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Weekend Post, 14 April 1984

Family cemetery will vanish in new township By Bessie Bouwer

THERE is growing concern about the fate of a small white family cemetery lying slap in the path of development at the new black township of Motherwell, near Port Elizabeth.

The cemetery is the resting place of several members of the FERREIRA family who, since the turn of the century, have not only been prominent Afrikaans farmers in Coega, but have been staunch Nationalist Party since it came into being.

Now, if the cemetery were to remain where it is, family members will have to obtain a permit every time the lay flowers on the graves.

According to relatives, the farm was bought by Mr. C.J. FERREIRA (Oupa

Karnois) at the turn of the century and remained in the hands of the family until last year, when the land was expropriated.

A grandson, Mr. Cornelius (Corris) FERREIRA, who still farms at Coega and who is one of the relatives involved, told Weekend Post that the family had been led to believe during expropriation talks the East Cape Administration Board (ECAB) would exhume the graves and the remains would be taken to the Forest Hill cemetery.

The view was reiterated by Mrs. S. SWANEPOEL, widow of the last owner of the farm, Mr. Neels FERREIRA. Mrs. SWANEPOEL said the family had been very concerned about the cemetery, which they had maintained in good order.

However they had agreed to having the remains exhumed.

That was over a year ago. Now, with construction moving closer to the cemetery, the relatives claim they have still not heard a thing about moving the graves.

Legally, they would have to approach the Provincial Administration for permission to go ahead with the reburial procedure, but nobody seems to know who will have to pay costs.

Both Mrs. SWANEPOEL and Mr. FERREIRA agreed that the graves would have to be moved regardless from the start.

"I think Oupa Karnois must be turning in his grave right now. He worked hard on the land because he loved his farm. He was really proud of being an Afrikaner and was an ardent supporter of Dr. H.F. VERWOERD but now he doesn't even have a final resting place."

He added that his father, Mr. Johann FERREIRA, and several of the farmers had met with the late Prime Minister in the '60s and he had promised them that the black location would never be moved across the Swartkops river.

The Coega farming community had subsequently been very disappointed with the Motherwell decision but they had realized that change was inevitable, said Mr. FERREIRA.

However, said Mr. FERREIRA, if the cemetery remained in Motherwell they would have to obtain a permit every time they wanted to put flowers on the graves.

Mr. FERREIRA said that he would also be concerned whether the tombstones were being vandalized or if the graves of his relatives would be used as a playground by the Motherwell residents.

"There can be no question of the graves being allowed to remain there," he said.

The Chief Director of ECAB, M. Louis KOCH, was not available for comment.


Newspaper cuttings from the Eastern Cape.
Queenstown Representative - 9 Feb 1973

The name dates back a long way

QUEENSTOWN - An item which appeared in the daily Representative of Monday, February 8, has aroused interest here. It reported the death of Mr. Allister Thornton FINCHAM at the age of 69 in Kimberley last Friday, and described the late Mr. FINCHAM as the discoverer of the Finsch Diamond Mine.

When De Beers bought the mine, Mr. FINCHAM received R2,5 million as his share of the R4,5 million purchase price. As neither of the names THORNTON nor FINCHAM are common names in South Africa, we asked Mr. Thornton W. FINCHAM, of the farm "Imvani" near Queenstown if he was related to the late millionaire,.and if so, what the relationship was.

"I shall have to refer to the family tree," he said, and came back to add that "although the tree goes back in history to the Doomsday Book - or thereabouts, I shall not worry the reader with all that record" Mr. FINCHAM said that two brothers FINCHAM came to South Africa in 1829.

They were John, born in 1809, and George Thornton born in 1814. John settled in the Graaff-Reinet district, where he founded a family and it is to this branch that the late Mr. Allister Thornton FINCHAM and his brother Denis belonged. Allister was born in 1904, according to the family records. George Thornton FINCHAM settled in the Queenstown district and was granted the farm Roydon in the 1850's.

The farm is still in the possession of the FINCHAM family, "and all the FINCHAMs in this area are related to each other," Mr. FINCHAM said. Named after his father, Mr. Thornton Warren FINCHAM is the son of the late Mr. Warren FINCHAM, a former MPC for Queenstown, and a great grandson of the original settler. His grandfather was also named Thornton.

Though the family here have lost touch with the late millionaire, they are nevertheless all related, and the name Thornton can be traced back for many generations.


EP Herald, 30 Jul 1980
Settler nabs smugglers by Roger JAMES

A leading figure in the early history of Port Elizabeth who has virtually been forgotten is David Polly FRANCIS, a man who in the 1820s and 1830s was ranked second in importance to the Civil Commissioner, then stationed at Uitenhage. FRANCIS had overseas "connections" and in 1827 was appointed by Downing Street to the dual posts of Collector of Customs and Port Captain.

He hailed from Essex, [hence his Port Elizabeth residence named Walden], and was one of the 1820 Settlers originally destined for Clanwilliam. Realising that Clanwilliam had no future because of the poorness of the country, he headed a party in the East Indian to the Zuurveld.

In 1823 he was one of the prominent men who returned to England to put the case of the disappointed settlers, but his real chance was his appointment to take charge of the Algoa Bay customs. His staff originally consisted of one man as clerk and tidewaiter and his establishment was a small shed and a rowing boat. With little nautical experience he struggled with the vagaries of the Algoa Bay sea and the mariners who used it.

