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Queenstown Free Press

Queenstown Free Press 1864 4 October - December

Tuesday October 4, 1864


OBITUARY. – Mr. George MOIR, a comparative stranger, arrived in town a day or two ago to obtain medical aid as he was suffering from an affection of the throat, but we regret to hear he died this morning, at 5 o’clock. Mr. MOIR was a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, and was well connected – his father holding an important situation in the Registrar’s office, Edinburgh. We believe Mr MOIR is “A Stranger in a Strange Land,” not having a relative in the country. The funeral moves from Stubbs’ Hotel this afternoon at half past four o’clock.

BIRTH, at Queenstown, on the 29th ultimo, Mrs Fred. BROWN, of a Daughter.

BIRTH, at Queenstown, on the 28th ultimo, Mrs.Daniel BRADFIELD of a Daughter.

Tuesday October 11, 1864

DIED, on the 9th inst., at the residence of Mr Charles BROWN, Queenstown, after an illness of a few days, Mr John BRADFIELD, aged 71 years. Deeply regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends.

We this day regret to record the death of Mr. John BRADFIELD, one of the oldest and most respected residents of this district. Deceased came to this colony,we believe, in the year 1820, and was for many years engaged in business pursuits in Graham’s Town. Having a natural taste for agriculture he afterwards turned his attention to that, and to the rearing of live stock. The Kaffir outbreak of 1835 found him thus employed, and by it he, in common with his neighbours in the vicinity of Fort Beaufort, was a heavy loser. In the Kaffir outbreak, in the year 1846, the Kaffirs attacked his homestead and swept off everything. He then retired for a time into the town of Fort Beaufort, and though advanced in years, was one of the foremost of the few brave men who turned out and successfully met the daylight attack of Hermanus and his followers, in the rebellion of 1850. Since the formation of this district he has (with the exception of an 18 month residence in England whence he lately returned) resided in Queenstown and neighbourhood, happy in the society of his children, and respected by all who knew him. He leaves this world at the advanced age or 71 years, and during the whole period has, from what we learn from those who knew him well, born the character of an intelligent and, what is more, a strictly “honest man.” His funeral took place yesterday, his remains being accompanied to the grave by a large circle of acquaintance.

Tuesday December 6, 1864

BIRTH, at Dordrecht, on the 27th November, Mrs.Horatio HUTCHONS, of a Daughter.

Tuesday December 20, 1864

SAD AND FATAL ACCIDENT.- It is our melancholy duty this week to record a sad and fatal accident, by drowning, in the Zwart Kei, on Sundaymorning last. Usually such accidents occur in endeavouring to ford rivers swollen by rains. The present case was not one of that kind. It appears that S.B. RIX, Esq, M.D., until recently attached to the Frontier Armed Mounted Police Force, and who, in the excitement with Kreli, went to the front, was about starting for Mossel Bay, overland, via Zwart Ruggens, to establish himself in his profession there, with every probability of success. He left Queen’s Town early on Sunday morning last, and making for the residence of C.W.J. POWELL, Esq., in the Zwart Kei, in this district, had to cross the Kei drift at Stoffel VENTER’s. Here, unfortunately, he appears to have missed the regular drift, and to have attempted to cross through deep water, caused by Stoffel VENTER’s large dam, which forces the water back a distance of two miles. The body was found yesterday, and is to be committed to its last resting place this afternoon at 6 o’clock. The funeral is to move from the Court House. The late Dr. RIX was generally respected and beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a remarkably handsome man – very affable and gentlemanly – an ornament to his profession and to society. If we are correctly informed he was the only M.D. in the colony holding a physician's diploma. How true it is that L’homme propose - Dieu dispose. The sad and melancholy accident has caused quite a gloom throughout the town and district. Dr. RIX was in company of friends in Queenstown till a late hour on Saturday evening last.

Tuesday December 27, 1864

MARRIED, in St. Michaels Church Queen’s Town, by the Rev.F.Y. St. LEGER, on the 21st Dec. 1864, Mr. Edward EARLY, third son of Edward EARLY, Esq., West End, Witney, Oxon, England, to Mary Maria Clift,eldest daughter of the late Isiah TITTERTON Esq., of Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope.

DIED, at Nettle Grove, Tarka, Dec. 19th 1864 of Dyphtharia, after a short and painful illness of 3 days, Elizabeth Louisa Jane,only Daughter of Mr. And Mrs. E.D. WEBSTER, aged 2 years and 5 months and 25 days.

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