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Port Elizabeth Mercury

Port Elizabeth Mercury 1852 2 April - June

Saturday 3 April 1852

DIED at his Residence at Uitenhage on the evening of the 27th March 1852, after a lingering and painful illness, Mr. A.W. TENNANT, aged 48 years and 4 months.

Saturday 17 April 1852

DIED this morning, John Ford GEARD, eldest son of Mr. John GEARD, Port Elizabeth, aged 5 years and 2 months.
April 17th 1852.

Saturday 24 April 1852

All Persons claiming to be Creditors in the Estate of the late Alex. William TENNANT, are requested to file their claims with the Undersigned in Uitenhage, within Six Weeks from this date:- and all parties indebted to the said Estate to pay their respective Debts within the said period.
Executrix Testamentary
Uitenhage, 16th April 1852.

In the Testate Estate of William Henry MARTYN, late of Port Elizabeth, Master Mariner, deceased, and surviving spouse Mary MARTYN, born ROBINSON
All Persons having claims against the above Estate, upon any account whatever, are hereby called upon to lodge the same, and full particulars thereof, with the undersigned, at her Residence in Port Elizabeth, within two months, from the date hereof, in order that the same may be examined, enquired into, and considered, And all Persons, indebted to the said Estate, are requested forthwith to pay the same to
Mary MARTYN, Executrix
Port Elizabeth, 7th April 1852.

Saturday 1 May 1852

DIED at Port Elizabeth on Monday the 26th instant, Mr. John FREEMAN, aged 24 years. Eight and a half years a resident in South Africa, and formerly of St.Neats [sic – should be St.Neots] Huntingdonshire, England

Saturday 8 May 1852

The Public are respectfully informed that the Funeral of the late Mrs. SAUNDERS will proceed from her late Residence, Queen-street, This Afternoon at 4 o’clock.

In the Estate of the late Antonio Jacobus HEUGH
In virtue of the Letters of Administration granted to me by the Master of the Supreme Court, under date the 16th April last, I hereby request all Persons claiming to be Creditors in the above Estate to file their claims at the office of Mr. G. CHABAUD, within Six Weeks from this date, and those indebted to the said Estate to settle with me, the Undersigned, forthwith.
Dated at Port Elizabeth this 4th day of May 1852
W. FLEMING, Executor Test.

In St.Mary’s Church by the Rev F. McCleland TCD
A son of Mr. DEARE, baptised Charles Russell.
A son of Mr. MOORE, baptised Henry Joseph.
A son of Mr. HANNAGAN, baptised William Alfred.

Saturday 15 May 1852

DIED at Green Point, Cape Town, Mr. Francis Mardin GUNN, aged 26 years.
Cape Town, May 1852.

DIED at Port Elizabeth on the 6th May 1842 [sic] at ¼ past 6pm, Elizabeth Mart (born WELLS), wife of Mr. J. SAUNDERS, aged 49 years 6 months and 3 days.

Saturday 22 May 1852

Notice to Creditors and Debtors
In the Intestate Estate of James BULL of Port Elizabeth
All Persons claiming to be Creditors under this Estate are required to take Notice that the Undersigned has been appointed Executor Dative for the Administration thereof, and that all Claims, attested by Affidavit, are to be filed within six weeks from this date, at the Office of the Undersigned, to whom all Debts due to the Estate are to be paid within the same period.
W.C. HUTCHOTS [sic – should be HUTCHONS]
Executor Dative
Port Elizabeth, May 12 1852

By an extract of a private letter from Fort Beaufort we have to record the demise of the Rev. J. READ Sen. at Eiland’s Post – in his 75th year. The many and severe hardships which the venerable Superintendent of the Kat River Settlement endured throughout the past year from the sad defection of a large portion of the people of that Settlement had considerably shattered a naturally strong constitution, and finally brought upon him a severe attack of dysentery, which was the immediate cause of death. He had for upwards of half a century been connected with the mission work. His remains were interred at Philipton.

Saturday 29 May 1852

DIED at Eland’s Post on Sunday the 11th inst, the Rev James READ Senior, aged 75 years, after a short illness of 11 days, much lamented by his Family, and a large circle of Friends.
Eiland’s Post 12 May 1852
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; from henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them.”

Saturday 5 June 1852

DIED at Cape Town on the 31st May, D.H. CANSTATT Esq, may years a Resident of this town.
Port Elizabeth, 4th June 1852

Saturday 19 June 1852

BIRTH at Port Elizabeth on Friday the 18th June, Mrs. John HURRY of a son.

DIED at Cape Town on Saturday the 5th June 1852, in his 23rd year, Mr. Robert SAUNDERS Junior, Sworn Government Land Surveyor.

