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I am trying to trace my g.grandfather Felix von Steinmetz born circa 1849, married 27.10.1874 Salomina Susannah Boswell at Oodtschoorn S Africa. The record states his birthplace as Knysna S Africa. His brother was General Heinrich von Steinmetz and I have a letter from him to my Grandmother dated 1910 from Berlin. I can remember in 1946-7 my grandmother reading an article in Picture Post and showing me a photograph saying,.''That is a picture of my uncle, Field Marshall Karl Fredrich von Steinmetz''.So far I have been unable to find the link, despite quite a lot of documentation on the Field Marshall and his father-in-law General von Steinmetz who fought in the battle of Waterloo.

I have also found another Felix Victor Steinmetz in Australia. He was organist and choirmaster at Melbourne Cathedral, late 1800's and an application for Certificate of Naturalisation dated 10.8.1914 on which he states he was born 29. 8 ,1849 at Sagan, Silecia, Prussia and had been in Australia for 26 years.

Are these two the same gentleman? I don't know where to go next, can anybody please give me some guidance.
asked in Genealogy Help by Valerie Crowley G2G Crew (980 points)
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Thank you Heidi
Hi Valerie

Felix Victor Steinmetz was born in Sagan, Silesia, Prussia in 1949. He did go to Sth Africa after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Prussian Army. His older brother Heinrich was born in 1845 in Sprotten, Silesia. Felix did marry Salomina in 1874, but they divorced apparently - don't know when. Felix offered his services to the British during the Boer War. He left Sth Africa on board the ship Glaslyn, bound for Mauritius, He boarded a French ship and disembarked in Italy, he travelled overland back to his home town.

He moved to England, and married Henrietta Cecilia Nelson in Shoreditch, Middlesex England. In the few records I have from my sister-in-law (now deceased), I have their marriage certificate, where it mentions that Felix was divorce from Salomina Susanna Boswell,Felix and Henrietta married in 1887, they already had two children Beatrice & Gerhard, in 1888, they boarded the Habsburg, with by now three children, bound for Melbourne, Australia. Felix was a Music Teacher or Professor of Music. According to one of the documents I have it was Felix's mother, Josephine Wunsch Steinmetz who instilled in him a love of music, which he pursued when he returned to Sagan. My late husband's father was the youngest son of Felix and Henrietta. Felix and Henrietta had eight children, but two died in infancy. Felix and Heinrich had an older (?) brother, who died in 1900, but I have not been able to find a name for him.

I hope this helps, I am just a newbie at this ancestry search, but I have two sons now both in their 40's who haven't known very much about their forebears. Felix died before my husband was born so he and his siblings never knew their grandfather.

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I doubt that Felix and Felix Victor are the same.

Salomina Susanna Boswell remarried in 1886 as a widow

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answered by Heidi van Os de Man G2G6 (8.1k points)
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Yes, Felix and Heinrich were brothers.

My late husband was a descendant of Felix who migrated to Australia.

Heinrich's medals are held by Museums Victoria.

See at https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/207478287?q=steinmetz&c=picture&versionId=248026882

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Hi Valerie

The best will be to find his baptismal entry in the church records. I am only familiar with the Dutch reformed church and know that in 1849 all baptismal 's were done at Uitenhage. But I presume  he would have been baptised in an English or German church ?  Best is to Google the church history for those denominations and see what churches was reachable  -start  from there .  

Best of luck
answered by Ronel Olivier G2G6 Mach 4 (48.9k points)

The title of the following collection

South Africa, Cape Province, George, church records, 1913-1917

is wrong. The records actually start in 1813.

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