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Grahamstown Journal 1871 - 3 - July to September

Monday 3 July 1871

BIRTH at Woodbury on Saturday 1 July, the wife of Mr. G.R. GUSH of a son.

BIRTH at Seymour, Stockenstrom, on the 22nd June 1871, the wife of Mr. G.G. MEURANT of a son.

Friday 7 July 1871

BIRTH on the 30th June, at Queenstown, the wife of Mr. E. PARKER of a daughter.

DIED on the 5th July, at the residence of his son, Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope, William STREAK, of Wargrave, near Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire, England, in the 81st year of his age. Deceased was one of the 1820 Settlers of 1820. Friends at a distance will please accept this notice.

Monday 10 July 1871

BIRTH at Grahamstown on Friday the 7th July 1871, the wife of Mr. Jonathan AYLIFF of a son.

Friday 14 July 1871

DIED at Balfour on Saturday the 8th inst, Joseph Cox WARNER, in his 65th year.

It is our melancholy and painful duty to record the death of Joseph Cox WARNER Esq, recently elected to represent this division in the House of Assembly, which sad event took place at Balfour on Saturday afternoon last at half past two o’clock. Mr. WARNER left Queenstown early on the morning of 21st June, apparently in good health and spirits. Scarcely had he got to the Katberg before symptoms of illness began to appear, and on arriving at Balfour Mr. WARNER had to alight and allow the mail cart to proceed without him. He was suffering from a complaint he had been subject to for some years though not to be seriously inconvenienced with it. The medical gentleman from Stockenstrom was at once summoned, and when he arrived he expressed a wish to have a medical gentleman from Fort Beaufort, who was also sent for. Little resulted from the consultation, the late departed suffered extreme agony, at times being unconscious. On Wednesday Mr. E.J. WARNER proceeded to Balfour to be with his father, and on Thursday Mrs. WARNER, accompanied by Dr. KRANZ, followed her son. Dr. KRANZ did all that medical aid could do, but it was too late. Mr. WARNER recognised his wife, then was unconscious again, lingering up to Saturday, when he was again unconscious for a short time, and then passed quietly away. Great sympathy is felt for the sorrowing widow and the sons and relatives of the deceased. He was an indulgent husband and kind father, and many will miss the unbounded liberality of him who is now no more. Mr. WARNER assisted not a few; in fact, we believe that his large salary in years gone by was all spent in helping others, and that he had little or nothing left, after years of labour and toil, except the farm Glen Grey.
Mr. WARNER came to this colony a youth with the settlers of 1820, and has been a resident of the extreme frontier ever since. Early in life he became a member of the Wesleyan Church, and for 40 years has been a consistent and upright Christian man. The former of these years were spent as a Missionary of the Wesleyan Church. Then his services were required in another sphere and he was strongly solicited, and reluctantly accepted, the office of British Agent with the Tambookies at a time when none other fitted for the appointment could be found to take it.
Mr. WARNER entered the Government service as Tambookie agent at the close of the war in 1851, and successfully managed the settlement of the natives of the Tambookie location and their effective management while Queenstown was in its infancy and struggling to rise to strength and independence. During the cattle slaughtering of 1857 he did signal service to the country by keeping Government well informed of the very first movements of the Kafirs, and preventing the Tambookies from joining the false prophet, and without doubt by this means preventing a general Kafir war.
In 1863 4 when the plan was set on foot to make the vacant lands in the Transkei a European Settlement, Mr. WARNER was appointed British Resident beyond, to preserve the new frontier, as he had done that of Queenstown up to that time, He still held this office, though it was ultimately decided to locate natives in that country and not Europeans, being put in charge of the various tribal divisions and agencies. Under his management that country became one of the most prosperous and progressive of any country occupied by natives in South Africa.
About two years ago Mr. WARNER retired on a well earned pension, and hoped to end his days in peace and quietness at Glen Grey, but it was willed otherwise. The electors of Queenstown called upon him to represent them in the Assembly. He consented, was elected, and on the journey down to fulfil his duty to his country, the sad event occurred which we have so imperfectly chronicled.
Mr. WARNER will not only be a loss to Queenstown but to the colony and to the tribes beyond. We cannot replace him or produce another with the same influence. The power of his name was felt far and near throughout Kafirland, and the mention of it in the remote corners of Kaffraria Proper was sufficient to command respect from the native, and induce him to listen with quietness, if not with awe.

