Grahamstown Journal

Grahamstown Journal 1871 - 2 - April to June

Monday 3 April 1871

MARRIED at Durban, Port Natal on the 6th March, by the father of the Bridegroom, Jabez Newell HOLDEN to Esther, daughter of Mr. J. SLATTER.

DIED at Grahamstown on Saturday 1 April 1871, Flora McDonald, only child of Adam and Catherine GUTHRIE; aged 3 years 5 months and 24 days.
Mr. and Mrs. GUTHRIE beg sincerely to thank the Friends who so kindly assisted them during their dear child’s illness.

Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Edward Perks SHINGLER
All Persons claiming to be Creditors under this Estate are required to take notice that a Special Meeting of Creditors will be held before the Resident magistrate of Grahamstown on Wednesday 3rd May 1871 at 10 o’clock in the forenoon for the proof of Debts.
Thos. HOLLAND, Sole Trustee
Grahamstown, 1st April 1871

Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of A.R. GOOCH & Co.
The first Liquidation and Distribution Account in the above Estate will lie, for the inspection of Creditors, at the office of the Resident Magistrate of Grahamstown for a period of seven days from Monday the 3rd April, and after that for a further period of fourteen days at the office of the Master of the Supreme Court, Capetown; after the expiration of which last mentioned period, should no objection be made thereto, the Honourable the Supreme Court will be moved to confirm the same, and order the distribution thereof.
Thos. HOLLAND
W.T. KINGSMILL
Trustees
Grahamstown, 1st April 1871

Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Henry PEACH
The first Liquidation and Distribution Account in the above Estate will lie, for the inspection of Creditors, at the office of the Resident Magistrate of Grahamstown for a period of seven days from Monday the 3rd April, and after that for a further period of fourteen days at the office of the Master of the Supreme Court, Capetown; after the expiration of which last mentioned period, should no objection be made thereto, the Honourable the Supreme Court will be moved to confirm the same, and order the distribution thereof.
Thos. HOLLAND
W.T. KINGSMILL
Trustees
Grahamstown, 1st April 1871

Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Charles Benjamin TROLLIP
All Persons claiming to be Creditors under this Estate are required to take notice that the Undersigned have been duly elected to, and confirmed in, the appointment of Joint Trustees of the said Estate, and that the Master has appointed the third meeting to be held before the Resident Magistrate of Grahamstown, on Wednesday the 3rd May next, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, for the proof of Debts, for receiving the Trustees’ Report, and also for the purpose of giving directions to the said Trustees as to the management of the said Estate; and all Persons indebted to the said Estate are required to pay the same to the Undersigned on or before that date, or proceedings will be instituted against them.
Thos. HOLLAND
C.W. HUTTON
Geo. J. NICHOLLS
Joint Trustees

Tuesday 11 April 1871

DIED March 28th 1871 at the Wesleyan Mission Station, Clarkebury, Henry Parker, aged 20 months, infant son of the Rev P and Mrs. HARGREAVES

Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Julia GREATHEAD and Frederick Calder BATE, lately trading together at Grahamstown under the Style of GREATHEAD & BATE
All Persons claiming to be Creditors under this Estate are required to take notice that the Undersigned have been duly elected to, and confirmed in, the appointment of Joint Trustees of the said Estate, and that the Master has appointed the third meeting to be held before the Resident Magistrate of Grahamstown, on Wednesday the 19th April 1871, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, for the proof of Debts, for receiving the Trustees’ Report, and also for the purpose of giving directions to the said Trustees as to the management of the said Estate; and all Persons indebted to the said Estate are required to pay the same to the Undersigned forthwith, or proceedings will be instituted against them.
R.S. SMITH
Ben. B. ATTWELL
Joint Trustees

Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Wm. RAMSBOTTOM of Fort Peddie
Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of Creditors will be held before the Resident Magistrate of Grahamstown on Wednesday the 19th April next, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of considering an offer of compromise to be made by the Insolvent of 7s6d in the Pound to his concurrent Creditors under security. Compromise to bear interest.
John CROXFORD, Sole Trustee

Friday 14 April 1871

BIRTH at Grahamstown on the 12th inst, Mrs. Henry CALDERWOOD of a son.

DIED on the 11th instant, at her residence, Grahamstown, Mrs. Ann PHILLIPS, at the age of 78 – one of the Settlers of 1820. Death was sudden, but her consistent life gave evidence of her preparedness for the call. Friends will accept the grateful thanks of the family for their kind attentions.

Monday 17 April 1871

DIED at Fort Beaufort on Monday morning the 10th inst, our beloved daughter Frances Caroline Augustine, after lingering three days in inexpressible agony. We hereby tender our sincere thanks to Drs. ALLEN and PALMER, for their unremitting attention to the deceased, and to the Rev. James O’CONNEL, R.C. Priest, Mrs. DORAN and others, for their kind help and assistance to our deceased child during her dreadful suffering.
Louis H. MEURANT
Charlotte MEURANT
Cathcart Cottage
Fort Beaufort, April 14 1871.

