Do we have an Uncle we never knew?!
As mentioned earlier, there was a time when we thought we were the only KELLAND's in South Africa! Except one stray in Johannesburg, who didn't seem to fit in. Until something was uncovered which may have been best left.
Letters in the South African National Archives with the KELLAND surname and 'Child Protection' attached to it, sounded intriguing. They were sad letters from a distraught, destitute father to the governor of South Africa begging for help. The father I had already identified as the KELLAND family grandfather, the one they never knew (he died before the current generation were born). However when he mentioned in the letter that he had a sickly wife and TWO young sons, that was a revelation! There was only one son - the KELLAND father! Who was this other son? A lost uncle?
What effect would it have on the family themselves knowing their own father was being mentioned in these letters? As a researcher and a kind of 'outsider' to the family, I was able to read these letters, but with sadness, and I was able to piece together the story.
It seems that Grandfather married a lady who brought a young son with her from a previous 'encounter' ! So the records were confused as to the child's surname - should he be known by her married name or her maiden name?! After recommendations that he was sent to an 'industrial school', his trail ends. I have a letter he wrote as a young angry boy, letters about him from a bitter aunt, and police records. He wasn't KELLAND blood, but he had a rough life and I still wish I could trace his movement. He had an unusual name (it's too recent to mention too many details), and maybe one day something will pop up. But it was a rough journey finding this sad story.
It prompted me to write a fictitious story, based on a true story - as the saying goes!