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From: "Sue Mackay" <>
Subject: [ZA-IB] Extracts from the South African Commercial Advertiser -March 1844
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 15:42:13 -0000


Transcribed from CO53/7 at the National Archives in Kew, London

Saturday 2 March 1844

DIED at George Town on the 15th Feb 1844, Margaret, the beloved wife of
Alexander MORGAN Esq, Surgeon half-pay 57th Regiment.

BIRTH in Cape Town on the 28th February 1844, the Lady of Captain H.F.
BOWER, 52nd Regiment MNI, of a son.

The unfortunate man, William SMITH, convicted at the two last
Criminal Sessions of the Supreme Court, of various thefts and robberies, in
attempting to escape from Robben Island on Sunday evening last, was drowned.

In company with another convict named HUNT, SMITH had contrived to escape
from the Station Hospital, and having secured two small casks, one a sort of
plank or water-spout, reached the beach and put to sea. The alarm being
given, a party of soldiers proceeded to the spot, and on their refusing or
delaying to return, fired some shots at them, by which HUNT was so much
disconcerted, that he lost his balance, fell into the water, and made for
the shore, where he was secured. Trusting in the darkness, and his stars,
SMITH seems to have proceeded farther from the land, and n othing more was
seen of him till next evening, when his dead body was found on the rocks.
SMITH is understood to have been a native of London, and according to his
own account was regularly entered by his mother as a petty thief, when some
seven or eight years of age. As he grew in years he acquired a competent
Knowledge of pocket-picking, shoplifting, and housebreaking, which he
appears by numerous marks on his body, to have practiced with various
degrees of adroitness and success. Since his arrival in this colony a few
years ago, he seems to have devoted himself chiefly to the last-named branch
of his profession, and, without offending the sensitiveness of native
genius, it may be said that in this department he was first in the first
line. Bolts and bars seemed to know him, yielding to his touch; and no
Indian juggler could remove watches, rings, or money from under pillows, or
from toiletts, with more quickness or less vibration. It was also believed
that some portion of his time was employed in giving private instructions to
promising young miscreants who were to have aided him in his pursuits, some
one of whom might have been “his second self when he was gone.”
Such was the life and death of one who might have reached eminence in any
honest trade or profession, having good natural abilities, courage, and
perseverance. – But his mother made him a thief at eight years of age.

MARRIAGE
On the 12th Dec by the Rev Dr Okes:
Samuel BRANDS to Sarah ELLIS

CHRISTENINGS
In St.John’s Church, Wynberg on Sunday 7th January by the Rev Dr Okes:
A daughter of Mr. James RUTTER, baptised Sarah [Ellen?-obscured in fold)]
Henrietta.
On Monday 21st Jan by the same:
A daughter of William BECKETT, baptised Sarah Christina Francina.

DEATHS
Feb 27: William James, son of Mr. William BROADWAY, aged 8 months and 15
days.
In the Pauper Asylum, Feb 17: Antonio ROSINCKAL, aged 7.. [probably 70+ with
second digit obscured in fold] years.
In Somerset Hospital
Feb 18: Francisco REDONDO, aged 3.. [probably 30+ with second digit obscured
in fold] years.
Feb 22: Morgan CLANCY, aged 42 years.
At Wynberg, an infant son of Mr. J. PHYSON.

Master’s Office, Cape Town, 16th Jan 1844
EDICT
The Next of Kin and Creditors of William HEARD, late of Cape Town, deceased,
are required to take Notice that the said deceased died intestate, and that
a Meeting of the Next of Kin and Creditors of the deceased, and surviving
Widow Hendrina HOEFSMIDT, and all others whom these Presents may concern,
will be held before the Master of the Supreme Court, in the Grand Jury Room,
in the Public Buildings, Cape Town, on Tuesday the 9th April next, at 10
o’clock in the forenoon precisely; and all such Persons as aforesaid are
hereby required to attend at the time and place aforesaid, then and there to
see Letters of Administration granted to such Person or Persons, as shall
then be appointed by the said Master to be Executor or Executors Dative to
the Estate of such deceased Person as aforesaid, and Tutor Dative of the
Minor Heirs of the deceased.
Clerke Burton, Master of the Supreme Court.

Wednesday 6 March 1844

CHRISTENING
In St.George’s Church, Cape Town on Monday the 4th March by the Rev George
Hough MA:
A daughter of Mr. John Percival WIGGINS, baptised Judith Ann.

DEATHS
2nd March, in Somerset Hospital, John REYNOLDS, aged 24 years.
4th March: Alfred Charles, son of Mr. Michael QUINN, aged 1 year and 6
months.

Saturday 9 March 1844

Master’s Office, Cape Town, 5th March 1844
EDICT
The Next of Kin and Creditors of Solomon POTGIETER, late of the Albany
District, deceased, are required to take Notice that the said deceased died
intestate, and that a Meeting of the Next of Kin and Creditors of the
deceased, and all others whom these Presents may concern, will be held
before the Resident Magistrate at his Office, Graham’s Town, on Saturday the
20th April next, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon precisely; and all such
Persons as aforesaid are hereby required to attend at the time and place
aforesaid, then and there to see some Person or Persons selected by such
Magistrate, for approval by the Master of the Supreme Court, as fit and
proper to be by the said Master appointed Executor or Executors Dative to
the Estate of such deceased Person as aforesaid, and Tutor Dative of the
Minor Heirs of the deceased.
Clerke Burton, Master of the Supreme Court.

DIED at Albion Mill, Rondebosch on the 26th February, Mr. William TAYLOR,
aged 46 years.

