Work in Progress
This page is regularly added to or corrected as I discover or am given more information. Any information you can provide about your family members, past or present, would be very welcome. Please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was last amended on 18th October, 2013.
(b. 29th May, 1963) He was born in Bedfordshire, UK. He is now living in Pennsylvania, USA.
Patricia Ann Mordaunt (b. 14th June 1964). She was born in Bedfordshire, UK. She is now living in Massachusetts, USA.
Ann Mordaunt. I am not sure which child was the elder. She married ? Darrell and lives in Bath, UK.
- Elinor Mordaunt (1872 - 1942) was the nom de plume of Evelyn May Clowes. An account of her life is given in Australian Dictionary of Biography. After an unhappy marriage she changed her name, and that of her son, Godfrey, by deed poll in 1915, to that of her nom de plume.
I am very grateful to her great-grandson, Christopher Mordaunt, who kindly wrote to me in October 2013 about his family and tidied up some loose ends on the "Mordaunt family in Africa" webpage.
As already mentioned, Elinor had a son
- Godfrey Weston Mordaunt (9th March 1903 - ?), born in Melbourne. He married Joan Mary Frith. At some time, he went to Kenya and was a maize and coffee grower, according to correspondence between" "Evelyn" and "Bob Barnes" on the genealogy.com website. The correspondence gives his wife as Ann, which seems most probably an error. Joan was later to marry the plane builder Geoffrey De Haviland, in Kenya in 1951.
- Phillip Mordaunt (30th August 1932 - 18th April, 1997). His birth was registered in Nairobi. He clearly did not take over the plantation and returned to the UK. His marriage to Iris Mary Trevethan (? - 2013) was registered in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, UK. They emigrated to the USA in 1966 where Phillip worked as an engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut.
South Africa and Swaziland
I originally tried to keep South Africa and Swaziland separate on this webpage but there is so much movement between the two I have decided to merge them together
There are other Mordaunts in South Africa whose origins I do not yet know. Hopefully one of them will contact me one day and fill in some gaps.
- A John Mordaunt (see the Mordaunts in London page) , born toward the end of the 1600s, married Sary/Sarah Ewer (daughter of Roger Ewer and Sarah Stiles?) at St. Olave, Southwark on 18th October 1719 and they were recorded in 1720 as the parents of the baptism of a son at St. Bartholomew Exchange:
- John Stiles Mordaunt (1720/21 - 1781) was christened at St. Bartholomew Exchange in the city of London on 22nd January 1720 ("old" calender when new year's day was 25th March - 1721 in the modern calender). According to research by Jane Wherity (née Mordaunt), his wife was Jane Mordaunt who clearly died before his last Will in 1770, proven in 1781, which made provision only for his surviving children, listed as John, Sarah, George, Jenny, Ewer and Sophia. This was, albeit briefly, a very prolific branch of the family whose descendents spread out across London, the south of England, Australia and Swaziland/South Africa:
- George Mordaunt (? - before 1841) and his first wife Dorothy Curling appear as parents of a number of children christened at the church of St. Andrew Undershaft in the city of London. On Dorothy's death he married his second wife Mary Coward (abt. 1778 - 1864) and they appear as parents of children christened in the churches of St. Andrew Undershaft and Old Church, St Pancras between 1797 and 1811. The sixth child of this union was:
- William Henry Mordaunt (abt 1806 - 45), was living in Magdelene Green, Dundee, working as an East India merchant at the Scottish census of 1841. His wife was Lucy Mary (abt 1816 - 1883). They obviously returned to the London area shortly after and his death was recorded in St Martin in the Fields, Middx. His widow Lucy died in the Edmonton district in 1883. The third of four children of William recorded in the censuses was:
- George Mordaunt (abt 1837 - 1913?), who was born in a variety of places in Middlesex depending which census you look at. In 1861 he was in Kennington, London, working as a Russia merchant, with his wife Ellen Jane (abt 1835 - ?) who was born in Kennington. By 1901, George and Ellen appear to have separated; Ellen was living with daughter Grace in Wallington while George had a separate household, with two servants, in Reigate.
