Grahamstown Journal

Grahamstown Journal 1890 04 April

Tuesday 1 April 1890

DIED at Grahamstown on the 31st March 1890, in her 71st year, Ann BODILL, relict of the late Joseph BODILL, formerly of Port Elizabeth.
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord”

The Scottish papers record the death of Lieut. Col. W.J.B. MARTIN of Ri-Oruin, Argyllshire, who was a son-in-law of our esteemed townsman, the Hon. W.G. ATHERSTONE M.L.C. The deceased, who was 53 years of age, died on Feb 21st of influenza and sore throat after about a week’s illness, leaving a widow and five children. He was an active and highly respected citizen, being at the time of his death an energetic member of all the more important Boards, Associations and Committees of the County of Argyll. He was Hon. Lieut. Colonel of the 5th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, in which capacity he was spoken of as an admirable and popular officer. Mr. MARTIN succeeded his father as factor on the Poltalloch Estate (the property of Mr. MALCOLM, said to be the richest Commoner in Scotland) about 25 years ago, and held this appointment till his death. He was buried with extraordinary tokens of respect at St. Columba’s Churchyard, Poltalloch, the service being conducted by the Dean of Argyll and the Isles.

Mr. MOLDRUM of Pietermaritzburg has been sued for £274 due to the Government for supporting his mother in the Lunatic Asylum. He cited ill treatment of him in spite of his great care for her, and crowned all by declining to have her back, because she has a tongue like the waves of the sea, always in motion. She had blackened the eyes of his father when he was 82. Judgement was given for only £75.

Thursday 3 April 1890

DIED at Grahamstown on the 1st April 1890, Mrs. BUIST Sen.

DIED at Grahamstown April 3rd 1890, Henry WHITEHORN, aged 39 years.
The Funeral of the above will leave his late residence tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 4 o’clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.

The death roll has been swelled since our last issue by the names of Mr. WHITEHORN Sen. and Mr. J. CHAPMAN. The former gentleman has been so long connected with this city, both as a Town Councillor and a private citizen, that he will be widely missed. His death, which occurred yesterday evening, was the result of the bursting of a blood vessel. Mr. J. CHAPMAN was for some time on our composing staff, but for a short time before his death he was an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum, whither he had been conveyed on exhibiting indications of insanity. With the bereaved ones there will be universal sympathy.

The Right Rev. Henry CALLAWAY M.D., D.D., whose death was announced in our last, was for some time a missionary of the Church of England at Spring Vale, Natal, and was, on a new bishopric being formed for British Kaffraria, nominated as the first occupant of the See. He was consecrated by the Primus of Scotland (Bishop of Moray and Ross) in St.Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, October 30th 1873. He was the author of “Nursery Tales, Traditions and Histories of the Zulus” 1866; “Religious Systems of the Amazulu” 1866; and translated into Zulu the Pentateuch, Joshua, Psalms, the Prophets. St.Matthew and the Book of Common Prayer.

Tuesday 8 April 1890

BIRTH April 8th 1890, Mrs. W.H.S. BELL of a daughter.

DIED at Johannesburg on Saturday 5th April 1890, Thomas Henry WODEHOUSE, third son of William and Eliza WODEHOUSE of this City, aged 25 years.

The Easter season has brought very sad news for our townsman, Mr. W. WODEHOUSE, namely that his youngest son, Mr. Thos. Harry WODEHOUSE, has died at Johannesburg of typhoid fever. The poor young fellow was only 25 years old, and there are many Grahamstown people who will remember him with pleasure. During his last visit to Grahamstown it was particularly noticeable how brimful of useful information he was about the Rand, and indeed during his four years’ stay at the Rand his opinion had come to be exceedingly valuable on mining matters. His death has come as a heavy blow to his parents, who will have the sympathy of numerous citizens in their sorrow.

As soon as Easter began the rain set in, and a most aggravating drizzle kept up during all the best part of the season. It was only on Easter Monday that things began to look brighter, and an opportunity was afforded to would-be-picnickers to bivouac on the sodden ground if they liked. Now that the festive season is gone, the sun is conspicuously prominent, and the weather grand. But all the folks who would have benefited by the weather if it had changed in time are grinding away at their respective business now. Hard luck!

Thursday 10 April 1890

It is said that news has been received in town to the effect that Mr. Charles WOOD son of the late Mr. James WOOD of “Wood’s” Hotel, has died of typhoid fever at the Rand. Charley WOOD was very well known here, and further advices are anxiously awaited. [See next issue]

Saturday 12 April 1890

FELL ASLEEP at his residence, Cecil Villa, Oatlands, Grahamstown, John Henry FINNAUGHTY, aged 43 years.

We hear that this gentleman, whose death we heard rumoured on Thursday, was reported by a recent telegram to some friends of his to be recovering, and out of danger. We sincerely trust this is correct.

On Thursday evening Mr. J.H. FINNAUGHTY, well known in town, died at his house on Oatlands. He was only 43 years of age, but latterly had been the victim of a chronic and painful disease. The sorrowing wife and children will have the sympathy of a large section of the community in their bereavement.

The following further allusion to the death of Sergeant PRATT of the C.M.R. (son of our townsman Mr, T.J. PRATT) has been unavoidably held over until today. From the Kokstad paper we learn that the deceased, who held the rank of 2nd class, was the senior of his rank throughout the regiment. He had been 18 years in the service and did good work in the Gaika and Gcaleka War, the storming of Morosi’s Mountain and the Basuto Wear. He resolutely declined to leave his troop even when offered promotion, as he could not make up his mind to be separated from his old comrades, the most prized of whom was perhaps Sergt. Major MEADE, who wrote the letter breaking the news to the father and extolling in warm language the estimable qualities of his late comrade. He was considered one of the smartest men in the Government employ, and was always selected as N.C.O. in charge when duty of a responsible or onerous nature had to be done. His death, which occurred at the Rode, came as a great shock to his friends, as the ailment from which he suffered was not considered dangerous. The funeral ceremony was performed by Capt. GOLDSWORTHY and Srgt. Major MEADE, and three other N.C.O.s bore his remains to their last resting place.