Friday 21 July 1871

DIED on the 13th July 1871 at the residence of her son Stephen DELL, at Barville Park, Cape of Good Hope, Hannah DELL (born WHITE), relict of Edward Hunt DELL, in the 92nd year of her age. Deceased was a British Settler of 1820.

DIED at the Kamastone Wesleyan Mission Station on the 12th inst, Ann, wife of the Rev W. SHEPSTONE, Wesleyan General Superintendent. Aged 64 years and 9 months.

DIED at Schoongezicht, District of Middelburg, on Wednesday 12th inst, of bronchitis, Isabella Robertina, beloved daughter of Robert and Isabella HARE. Aged 8 years.

Wednesday 26 July 1871

Notice of Removal
Mrs. MOYS begs to announce that she has moved her Commercial and Private Boarding House to the premises adjoining Crump’s Stores, High-street, Grahamstown. These premises are extensive and well situated for convenience.

Monday 31 July 1871

BIRTH at Alexandria on the 28th instant, the wife of Mr. Frank PATTISON of a son.

MARRIED by Special Licence in Commemoration Chapel on the 20th July 1871, by the Rev R. Lamplough, Aunjer B. PARKER to Letitia Catherine, fourth daughter of W.A. FLETCHER Esq. No cards.

MARRIED at Grahamstown on the 20th July 1871 by the Rev R. Lamplough, George D. PAGE, eldest son of George PAGE Esq of Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, to Emma Ellen, daughter of B. ATTWELL Esq of Grahamstown. No cards.

Friday 4 August 1871

BIRTH on the 28th July 1871, at King Williamstown, the wife of Mr. John M. PEACOCK of a son.

DIED at Tylden Post on the 27th July 1871, from whooping cough, Fanny Amelia, dearly loved infant daughter of Charles and Fanny BAILIE, aged one month and twenty-one days.

The last Mail brought us the mournful intelligence of the death of Thomas PARKES Esq of Wheatlands, which melancholy event took place at Madeira on the 4th June last. The whole neighbourhood feel that they have lost a very dear friend. His friends – and they were many – can scarcely realise the fact that they will see him no more. He was the friend of all, high and low. Rich and poor were treated with courtesy and kindness. Every visitor to Wheatlands can testify to his hospitality, and to his kindness in showing them over the farm and paying every attention to their wants. His death was not unlooked for, he having suffered for the last eighteen months from that fatal disease, consumption, which carried off his brother James nearly two years ago. He was advised by his friends to try a change of air; and much against his will, consented to go to Madeira, where he arrived in March last. But nothing could stop the progress of the fell disease. He was the third son of Thomas PARKES Esq of Uitenhage, and was born in Monte Video in 1837. When young, he came to this colony with his parents, and was reared and educated at Uitenhage. When he was 14 years of age his father bought in the estate of the late John THORNHILL, the farm of Wheatlands, to which the deceased came to live in his fifteenth year. The father then made over the farm to his four sons, each one to take the responsibility and profits of the place at his eighteenth birthday. Well does the writer remember congratulating the deceased on that birthday, and the modest way in which he returned his thanks. After the brothers had been masters for about five years, they thought it advisable that two at least should “clear out”, as there was not sufficient work for four to superintend. So James and Thomas bought the whole affair, leaving the other two to buy farms for themselves. James then took the agricultural part and Thomas the stock. Under the management of two such practical farmers it is no wonder that everything prospered. The Oidium never got hold of the vineyard, nor the brandziekte of the sheep. Lands were manured and machinery bought; improvements were visible on all sides. Thomas, on his part, improved his sheep by buying at high prices imported rams, and building dipping tanks. A better managed farm was not to be found in the colony than when under the management of these two gentlemen. They thought nothing of spending money when a return was probable. The £1,500 spent on that gigantic dam did not give a second thought after they had well considered the matter and become certain that the investment was a safe one. Where formerly was a barren karoo flat, are now large fields yielding 1,000 muids of grain all irrigated from it. Pity for the country that such men should be taken from it in early life. It is a mystery of Providence that good men should die while in the bloom of manhood.
Mr. PARKES leaves a widow (daughter of the Rev John EDWARDS) and two children. We all deeply sympathise with the widow and aged mother, the latter having buried two sons in less than two years. The remains of the deceased will be brought to Wheatlands for interment. – Graaff-Reinet Advertiser.

Monday 14 August 1871

BIRTH at London on the 26th June, the wife of W.A. RICHARDS Esq of a daughter.

