Benjamin Hulley (1826 - 1901)

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Birthplace: Trappes Valley, Albany, Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Somerset East, Cape, South Africa
Managed by: Alastair Honeybun
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About Benjamin Hulley

Benjamin was the youngest son of Richard William, the Settler, who made his home on Caxton Farm, Trappes Valley, near Grahamstown, Albany District. He went to Somerset East when 16 years old, and learned blacksmithing. In 1848 he married Miss R.J. Jackson and started in business. Being of an energetic disposition and a good craftsman he soon owned many properties. He was elected one of the Town Council and was for many years an active member of the Wesleyan Church. His first wife died in 1875. A year later he married Sarah Gradwell. Benjamin was one of the first to take up his gun in all the many Kaffir Wars. He was a Town Guard in Somerset East in the Boer War until his death. He had reached the allotted span of man and was laid to rest in ‘God’s Acre’ by the Rev W. Oates. “So one of the oldest residents and one who had done his work well, is gone. He leaves four sons and a daughter”. (With acknowledgements to Grocott’s Penny Mail, Grahamstown).

from 'The Hulleys of the 1820 Settlers' by F.E. Hulley 1964

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Benjamin Hulley's Timeline

1826
July 4, 1826
Trappes Valley, Albany, Cape, South Africa
September 24, 1826
Albany, Cape Province, South Africa
1849
1849
Age 22
1863
December 23, 1863
Age 37
1864
1864
Age 37
1868
1868
Age 41
1874
December 24, 1874
Age 48
Smithfield, Orange Free State, South Africa
1877
1877
Age 50
Cape Colony South Africa
1879
1879
Age 52
Cape Colony South Africa
1881
1881
Age 54
Cape Colony South Africa