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Harriet Elizabeth Calverley (Wheeler)

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Old Bailey, London, England
Death: December 15, 1898 (87)
Komga, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Komga, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Wheeler, SV/PROG and Harriett Elizabeth Wheeler, SM/PROG
Wife of Richard Calverley, Snr and Henry Mortimer
Mother of Mary Ann Elizabeth Preston; Thomas William (Ingram) Calverley; Sarah Elizabeth Preston; Elizabeth Nugent; Richard William Calverley, Jnr and 8 others
Sister of Isaac Wheeler; Thomas Wheeler; Martha Wheeler; Ann Ingram, SM; Richard James Wheeler and 3 others
Half sister of Isabella Jessamine

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About Harriet Elizabeth Calverley

1820 English Settler

Harriot Wheeler 8, together with her parents and 4 siblings, were members of Willson's Party of 307 people on the Settler ship La Belle Alliance.

Party originated from London.

Departure The Downs, Deal, Kent, England on 12 February 1820. Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 2 May 1820. Final Port Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth at the end of May.

Area Allocated to the Party : Beaufort Vale on the Bush River.

Children :

  • Martha Wheeler 13
  • Ann Wheeler 11
  • Harriot Wheeler 8
  • Richard James Wheeler 2


" A fine type of settler, the late Mrs. Harriet Mortimer: obituary. Mr. James Wheeler of Willson's party, who arrived by the s.v. La Belle Alliance, accompanied by his wife and four children, Martha, Ann, Harriet, and Richard James, was the father of the lady whose portrait we are privileged to reproduce. Harriet was only six years of age when she landed at Algoa Bay. Her life was from the first adventurous and exciting. It was her duty as a child to herd the cattle and to give warning of any attempted attack on the part of the Africans. Later on she tired of farm life and went to Grahamstown, where she entered the service of the Thompson family. Here she met and married her first husband, Richard Calverley, b.1811. Mrs Calverley, as she then became, for several years used to purchase goods in Grahamstown and trek far into the Transkei on trading expeditions. On one occasion, during some inter-tribal factions, one of the native chiefs sent Mrs. Calverley and her children from the danger zone near Idutywa to a place of safety in the Mqanduli District, under an escort of 2000 native warriors. In 1850, after the War of the Axe, the Calverleys with their young family left the safety of King William's Town or Grahamstown, and visited first Xoloso and afterwards Mhlangazi, near Idutywa. Here they were isolated during the native wars which followed. Fortunately, the Tembas did not rise, although Mrs. Calverley on one occasion overheard them planning to wipe out the whole family. Shortly after[ in 1858], great grief at the death of her husband overtook her, and she was left with a family of nine young children. She then decided to return to Grahamstown, but owing to the overturning of a wagon, she sustained a broken leg, and this caused a change in her plans, as she had to be taken to Clarkebury for attention. Romance once more came into her life, for at Clarkebury she met and married her second husband, Mr. Harry Mortimer. There were no children of the second marriage. In 1880, she made her final trek from Clarkebury to Komgha, where she died in December 1898, at the age of 84. She is buried in St Paul's Churchyard, Komgha. Of her nine children, there are two survivors, Mr. James Calverley, still living at Komgha, and Mrs. Macdonald, who lives near Tsolo. This fine old lady's descendants, through her other children, are many, and are to be found through out the length and breadth of the Border."

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Harriet Elizabeth Calverley's Timeline

July 14, 1811
London, England
August 4, 1811
Holborn, England, United Kingdom
February 11, 1833
Age 21
Age 24
June 1837
Age 25
Grahamstown, Cape Colony, South Africa
Age 25
October 24, 1838
Age 27
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 16, 1841
Age 29
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 31
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 33