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Moodie Trek to Rhodesia - 1892

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  • Elsie Elizabeth Acutt, SV1b1c2d6 (1878 - d.)
    (p. 69) Elsie Elizabeth Moodie, born Snymanshoek, Bethlehem, 20 January 1878; married, firstly, unknown Markham, from whom she was divorced; secondly, at Melsetter, Rhodesia, 17 October 1901, Walter ...
  • Eveline Francis Jemina Roberts (1871 - 1952)
    married (Salisbury, Rhodesia 27 Dec 1897) Leonard Farewell Holstock Roberts: 1. Leonard Cresswell Roberts (Salisbury, Rhodesia 18 Nov 1898-    ) 2. Francis Farewell Roberts (Me...
  • Sarah Susanna Nesbitt (1864 - 1956)
    married ('Chantry', dist. Maclear, East Griqualand, on 12 Mar 1885) John Warren Nesbitt: 1. Edmund Alexander Nesbitt (Chantry, East Griqualand, 2 Feb 1886-ca 1913) 2. Josephine Annie Moodie Nesbitt...
  • Lucretia Maria Arnott (1865 - 1954)
    married (Salisbury, Rhodesia; 3 Mar 1896) Sydney Nathaniel Arnott: 1. Robert Sydney Arnott (Queenstown 11 Feb 1897-    ) 2. George Edmund Arnott (Salisbury, Rhodesia 31 Jan 189...
  • Sarah Maria Moodie, SV1b1c2d2 (1866 - d.)
    (p. 68) MRS. DUNBAR MOODIE, 1892 Nee Sarah Maria Moodie. Eldest daughter of Thomas Moodie (leader of the Moodie Trek). She married her cousin, G. B. Dunbar Moodie, at the house of Rev. Sylvester at ...

Thomas Moodie Trek 1892

Rhodes believed it was essential to his plans of occupying Manicaland by establishing a European settlement. He obtained the services of George Benjamin Dunbar Moodie to recruit farmers from the Orange Free State, with the offer of a 3 000 morgen farm in Gazaland to every man and boy who could trek to the Eastern districts.

Dunbar Moodie contacted his uncle, Thomas Moodie, a maize and wheat grower in the Bethlehem district of the Free State, whose ancestors had been tenant farmers at Melsetter in the Orkneys. After some bargaining with Rhodes regarding the terms of land tenure, Thomas Moodie organised a party of 29 families consisting of 37 men and 31 women, with 17 wagons and 350 horses and cattle. They were mostly Afrikaans speaking farmers and the party set off in May 1892.

The Moodie Trek was the first trek to Rhodesia consisting of 16 wagons. It showed the way and others followed.

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Leader Thomas Moodie (1839-1894)

Party Members

Thomas Moodie and his Wife. Cecilia Jacomina Robbertse

Mrs Thomas Moodie, 1892, nee Cecelia Jacomina Robbertse. Travelled up to Gazaland with her husband (leader of the Moodie Trek), three daughters and seven sons. An interesting account of the journey is given on pp. 152-157 of "Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women,” written by one of Mrs Moodie's daughters, Mrs Acutt. Mrs Moodie was a very brave woman.

Children:

Mrs Mears, 1892, nee Harriet Madeline Moodie. Daughter of Thomas Moodie, leader of the Moodie Trek. Returned to the Transvaal and was joined there in 1902 by her sister Sarah. P. 160 "A Study in Pioneering: The Moodies of Melsetter,” by Edmund H. Burrows.

  • James Benjamen Moodie
  • Boyce,
  • Donald Charles Petrus Moodie
  • Malcolm James Dunbar Moodie Leader "Groot Tom" who married her husband George Benjamin Dunbar Moodie while on the trek and they became the first couple ever to spend their honeymoon at the Zimbabwe Ruins!
  • Mrs Acutt, 1892, nee Elsie Moodie. Daughter of Thomas Moodie, leader of the Moodie Trek. An interesting account of this Trek, written by Mrs Acutt, is to be found on pages 152 to 157 of “Experiences of Rhodesias' Pioneer Women” by Jeannie M. Boggie. Mrs Acutt's first husband was Frederick Markham, whom she married on 1st January, 1894 - this was the first marriage in Melsetter. After the death of her husband she married William Acutt in 1902. See pp. 156 and 160 of "A Study in Pioneering - The Moodies of Melsetter,” by Edmund H. Burrows. Mrs Acutt died in Bulawayo on 31st December, 1944. (Information from Mrs Czarnikov, Bulawayo).

