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James Lydford Collett, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Frome, Selwood, Somersetshire, England
Death: August 10, 1876 (76)
Grassridge Farm, Fish River, Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Collett and Martha Collett
Husband of Rhoda Ann Collett SM b6
Father of Rhoda Ann Trollip, Jnr.; John Collett; Susanna Maskell; Martha Collett; James Alexander Collett and 4 others

Occupation: Trader, Farmer and Author
Managed by: Private User
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About James Lydford Collett, SV/PROG

James arrived in Table Bay, South Africa on the 'Salisbury' on 8 December 1821, (Departure Date 14th August 1821) listed as an indentured labourer in Major General Colin ?Charles? Campbell's party. His name was second-last on the list of names. He was well educated in the three R's, wrote well and was filled with driving energy. He is said to have had 70 grandchildren, one of whom was Letitia Collett who married James Butler of London. The party was located on a 10 000-acre estate at Rietfonetien, on an arm of the Kasouga River. The location was named Barville Park. General Charles Collins Campbell, who was the leader of the party, died in May 1822.

In 1824 he married Rhoda in Albany, where he owned a small farm near Port Alfred. When the frontier was thrown open , he bought Olifantsfontein, and farms on the Koonap River in Fort Beaufort district.

When the 1835 Frontier war broke out he stayed. He imported merino from New South Wales and Saxony and left 200 pound to his brother Joseph, who had emigrated to US with his sister Elizabeth. In 1942 he bought 3 large farms in Cradock area, based on Greonfontein in the direction of the AgterSneeuberg, he son gained arepuation as the most progressive farmer in the district. He was chosen to represent the district in the first Cape Parliament in 1854, but attended one session only. In 1857 he sold Groenfontein, and moved to up the valley to Dassie Krantz and Salt Pan Drift. But drought and recession drove him bankruptcy in 1862. All his farms were sold and he had to accept hospitailty of a cottage on Mulberry Grove, the farm of his son-in-law, Joseph Trollip. His successful son, John, redeemed him and placed him on Dassie Krantz. Relationships were strained, but he had lost his touch and after a frightening incident with a defiant servant, John removed his parents to Grassridge, where he died in 1875.


Newspaper cutting under Media from The Cape Mercury, 23 August 1875


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James Lydford Collett, SV/PROG's Timeline

February 14, 1800
Frome, Selwood, Somersetshire, England
December 27, 1824
Age 24
Camphor's Kraal, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 26, 1826
Age 26
Grahamstown, Cape, South Africa
July 13, 1829
Age 29
June 28, 1831
Age 31
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 15, 1833
Age 33
Bathurst, Cape Province, South Africa
Age 34
July 17, 1837
Age 37
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 39
Eastern Cape, South Africa