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Elizabeth Dawson Beneke (Frost)

Also Known As: "Elizabeth Dawson BENEKE"
Birthplace: Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Philip John Frost, SV/PROG and Elizabeth Pitcher Frost, SM/PROG
Wife of Jan Philip du Pre Beneke, c1d2; John Charles Schwartz and William Geer
Mother of Elizabeth Clara Hartman; Esther Susanna Beneke; John Philip Beneke; Dorothea Maria Beneke and Susanna Elizabeth Berry
Sister of Philip Barnes Frost; James Frost; William Doughty Frost; Edward Frost; John Lowne Frost and 7 others
Half sister of James Frost and Christina Geertruida Cornelia Clignet Mitchell

Managed by: Hazel Marie Griesel
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About Elizabeth Dawson Beneke

She apparently was the first white female to be born in Port Elizabeth. She outlived all three husbands and died at 103 years old. Her first two husbands were brickmakers, which is not too surprising as her father owned the brickworks, and all of her brothers and brothers-in-law were involved there. There were no children from her third marriage, but her many descendants and relations all knew her with great affection as "Granny Geer". Some of her descendants have memories of her as a very old lady still being very much addicted to her snuff which she had enjoyed all her life (her snuff box is in the collection at No. 7 Castle Hiss Museum. She outlived three husbands and one of her descendants has quoted her as being fond of saying:

  • My first husband was a man of the Devil.
  • My second husband was a man of the World.
  • My third husband was a man from Heaven.

The Eastern Province Herald reported an incident which took place on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of the Settlers Memorial (the Campanile) on the 9th of April 1921 by the Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught. As their Royal Highnesses walked to their carriage their attention was drawn to a parked car in which a frail old lady was propped up on cushions. She was Mrs. Elizabeth Geer, nee Frost,who was accompanied by members of her family. The Prince and Princess engaged Mrs. Geer in conversation and displayed a lively interest in the near-centenarian's reminiscences.

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Elizabeth Dawson Beneke's Timeline

September 16, 1821
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 13, 1827
Age 5
Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

St Mary's Church

April 12, 1837
Age 15
Cape Province, South Africa
November 3, 1843
Age 22
September 12, 1846
Age 24
May 29, 1849
Age 27
Age 35