They had had seven children (see the Mordaunts in London page), among whom were three who went to southern Africa:
- 3rd. Hugh Lee Mordaunt (b. 1865)
- 4th. Archibald Quintin Mordaunt (b. 1869),
- 6th. Robert Ernest Mordaunt (b. 1872)
I do not know who blazed the trail, Hugh or Archibald. Definitely, Robert followed many years later, in 1919. So I do not know for certain which of the brothers is being referred to in the following extracts taken from The Kingdom of Swaziland - Studies in Political History by D. Hugh Gillis (published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999), on Google Books, but I believe they all refer to Archibald since the final quotation definitely refers to Archibald, as secretary of the Swaziland Farmers' Association, and the author writes throughout as if he is referring to the same person:
1. page 184 A footnote relates that a list of 120 men granted burgher status, prepared in January 1895, included a Mordaunt (SwA. DO9/156A; enc; Aug 10, 1895)
2. page 103 (In 1898) a growing estrangement between the king and his mother appears to have been generally suspected. Labotsibeni (the mother) was said to be losing faith in Bhunu's (her son's) suitability for the kingship and was looking more to his younger brother, Malunge, who, according to the rumour, was being doctored in preparation for kingship. There was another disturbing rumour circulated by Zombodze watchers. Three days after Mbhaba's assassination, Smuts wrote to Milner: "For more than a year I have known that the Paramount Chief and his mother have not been on good terms, and that he suspected Mbhaba of having illicit intercourse with her." Swazi custom laid down strict and somewhat complex rules about relationships between the sexes: and a violation of the code by a senior chief and a widowed queen could be considered a grave offense, punishable by "killing off." When Labotsibeni sent Mordaunt, a British trader who was a friend, to inform Smuts of Mbhaba's death, he said that she was terrified for her own safety; and as Smuts informed the High Commissioner: "Mr. Mordaunt tells me that he gathers the charges against Mbaba (sic.) are that he tried to poison the Paramount Chief, that he spent his money, and that he has had illicit intercourse with his mother. He thinks that Longcanga, Zibokwana, Inslaba and Jokuvu are the men who instigated or advised the Paramount Chief to order Mbaba's death."
3. page 116 With the king's death, the situation in the kingdom appears to have become less controlled. Lobatsibeni was at best of times strong willed but, when faced with tragedy, sought explanation and redress through traditional sources. She was convinced that Bhunu had been poisoned. Witch doctors were asked to "smell out" the culprit, and they pointed to one of the leading chiefs, Zibokwana, who had carried out important missions for the kingdom and was a member of the last deputation sent to England. Despite the trauma of the Mbhaba affair, Zibokwana was put to death, apparently with the queen's assent. The Swazi commonly believed the poison theory. Mordaunt, writing from the Lebombo camp, stated that the Swazi "followed out their old custom ... and had some people killed, amongst whom was Zibokwana," and that he had written to the queen to deplore what was happening."
4. page 164/5 Towards the end of 1915, it was announced that Coryndon would be transferred to Basutoland as resident commissioner. His eight years in Swaziland had been transitional and had given rise to controversy. But relations with the queen-regent and chiefs had so improved that there was genuine concern at his leaving. The Swazis had taken Coryndon's measure and accepted him as an able, energetic man who, in spite of initial differences, was empathetic to their interests. The European community was also favourably disposed. Mordaunt, secretary of the Swaziland Farmers' Association, informed the High Commission, "The relations betweeen Europeans and Natives have improved to such a marked degree .... that the Europeans view with some uneasiness any disturbance of the present personnel of the Government.".
5. That this last Mordaunt is definitely Archibald Quentin Mordaunt is confirmed by a letter in the Swazi National Archives from A. Q. Mordaunt, honorary secretary of the Swaziland Farmers' Association, to the Government Secretary dated 29th November 1911 which argued, according to an article in the Journal of South African Studies, 1st April 1985, that (Swazi native) tenants should no longer have responsibility to their chiefs and should not be regarded as constituents for tax collection purposes, a proposal which was rejected by the Resident Commissioner.
