The Foaden Family

Alfred Harry Foaden

Foaden House (Madeleine Road)
The Foaden home at 120 Madeline Road, Durban
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: 15 May 1856, at North Street, Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Married: Mary Ann Frances Tyzack on 20 February 1883, at Chelmsford House (the residence of the bride's father), Durban, Natal
Alfred Harry Foaden is recorded as a bachelor of full age. He is a warehouseman, resident in Durban. Mary Ann Frances Tyzack is recorded as spinster, of full age, resident in Durban. The marriage was performed by W. H. Mann, Congregational minister, and witnessed by R. W. Tyzack, Edw. Pickering, Mayor of Durban, Kate Robertson, J. G. Tyzack, R. J. W. Tyzack and E. J. Stranack.
Natal Witness 27 February 1883
Foaden,Tyzack,20-Feb-1883,27-Feb-1883,
At Chelmsford House Durban, the residence of the bride's father by the Rev W H Mann, Alfred Harry second son of the late John Foaden Esq. Of Ashburton, Devonshire, England to - Mary Ann Frances, third daughter of Mr E W Tyzack of Durban


Children: Occupation: Draper and Mercer (1881), Warehouseman (1883). On 8 April 1889 was appointed Assistant Accountant on the staff of the Engineer-in-Chief of the Natal Government Railways with an annual salary of £225 (Natal Departmental Reports 1891-92 pC97).

Notes: Alfred generally used his middle name, Harry. In 1890, Harry was a  member of the Pietermaritzburg Savages Football Club. In 1897, Harry was a foundation member of the re-constituted Durban Turf Club and was appointed honorary secretary pro tem (Twentieth Century Impressions of Natal p536).

Cremation: 6 April 1945, at Stellawood cemetery, Durban, Natal, South Africa, aged 88. His ashed were interred on 23 May 1945 at West Street cemetery, Durban, in Block K #237.

Census & Addresses:
1856: North Street, Ashburton, Devon (birth certificate)
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1871: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1881: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1883: Durban, Natal   (marriage certificate)
1897: 54 St Andrew's Street, Durban, Natal   (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p137)
1899: 116 St. George's Street, Durban, Natal
1916: 88 North Ridge Road, Durban, Natal (death record of son Frank at Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
1917: 120 Madeline Road, Durban, Natal   (death notice of son Frank in Pietermaritzburg Estate Files GS film 001295106 image 01127)

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Clara Foaden

Birth: 1852, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Death: 1925, in Lewisham district, London, England, aged 72

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1871: Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
1881: Villa Francia, Wolborough with Newton Abbot, Devon
1891: Lewisham, London: Clara Foadian, sister-in-law, is aged 38, born in Ashburton, Devon
1901: Lewisham, London: Clara Foaden, sister, is aged 48, born in Ashburton, Devon. She is Living on Means.
1911: Lewisham, London: Clara Foaden is aged 58, born in Ashburton, Devon

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Edgar Foaden

Birth: 1849, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon

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Edgar Foaden

Foaden family
Edgar Foaden (one of the twins at back) with his siblings Frank, George and May
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: 1887, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father:
Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Married: Vera Winifred Blades on 5 December 1914, in St Paul's Church, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Edgar Foaden is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a civil servant, resident in Durban. Vera Winifred Blades is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Durban.The marriage was performed by Francis Robinson, vicar of St Marys, Durban, and witnessed by Clara Blades and Rubina Cook.

Vera was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, the daughter of Thomas Blades and Clara Godeson. She died in 1966.

Occupation: Civil Servant.

Death: 1962

Notes: Twin brother of George Foaden

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Frank Foaden

Foaden family
Frank Foaden (left) with his siblings George, Edgar and May
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: 1891/2, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father:
Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Occupation: Clerk

Notes: Frank was a private in the South African Infantry ("B" Company, 2nd Regiment) during World War I. He served in German West Africa and Egypt and then in France where he died in the Battle of Delville Wood. The website A Willow in the Wind, dedicated to Aubrey Hutchinson, a fellow soldier of Frank's in B Company, tracks in detail the path of B Company in the days before Delville Wood and attempts to understand why so many of the company perished there. Another account of the tragic few days in which 2,398 of the 3,153 South Africans who entered the wood died, can be found here.

Death: 18 July 1916, aged 24, at Delville Wood, France, on active service
Frank was reported missing after the Delville Wood action, and was declared presumed dead on 24 April 1917

Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval Memorial in France where Frank Foaden's name is inscribed
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, France. Frank's name is found on the Pier and Face 4C. He is most likely buried in the Delville Wood Cemetery which contains 5,493 burials, almost two-third of which are unknown.

Will: dated 16 May 1913, filed 17 April 1917
Pietermaritzburg Estate Files GS film 001295106 image 01129
  THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me FRANK FOADEN of Number 120, Madeline Road, Durban, in the County of Durban, Clerk, made this sixteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen.
  I HEREBY revoke all Wills made by me at any time heretofore. I appoint my mother MARY ANN FRANCES FOADEN, and JOSEPH TYZACK of Durban to be my Executor, and direct that all my Debts and Funeral Expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
  I GIVE AND BEQUEATH unto my mother MARY ANN FRANCES FOADEN the whole of my property, estate and effects, moveable and immoveable, personal and real, whether in possession, reversion, remainder or expectancy wheresoever situate. I hereby appoint my said mother MARY ANN FRANCES FOADEN and JOSEPH TYZACK to be the executrix and executor of this my will and the administratrix and administrator of my estate and effects with power of substitution, and all such powers as may be necessary for these offices.
          FRANK FOADEN
Signed by the said Testator FRANK FOADEN in the presence of us, present at the same time, who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
J. Burnett C/o Randles Bro. & Hudson
S. H. Crowder, C/o Randles Bro. & Hudson

