Christopher Wedderburn, SV/PROG (1772 - 1848) MP

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Birthplace: Lindale, Lancshire/Cumbria, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Bathurst, EC, South Africa
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About Christopher Wedderburn, SV/PROG

Christopher and Ann had eight children baptised at St James Church in Manchester between 1798 and 1814. At this time they were living in Deansgate Manchester and Christopher was a tailor. In the recession that followed the Napoleonic wars Christopher was not doing well in the tailoring business and was not in good health, so he decided to emigrate with his wife and five surviving children to the eastern part of the Cape Colony.

The Wedderburn family sailed on the Stentor with George Smith’s party of 1820 Settlers. The party was dissatisfied with the leadership and, on arrival, petitioned Sir Rufane Donkin, the Governor of the Cape Colony, for Christopher Wedderburn to be made leader, which was agreed to. He and his family moved onto “Greenfountains”, their first land grant. Christopher and his eldest son William were each allotted 100 acres. William sold his share to his father and with the proceeds opened Wedderburns Emporium in Grahamstown. In 1839, after 19 years at Greenfountains, Christopher and his second son George formed a partnership and they moved to a farm in the Bathurst district which they named “Lindale” after the area where Christopher was born. Lindale Farm, as described in Metrowich’s book “prospered and became famous for its cheese and butter”. Christopher died in 1848 and Ann in 1856, and they were buried at Salem.

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Christopher Wedderburn, SV/PROG's Timeline

February 12, 1772
Lindale, Lancshire/Cumbria, United Kingdom
July 6, 1795
Age 23
Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Ann was originally from the Isle of Man, but at the time of her marriage was living in Salford in Lancashire.

September 2, 1798
Age 26
March 22, 1800
Age 28
Manchester, Lancashire, England
December 26, 1802
Age 30
Lancashire, England
Age 36
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 15, 1811
Age 39
July 3, 1814
Age 42
July 18, 1848
Age 76
Bathurst, EC, South Africa