About George Hallum
NOTE: Although Pamela Barnes gives George's surname as Hallam, it was in fact Hallum.
George Hallam was a British Soldier with the Royal African Corps
"Their daughter Mary Ann and her husband George Hallam were living in the Howards' cottage at Salem Hills village, he having gained his discharge from the army in 1824."
Source: Pamela Barnes, Through the chequered path: the story of William Howard's party of 1820 settlers
Source: KAB, CSC 2/6/1/13, Ref: 199
"The petition of Mary Ann Hallum, of Port Elizabeth, wife of George Hallum, late of Grahamstown.
That your petitioner is to institute against her said husband George Hallum for a dissolution a venculo matrimonial on the grounds of wilful and malicious desertion and not having wherewithal to defray the necessary expenses in support of which she has annexed the required documents."
According to the above-cited document in the Cape Town Archives, George Hallum went on a waggon ride to Port Elizabeth with two of Mary Ann's brothers in Nov. 1825. During this trip George exhibited mental derangement, abandoned the waggon and has not been heard from since.
At the time this petition was filed, in 1834, Mary Ann believed George to be dead, having exhausted all means to find him, including posting notices in newspapers.