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Joseph Stirk, SV/PROG 2

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Death: July 22, 1881 (79)
Peddie, South Africa ('great suffering of 15 day's illness')
Place of Burial: Peddie, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of John Stirk and Mary Stirk
Husband of Sophia Stirk, SM
Father of Elzabeth Anne Stirk; Charles Henry Stirk; William Hendry Stirk; George Stirk; Charles Joseph Stirk and 3 others
Brother of William Stirk, SV/PROG 1; John Stirk; Elizabeth Stirk; Nanny Stirk; Mary Stirk and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About Joseph Stirk, SV/PROG 2

1820 British Settler


Joseph Stirk (18), farmer, together with his brother William Stirk, were members of Jonathan Wainwright's Party of 24 Settlers on the John.

Party originated from Yorkshire, England.

Departed Liverpool, 13 January 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 19 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Harewood, Lynedoch River.


Joseph Stirk and his brother William came out in Wainwright's Party of settlers from Yorkshire on the ship 'John". They were 18 & 30 years respectively. William married Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Mouncey on 6 May 1824. They had 3 daughters. After his first wife's death, William married Ann Matthias, a widow, in June 1842. He died 2 Oct 1850.

The Grahamstown Journal Saturday 6 August 1881

IN MEMORIAM In a recent issue there appeared a brief notice of the death of Joseph STIRK Esq., JP, on the 22nd July, at the age of 79 years. His death takes another name off the brief roll of surviving settlers, for Mr. STIRK was one of the band of 1820, and in his time did his share in laying the foundation of a prosperous community in the Eastern Province. Joseph STIRK was born in Headingly, Yorkshire, and came out to this colony in 1820, in the ship John, with WAINWRIGHT’s party of settlers. He occupied his allotment in Lower Albany for some time, when he removed to Grahamstown. After a [obscured] here he accompanied the SOUTHEYs to Southey’s Hoek, near Trumpeter’s Drift, where he made his home. He had not however time to settle down when the Kafir War of 1835 broke out, and himself with wife and family had to fly for their lives to Grahamstown. Many of his friends were overtaken by the Kafirs and killed. At the conclusion of the war Mr. STIRK moved to [Go….ton], in the Peddie district, where, however, he only remained for a short time, and in 1838 he moved into Peddie. Here he made his home and continued to live until the day of his death. He was there when the war of 1846 broke out, and here the great esteem in which he was deservedly held by the Kafirs stood him in good stead, for he, together with his eldest son, Mr. C.J. STIRK of this town*, were taken prisoners by the enemy. When the Kafirs found out who their prisoners were they treated them with respect and gave them a safe return to Peddie. Mr. STIRK, however, lost heavily in stock, and it took him some years to recover lost ground. He was Justice of the Peace for Peddie, and for some time a member of the Divisional Council, and always took a lively interest in public and social matters. He was always ready to help the poor and needy, and gave liberally of his means to every good cause. He was beloved in the Peddie district, and it can well be said of him that he leaves many friends behind, but not one enemy.

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Joseph Stirk, SV/PROG 2's Timeline

December 13, 1801
Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
December 13, 1801
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
September 19, 1827
Age 25
Peddie, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 25
July 19, 1830
Age 28
Peddie, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 28
Age 32
April 27, 1837
Age 35
Peddie, Albany Dist., Cape Colony, South Africa
September 10, 1839
Age 37
Peddie, Eastern Cape, South Africa