6. Footnote 78 to an article of the South African Military History Society quotes an article in The Natal Mercury (17th August 1901) that a Mordaunt was one of three British civilians taken prisoner by the Boers at Bremersdorp (now Manzini) in July 1901 in the Anglo-Boer War. The town was burnt by the Boers, which may have included his property.
- Hugh Lee Mordaunt (1865 - before 1915), the eldest of the brothers who moved to Africa, was born in Islington, London. He was baptised in St Mary, Hornsey Rise, London, on 13th May, 1865. In the 1871 census (page 2 and page 1 ) he was staying with an unmarried aunt, his mother's sister, in Earls Colne, Essex. He then disappears from the official records in the UK and, like his younger brother, he went to South Africa and farmed in Swaziland. He married Beatrice Thompson (1878 - ?), born in Derby, in Durban in 1897. Hugh died in Nairobi and Beatrice afterwards married a Captain Ansell in 1915.
- Herbert Mordaunt (? - 1962/63). I was delighted to be contacted by Melanie Malema, Herbert's grandaughter, who informed me that he had four children with his first wife, Flora Dlamini, the daughter of a European lady and a Swazi prince.. Melanie is one of her granddaughters.
I was also delighted to be contacted by Professor Sarah Mkhonza, now of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, who told me that Herbert had had a farm in Swaziland that is now Mkhaya reserve in KaMkhweli. Sarah's mother worked for Herbert and Sarah was born on the farm. His workers gave him the African name Ndlumhlophe. He married an Afrikaner, Poppy. He later left the farm and moved to Natal. Sarah's mother remembered two sons of Herbert whom she called Yooyoo and Kukus.
- a child Mordaunt
- a child Mordaunt
- a child Mordaunt
- Richard (Dick) Mordaunt
- Melanie Mordaunt. She married ? Malema, a South African, and lives in Johannesburg
Another story passed on to me by Sarah Mkhonza was of a woman employee in the kitchens who actually worked and got paid nothing, but Ndlumhlophe did buy her an artificial leg for her after she was bitten by a cobra at the farm.
Details of his farm are included in a book 'Big Bend: A History of the Swaziland Bushveld' by Peter Gosnell. He had at least three children
- Christopher Mordaunt, who moved back to Swaziland
- Hugh Mordaunt
- a daughter Mordaunt
- Leslie Crowie who lives in South Africa. I am very grateful to Leslie who made contact and informed me about her family.
- Archibald Quintin Mordaunt (1869 - 1935), who was born in Islington. He was baptised at St. Mary's, Hornsey, Middlesex, on 23rd October, 1869. In the English 1881 census he was at a boarding school in Croydon and by 1888 was already in South Africa.
Again I cannot say with total certainty, but it does seem that he is most probably the father of
A Master Herbert Mordaunt (b. 1899? - ?) accompanied Archibald Quintin on a voyage from Durban to Southampton on the SS Saxon, arriving 2nd August 1913. I suspect it was his nephew although one Internet family tree places him as a son. Archibald's daughter Nell's family history notes do not mention him.
- Walter William Mordaunt (1906 - 1982) who is listed in the Mormon familysearch.org site. Born on 8th May 1906 in Hlatikulu where he is also buried (died on 27th July 1982). My only doubt about Archibald Quintin being his father is that I have not found any connection between Archibald and Hlatikulu. According to his granddaughter Shireen, who made contact through my Guestbook, Walter was close to King Sobhuza and involved in (the rather short-lived) parliament. He had two wives, the first was Paulina, mother of all the children except Fenton, and Fenton's mother Emmah. His sons in order of age were:
Walter William Mordaunt's daughters were:
- Walter Mordaunt who married Queenie
- Maureen Mordaunt
- Elton Mordaunt (d. ?)
