I was raised in the Alexandria District by a mother who was a keen genealogist and her side of the family was well documented however my father's side were not really interested in the history of where they came from etc. As the eldest daughter who has married and had three sons, all of whom are now scattered on three separate continents I am keen to locate family members.
My grandfather was the eldest son who was something of a tyrant whom his mother found difficult to handle. A relation by the name of Walton was widowed and required assistance in running the farm she had inherited from her late husband and so Leonard Orlando Bean was sent by his mother who was also widowed and living in Christiana, but well endowed with sons to assist Lavinia Bean also known as Old Auntie. The name Orlando seems to be very important in the branch of the Bean family which I come from. The farm in the Alexandria district was known as Orlando when I was born and several of my fathers siblings as well as leonard Orlando Bean's sibling were given the name at birth. Leonard Orlando Bean had younger brothers named Vi ctor and also Rollo Orlando who emigrated to Australia and lost all contact with the family locally. Victor remained in Christiana and married and had two daughters. Another of his brothers moved up to Zambia where he ran a commercial farm near Mazibuka and was married to my grandmother's sister, Helen Bennett. The name of the farm run in Zambia was Hamapula.
I understand that the Bean's were farming at a farm known as Tutube (sp) somewhere near Addo or the Suurberg at the time of the Rinderpest and they packed all their animals on a train and moved up to Christiana.
My grandmother was a Miss Constance Bennett whose father farmed at Edge Hill near Fort Beaufort. Her father was married twice and his second wife was known to his grandchildren particularly my father s Mater. She was a Miss MacKenzie and had no children with WW Bennett. He had several sons, Gordon and Graham as well as the daughters Helen and Constance.My grandmother came to Orlando as a teacher which was how she came to marry my grandfather. She was a wonderful woman much loved and respected by all who knew her. One of her nephews Jack Bennett was an author who married twice and settled in Australia. His wife survived him as well as a daughter. Since I have a son who is now resident in Australia I would welcome hearing from anyone who can tell me more about either side of my father's family.