Mary Ann Hallum Watson, b3

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Mary Ann Hallum Watson (Howard), b3

Also Known As: "Hallum", "Watson"
Birthplace: England, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Howard, SV/PROG and Elizabeth Howard, SM/PROG
Wife of George Hallum and Richard Watson, SV/PROG
Mother of Mary South; Jemima Ann Page and William Watson
Sister of John Henry Howard, b1; William Howard, b2; Thomas Howard, b4; Emily Jones, b5 and Esther Arabella Howard, b6

Occupation: Laundress
Managed by: Sharon Doubell
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About Mary Ann Hallum Watson, b3 She was a widow in 1847 in Port elizabeth, South Africa


b3 Mary Ann * c.1805 x c.1822 George HALLAM died before 1837 xx 20.4.1837 Richard WATSON * c.1801 died before 1847

c1 Mary HALLAM * Grahamstown Dec. 1822 died Grahamstown 6.5.1883

c2 Jemima Ann WATSON * Port Elizabeth 8.6.1829 died Grahamstown 21.11.1859

c3 William WATSON

Source: Pamela Barnes, Through the chequered path: the story of William Howard's party of 1820 settlers


Seventeen-year old Mary Ann Howard had fallen in love with George Hallam, a British Soldier with the Royal African Corps, and their marriage early in 1822 was the first to be celebrated within the party; by the end of the year the couple were the parents of a daughter Mary, first grandchild of the party leader.

Source: Pamela Barnes, Through the chequered path: the story of William Howard's party of 1820 settlers


Petition of Mary Ann Hallum, wife of George Hallum, dated 1834; Depot: KAB; Source: CSC; Vol. No.: 2/6/1/13; Ref. No.: 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.


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In 1845, Mary Ann Watson, widow of Richard Watson, made a request for a plot of land upon which to build a cottage:

"Memorialist is Mary Ann Watson, widow of the late Richard Watson who departed this life in the service of Her Majesty's Colonial Government on the 29th December last, having been employed in the Port Office Boat, during a period of 17 years. First under Capt. Evatt, 2nd under Capt. Wallace, 3rd Capt. Francis and lastly Capt. Dunsterville.

"That memorialist is a laundress and has 4 children, the youngest however is 10 years of age and finding the high rent demanded for the humble cottage pressing very hard upon her slender income and greatly enhancing her difficulties.....?.....if your excellency would grant her a small piece of land in any part of Port Elizabeth on which she might erect a small cottage.

"References to Richard's 17 years service:....."He....always conducted himself in a very proper and efficient manner and reccommend memorialist's petition". Capt. Francis"

Source: Depot: KAB; Source: LG; Vol. No.: 556; Ref.: 1053

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Mary Ann Hallum Watson, b3's Timeline

September 13, 1823
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 8, 1829
Port Elizabeth, EC, South Africa

Source:, "South Africa, Birth and Baptism Records, 1700s-1900s"