- Mark Mordaunt (d. 2002)
- Mara-lee Mordaunt (b. 1986)' I am very grateful to Mara who made contact through the site Guest Book and provided additional information about her family
- Jade Mordaunt (b. 1990)
- Cyril Mordaunt married Enid
Cyril married again and, among any other children, he had a daughter
- Lionel Mordaunt
- Linear Mordaunt
- Vanessa Mordaunt
- Kevin Mordaunt
- Susan Mordaunt who married Thaulani Mthunzi in 2009. I am very grateful to Susan who made contact with me through my Guestbook.
- Professor Owen Mordaunt was born in Swaziland but is now teaching in the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Many of his academic papers and works are on the Internet. He met his American wife, Bev, from Indiana, in Swaziland and they moved to the US in 1984
- Alycia Mordaunt (b. abt. 1988) is studying at biochemical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Austin Mordaunt (b. abt. 1995)
- Philip Arthur Mordaunt (b. 1948) , who married twice. 1. Rosita de Carvalho, (b. 1953) who is Portugeuse and now lives in Marvi Flats, Manzini.
and 2. Philip married a second (Swazi) wife whose name I do not have:
- Regan Mordaunt (b. 1972) who married Nazira Abdul (b. 1981) from Mozambique on 1st January 2009.
I am very grateful to Regan for contacting me and updating me about his family.
- Gabrielle Bianca Mordaunt (b. 2006)
- Regan Ricardo Mordaunt (b. 2010)
- Shireen Mordaunt (b. 1973).
I am very grateful to Shireen who made contact with me through my Guestbook.
- Braxten Mordaunt (b. 1997)
- Ricardo Mordaunt (b. 1978) submitted a "Motivational and Positive Quote" on 4th August 2000. He married Natalie Cuthbert in 2006.
- Bianca Mordaunt (b. 1979)
- Tharlene Mordaunt b. 1984) married Wandile Ntombini in 2006
- Justin Monwabisi Ntombini (b. 2005)
- Arthur Mordaunt is a journalist for The Times of Swaziland. A search of Google will bring up a number of his articles. In September 2009 he ceased simply reporting the news and became the news!
With his second wife Emmah, Walter William had another son
- Violinah Catherine Mordaunt. She married John Donald Arends (decd.) and now lives in Johannesburg. Among any other children she may have had was
After her divorce from John Arends, Violinah had another son
- Sybil Arends (dec'd)
- Sandra Arends (dec'd)
- Aubrey Arends (dec'd)
- Philip Arends (dec'd)
- Stephen Arends
- Margaret Arends
- Irene Arends
- Peggyy Arends
- Antonatte Arends, now Antonatte Mentor, who lives in Johannesburg. I am very grateful to Antonatte who wrote about her mother and family in my Guestbook and by e-mail
- Isabel Mordaunt, now Isabel Maber, in Johannesburg
- Archibald Desmond Littler who married Dolores De Carvalho, presumably a relation of Philip's wife, Rosita, above
- Karen Littler, now Karen Davy, who kindly wrote to me with this information.
- Dolly Mordaunt, now Dolly Marks
- Kendrick Mordaunt is still living in Hlatikulu
- Chantie Mordaunt
- Boy Boy Mordaunt
- daughter Mordaunt whose name Antonatte had forgotten when she wrote to me
- Fenton Mordaunt married Beatrice. They live in Manzini.
- Dean Mordaunt who married Sandy from Botswana. He moved to South Africa in 1998 and is now in Vereeniging, Gauteng.
By one of life's many little coincidences, Dean Mordaunt works for the same company as my daughter, Sarah Mordaunt, now Sarah Elder, albeit on another continent. I am very grateful for the information he has provided, gaps he has filled and loose ends he has tied up. In gratitude to him I am happy to pass on his message to all Mordaunts worldwide:
- Christopher Mordaunt
- Nathan Mordaunt. I am grateful to Nathan who kindly wrote to me with additional information about his family.