Mrs Dunbar Moodie, 1892, nee Sarah Maria Moodie. Eldest daughter of Thomas Moodie (leader of the Moodie Trek). She married her cousin, G. B. Dunbar Moodie, at the house of Rev. Sylvester at Fort Victoria, who performed the ceremony. They spent their honeymoon at Zimbabwe Ruins (the first couple to do so), living in Cecil Rhodes' wagonette. See p. 135 "A Study in Pioneering: The Moodies of Melsetter,” by Edmund H. Burrows.

Mrs van Niekerk, 1892. Nee Margaret Agnes Brown. Her first husband was John Moodie, and they came up with the Moodie Trek. An article by Mrs van Niekerk is to be found on pages 38 and 40 of "Women in Central Africa," published in 1953 and compiled by the National Council of Women of S. Rhodesia. Mrs van Niekerk died at Inyanga aged 91. On Roll of Women Pioneers.

Mrs. du Plessis, 1894, nee Lena Maritz. Wife of Ernest du Plessis who came with the Moodie Trek as a single man in 1892, went back to the Free State and returned with his wife in the Du Plessis Trek in 1894. Information from Mrs. M. Edwards, Chipinga; also p. 152 "A Study in Pioneering, The Moodies of Melsetter," by Edmund H. Burrows.

  • Mrs Kruger, 1896, or earlier, nee Lizzie du Plessis. Her parents came with the Moodie Trek and she is now (1957) living at Melsetter. Information from Mrs M. Edwards, Chipinga.
  • Henry Ashpute.
  • Ernst Baden.
  • Richard Dick Hulley.
  • ? Knox.
  • Fred Markham.
  • Jan Oberholster.
  • Gustave Stiebel.

Bain

  • Ada Margaret Bain, 1894. (Mrs Attwell). Came up by ox wagon with her parents; was in the Bulawayo laager in '96 and is now living in Gatooma (1960). Information from her neice, Miss G. Howard, Bulawayo.
  • Alice Leonora Bain, 1894. (Mrs Howard). Came with her parents from Queenstown by ox wagon. She was in the laager in '96 and lived in Bulawayo until her death in 1950. Information from her daughter, Miss Howard.
  • Daisy Maria Bain, 1894. (Mrs Robins). Arrived with her parents on the 12th December, 1894. Was in the Bulawayo laager during the '96 rebellion; lived in Bulawayo until her death in 1950. Information from her niece, Miss G. Howard, Bulawayo. On Roll of Women Pioneers.
  • Elizabeth Ruby Bain, 1894. (Mrs York). Came by ox wagon to Bulawayo with her parents; was in the laager during the '96 rebellion and is still living near Bulawayo (1960). Information from her niece, Miss G. Howard.
  • Florence Marion Bain, 1894. (Mrs Talbot). Arrived by ox wagon. Was in the laager in Bulawayo during the rebellion in '96 and is still living in Bulawayo (1960). Information from her niece, Miss Gladys Howard, Bulawayo. On Roll of Women Pioneers.
  • Ivy May Bain, 1892. (Mrs King). Arrived with her parents in the Moodie Trek. Born 1888 and is still (1959) living. Letter from Mrs S. M. Duncanson, 29/6/59.
  • Mabel Maud Bain, 1896. (Mrs Green). Her parents came with the Moodie Trek in 1892. She was born in Salisbury 29/9/1896 and is still living (1959). Information from Mrs S. M. Duncanson in letter dated 29/6/1959.
  • Maria Olive Bain, 1892. (Mrs Bennie). Arrived with her parents in the Moodie Trek. Born 1882, died 1946. Information from Mrs S. M. Duncanson in letter dated 29/6/1959, in answer to my advertisement.
  • Violet Constance Bain, 1894. (Mrs Bodle). Came up by ox wagon with her parents; was in the Bulawayo laager in '96. Later left Rhodesia and died in Port Shepstone in 1958. Information from her niece, Miss Howard, Bulawayo.

Coleman family

  • Mrs Coleman, 1892, nee Margery Hester Moodie. Sister of Thomas Moodie, leader of the Trek, She came with her husband Edmund Francis Coleman and four daughters. They opened the first boarding house in Salisbury. Mrs Coleman had exciting adventures in the Mashonaland rebellion and was six weeks in the Salisbury laager. An account of her early experiences, written by herself, is to be found in "Women in Central Africa," pp. 9 to 12, Also see pages 138 to 143 of "Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women,” by Jeannie M. Boggie. Mrs Coleman died in January, 1935. Information from Mrs Stidolph, Bulawayo.

