Rydar Family Bible

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Date: 1905 to 2013
Location: South Africamap
Surnames/tags: Rydar Snowdowne Wakelin
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About the Rydar Family Bible

The Rydar Family Bible was gifted to Johanna Elizabeth “Joe” Ferreira by Henry Richard Rydar on their wedding day in 1905. It was passed down to Mary "Humphrey" Gertrude Bailing (nee Wakelin) from her mother, Mary Johanna Wakelin (nee Rydar).

The book has remained in the family and the family information in it was largely kept up to date by Mary. She passed it on to her cousin, Margie Frayne (nee Snowdowne) [1], because her daughter, Joan Marylin Marsh, did not want it, nor did Joan have any daughters, and Mary expressly wished that the book should stay with a woman from the Ferreira-Rydar bloodline.

It is a fabulous book - not at all like a conventional bible in that it contains much information about natural history, geography and more, as well as being a religious book. It is beautifully illustrated with a number of colour plates.

Attached are some photographs[2] of the Bible - both of the older family information handwritten into it, and also of various pages of interest within the impressive and massive book.

Entries in the Bible

Family names that have been noted within the Bible are (in alphabetical order): Aquilar, Bailing, Barnard, Bosch, Cretchley, de Marilliac, Fourie, Frayne, Frazer, Greaves, Hamburger, Hart, Hasler, Horn, Hutchison, Labuschagne, Lewry, Marsh, Massey, Nicol, Rydar, Scott, Smith, Snowdowne, Wakelin, Zastron.

Note: Not all photographs or transcripts of the family information written within the book are shared here, due to privacy for living relatives. Should you wish to see additional pages or enquire about the descendants, please contact Tracy Frayne.

Inside cover

J. E. Rydar Krugersdorp

Presented to page

Presented to Johanna Elizabeth Rydar from Henry Richard Rydar

Bonds of Holy Matrimony page

This certifies that Henry Richard Rydar of Hespeler Canada and Johanna Elizabeth Ferreira of Sitzi Kama C.C were united in the Bonds of Holy Matrimony at Krugersdorp on the 3rd day of May in the year of our Lord 1905
In the presence of Fredrick John Simons, F. J. C Nienaber
Signed Rev Gustoff Radloff Krugersdorp Transvaal

Image not available. Births

Mary Johanna Rydar Born May the 12. 1906
Adeline Josephine Rydar Born on the 14th February 1909.
Iris Janet Rydar Born June 3rd 1911
Mary Gertrude Wakelin 14th Jan 1925
Joan Elizabeth Wakelin 15th April 1926
Cyril Peter Wakelin 29th Aug 1928
James Benjamin Snowdowne 30th Dec 1936
Robert Blackstock Snowdowne 4th July 1939
Suzanne Gertrude Wakelin 13th Aug 1957

Image not available. Marriages

Mary Johanna Rydar to James Charles Wakelin on June 25th 1924 at Roodepoort, Tvl.
Adeline Josephine Rydar to Cecil Hansen Snowdowne on March 30th 1934, Johannesburg


Henry Richard Rydar. Died Apr 15th 1919

May his Soul rest in Peace

Johanna Elizabeth Rydar - Died February 22nd 1929

May your dear souls rest in Peace.
Life seemed bright & happy
When we were all together;
But oh! how strange it all seems now,
Our dear ones gone for ever,
The works of God are perfect,
But hard to understand.
Loved and longed for always
Mary, Adeline & Iris.

Joan Elizabeth Wakelin 17th Oct 1930
Cecil Hansen Snowdowne Feb 17th 1973
Gertrude Susanne Greaves April 8th 1977.
Mary Johanna (nee Rydar) Wakelin 22.9.85

Deaths cont

(see middle of Bible for previous entries) - These entries appear on a page at the beginning of the book separate from the first list - hence this note.
Iris Janet Rydar 3rd September 1992
Adeline Josephine Snowdowne (nee Rydar) 11th April 1993
James Charles Wakelin 22nd December 1993
Cyril Peter Wakelin 6th July 1999
Robert Blackstock Snowdowne 27th May 2006
John Edward (Ben) Bailing 10th March 2007


In fond & loving memory of my Dear Husband. Who died on April 15/4/19.

No one knows how much I miss him. Friends may think the wound is healed. But they cannot feel the sorrow. Oft beneath a smile concealed.
If a wifes love could death prevent -
His days would not so soon be spent -
His Loving Spirit is ?? by my side
(Dispairing?)?? dearest Death never abides
His Loving Wife
Memorandum cont

In fond & loving memory of my Dear & only Brother who died on active service on Dec 21st 1918 at Nyassaland
Note with an arrow from the word "Brother" added by Margie Frayne to indicate: "Henry Richard Rydar". This is incorrect, as the memory was written by Joe (Johanna Elizabeth Rydar), and refers to her brother Salomon Ferreira (b: 1889 d: 1918)

Sleep on Dear Brother sleep on
Thy painful hours are done
We were not near to say goodbye
but safe in Gods Keeping how you lie
Yes. There is a vacant place
a place that never can be filled
we prayed to God to spare you
but God was more in need of you
although the parting's a bitter one
dearest Brother rest in Peace.
by his Loving Sister

Note added by Margie Frayne "same name as Henry's wife". This is correct as this was written by Johanna Elizabeth Rydar, who was known as "Joe"


  1. Rydar Family Bible currently in possession of Margie Frayne (nee Snowdowne) in North West Province, South Africa.
  2. Photographed and transcribed by Tracy Frayne, January 2020.



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