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British Families in Southern Patagonia



b. 1855 Burntisland, Fife, son of Peter SAUNDERS & Ann SHARP; brother of Thomas SAUNDERS; c.1885-89 emigrated to Argentina; bef. 1899 at Ea. Rincón de los Morros, Santa Cruz; d. 1930 Inverness


Marjory Duncan MACDONALD

b. 1874, dtr. of Duncan MACDONALD & Isabell MACGREGOR; d. 1940 Inverness

Children (born Patagonia, unless otherwise stated):

1. William Eugene Archibald (see SAUNDERS--HUNTLEY, below)
2. Kathleen Mabel Francis, b. c1899; d. 1968 Inverness
3. Thomas Peter, b. 1900; m. 1908 Marie Josephine PIERCE; d. 1978 Inverness
4. Annie Ethel Estella, b. 1904 Chile; m. 1937 Hector George Newman PATERSON; d. 1987 Inverness
5. George Duncan, b. 1906 (see SAUNDERS--HEYHIRST, below)
6. Marjory, b. 1911
7. Ruby Jean Christina, b. 1912; m. Calum BEATON; d. 1996 Inverness
8. Hilda Florence, b. 1917 Kingston, Surrey; m. 1941 John CROOKALL


William Eugene Archibald SAUNDERS

b. 1897 Rincón de los Morros[?]; ranch manager, Tierra del Fuego; 1930s[?] employed by Ganadera Tongoy, managed sheep ranch on Easter Island; (1940s) settled in Coyhaique (Aysén); managed farm at Coyhaique Bajo; member of Junta de Adelanto of Coyhaique; elected councillor of Puerto Aysén; member of Rotary Club; freemason; [2nd marriage to Amalia MAURET of Coyhaique]; d. 1969? Coyhaique; bur. Coyhaique

m1. 1925 Punta Arenas

Kathleen Mary HUNTLEY

b. 1899 Wandsworth, dtr. of John Arthur HUNTLEY, wholesale businessman & Alice Kate GOATCHER; on Easter Island, assisted nuns who ran leprosarium; d. 1947 Easter Island; bur. Easter Island


John, b. 1926 Godstone, Surrey; participated in World War II; settled in Puerto Aysén; member of fire brigade; m. 1956 Puerto Aysén to Yolanda VELÁSQUEZ; dtr. Juanita; d. 1971 Puerto Aysén

William + Kathleen Saunders at Ea. Cerro Castillo

George Duncan SAUNDERS (see SAUNDERS—MACDONALD, above)

b. 1906 Ea. Rincón de los Morros, Río Gallegos; educated at Trent College, Nottingham; 1925 cadet (management trainee) with SETF; at Ea. Josefina, Tierra del Fuego; at Ea. Oazy Harbour, Magallanes; c1930-34 under-manager at Ea. Cerro Guido; 1936 Ea. Cerro Castillo; 1939 volunteer in Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers; 1944 participated in D-Day landing; 1946 discharged with rank of sargeant; 1946 Ea. Oazy Harbour; c1947 Ea. Bories; 1949-65 ranch manager at Ea. Cerro Castillo; 1965-72 ranch manager at Ea. Las Vegas, Argentina; d. 1972, at sea, off the coast of Brazil (see his article on ranch management)

m. 1942 Darlington, Co. Durham

George Saunders
George Saunders


b. 1915 Coolrain, Co. Laois, Ireland (only dtr. of John W. HEYHIRST & Elizabeth Ellen FLETCHER of Mountrath, Co. Laois, Ireland); 1946 emigrated from Darlington, Co. Durham to Magallanes; retired 1972 to Dublin, Ireland; d. 2006 (see her article on ranch life)

Children: None.

Jennie Saunders

Thanks: Jacqui Williamson (VIII-2006); Michael Saunders (I-2013); Juanita Saunders (II-2013); Adrian Harvey (VI-2014)
1. (George) "Farming in Patagonia", Luing Cattle Journal, January 1971
2. (Jennie) Juanita Saunders
3. (William and Kathleen) Juanita Saunders
4. (Kathleen Mary) Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, accessed on ancestry.co.uk (VIII-2014)
Last updated: 22-VIII-2014