Addresses:
1913: 120 Madeline Road, Durban, Natal   (will)
1916: 120 Madeline Road, Durban, Natal   (death notice in Pietermaritzburg Estate Files GS film 001295106 image 01127)

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George Foaden

Foaden family
George Foaden (one of the twins at back) with his siblings Frank, Edgar and May
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: 1887, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Married: Lillian Florabelle Tonkin on 29 October 1919, in St Mary's Church, Greyville, Durban, Natal, South Africa
George Foaden is recorded as a bachelor, aged 31. He is a clerk, resident at 120 Madeline Rd, Durban. Lilian Florabelle Tonkin is recorded as a spinster, aged 30, resident at 10th Avenue, Durban. The marriage was performed by Francis Robinson and witnessed by H. Tonkin and L. W. B??.

Lilian was born in 1888 in Woollahra district, New South Wales, the daughter of Henry Tonkin and Edith Blundell.

Occupation: Clerk

Notes: Twin brother of Edgar Foaden

Death: 8 October 1945, aged 58

George Foaden headstone
Headstone of George Foaden in Stellawood cemetery, Durban, Natal, South Africa
photograph by Maureen Schnittker posted at eGGSA
Buried: 11 October 1945, in Stellawood cemetery, Durban, Natal, South Africa. The grave is located in Block Z #674/675
The headstone reads:
In Loving Memory of
my dear husband and our dear father
GEO FOADEN,
(Twinkle)
passed away 8th Oct. 1945,
Aged 58 years
"At Rest" 


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Herbert Foaden

Birth: 1858, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1871: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1881: West Street, Ashburton, Devon

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John Foaden

Birth: 1814 in Ashburton, Devon, England

Baptism: 10 June 1814, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
Thomas Foaden

Mother:
Ann (Easton) Foaden

Married (1st):
Sarah Dolling on 22 June 1843, in the Parish Church, Ashburton, Devon, England.
The marriage was witnessed by Thomas Dolling and Emma Foaden. John is recorded as a woolcomber, a bachelor, of full age, of Ashburton, the son of Thomas Foaden, an inn-keeper. Sarah is recorded as a spinster, of full age, of Ashburton, the daughter of Thomas Dolling, yeoman.

Children:
Married (2nd): Emily Collins in 1867 in St Thomas district, Devon, England
Emily was born in 1840, in Exeter St Martin, Devon. In 1891 she was employed as a housekeeper. She married, secondly, George Atkins in 1894 in Exeter district. George died in 1899 in Plymouth district, aged 72. Emily died in 1932 in Plymouth district, Devon, aged 91.
Census:
1891: West Street London Hotel, Ashburton, Devon
1901: Plymouth, Devon: Emily Atkins is aged 59, born in Exeter, Devon. She is Living on Own Means.
1911: Plymouth, Devon. Emily Atkins, head, is aged 70, born in Exeter.

Occupation: Woolcomber (1843), then Relieving Officer, Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and Insurance Agent. A Relieving Officer was the person responsible for the distribution of parish relief.

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, 1850 lists in Ashburton:
North Street Foaden John, relieving officer

The 1870 Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer lists, in Ashburton:
Foaden John, relieving officer, registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, and agent for the Clerical, Medical, and General Life, and the Manchester Fire Insurance Companies, West street

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, 1878-79 lists in Ashburton:
Foaden John, stamp distributor, and agent for Clerical, Medical, and General Insurance Company, West Street

Death:
28 October 1878, at West Street, Ashburton, Devon, England, aged 64. The cause of death is listed as (a) Uremic poisoning from Kidney disease (b) Apoplexy

Census & Addresses:

1841: Ashburton, Devon: John Foaden is aged 25 (rounded down to the nearest 5 years), born in Devon
1850: North Street, Ashburton, Devon   (History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, 1850)
1851: John Foaden, head, is aged 26, born in Ashburton, Devon
1856: North Street, Ashburton, Devon (birth certificate of son Alfred)
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1870: West Street, Ashburton, Devon (Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer)
1871: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1878: West Street, Ashburton, Devon (History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon; death certificate)

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John Foaden

Birth: 1851, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon

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May (Foaden) Ford

Mary Ann (Tyzack) Foaden and May Foaden
May Foaden (standing left) and her mother Mary Ann (Tyzack) Foaden
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: circa 1885, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Married: Joseph Clifford Ford on 18 February 1911 in the Congregational Church, Florida Road, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Joseph Clifford Ford is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a coach builder, resident in Maritzburg. May Foaden is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Durban. The marriage was witnessed by ? White and Edgar Foaden.

Children:
Death: 1959

Death: In 1899, May gained a first-class certificate in an Art examination in Freehand Drawing - Elementary stage. At the time she was attending the Durban Girls Model School, but instructed in art at the Durban Government Art School (Departmental Reports 1899 pG35)

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Sarah Catherine Foaden

Birth: 1854, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1881: West Street, Ashburton, Devon

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Thomas Foaden

Married: Ann Easton on 18 November 1813, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Children:
Occupation: Innkeeper at the Sun Inn, Ashburton

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Thomas Foaden

Baptism: 12 October 1815, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
Thomas Foaden

Mother:
Ann (Easton) Foaden

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