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From: Ray Forsberg <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Fw: Queenstown Free Press (Apr & May 1895)
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:08:33 +1000
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Thanks Geoff - it's just that I have a Mr. E. Jeffrey who married
Elvin Smith, d.o. Robert Smith b. 1821 and Eliza Wentworth; obviously
not the same family.



On 19 April 2011 20:24, Geoff Chew <> wrote:
> The IGI seems to have them as Edmund Charles JEFFREY and Mary PATRICK,
> married in Grahamstown 25 May 1845. (It also has Edmund Charles dying
> 27 Sep 1895.)  And it has children of theirs born at Kamastone. But
> all the info in the IGI is unsourced and from submitted entries, so
> who knows how reliable any of it is.
> To the best of my knowledge, they have nothing to do with my Natal
> JEFFREYs, but I'm keeping the info.
> Geoff
> On 19 April 2011 10:17, Ray Forsberg <> wrote:
>> Does anyone know who this Mr. Jeffrey was?  Also, any idea who his
>> "better half"  may have been?
>> On 19 April 2011 04:44, Sunelia Heath <> wrote:
>>> Friday, May 31, 1895
>>> Fifty years of Matrimonial Felicity.
>>> Mr. And Mrs. JEFFREY of Kamastone celebrating their Golden Wedding.
>>> A very interesting ceremony took place at Kamastone on Saturday last (May 25th)
>>> when Mr. And Mrs. JEFFREY celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding day.
>>> The respected and happy couple were the recipients of a great number of
>>> congratulatory messages during the course of the day.  Three sons, two
>>> daughters, and 15 grand-children were present;  and altogether, about 30 adults,
>>> mostly relatives, sat down to dinner on this memorable occasion.  The Rev. C.K.
>>> HODGES presided, and during the course of the preedings spoke with respect,
>>> admiration, and affection, of Mr. JEFFREY’s and his estimiable partner’s many
>>> sterling qualities.  Mr. Purdon JEFFREY very ably and very touchingly, proposed
>>> the healths of the bride and bridegroom of half a hundred years ago, and paid a
>>> filial and beautiful tribute to the consistency, the integrity, the nobility of
>>> his parents’ private, as well as public life.  We learn that Mr. JEFFREY was
>>> appointed to Kamastone some forty years ago, as assistant to the Rev. W.
>>> SHEPSTONE, in his mission work;  but after some time, the Government recognising
>>> his great abilities and sterling character, promoted him to the position of
>>> Superintendent of natives;  the arduons duties of which post he honourably
>>> discharged until about a year ago, when he retired on a pension, honoured and
>>> respected by all who had been associated with him.  The only note of regret in
>>> the whole proceedings was that Mr. JEFFREY had been in indifferent health for
>>> some time past, and fears were entertained that he would not be able to take any
>>> part in the interesting ceremony of Saturday last.  Fortunately however, these
>>> fears proved groundless, and in responding to the toast of the bride and
>>> bridegroom of half a century ago, Mr. JEFFREY fulfilled a promise made some time
>>> previously to the Rev. C.K. HODGES, and told the story of his love, this was
>>> listened to with rapt attention by all present;  but more especially by the
>>> younger portion;  the conclusion arrived at, however, was, that love making was
>>> pretty much the same delightful kind of experience, whether passed through in
>>> the forties, the seventies or nineties.   There were many flashed of humour in
>>> Mr. JEFFREY’s reply but when he told us of his early extravagance in squandering
>>> his earnings on penny cigars – one per diem – we wondered that he had lived to
>>> tell the tale.  We very sincerely join Mr. JEFFREY’s numerous well-wishers in
>>> congratulating his better half and himself upon their lovely and happy union,
>>> and unite in the oft expressed prayer that they may be spared to each other for
>>> many years to come, that their days may be long in the hand;  and that the
>>> blessings besought for their closing years, may be multiplied a hundredfold.
> --
> Geoff Chew
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