DIED at Grahamstown, 14th April 1871, at the residence of her son-in-law Mr. Geo. DICKS, Ann SMITH, aged 77 years. Deceased was one of the British Settlers of 1820.

Wednesday 19 April 1871

BIRTH at Grahamstown, April 19th, the wife of Mr. G. MURRAY of a daughter.

Friday 21 April 1871

BIRTH at Alexandria on the 16th April 1871, the wife of John Wm. HONEY Esq, C.C. and R.M. of a daughter.

DIED at Port Elizabeth, March 27 1871, William Byard WILKS; aged 26 years and 2 months, eldest son of the late John WILKS of this city.

DIED at Springfield on the 18th April 1871, Mabel Campbell, infant daughter of W.H. DANIELL, aged 1 year 1 month and 8 days.

Monday 24 April 1871

BIRTH at Burghersdorp, March 29th, the wife of Mr. R. THOMAS of a daughter.

MARRIED at Shaw Park Chapel, on the 20th April, by the Rev G.H. Green, David Thomas, youngest son of the Rev P. SMAILES, of Seymour, to Sarah Jane, third daughter of Thomas COCKCROFT, of Myrtle Grove. No cards.

Wednesday 26 April 1871

DIED on the 7th April 1871, at the residence of Mr. Robt. READ, Klip Drift, Diamond-fields, John Lidbetter EARLE, son of the late W.J. EARLE of Grahamstown; aged 41 years.

Monday 8 May 1871

BIRTH on the 30th ult at Brooklyn, near King Williamstown, the wife of J.P. Mansel WEALE Esq of a son.

DIED in London on the 14th March 1871, Mrs. Mary Ann WELLS, sister of Mr. Richard ATTWELL of Capetown; aged 76 years. Deceased was eminently distinguished for her active, but unobtrusive piety, and for her fidelity to the Church (the Wesleyan) of which, for more than half a century, she was a consistent and devoted member. She died as she had lived, in the full hope, through her Redeemer, of eternal life.

Wednesday 10 May 1871

BIRTH on the 7th inst, the wife of the Hon’ble Mr, Justice DWYER of a son.

Monday 15 May 1871

BIRTH at Peddie on Saturday 6th May 1871, Mrs. Holt OKES of a daughter.

Wednesday 17 May 1871

BIRTH at Grahamstown on the 12th May, the wife of A.C. TAWKE Esq, Lieutenant 32nd Light Infantry, of a son.

Monday 22 May 1871

BIRTH on the 6th April at Littlehampton, the wife of Major-General ELMHIRST of a daughter.

Friday 26 May 1871

MARRIED at Klip Drift on the 15th instant by the Rev H. Saddler, William George SANDERSON Esq to Frances, widow of the late Hon’ble Joseph CAWOOD M.L.C. No cards.

DIED at her residence near Fort England, on the 23rd May, of apoplexy, Mrs. Sarah REYNOLDS, widow of the late Mr. William REYNOLDS, leaving a large family to mourn their loss. Aged 68 years and 4 months. Friends at a distance will please to accept this notice.
Grahamstown, 26th May 1871.

