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Faros family from Kythera to Cape Town

submitted by Joan Krygsman on 20.07.2019


Hello! I am working on the family tree for my stepmother, Jacqueline Maree. Jacquie was born in 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa to Percival John Maree and Muriel Irene Adams, both born and raised in the Western Cape of South Africa. HOWEVER, Jacquie's DNA came back with the closest cousin connections of the last name Faros, from the island of Kythera. After some back and forth with DNA relatives, we discovered that two men from Kythera - Dimitri Faros (abt 1870 - 1941) and his son Yanni (1893-1950) - spent over a decade in South Africa, in the time leading up to Muriel's birth in 1921.

Apparently Dimitri came over first in the early years of the century, and started up a couple of restaurants/pubs in Cape Town, and in Upington. His son Yanni joined him as a young ager around 1909 or so. It seems they were both gone by 1923 (Australia in Yanni's case - Dimitri probably returned to Kythera, as that is where he apparently died).

So, for current lack of a better explanation, it is possible that one of them is Muriel's father - her birth certificate lists her parents as John and Johanna Adams. There does not seem to be any connection to Greece (other than a tenuous one - a witness at her baptism was Maria Appolos, which sounds a bot like a Greek name, I think?)

Any sort of information on the Faros family would be so gratefully received. We are very much looking forward to figuring out this mystery! 

Joan Krygsman

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