Henry Green, the brother of Val’s great great grandfather Fred Green, and was British Resident of the Orange River Sovereignty before going to Kimberley as a diamond prospector, and later becoming a farmer.
His first wife, Margaret Aitchison, and their two children all died in 1860, and in 1862 he married Ida Carolina Johanna von Lilienstein, whose father was Count Carl Arthur von Lilienstein, who was a customs official in Holstein 1839-1848. He joined the British German Legion and led a party of 100 military settlers to Berlin in British Kaffraria in 1857. He returned to Germany in 1860 with his wife and youngest daughter, but Ida Carolina Johanna married Henry Green and stayed.
Their daughter Ida Margaret Catherine Green (1865-1948) married George Arthur Montgomery Tapscott (1854-1918), and they had 10 children.
Several of the children made names for themselves in sport, with “Dusty” and “Doodles” both playing cricket for Griqualand West, and Eric Lionel “Doodles” Tapscott playing both cricket and tennis for South Africa. Ruth Daphne Tapscott was good tennis player and was a quarter finalist at Wimbledon, and the first woman to play at Wimbledon without stockings.
Family Group Report For: George Arthur Montgomery Tapscott (ID= 549) Date Prepared: 9 Sep 2014 NAME: TAPSCOTT, George Arthur Montgomery, Born 13 Sep 1854 in Clifton, Bristol, Died 9 Sep 1918 in Kimberley at age 63; FATHER: TAPSCOTT, Samuel, Born ??? 1804, Died 22 Nov 1860 at age 56; MOTHER: HILL, Elizabeth, Born 14 Dec 1811, Died 20 Oct 1883 at age 71 MARRIED Feb 1882, to GREEN, Ida Margaret Catherine, Born 3 Dec 1865 in Colesberg, Died 23 Feb 1948 in Plumstead, Cape at age 82; FATHER: GREEN, Henry, Born 23 Aug 1818, Died 29 Sep 1884 at age 66; MOTHER: VON LILIENSTEIN, Ida Carolina Johanna, Born 4 Dec 1835, Died ??? CHILDREN: 1. M TAPSCOTT, Lancelot George (Dusty), born ??? 1879 in Barkly West, died 13 Dec 1940 in Kimberley; Married to STORE, Kathleen 2. F TAPSCOTT, Violet, born ??? 1883, died ??? 1883 3. M TAPSCOTT, Sidney, born 25 Nov 1885 in Barkly West, Cape, died 28 Aug 1943 in Simonstown; Married 19 Nov 1913 to TOWNSEND, Helen Burnett; 4 children 4. F TAPSCOTT, Daisy Margaret, born ??? 1887 in Barkly West, died ??? 1901? 5. M TAPSCOTT, Eric Lionel (Doodles), born 5 Mar 1889 in Kimberley, died 7 Jul 1934? in Kenilworth, Cape; Married to LOTTER, Hazel Christine 6. M TAPSCOTT, Norman von Lilienstein, born ??? 1892? in Barkly West, died Nov 1966 in Cape; Married ??? 1936 to ADAMS, Alice Rebecca Thorn; 2 children 7. F TAPSCOTT, Winifred Elfreda (Elfie), born 24 Nov 1895 in Kimberley, died 12 Sep 1981 in Cape Town; Married to OAKELEY, Arthur Eckley; 1 child 8. M TAPSCOTT, Cecil Leander, born ??? 1900 in Kimberley, died ??? in George, Cape 9. F TAPSCOTT, Elaine Rowe, born 11 Jun 1901 in Kimberley, died 25 May 1980 in Umhlali, Natal; Married ??? 1936 to ROBBINS, Ronald Arthur; 2 children 10. F TAPSCOTT, Ruth Daphne (Billy), born 31 May 1903 in Kimberley; Married ??? 1930 to ROBBINS, Colin John James; 4 children
Most of our knowledge of the Tapscott side of the family came from Jack and Peggy Stokes, who stayed with us in Melmoth in 1979. Peggy was the daughter of Sidney Tapscott (seen in the picture above, taken about 1912. He became a mining engineer, and worked on the Nkana Mine in Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia).
When the Kariba Dam was built, and began to fill with water a boat called The Ark was used to capture marooned wild animals and take them to safety. When the dam was full, and no more rescues were needed, Jack and Peggy bought The Ark and used it to take tourists for cruises on Lake Kariba. When they retired, they sold The Ark and bought a caravan, and travelled round Southern Africa visiting family and friends. Thus it was that they spent a few weeks in our backyard, and when we had time we pored over the family history documents we had.
Since then we have been in touch with a few more people on the Tapscott side of the family, and learnt a bit more. There are probably many more stories to be told, and people could use our Wikispaces pages to tell some of them, or start their own.