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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Gray
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 12:34:10 +0200
Maybe it was Robert GRAY?
Parish of the Great Fish River
St Peter, Cradock
When Bishop Robert GRAY visited Cradock in 1848, he found sixty families who
called themselves `English Church People', but no church. A meeting was
called and the only remaining church erf was secured. Ten years later St
Peter's church was consecrated by Bishop COTTERILL, the sanctuary and
chancel being built of local stone given by the people. A Rectory was
purchased in 1860, and a room in the rectory was made available for a
library, used by local inhabitants including the well known author Olive
The Parish Hall was built in 1893; the Lych Gate and stone wall were erected
in 1949, in memory of parishioners who fell during World War II; and a new
rectory was built in 1962. In 1974 the property suffered sadly when the
Great Fish River came down in flood, and floodwaters two metres deep caused
great devastation to the whole property. During the past two decades the
Parish has suffered the same fate as many other rural parishes, with a loss
of members mainly due to the drift of people from the rural areas to the
more prosperous urban areas. On top of this almost a decade of crippling
drought conditions which has seen many traditional farmers dispossessed of
their land due to financial pressures.
St. Peter's would fall under the Diocese of the Eastern Cape.
Send a query to Alice Mitchell or send a mail to Mrs.
Frankie writes the newsletter called Iindaba. Maybe she can assist you too.
Alice works in CPSA Archives on a Tues and Thurs and might be able to give
you more leads on BMDs.
Please be aware that there are costs involved.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Viv Kymdell" <>
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 1:54 AM
Subject: [ZA-EC] Gray
> Going thru some old e-mails from 2003, I came across this one in a
> discussion between Fay and Dennis Pretorius,
> Does anybody have the genealogy and children of the Rev. Samuel GRAY? I
> hoping he had a grandson named Kenneth!
> "In an extract from 150th Anniversary Brochure (1814-1964) of Cradock by
> Denis Smith. It states:
> In Cradock in 1850 Rev Samuel Gray conducted the first services in the
> House in Hare Street. In 1856 Alexander Jolly Urquhart succeeded Gray and
> June 1858 St Peter's Anglican Church Cradock was consecrated by Bishop
> Cotterill, on or near St Peter's day."
> Best regards
> Viv Kymdell *du Plessis
> Assagay, KZN
> Tel: 031 765 5074