantity of that stout 1820 British Settler blood-stock.
These people, most of whom are listed within this Collection, were found in every walk of life and level of society. They were missionaries and magistrates, farmers and frontiersmen, pioneers and politicians, traders and engineers, stockbrokers and salesmen, the list is endless, but their various lives reflect the many facets of the pattern, the tapestry, the unfolding story of the last 300 years on the most southern portion of this dark continent.
What lies ahead? Perhaps, sometime, somewhere, someone will relate this too, by recording the lives of all the many generations who will follow on from here, walking in their footsteps, but also striking out along new paths - for, as the saying goes, there is always something new out of Africa.