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The Kennaway Girls

Margaret Bradner arrived onboard the ship "The Lady Kennaway" in 1857 as part of a group of 153 young girls and women, selected from workhouses, who sailed out of the Plymouth Sound on 5th September to escape the damages of the Irish Famine and were sent to the Eastern Cape Settlement to provide wives for the German soldiers and the other local men. Of these female passengers, 153 were single woman from Ireland and 42 of them were artisans with their wives, and 36 were children. The ship was a 584 ton, three masted square rigged baroque and was used frequently on the route from East India. She was chartered on several occasions to transport emigrants to Australia as well as being used as a transport ship for convicts. Margaret was born about 1839 in Dublin and died in Johannesburg on the 19 May 1911 and buried in New Cemetery. As far as we know she had 4 children with Joseph Card namely: James abt. 1860, Charlotte 1861, Joseph Cornelius 1864 and Alfred Joseph who was born in 1873. There is a big gap between the births of Joseph junior and Alfred and suspect there were more. Is anyone related to Margaret as we have several DNA matches to the Bradner family in Ireland from her 4x great granddaughter? Are you related to this family at all? As we would love to hear from you.
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