From the Extra to GT Journal
We have the pain of recording today one of the severest misfortunes the colony has experienced since the commencement of the war. It appears that on Friday last a small train, consisting of one mule and four ox wagons, left Graham’s Town for Fort Beaufort, with 34 men of the Royal Sappers and Miners, under the command of Captain MOODIE RE. A few of these men were left at Fort Brown, the remainder to proceed to headquarters. Nothing particular occurred for the first 25 miles, and as the patrol which had just been out under General YORKE had not discovered anything to excite uneasiness, no apprehension of attack was felt; and hence, after halting at Fort Brown, where a few of the men were left, the rest moved forward without anxiety and without obstruction to the Konap. This river was forded, and the wagons had reached a dry ravine just at the foot of Konap hill, when a strong party of Hottentots, who were lying in ambuscade, suddenly opened a murderous fire upon them, the result being that nine of our men were shot dead, and six wounded. This reduced the number of the escort to some fifteen serviceable men, who, finding themselves entirely surrounded by rebels, saw that the only hope of saving themselves was by retreating to the ruins of the abandoned military post adjacent. These ruins they succeeded in reaching, and instantly barricaded themselves in as well as they were able with such materials as were on the spot, totally expecting an immediate attack by the rebel force. The latter, however, contented themselves with driving off the wagons, in which were four women and ten children, and a great deal of baggage of considerable value, not the least important part of it being 36 of the newly invented Minie muskets – the nipples of which, however, had been very prudently taken out by order of Major BURNABY, and forwarded by another conveyance, so that the guns will be of little use to the captors. It is affirmed also that these wagons contained a considerable quantity of ammunition, an invaluable prize to the enemy at this juncture. No account has reached us up to the time (Monday evening) of the women and children, but it is generally thought that the rebels will content themselves with running the wagons into the bush, and that after plundering them they will make off with their rich booty together with the cattle. It is supposed that these marauders are part of Uithaalder’s banditti, of whom the public have heard so much of late. It is known that a body of 200 of his freebooters were detached from his camp on the Buffalo on the 8th inst, and that these went in the direction of Fort Beaufort. It is more than probable, therefore, that these are the identical rebels who made this foray, and possessed themselves of this booty. Many suspect they were awaiting this train in consequence of information given to them by spies lurking in Graham’s Town. This may be vague surmise; but when we see so many suspicious characters permitted to roam about this town unquestioned, it may be fairly assumed that the enemy has his emissaries among us, and that a lucky hit like this capture is not the result of accident, but of a deep laid, well understood and boldly executed plot. The intelligence of this misfortune reached Graham’s Town at 9 o’clock on Sunday night, and major BURNABY, the Town Commandant, at once sent off an express with the particulars, as far as known, to His Excellency the Commander in Chief. Colonel PERCEVAL, 12th Regt, the Commandant of the district, was at this time in Lower Albany, inspecting with Commandant CURRIE the several camps in that district; but he returned to his quarters at Governor’s Kop yesterday, and without a moment’s delay mounted a fresh horse, and started off with a troop of Lancers to the scene of the attack. Expresses had also been sent out in various quarters, and some hope is indulged that the marauders may be overtaken. At all events it is quite certain that Uithaalder, with his banditti, must not be left intact in his position on the Buffalo, or in any other quarter in which he may think proper to post himself. It may be taken as a maxim that a mere defensive warfare is always a ruinous game. No Kafir warfare ever was, or ever will be terminated, save by active, vigorous, persevering offensive operations. Uithaalder and his banditti should be pursued unceasingly until scattered to the winds, or entirely extirpated. There are officers in the field who with a roving commission and some picked hands would most effectually perform this service; but it should be done at once, or the mischief will, like a snowball, gather bulk, and increase more and more in weight as it rolls onward.

MARRIED in St.Mary’s Church, Port Elizabeth
By the Rev F. McCleland AB TCD
Mr. Chas. BLAKER, bachelor, to Miss Lucy WHITMORE, spinster.

DIED at Port Elizabeth on Thursday June 3rd, Edward SAMAN, aged 2 years.

Saturday 27 June 1852

In the Insolvent Estate of William MONK of Port Elizabeth, carpenter
The first Liquidation and Distribution Account of the above Estate will be at the Resident Magistrate’s Office, Port Elizabeth, for the inspection of Creditors for seven days from this date, after which period it will be forwarded to the Master of the Supreme Court for confirmation.
Sole Trustee
Port Elizabeth, June 21st 1852.

“St.Paul’s Church”
At a Meeting of the Committee appointed for the erection of this Church on
the 8th inst,
it was resolved that the plan suggested by the Bishop for “St.Paul’s Church” having been adopted, Subscribers be requested to pay the amount of their first instalments (one fourth) to the Treasurer Mr. C. ANDREWS, as the work will be commenced without delay.
H.N. CHASE Hon. Sec.

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