Monday 29 May 1871

A TRAGEDY
(Argus)
One of those melancholy and mysterious tragedies took place on Saturday night at Sea Point which teach us what unsounded depths of sorrow may be veiled by an habitually cheerful bearing, and what undercurrents of stern resolution may be hidden by the play of a free and strong nature. A young lady, not yet twenty years of age, in the flower of youth, graced with many charms of manner and appearance, threw herself off the rocks at Sea Point into one of the angriest seas that ever beat upon the shore.
At six o’clock on Saturday night a black hat and a black mantle, neatly trimmed, were brought into Mr. HOSKING’s shop, together with a black silk parasol and a pair of black silk gloves, carefully folded. They had been picked up on the high broad rocks that stand out like the breastwork of a fortification opposite Captain DIVERS’, and a melancholy story came with them. Their unfortunate owner had been seen by Capt. DIVERS’ servants to walk rapidly backwards and forwards on the beach road, and occasionally to make her way to the edge of the rocks which skirt the shore. Whether her determination wavered, or she was appalled at the tremendous breakers, or could not find a convenient spot for her purpose on which she was bent, can, of course, only be conjectured; but upwards of an hour appeared to have been spent in these irregular movements, which, however, excited no suspicion in the minds of those who watched her. At length the unfortunate lady climbed the rocks before named, and after walking backwards and forwards for a few moments, deliberately took off her mantle and gloves, folded them quietly up, and holding one hand over her eyes, leaped into the boiling flood below. The servant who had been watching her more from curiosity than from suspicion of anything wrong, rushed to the spot immediately. Some distance from the shore she saw, or thought she saw, a hand in the thick masses of seaweed which sway to and fro with the surge, but it vanished instantly. Others, attracted by the cries of Captain DIVERS’ servant, involuntarily exclaimed as she witnessed the fatal leap, came to the spot and searched diligently for some time, but in vain. The search was renewed on Sunday morning by the heart-broken friends of the lady, but to no purpose – the waves were, if possible, bigger than the day before, and the surf tremendous. The sea had borne away its victim, and refused to return it to the anxious searchers.
The name of the lady was soon discovered at Sea Point. She appeared to have left town by the half past four tram, and to have conversed with perfect cheerfulness and calmness, and without showing any excitement of manner, with a Sea Point lady who, on hearing of what had transpired, instantly recognised the things that had been left. Her friends were speedily communicated with, and, we need hardly say, heard with overwhelming grief the calamity which had unexpectedly overtaken them.
It cannot be any secret, and it is best publicly to state, that the unhappy girl was the niece of Mr. W. STIGANT, and had resided with him for years in most affectionate association with the members of his family, always showing warm attachment to the children, to whom she was like a second mother. We have heard from those intimate with Miss HOLLAND that nothing could exceed the heartiness with which she spoke of her complete happiness in her adopted home, and of the general care with which she had been trained and educated. If we allude to the trouble which appeared to prey upon her mind, it is only in the hope that the reckless and thoughtless manner in which young girls are sometimes treated may be associated in the public mind with the calamity of Saturday night. It appears that a month or two ago Miss HOLLAND received a wicked and cruel valentine, reflecting in a disgusting and brutal manner upon some of her relations (not, we may say, upon any member of Mr. STIGANT’s family) and upbraiding her on their account. In a way that need not be mentioned, these brutal reflections were connected with some heart-troubles of her own and were consequently bitterly felt by her. High spirited, and with a good deal of natural pride, Miss HOLLAND inwardly resented and felt the insult in a manner which made itself plainly visible to her friends. To use Mr. STIGANT’s words “She was never quite the same afterwards”. She had, however, so much strength of purpose, and such a sustained flow of spirits, that no-one dreamed of any evil consequences, or thought that she would not speedily recover from the cruel stab that some professedly friendly hand had given to her. She was present at the launching of the Gambia, and appeared in excellent spirits, both then and subsequently. It seems, however, that there was an undercurrent of mortification and despair, growing slowly into the desperate resolve carried out last Saturday.
To attempt to moralize on such a tragedy, and its cause, would be a waste of words. The lesson is plain enough, and will not, we hope, be lost upon those who have most need to read it. We have but to tender our sympathy to our much respected fellow-citizen, Mr. STIGANT, and his family, and to assure him of the kindly and sympathetic feeling of the public.

Friday 2 June 1871

BIRTH at the Hermitage, Oatlands, May 29th, the wife of Mr. George REYNOLDS of a son.

DIED at Aloe Grove, Bongolo, near Queenstown, the residence of his brother Elijah WIGGILL, on the 29th inst, George WIGGILL of Bram Bush, Winterberg; aged 55 years. Friends at a distance will be good enough to accept this notice.
Queenstown
30th May 1871

Monday 5 June 1871

DIED at Fort England, on the 27th May 1871, George GRAHAM, aged 78 years. For upwards of 35 years a resident of this City.

Friday 9 June 1871

BIRTH at Alice on the 2nd inst, Mrs. Charles HARPER of a son.

BIRTH at Grahamstown, 3rd June 1871, the wife of the Rev Robert J. MULLINS of a son.

Friday 16 June 1871

BIRTH at Burghersdorp on the morning of the 9th June 1871, the wife of Mr. Edward KELLY of a son.

DIED at Kobougo Park, division of King Williamstown, on Monday May 8th 1871, after a long and painful illness, Mr. John ROACH.

DIED, June 16th, at her residence No. 2 Somerset-street, Grahamstown, after a long and severely protracted illness, Elizabeth, widow of the late John KINGSLEY Esq of the Cape Mounted Riflemen. Aged 71.

Friday 23 June 1871

BIRTH at Smithfield, Orange Free State, on the 13th inst, the wife of J. HARVEY Esq, Landdrost, of a son.

BIRTH at Grahamstown on Thursday 22nd June, Mrs. James WOOD of a daughter.

Monday 26 June 1871

MARRIED on Wednesday 21st June, at Balfour, district of Stockenstrom, Edward Philip SOLOMON, eldest son of Rev. Edward SOLOMON, of Bedford, to Harriet Jane THOMSON, youngest daughter of the Rev W.R. THOMSON, Balfour.
Grahamstown
24th June 1871

Friday 30 June 1871

BIRTH on the 4th June at Pietermaritzburg, Natal, the wife of Captain MAHONY, 32nd Light Infantry, of a son.

MARRIED June 27th 1871, in St.John’s Church, Bathurst, by the Rev Mr. Wallis, Mr. W.T. GLASS of Lushington Valley, son of the late Mr. W. GLASS of Grahamstown, to Miss Johannah CAWOOD, daughter of the late Mr. John CAWOOD of Cawood’s Post.

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