Daughters

  • Mrs Arnott, 1892, nee Lucretia Maria Coleman. Came with her parents in the Moodie Trek; was a neice of Thomas Moodie, leader of the Trek. She married in 1896 and they lost everything at Gletwin Farm during the rebellion. Mrs. Arnott was in the Salisbury laager and her husband took part in the Mazoe Patrol. After this they went to the Cape for a time, but returned to Rhodesia and lived at Good Hope Farm near Salisbury, where Mrs. Arnott died in Octo¬ber, 1954 aged 89. Information from her sister, Mrs. Jack, Goromonzi, in letter dated 27/7/1960 and from her son Mr. G. E. Arnott, Wankie, in letter dated 9/8/1960. Also see p. 138 " Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women," by Jeannie M. Boggie.
  • Mrs Roberts, 1892, nee Sarah Susanna (Sallie) Coleman. A niece of Thomas Moodie, leader of the Trek and she came up with her husband and three young children. She has written an interesting account of their early adventures which is to be found on pages 144 to 146 of Mrs. Boggie's "Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women." Mrs. Nesbitt was in the Umtali laager. She died in Salisbury in January, 1956. Information from her sister, Mrs. Jack, Goromonzi.
  • Mrs Roberts, 1892, nee Eveline Frances Jemina Coleman. Came with her parents in the Moodie Trek, was a niece of Thomas Moodie, leader of the Trek; was in the Salisbury laager during the rebellion. Mrs Roberts was married in 1897. She lived first in Salisbury and then in Melsetter and other places in Rhodesia until her death, in Salisbury, in 1951. Information from her son, Mr Farewell Roberts, Bulawayo. On Roll of Women Pioneers.

Forsen

  • Mrs A. S. Bain, 1892, nee Emily Teresa Forsen. Arrived with the Moodie Trek. Born 1862, died 1946. Information from Mrs S. M. Duncanson, Salisbury; letters dated 29/6/59 and 2/2/1960, in answer to my advertisement.

Nesbitt

  • Mrs R. Jack, 1892, nee Nora Nesbitt. Travelled up with her parents in the Moodie Trek when she was only a few months old. She was in the Salisbury laager during the rebellion. Married in 1911. Information from herself in letter dated 27/7/1960 from Goromonzi. Also p. 144 "Experiences of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women,” by Jeannie M. Boggie.
  • Mrs Stidolph, 1892, nee Josephine A. M. Nesbitt. Came with her parents in the Moodie Trek, a niece of Thomas Moodie, leader of the Trek; was in the Salisbury laager during the rebellion. Mrs Stidolph was educated overseas; she was married in Salisbury in 1910 and lived there until her death in August, 1921. Information from her daughter-in-law, Mrs Stidolph, Bulawayo.

Zim Death Notices

  • Anna Cocher Meikle 1104/64
  • Bertha Gilbert Sanderson Meikle 381/64 19020
  • CS & EN Marriage settlement ADM 1/53 and 3/53 (Not sure where to use these references)
  • Cyril Stewart Meikle 42/107 4730
  • Douglas John Campbell Meikle 1840/75 27219
  • Douglas Matthew P Meikle 676/57
  • Euphemia Mary Meikle 203/63 18399
  • J E Meikle 6/179
  • James Stewart H Meikle 14/160 970
  • Jessie Ada Meikle 1375/70
  • John Meikle 84/200/25
  • John Meikle 80/223
  • John Hay Meikle 453/59
  • John Morrell Meikle 679/66 20180
  • Kenneth Meikle 4/24
  • Lilian Maria Meikle 85/109 11950
  • Meikle marriage settlement KB 722
  • N B C Meikle (Minors) G F (W) 8/59
  • Sarah Meikle 37/49
  • Sarah Meikle 17/18 1179
  • Thomas Meikle 53/234 6448
  • Born Strathaven British,
  • Father John, mother Sarah.
  • Age 66y 2 m.
  • Wife Winifred Helen - m. 27 April 1908 Bulawayo
  • Died * Feb 1939, Hillside Bulawayo
  • Children - Marjorie Jean Sarah; Joan Winifred; Margaret (Peggy) Helen
  • Child of different marriage - Jane Patricia 1 March 1923
  • Informant W H Meikle, wife

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