BIRTH this morning at Westbourne House, the wife of Mr. J.C. HOOLE of a daughter.
Grahamstown, 14th August 1871

DIED at his residence, Frieschgewaagd, Winterberg, on the 3rd instant, James MOORCROFT; aged 79 years. One of the Settlers of 1820.
The memory of the just is blessed.

DIED at Grahamstown on the 10th inst, at the residence of Mr. John L. JAFFRAY, Mrs. OGILVIE, relict of the late Mr. George OGILVIE, after a lingering and painful illness. Aged 87 years and 7 months. Deceased came to this colony in the year 1819.

Friday 18 August 1871

BIRTH yesterday at Grahamstown, the wife of Mr. Arthur DOUGLASS of a son.

MARRIED at Trinity Church on Wednesday the 16th inst, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev R. Johnston, Richard Graham Stone BOTHA Esq of Adelaide to Annie Caroline, youngest daughter of the Rev N.H. SMIT of this city.

Friday 25 August 1871

DIED at Burghersdorp on the 10th inst, Hannah Spencer, youngest and beloved daughter of the Rev John SMITH, aged 15 years and 8 months.

Monday 28 August 1871

BIRTH at All Saints’ Mission, Independent Kaffraria, 13th August 1871, the wife of the Reverend John GORDON of a daughter.

DIED at Grahamstown on the 26th August 1871, aged 45 years and 6 months, Matilda Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. John EDKINS, leaving a husband and nine children, together with a large circle of relatives and friends, to mourn their loss.
“Time how short! Eternity how long!”

Wednesday 30 August 1871

DIED at Oatlands on Sunday 27th Aug, Flora, only daughter of Mr. J. VROOM. Aged 14 months and 19 days.

Friday 1 September 1871

DIED at Somerset East on Sunday morning, 27th August, William John Firth, beloved and only son of Edward and Susan GARDNER, aged 10 months and 9 days.
“For such is the kingdom of Heaven”.

Monday 4 September 1871

Notice to Creditors
In the Insolvent Estate of Frederick Calder BATE, of Grahamstown, Merchant
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, at his office, at Grahamstown, on Wednesday the 27th day of September 1871, at 10 o’clock precisely, for the purpose of receiving the opinion given by Counsel in respect to the Bond passed by the Insolvent in favour of his Wife’s Trustees, and also for the purpose of giving the Trustee instructions as to the disposal of the Landed Property situate on West Hill, Grahamstown.
R.S. SMITH, Sole Trustee.

Wednesday 6 September 1871

DIED at her residence, Grahamstown, on the 2nd September 1871, Ann, relict of the late Mr. J.H. FINAUGHTY, aged 54 years and 5 months.

Friday 8 September 1871

BIRTH at King Williamstown on Saturday 2nd September 1871, the wife of Mr. henry McDONALD of a son.

DIED at Grahamstown on Wednesday 1st Sept [sic] of bronchitis, after a short illness, Mr. John ADAM, aged 46 years. Friends at a distance will please accept this notice.

DIED at the residence of M. J.F. BOTHA, Ann Begly, beloved wife of John PRICE, aged 33 years, leaving a family of 10 children.

Monday 11 September 1871

BIRTH on Saturday 26th August, the wife of the Rev Mr. Robertson LOVEDALE of a daughter.

DIED this morning of bronchitis, after two days’ illness, Emma Clarissa, eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth WEDDERBURN, aged 14 years and 2 months.