In 1828 he issued the first shipping instructions to visiting sea captains to control smuggling.

FRANCIS continued to supervise the growing number of ships calling at Port Elizabeth for a decade and a half and more and died in September 1854 at the age of 68.


Newspaper cuttings from the Eastern Cape.
Adam Brand's Diary
Weekend Post, April 1970

Timepiece was brought out in 1820
Oldest clock for Settler Museum

A clock which accompanied an 1820 Settler from England and has continued to keep time in the 150 years which have passed since then, is to be presented to Grahamstown's 1820 Settlers Memorial Museum. The clock is believed to be the oldest one with 1820 Settler associations in South Africa.

Mr. P.B FROST, whose great-grandfather, Philip FROST, brought the clock out from Holt, Norfolk is giving it to the museum. He is also handing over an old family bible, with Philip's birth in 1787 heading the list of births, marriages and deaths written in it. Mr. & Mrs. FROST, who are from the Transvaal, have lived in Port Elizabeth for three years. They are soon leaving to settle in Edenvale. That is why they decided to present the clock and Bible to the Settlers museum.

The clock was exhibited in the Port Elizabeth Museum in 1921, during the Centenary celebrations of the Settlers' landing. It is apparently the "30-hour" clock included in a list of household furniture and effects advertised for auction before Philip Frost left for South Africa.

Mr. & Ms. FROST have a newspaper cutting of the advertisement telling of the auction which was to take place on November 16, 1819. The possessions of Philip FROST, who was changing his "situation" included various pieces of furniture plus a barrel organ and harpsichord and a fat hog, a strong useful cart horse and a one-horse cart. The clock could not have been sold, for it was passed down to Philip's son, Philip Barnes FROST, his son, Ethelred Wolsley FROST and his son, Mr. P.B. FROST.

The Bible, printed by the Oxford University Press, was translated from the original Greek and includes the books of Apocrypha. Philip FROST and his wife and children, including Philip Barnes, who was the 14, came out of the barque Ocean. Mr. FROST was allocated ground at North End and he and his son were evidently the first brick and tile makers in Algoa Bay. After awhile they discovered that Coega had better clay, so they moved their brickyard there. Their original kilns are possibly still at Coega.

Philip Barnes FROST and his wife had three sons and two daughters - the youngest was Lavinia, after whom Lavinia Street in North End was named. After his first wife's death, he married a widow. Their children were Ethelred Wolsley and Mrs. Burleigh STEVENS. Mr. P. B. FROST was Mr. E. W. FROST's only son. Three sisters live in the Transvaal. Another, Mrs. Burleigh MATTICKS, lives in East London and the fifth, Mrs. Ethel DOS SANTOS, lives in Kokstad.

One of Mr. E.W. FROST's cousins, Mrs. Lizzie GEER who lived to be 103 is said to have been the first Settler baby girl born in Port Elizabeth. Another cousin, John FROST, used to play the organ in the Ned. Geref. Kerk, Uitenhage.


EP Herald, 4 Aug 1979
Funeral of East Cape man
Herald Reporter

The funeral service of a former prominent East Cape businessman, Mr. Raymond FUTTER, will be held at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church at Bushmans River at 3.30 pm today. Mr. FUTTER, 64, died of a heart attack at his home at Bushmans River this week. Mr. FUTTER was a director of companies and property developer. He was instrumental in establishing the township of Cannon Rocks. An 1820 Settler descendant, Mr. FUTTER was born and educated in Alexandria. He lived in Barkly East and Lady Grey where he did charity work among the black community.

In Italy
During the Second World War he spent two years in Italy and as a member of the 3rd Squadron of the South African Air Force, built up a shuttle service transporting troops and supplies between southern and northern Africa.

Mr. FUTTER is survived by his wife, Doreen and four daughters. Mrs. Patricia DWYER, Mrs. Sandra WOOTTON, Mrs. Rae WADELL, all of Port Elizabeth, and Mrs. Carol DORNEHL of Queenstown, plus 11 grandchildren.

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Death Notices

Futter - Raymond John, loving father of Carol and Dennis, grandfather of Sharon, Gavin and Pierre. Deeply mourned.

Futter - Raymond John, passed away peacefully on Thursday, 2 Aug 1979 after a long illness most bravely borne. Deeply mourned by his loving wife Doreen. The funeral will take place from the Catholic Church at Bushmens River Mouth at 3.30 pm. Flowers or donations to Bushman's River and Kenton Benevolent Society.

Futter - Raymond John passed away on 2 Aug. Deeply mourned by his loving wife and family. Service at the Catholic Church, Bushman' River Mouth today at 3.30 pm. Internment at Bushmans River. Undertakers, Jones & Rice

Futter - Raymond John, loving father of Patricia and grandfather of David and Nicola. Will be sadly missed.

Futter - Raymond John, loving father of Ray and Keith and grandfather of Brett, Raymond and Jonathan. Deeply mourned.

Futter - Raymond John. loving father of Sandra and grandfather of Mark, Kim and Michelle. Will be sadly missed.

Futter - Raymond John. Gone to a higher service. From the Brethren of the Forest Lodge, Alexandria.

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