Wednesday 13 March 1844

MARRIAGES
In St.George’s Church, cape Town on Monday the 11th March by the Rev George
Hough MA:
Mr. Henry McKEE to Miss Margaret PRESTWICH.
Mr. George LAWRENCE to Moss Johanna Hendrina OPPEL.
Mr. Edward William HARRINGTON to Emma WARE.

Saturday 16 March 1844

DIED on the 12th instant, Martin John, son of W.D. FLEISCHER, aged 10
months.
Cape Town, 15th March.

RUNAWAY APPRENTICE!
This is to give Notice that my Indentured Apprentice, Henry MORLAND,
deserted from my Hose and Service on the night of the 7th instant, and is
supposed to have gone in the direction of Swellendam, in company with two
other young men. He is 18 years old, of fair complexion, rather slight make,
and about 5 feet 5 inches in height. He had on a Blue Jacket, Moleskin
Trowsers and Straw Hat bound with black round the edge – and took with him
Bricklayer’s and Plasterer’s Tools marked “J.S.” It is kindly requested (as
there are certain other charges against him besides desertion) that any
Justice of the Peace, Field Cornet or Police Officer who may happen to fall
in with him will cause him to be lodged in one of the public Prisons, while
all persons are cautioned against employing or harbouring him after this
notice.
Joseph STIDWORTHY
Bricklayer and Builder
Cape Town, 12th March 1844

CHRISTENINGS
In the Roman Catholic Church
Feb 5: A daughter of George O’CALLAGHAN, baptised Sophia.
Feb 17: A son of J.M. VANDILLON, baptised John Michael.
March 3: A son of Anthony WHELAN, batised Anthony.
March 7: A son of Mr. T. BURKE, baptised George Hiram.
In Rondebosch Church on Wednesday the 28th Feb by the Rev J Fry:
A daughter of Catharine LEE, baptised Catharine Jesse.
On Sunday the 3rd March by ditto:
A son of Mr. James GEE, baptised Lafred.

DEATHS
Feb 27: Mr. William TAYLOR, aged 46 years.
March 6: James Patric MEEHAN, aged 1 year 3 months and 17 days.

Wednesday 20 March 1844

CHRISTENINGS
In St.George’s Church, Cape Town on Monday the 18th March by the Rev George
Hough MA:
Two children of Mr. Andrew COPE, baptised Andrew John and Elizabeth Grace.

Geo. PERRY
Boot and Shoemaker
Begs most respectfully to inform his Friends and the Public that he has
removed from 82½ Strand-street to 18 Longmarket-street, where he intends
carrying on his above Trade in all its branches from Ladies’ Satin Shoes to
Gents’ Boots.
G.P. returns his sincere thanks for the liberal support (having so recently
arrived in the Colony) and hopes for a continuance of the same, when
diligence and punctuality may be relied on.

FIRE
On Sunday evening, about 10 o’clock, a fire broke out in the premises
occupied by Mr. SMITHERS, a shopkeeper, which raged with great violence for
some time, consuming the whole of his Furniture, Stock &c and threatening
the neighbouring houses, to a considerable distance. The fire engine
department in all its branches appeared to great disadvantage on this
occasion. Had the machines been in good order, the supply of water as it
ought to have been, and the firemen better acquainted with their duties,
much of the property might have been saved. The house was ensured, but
nothing else, so that the unfortunate sufferer, with his family of young
children, is left penniless and almost naked! Why will people whose all and
more may be invested in goods that such an accident may in an instant
annihilate, why will such people so obstinately neglect Insurance! This is
not merely a matter of prudence with them: it is a duty, the neglect of
which is criminal. For the Fire-works, the Insurance Offices should unite
with the Municipality in the charge if not also in the direction of a
competent Establishment of this sort.

Saturday 23 March 1844

CHRISTENINGS
In Rondebosch Church on Sunday the 17th March by the Rev J Fry:
A son of Mr. N.W. MEYER, baptised Henry Johan Anton.
A negro apprentice of Mr. UPJOHN, baptised Thomas, surname TAMARA.

DEATHS
March 19: William Charles Watson, son of Mr. Michael QUINN, aged 4 months.
In Somerset Hospital, March 9: James BRADY, aged 24 years.

Wednesday 27 March 1844

B. SMITHERS hereby desires to return his thanks to his Friends and the
Public for their kind assistance to himself and family in his late
misfortune by Fire, and begs to inform them that his Creditors have all
generously forgiven their Claims upon him, and that he intends to commence
Business again on the 1st instant, at 58 Plein-street, next Mr. R. MUTERS, a
few doors above his late shop, where he hopes, by assiduity and attention,
to receive a continuance of their support.

DIED on the 20th inst, Edward LEVESON-GOWER Esq, Private Secretary to His
Excellency the Governor, and late Captain of the Rifle Brigade. Mr. E.
LEVESON-GOWER was great grandson of the Earl GOWER by the Daughter and
Co-heiress of the Earl of Thanet, which Titles have become merged in that of
the Duke of SUTHERLAND, to whom he bore the relation of Cousin.

Saturday 30 March 1844

DIED in Cape Town on the 28th instant, of Epilepsy, Mr. Robert Hugh FRANKS,
aged 48 years, deeply regretted by his Relatives and Friends.

BIRTH at Wynberg on the 27th March, the lady of R.R. COTTON Esq, MCS, of a
daughter.

CHRISTENINGS
By the Rev Dr Okes, Wynberg:
March 10: A son of Spandil MEYER, baptised Moses.
March 17: A son of Daniel FOLK, baptised Christian Daniel.
March 17: A son of Sepoe BEJAMINE, baptised Robert Thomas.
March 17: A son of Mr. James ADDINAU, baptised William Richard.

DEATHS
March 26: Alice Isabella Jane, daughter of Mr. John TOWNSEND, aged 6 weeks.
March 28: Mr. Robert Hugh FRANKS, aged 47 years and 11 months.



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