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From: Eric Waugh <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Traders and Trading Stations of the Central andSouthern Transkei - Book
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 07:48:39 +0000 (GMT)
Seeing your reference to Davis and the connection with the Transkei I can't
resist asking you if there is a Hylton DAVIS ( "y" in Hylton is correct
spelling) involved anywhere. His mother was Clara DAVIS and his father Ray DAVIS
( I think his name was Ray). Hylton had a sister Cynthia.
It's a long shot I know but one never knows.
From: Ray Forsberg <>
Sent: Sun, 22 August, 2010 23:17:57
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Traders and Trading Stations of the Central and Southern
Transkei - Book
None of these families were mine; however, I worked for Dick Davis
for many years - he was a partner in the firm John C. Blakeway &
Leppan in Umtata. The firm then opened a branch in Gonubie (near East
London) where I continued to work for Dick for another couple of
The Woods and Davis families were also connected. Dick had an Aunt by
the name of Wood who also later lived in Gonubie - she was a music
teacher and taught both of my daughters to play the piano and sing.
On 23/08/2010, Pete Whitfield <> wrote:
> A third cousin of mine just sent me an email containing scanned pages
> from a book which I think some of you may be interested in.
> The following extracts are from a book called "Traders and Trading
> Stations of the Central and Southern Transkei" by Mike Thompson who
> has been a rep in the area for many years.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~start of extracts~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> "Leaving Idutywa we take the road into the Idutywa basin and Engcobo
> for our first call, which is on Barry WOOD/Studley CLARKE at Site 265,
> Esingqumeni The name is from the Xhosa umquma, olive-wood, and means
> place of the wild olive-wood trees
> Previous traders here were Richard DAVIS in 1903, F CLARKE also in
> 1903, WA. DE BRUIN in 1908/1913 (probably as an assistant), Mrs. J.E.
> DAVIS in 1913/1 929, J.A. DE WET in 1942/48 and G.N. DAVIS in 1948.
> Barry bought from Gerald Nation DAVIS, father of Anne and Richard
> (Dick). Anne married Alfred Baker TROW, a trader from Gwadana. On his
> death, she married Arthur WHITFIELD from Cizela. Richard practiced as
> an attorney in Umtata.
> Ernest BENTLEY was an assistant here at one time. He had worked for
> Anthony WOOD at Mbangcolo and Redvers HAWKES at Dadamba and also ran a
> farm at Ibeka for Barry Wood. Ernest was a brother to Jimmy and Ronnie
> °lnformation provided by Waynlin MANTHE, now residing in California, U.S.A.
> Raper (2004).
> Next call is on Arthur WHITFIELD at Site 278, Cizela (Prospect)
> (Telephone, Wofa).
> Previous traders here were A.A. WHITFIELD in 1903/1913 and AJ.
> WHITFIELD in 1929.
> Arthur took over from his father, Ernest John WHITFIELD. Arthur’s
> mother was Alice Bode. Arthur Armstrong WHITFIELD, who married Mary
> Ann TROW, was Arthur’s grandfather. Mary had a son, William James,
> from a previous relationship, whom Arthur Armstrong adopted. William
> James traded at Xorana in the Elliotdale District.
> Arthur Armstrong WHITFIELD was known as Ngonyama, a lion. His father
> was Leo Africanus WHITFIELD."
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~end of extracts~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Pete Whitfield
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