"God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives. The God I’m referring to is the creator of the universe and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible says that all have sinned and have fallen short of the Glory of God (including the Mordaunts). It also says that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is Eternal life in Christ Jesus. I urge every Mordaunt and their families to choose life this day and that is by confessing Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives and believing in their hearts that God raised him from the dead for our justification. According to Roman 10:9-10, you will be saved. Amen"
- Nolene Mordaunt
- Arlene Mordaunt
- Albert Mordaunt who, Owen Mordaunt has told me, had three beautiful daughters and may be the father of Walter Marius Mordaunt in South Africa
Archibald Quintin Mordaunt married Annie Poole in Croydon, South London, on 11th March 1914.
He died 30th May 1935 while living at Southbroom, Port Shepstone, Natal. His wife was named as Nancy in the National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations).
- Margaret Joyce Mordaunt (18th February 1915 - ?). She married Stephen Jewitt and they had four children A granddaughter is Jenni Clarkson who contacted me through the Guest Book.
- Nell Mordaunt (13th June 1916 - ?). She married Bill Baker and they had three children. She made notes of her family's history which passed down to her grand niece, Jenni
I am very grateful to Jenni Clarkson, Archibald's great granddaughter, who contacted me through the Guest Book, with a lot of information about her family originally recorded by her great aunt Nell, and the photographs below.
Jenni records that Archibald had a hotel in Swaziland- Bremersdorp. After Annie and the girls had been on holiday in England they returned to find "Archibald had sold the hotel and built a trading store and house at Umzumbe on the Natal south coast. 5 years later they sold and moved to Umtentweni. The girls went to St Elmo’s Convent.
Archie spent most of the time fishing with his umfaan(boy) Vivi.
When the girls went to England to go to school, he sold up and moved back to Swaziland for a short while and then moved to Impenjati on the Natal south coast. He rented rondavels for the Knox-Gore family and ran them as the Palm Beach Hotel. He had a stroke in 1932.
Later he rented the Mount Joy Hotel in St Michaels on Sea which he ran for a couple of years. When the Eyles Brothers built the Southbroom Hotel, he was asked to supervise the building and order all fittings etc. Both girls were to leave England to go and help him run the hotel but as they were leaving they had a cable to say he had had another stroke and had died a few hours later. The girls and Annie did go out and ran the hotel in 1935."
15/08/1888 in Durban,
Archibald front centre,
brother Robert on the left
Darkton Post Office
Archibald is possibly the man
nearest the dog
Archibald's first store
A store in Bremersdorp
Presumably burnt by the
Boer raiding party?
Archibald and his wife Annie
possibly at Pumula, Natal coast.
- Robert Ernest Mordaunt (abt 1872 - 1925) was born in Highgate and baptised in St. Mary's, Hornsey Rise, on 2nd September, 1871. He is presumably the Bertie of family reminiscences. Curiously Robert is not recorded in the Birth List. In the 1881 census he was at a boarding school in Croydon. He was with his brother Archibald in South Africa in 1888, barely 16 years old. He returned to England before the 1891 UK census. He was missing again for the 1901 UK census but in 1906 he married Gladys Dillon (abt 1887 - ?), a stage actress. in Croydon. In the 1911 census he was described as an oil broker, living with his mother-in-law who seemed to have run a boarding house, at 27 Clarendon Road, Wallington, Croydon. Robert and Gladys divorced in 1914 (National Archives Divorce Court File 4837) and passenger lists show that Robert and his two sons (then aged about 12 and 10 years) sailed to Durban, South Africa, from London in 1919. They family ended up settling in South Africa. He died in hospital on 11th March 1925 living at Drift Halt, Durban, his brother Charles Heath being one of those awarded probate of his assets in England.
I am indebted to Marilyn Schliesser and Pamela Naude, his granddaughters, who made contact with me and provided all the subsequent information.
Robert remarried in South Africa and had another son
- Frederick Dillon Mordaunt (1907 - around 1940-1950) was born in Wallington, near Croydon. He was apparently known in the family as Derek
- Peter Mordaunt (b. 1932) now living in Natal. He was a teacher
- Michael Mordaunt (b. 1938) who became a teacher and is now living in Cowies Hill, near Durban.
