John Niland, SV/PROG

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John Niland, SV/PROG

Birthplace: County Mayo, Ireland
Death: October 16, 1859 (79-80)
Fort Beaufort area, Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Cathrine Niland; Catherine Niland, SM/PROG and Frances (Fanny) Niland
Father of Margaret Cross; Thomas Niland; Edward James Niland; Susan Holliday and John Niland

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About John Niland, SV/PROG

1820 Settler to South Africa withHoward's party on the Ocean.



Death Notice : "South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 June 2018), 007844940 > image 571 of 2251; Pietermaritzburg Archives (Formerly Natal State Archives), South Africa.

  • VOLUME_NO 6/9/89
  • SYSTEM 01
  • REFERENCE 6632
  • PART 1
  • STARTING 1860
  • ENDING 1860

------------------------------------------------------------------ - Saturday, November 5, 1859

DIED, at his residence, Fort Beaufort, on Monday, 31st Oct., 1859, after a brief illness, endured with patience and resignation to the will of Heaven, Mr. John NILAND, aged 79 years. Deceased was a native of Ireland, and came to this colony as a British Settler in 1820. He leaves a widow and a large family of sons and daughters, to deplore the loss of an affectionate husband and father; and a large circle of friends who knew and appreciated his sterling qualities.

We have this week to record the death of Mr. John NILAND, one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of this district, who after a brief illness, expired on Monday morning last at the ripe age of 79. Deceased was one of the British Settlers of 1820, and possessed in an eminent degree the indomitable energy and perseverance which characterised that gallant band. Few of all who landed in Algoa Bay 40 years ago encountered the vicissitudes incident to a frontier life with greater determination, or more complete success than the deceased. Residing on the immediate border, he was always in the van of danger, and in common with many of his fellow colonists, has had the cup of sorrow more than once filled to overflowing, at sight of members of his family struck down in the prime of life by the hands of the enemy, while the hard-earned fruits of years of toil were swept off in an hour by the same ruthless bands. He was distinguished, however, for his unconquerable energy and manly independence of spirit, and after each successive disaster he redoubled his exertions, and with unwearied patience and perseverance, triumphed over obstacles before which less courageous men would have shrunk in despair. Until within a recent period he resided on his farm in this neighbourhood, and though far advanced in years, his excellent constitution enabled him to take an active part in its operations. Here he delighted to dispense a generous hospitality to all comers, which the honourable competence he had won enabled him to do on a liberal scale. On the rumours of an outbreak a few years ago, however, he removed into the town, where he resided until the close of his eventful life.

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John Niland, SV/PROG's Timeline

County Mayo, Ireland
May 13, 1824
March 9, 1828
Fort Beaufort, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 16, 1859
Age 80
Cape, South Africa