We regret having to announce that on Saturday afternoon an accident occurred on board the mail steamer Natal, which terminated in the death of a much respected officer of that ship, Mr. Victor FERNANDEZ, the purser, or chief steward. From what we have been able to gather, it appears that on Saturday afternoon the crew of the Natal were busily engaged receiving cargo, and the donkey-engine was in full work. The man who was attending to the engine, and whose duty it was to keep the rope tight to the drum, appeared to be unable to do so, when the deceased, who was a powerful man, went to his assistance. The deceased appears to have laid hold of the rope, and to have been in the act of pulling it, when it again slipped, and Mr, FERNANDEZ’s arm was dragged under and halfway round the drum before he could be released. It was immediately discovered that his arm was broken, and the doctor of the Norseman was telegraphed to go on board. He did so, and immediately gave directions that the sufferer should be removed to the Somerset Hospital. Some delay took place in finding a stretcher, but the directions were carried out. In the meantime Mr. FERNANDEZ had been suffering the greatest agony, and had lost a large quantity of blood, and it was found necessary on reaching the Hospital that restoratives should be freely exhibited before proceeding to the amputation which had become necessary. The left arm of the deceased was frightfully shattered, being broken in three places, and presenting the appearance of having been beaten with a sledgehammer. The sufferer was so low that it was not considered judicious to administer chloroform; but about eight o’clock the Resident Surgeon of the Hospital, Dr. CHIAPPINI Jun, the visiting surgeon Dr BIECARD and the Doctor of the Norseman amputated the injured limb. It was feared, from the first, that the operation would fail to save the life of the deceased, and he continued to sink gradually until death terminated his sufferings in about seven hours after the accident happened.
Mr. FERNANDEZ was for several years in the employ of the Union Steamship Company, and was well known by those who have been passengers in the company’s steamers, and by the inhabitants of Capetown and other ports of call. We believe he had intended to abandon the sea, and that he would have shortly proceeded to Southampton, at which place he owned some property, and where he intended to spend the remainder of his days. The deceased, who was about forty years of age, leaves a widow with one or two children, now in England. During his last moments he was ministered to by the Sisters of Mercy attached to the Hospital, and his funeral yesterday afternoon was attended by a large number of mourners.

Wednesday 13 September 1871

BIRTH at Beaufort House, Grahamstown, on the 11th inst, the wife of Mr. B.D. GODLONTON of a son.

MARRIED at St.George’s Cathedral on the 6th Sept by the Rev George Thompson, Richd. Henry STOCKDALE Esq to Alice Grace, second daughter of John ATHERSTONE Esq of Kruis Fontein.

Friday 15 September 1871

MARRIED in St.John’s Church, Fort Beaufort, by the Rev Canon Henchman, Charles ATHERSTONE Esq, youngest son of the late John ATHERSTONE Esq MD, to Emily Jane, only daughter of the late W.P.R. DIXON Esq of Colesberg.

Monday 25 September 1871

BIRTH at Fort England on Thursday the 21st September, the wife of Mr. M.B. SHAW of a son.

In the Insolvent Estate of Charles LEE, formerly of Botha’s Hill, Sheep-farmer
The Liquidation and Distribution Accounts, prepared by the undersigned Trustee in the above Insolvent Estate, together with the Documents and Vouchers relating thereto, will be for the inspection of Creditors at the office of the Resident Magistrate of the District of Albany for a period of fourteen days from the 18th September instant, and afterwards at the office of the Master of the Supreme Court for a similar period, after which the Honorable the Supreme Court will be moved to confirm the same.
Sidney HILL, Sole Trustee
Port Elizabeth, 14th September 1871.

Mr. M.G. DOUBELL of Eland’s Poort, division of Uitenhage, died on the 10th inst. He was an 1820 Settler, and prior to arrival in the colony was a soldier, when he fought at Waterloo. He took up his residence in Port Elizabeth in 1826, at which time Port Elizabeth was part of the Uitenhage district. He has never resided out of the district since.

Wednesday 27 September 1871

MARRIED at St.George’s Cathedral on the 27th September by the Rev R. Mullins, Miles BOWKER, third surviving son of John Mitford BOWKER Esq, to Elizabeth Mary, fourth daughter of the late Captain DUTHIE (72nd Highlanders) of Belvidere, Knysna.

The death is announced of Mr. John Owen SMITH of Port Elizabeth. The news of this sad occurrence, which will cause public regret throughout the whole colony, was received in Port Elizabeth by telegram on Monday. The herald has a lengthy notice of the deceased gentleman’s career, but we have space only for the following quotation: “A telegram was received yesterday morning by the Ven Archdeacon WHITE, from the Very Rev Dean BADNALL, informing him of the death of Mr. SMITH, and requesting him to break the sad intelligence to the members of Mr. SMITH’s family resident here. The town at once felt as if it had sustained a heavy blow – the mournful tidings were in everybody’s mouth. Flags were hoisted a half-mast, and almost every establishment in the town closed its shutters yesterday afternoon. Born at Scarborough in Yorkshire, he was by fortuitous circumstances brought out to this colony when quite a youth, and after a brief residence in Capetown, came round to Algoa Bay to push his way in the Eastern Province. A remarkably clear-headed, prudent yet enterprising Yorkshireman, success crowned his efforts. If there was one man more than another identified with Port Elizabeth and all belonging to it, that man was John Owen SMITH. He may almost be termed its founder, and was certainly for many years its principal trader.”

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