- Robert Mordaunt. He may be the Rob Mordaunt listed as an alumni of Westville Boys High School, KwaZulu Natal, in 1986, who is now owner of Allied Transport in the Durban area
- John Mordaunt
- Charles Robert Mordaunt (1909 - 1995) was born in Wallington, near Croydon. In South Africa he married Irene Ethel Hughes
- Marilyn Francis Mordaunt (b. 1947) who married Peter Wilhelm Schliesser and is living in Essen, Germany.
- Clive Edgar Mordaunt (b. 1950) was born in Johannesburg and is now living in Langebaan, Cape.
- Mark Mordaunt was educated at Noordgesig Senior Secondary school and when was last heard was a systems engineer at Avusa Media in Johannesburg
- Pamela Jane Mordaunt (b. 1956) was born in Johannesburg and is now living in Langebaan, Cape.
- Marissa Naude
- Chloe Naude
- Robert Ernest Mordaunt (1925 - 1999), who was born in Durban
- Debra Mordaunt, now Debra Edwards. I am very grateful to Debra for writing to me with informaton about her father and family
- Michelle Mordaunt and her twin sister
- Hayley Mordaunt, now Hayley Burnett. I am very grateful to Hayley for writing in my Guest Book
- Chris Mordaunt has a brother and a number of half brothers and sisters, most of whom live in Swaziland. He has a son
- Brett Mordaunt who lives in Port Elizabeth. He married Claire Lauren Myles, who kindly made contact through my Guestbook. Her grandparents, Denis Patrick and May Myles, with their six children, moved to South Africa from the UK in 1963/4. Both Brett and Claire are on Facebook and Claire is also listed in the linkedIn Directory
- Vanessa Adele Mordaunt is listed as an alumni of the Piet Retief High School, Eastern Cape, in 1979
- Walter Marius Mordaunt from Johannesburg made contact with www.mordaunt.com, wanting to know more about the Mordaunt history. He is listed among the alumni of Noordgesig Sekonder, Gauteng, class of 1986. He married Patricia from Noordgesig
- Eschel Mordaunt
- Ethan Mordaunt. He is on Facebook
- Tyron Mordaunt
- Mark Mordaunt from Southdale, Johannesburg, is married to Marlene
- Kyle Mordaunt. He is on Facebook
- Cole Mordaunt (interesting to see the "return" of the name Cole). He is on Facebook
- Kayleigh Mordaunt. She is on Facebook
- Clyde Mordaunt also made contact with www.mordaunt.com guest book (since closed) in April 2006. He was an alumni of Missourilaan Sekondar School, Gauteng, in 1993. He is also listed in the linkedIn Directory and has a page on Facebook.
- Rebecca Mordaunt is listed as an alumni of the Eldorado Park Sekunder School in 1999
- Presumably sisters, and daughters of a, to me, unidentified Mordaunt, are
- Also on Facebook are:
- Listed in the South African telephone directory:
- Ab Mordaunt in Johannesburg
- C. Mordaunt in Johannesburg
- J. C. Mordaunt in Edenvale, East Rand, Gauteng
- Dm Mordaunt in Pretoria
- S. K. Mordaunt in West Rand, Gauteng
- Jl Mordaunt in Dundee, Pietermaritzburg and Kwazulu-Natal
- Pj Mordaunt in Richmond, Pietermaritzburg and Kwazulu-Natal
- M. H. Mordaunt in Durban
- R. B. Mordaunt in Westville, Durban, Kwazulu. Colleen Mordaunt excells at bowls at Westville Country Club
- Listed as an IPSC member on the Association of Personnel Service Organisations website is:
- Racquel Mordaunt of Gauteng.
She is also listed as an alumni of Riverlea Sekonder, Gauteng, class of 2002, together with Kelly Mordaunt, also listed listed as an alumni of Riverlea Sekonder, Gauteng, class of 2002
?????Does anyone know after whom Mordaunt Street, Johannesburg 2094, was named?????
There are other Mordaunts in Swaziland whose origins I do not yet know. Hopefully one of them will contact me one day and fill in some gaps.