John Penny Mandy, SV/PROG (c.1787 - 1848)

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Birthplace: Sidcup, Greater London, UK
Death: Died in Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Occupation: Carpenter
Managed by: Alastair Honeybun
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About John Penny Mandy, SV/PROG

Party: Mandy

Ship: Nautilus

Newspaper cuttings from the Eastern Cape.

Herald, June 1970

1820 Descendant with a difference.

Settler Grandpa born at sea. Part I

At 63, Mr. Gray MANDY of Port Elizabeth must be one of the youngest grandchildren of an 1820 Settler in the Eastern Cape. For his grandfather was one of the babies born at sea on the way from Britain to South Africa. Mr. MANDY, a well-known Port Elizabeth business manager, could not attend today's 150th anniversary celebrations. He is holidaying in Durban. but the elder brother, Mr. Baden MANDY, will be here for the festivities. During a visit to Port Elizabeth he is standing in for Mr. Gray MANDY as a manager of an accommodation centre during his absence. Before he left, Mr. Gray MANDY and his brother told me about their "baby Settler" grandfather.

LETTER

Their great-grandfather, Mr. John Penny MANDY, was the leader of a party which sailed from the Thames in the Nautilus in December, 1819, reaching Algoa Bay in April the following year. John MANDY and his wife, Mary Anne, left England with two sons, John Wilkinson, aged six and Stephen Day, aged five.

Two weeks before the ship reached Cape Town their third son was born. He was named William Nautilus - his second name, of course, being after the vessel.

The letter which John MANDY wrote to his mother in Kent and posted from Cape Town telling of the baby's birth, was presented to the Albany Museum, Grahamstown, but was destroyed in a fire in the 1920's However, Mr. Baden MANDY has a copy of it. This is how his grandfather's birth was announced:

"I have the pleasure to inform you that on the 1st March, Mary Ann was put to bed with a fine boy in latitude 18 degrees, longitude six degrees."

MANY MANDYS

John, who was a carpenter, and Mary Anne settled at Bathurst, where he built the Drostdy. After their home was burnt down during one of the Frontier Wars, they went to the farm Lushington Valley, between Grahamstown and Bathurst. They had five sons after settling in South Africa. Several of their eight children had large families, so there are many MANDY of Settler descent in the Eastern Cape, Mr. Baden MANDY pointed out.

John's unmarried brother Joseph also accompanied him on the voyage out. Joseph, a wheelwright, is believed to have gone to Harrismith in the Free State, later with the Voortrekkers - possibly with Louis TRICHARDT or Piet RETIEF.

SPORTSMAN

Mr. Baden MANDY and Mr. Gray MANDY are members of a large and closely knit family. The father, the late Mr. Stephen Day MANDY, of Bathurst, married twice. He had six sons of his first marriage and seven children of his second. On the first half of the family, three brothers are still living. They are Mr. Lawrie MANDY, 84 of Margate, a survivor of Delville Wood and Mr. Douglas MANDY, 77 and Mr. George MANDY, 75, both of Bathurst.

Mr. Baden MANDY, 69 is the eldest of the second half. Since retiring as postmaster of Krugersdorp, he and his wife Corrie, who is of French Huguenot descent, have spent most of their time caravanning. They have been in Knysna for the past year. Mr. Gray MANDY, a former Border sportsman, was manager of a big Port Elizabeth hotel, then managed a club before taking up his present position. His wife, Jo, incidentally, is the granddaughter of the Voortrekker leader Andries Hendrik POTGIETER.

The other three brothers, Mr. Stephen Day MANDY, 68, Mr. Aubrey MANDY, 66 and Mr. Claude MANDY, 61 who were all prominent Eastern Province and Border sportsmen, now live in Durban. The youngest member of the family, 58-year-old Mrs. Mary WARRENDER, lives in Salisbury. The other sister died some years ago.

Of the 11 brothers in the two halves of the family, five brothers served in World War I. (The other died before the war) and four survived during World War II - the remaining one, a police detective, being kept back for internal security work.

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John Penny Mandy, SV/PROG's Timeline

1787
1787
Sidcup, Greater London, UK
1813
April 20, 1813
Age 26
London, England
June 4, 1813
Age 26
at Sea aboard the Nautilius
1815
February 24, 1815
Age 28
England
1818
January 23, 1818
Age 31
Kent, England
1820
March 1, 1820
Age 33
At sea on board the Nautilius
1823
1823
Age 36
South Africa
1826
September 21, 1826
Age 39
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1829
November 1, 1829
Age 42
1831
July 21, 1831
Age 44