From Umtata we hear that John BUNN, proprietor of the Umtata Herald, committed suicide by shooting himself on the 9th. Cause not stated.

Tuesday 15 April 1890

Mr. R.W. NELSON has handed us a telegram received by him from a friend in Johannesburg, as follows: “WOOD nothing like dead; doing very well.”

At the farm Branksome (says the Reporter) the overseer, Mr. Thomas NIXON, has been killed in a squabble with one Hendrick BEZUIDENHOUT, a bywoner. The latter is an elderly man, married, and has a large family.

Thursday 17 April 1890

DIED at Edinburgh on the 15th March, Ann Isabella BROWN, widow of John SHAND Esq of [], East Lothian, Scotland.

From information kindly furnished by Mr. John WEBB, who has taken much pains to trace out any surviving settlers, we hear of one in the person of Mrs. RICHARDSON, whose name was formerly PERIE. She is 94 years and 8 months old, and is living at a younger Mrs. RICHARDSON’s house near Macleantown. She is at present very weak in body, and able to understand but little of what is said to her. She was lately seen by the Rev. W.W. RIDER, who called on Mrs. RICHARDSON Jun. on a painful errand, namely to bear the tidings that her son David, 22 years of age, had been murdered somewhere in the Transvaal. Another young Kaffrarian (supposed to be a Mr. WHITTAL from the Gonubie) was murdered with him. A white man with whom they had had a quarrel is suspected.
A Mr. HAYTER, who now lives at the Quanti with his son, not far from Toise River, is also believed to be a Settler of 1820. He is 87 years of age and is unfortunately suffering from a cancer in the face.
[Transcriber’s Note: The Mrs. RICHARDSON mentioned was born Mary Rachel HORN and was married to Robert PIRIE prior to marrying James RICHARDSON]

Saturday 19 April 1890

BIRTH at Rocky House, Hill-street, Grahamstown, the residence of Mr. John WEDDERBURN, on April 17th, the wife of Mr. Wm. BROWN of Witheridge, District of Middelburg, of a son.

The funeral of Mr. Harry E. COCKCROFT, aged 21 years, took place this morning, and was well attended. He was a son of our townsman, Mr. T.J. COCKCROFT, and had for years been the victim of a painful disease, which had latterly rendered his residence at the Hospital necessary. Old school-fellows (he was an old Public School boy) when they saw how his once sturdy frame had been reduced by the ravages of disease, were always immensely shocked. It was difficult to believe that he was the same person. From first to last Dr. GREATHEAD has been unremitting in his attentions. We offer our sincere sympathy to the bereaved father and the rest of his relations.
[Transcriber's Note: Although printed as T.J. COCKCROFT, Harry was the son of Thomas Iken COCKCROFT]

An extraordinarily sudden death took place yesterday in Pretoria (reports the Press). Mr. William GILHAM, the foreman of the Pretoria Building and Exploitation Company, was as usual at his work at the corner of St.Andrew’s and Vermeulen-streets, when he said to one of his men that he had “an awkward feeling”. He thereupon sat down on a chair, and the next moment he was a corpse. The deceased was forty-eight years of age, and very much respected by his men, as well as his superiors. He was suffering from dropsy of late, and it is surmised that water must have gone over his heart, which was probably the cause of his awfully sudden death.

Tuesday 22 April 1890

BIRTH at Grahamstown on April 19 1890, the wife of T.F. HUTCHINSON of a daughter.

BIRTH at Somerset-street, Grahamstown, on the 20th inst, the wife of T.W. PALMER, Blaauw Krantz, of a son.

Very many of his former friends will regret to hear of the death of Mr. VENNING, A.R.M. of Alexandria, which occurred suddenly on Sunday at Alexandria. He made many friends in these parts while holding the position of A.R.M. at Port Alfred. Deceased had been a long time in the service, and was universally liked and respected.

The Funeral of the late Abraham JAMIESON will leave his late residence, Fort England Road, tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 4 o’clock. Friends invited to attend.

Saturday 26 April 1890

PASSED AWAY at Fort Beaufort on the 18th April 1890, Maria, wife of E. BOOTH, aged [--] years and [-] months.

DIED at Alexandria, on the 20th April 1890, Ralph Parson VENNING, Clerk to C.C. and R.M., aged 58 years.

DIED at Grahamstown April 26th 1890, John Alex. MITTEN of Yarmouth, England, aged 80 years 5 months and 27 days.
The relatives of the deceased beg to thank the Medical Officer, the Superintendent and attendants at the Chronic Sick Hospital for their kindness.
English and Australian papers please copy.
The Funeral of the above will take place at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Friends invited to meet at the Drostdy Gate.

Tuesday 29 April 1890

This morning the sad intelligence of Mr. David HAMILTON’s death was brought to the office, and proved only too true. He had been in very uncertain health since his seizure some months ago, and for some days past it has been known that he was in a precarious state. The news of his death, however, comes as a shock to his many friends and acquaintances here, for he was widely known and just as widely esteemed. The deceased was only 34 years of age and was the senior partner in the firm of Hamilton & Co, being a son of our late townsman, Mr. James HAMILTON. We tender sincerest sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

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