John Montgomery (1803 - 1878) MP

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Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Death: Died in Brandfort, Free State, South Africa
Occupation: trader, tinker, farmer, hunter, explorer & journalist
Managed by: Hendrik Gysbertus La Motte
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About John Montgomery

1820 British Settler

John Montomery 17, was a member of Butler's Party of 27 Settlers on the Settler Ship Fanny.

Party originated from Wicklow, Ireland.

Departure Cork, Ireland 12 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 1st May 1820. Final Port - Saldhana Bay - Mid May 1920.

Area Allocated to the Party : Originally to Clanwilliam, then to the Assegai Bush River, Albany


John Montgomery (1803-1878) was an 1820 Settler of Butler's party and became known as 'The Founder of Burgersdorp'.

John Montgomery, son of John M and Mary Park, was born on 12 August 1803 in Dublin, Ireland. John immigrated to South Africa as one of the 1820 Settlers. He married Susanna van Zyl and they had 14 children. John's father died in 1815. In 1832 he brought his mother, Mary Park, to South Africa. She remained in South Africa until her death on the 4th July 1854. John also located his sister Maria and her husband, George Coleman, in India where he was bandmaster for one of the regiments. He brought them to SA as well. After that he searched for his younger brother, Henry, whom he also located in India. Henry and his family also moved to South Africa.

from Ancestry 24

Eastern Province Herald. Burgher's Dorp, 7th July, 1854

Died, at the house of her Son in Burgher's Dorp, on the 4th July, 1854, after a short confinement to her chamber, Mary Park Montgomery, widow, aged 92 years and 6 months. She came to this Colony in the year 1832.

eGGSA library Gravestones in South Africa

Free State, BRANDFORT, Urban area - Main cemetery. MONTGOMERY John 1803-1878

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John Montgomery's Timeline

August 12, 1803
Dublin, Ireland
October 1, 1823
Age 20
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 30, 1824
Age 21
June 13, 1826
Age 22
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 16, 1827
Age 24
January 15, 1829
Age 25
Burgersdorp, Drakensberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 14, 1830
Age 27
March 29, 1832
Age 28
August 10, 1833
Age 29
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 24, 1834
Age 31
Cradock, Cape Province, South Africa