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Name: POULTON, Margaret Pearl, Mrs

Nee: Odendaal

Birth Date: 17 Nov 1892 Riversdale, Cape Province

Death Date: d. 21 Nov 1970 Salisbury, UK.

First Date: 1921 from South Africa

Profession: Had been a Teacher in S.A. before her marriage.

Area: Molo - 'Kenjockety'

Married: William James Weymouth Poulton 'Billy' (1880-1960)

Children: Margaret Elizabeth 'Beth' (Arathoon) (b.8 Nov 1920) Cape Town, Philip Weymouth (b.8 Dec 1922 Molo), John Weymouth (b.15 Oct 1924 Molo), Jane Weymouth (Dowager Lady Wedgwood) b.5 June 1927 Pietermaritzburg, William

Book Reference: Over my Shoulder

General Information:

Over my Shoulder - 'that dear woman who lived on the other side of the stream [from Walter Trench's farm Temoyetta] a mile away, and who was to be my guide, philosopher and friend for the rest of my days in Molo.'  [When Mike Abraham left in 1932] - His imported pure bred sheep he did not sell, but gave to Billy Poulton. This was an inspired gesture, because Billy always loved his sheep, as he loved all animals, and they had a better chance of survival at Kenjockety than in most other places. .............….
Altogether it was an amazingly elastic house - this fantastically generous, warmly hospitable home of the Poultons. It was never empty of guests - guests from every corner of Kenya and many of them at the end of their tether. There, at Kenjockety, they were sheltered and more than welcome to share whatever the larder held. Of this, 95% would have been home grown, from the buck meat right down to the very last loaf of bread made from their own farm wheat. It is no wonder that the name of Poulton became a household word from one end of Kenya to the other.

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