John Hancorn Smith (1804 - 1862) MP

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Death: Died in Kimberley, Diamandveld, Northern Cape, South Africa
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About John Hancorn Smith

1820 Settler Departed 12 Feb 1820 The Downs, Deal, Kent, England

Willson's party on the La Belle Alliance

1)John Hancorn SMITH, born 1805 in England, arrived at the Cape in Willson's party of 1820 Settlers, died before 1871 at Melville Park. He acquired Melville Park in 1841 from James WARD. At the time of his youngest son’s baptism, he is described as Field Cornet, Grahamstown married. Mary Anne STRINGFELLOW, born circa 1817 in England, arrived at the Cape in Bailie's party of 1820 Settlers, died 16 November 1871 at De Beer's New Rush, Kimberley.

Source for the above data is William Jervois, the genealogist at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown.

John and Mary married on 8 November 1832 in Graham's Town. Source: the Graham's Town Journal (in the Cory Library at Rhodes University, Grahamstown), volume I, number 47 of 15 November 1832.

Seen in the Grahamstown Journal , 1832:

Jan 6 JH SMITH begs leave to inform the inhabitants of Grahamstown and vicinity that he has taken out a wholesale spirit licence, and has at present for sale, good old Cape brandy, bottled ale and Porter, and few hogsheads of Letterstedt's superior Pale Ale and will shortly receive foreign wines and spirits which will be sold at reduced prices.

They had the following children:

1.1)Hancorn SMITH b. 12 September, 1833, Grahamstown

1.2) John Stringfellow Hancorn SMITH b. 25th August, 1836. Died 8th April 1872, “in his own tent’ De Beers New Rush, Kimberley. Married; Magdalena Maria TEUBES b. 1842 d. 1876.02.15

1.3) Mary Ann Hancorn SMITH b. 2nd September, 1838

1.4) Rebecca Ann Hancorn SMITH b. 12th Ocotber, 1840 Married; William C. NICHOLSON

1.5) William Stringfellow Hancorn SMITH b. 21st May, 1842 at Melville Park. Died about 1893. d. ABT 1893 m. 1874.10.27; Fanny Augusta BIRD b. 1853 d. ABT 1893

1.6) Emily Lucy Hancorn SMITH . Married; George HARDING

1.7) Alice Sarah Hancorn SMITH b. 20th August 1844. Died 1931 Emsworth Hampshire Married 1862.05.15 ; Edward LYONS b. 1836.11.28

1.8) Maria Louisa Hancorn SMITH b. 12th November, 1846. Died 29th November, 1922 d. 1922.11.29 m. 1873.07.24 Sir Drummond Miles DUNBAR b. 1845.11.21 d. 1903.01.04

1.9) Jane Hancorn SMITH b. 23rd August, 1848. Died 20th December , 1916. Maried; Charles TABERER b. CIR 1843.04 d. 1916.10.15

1.10) Thomas Stringfellow SMITH b. 30th December, 1850

Source: William Jervois

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John Hancorn Smith's Timeline

June 28, 1804
September 12, 1833
Age 29
Grahamstown, District Albany, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 25, 1836
Age 32
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 2, 1838
Age 34
October 12, 1840
Age 36
May 21, 1842
Age 37
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 20, 1844
Age 40
November 12, 1846
Age 42
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 23, 1848
Age 44
December 30, 1850
Age 46