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Mary Whitaker Pike (Low)

Also Known As: "Mary Low"
Birthdate:
Death: Died in Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Low and Ellen Low
Wife of Elijah Pike
Mother of Harriet Forword; Samuel Pike; Ellen Brent; Rosey Trower (Pike); Jonathan Joseph Jose Pike and 7 others

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About Mary Whitaker Pike

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-23580-56306-87?cc=1468076 : 21 May 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Bathurst, St John the Evangelist > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1829-1849 > image 47 of 108; William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

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This is a summary of my research into Mary Whitaker Low I have it on good authority from a very well respected and knowledgable Pike researcher, that Mary Low's mother was Mary Evenden, of Bailie's party and her father was James Low, also fo Bailie’s Party. There are records that point to this, but we have not got them to hand due to a computer failure! Mary’s marriage to Elijah Pike is at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9TWM-SSNT Her Death notice is at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQ6-GQ5T-2?i=154

James Low, whether he was married to a Susan or not ( no proof either way) had an 'affair' with Mary Evenden, which resulted in her producing an illegitimate child, your Mary Low. 'Mary Evenden, a young woman who emigrated as a servant with the family of Captain Henry Crause, gave birth to an illegitimate baby and applied for an affiliation order against James Low. Captain Trappes had to find out from the Deputy Landdrost's office what procedure he should follow; there had been no similar case at Bathurst to give him a precedent. Low managed to shed his responsibilities a year later by leaving Albany for Cape Town. Ref. CA CO 178: Memorial of J Low dated 9.9.1822 ' Mary Evenden then married Philip Whitaker/Witaker per: Microfilm #1886513 Matrimonial Court Minutes and Special Marriage Licenses: 1821 - 1884 Albany/Grahamstown, Cape Province, South Africa Item 7 Entry #10 Husband: Philip WITAKER, 21, Protestant, England Wife: Mary EVENDON, 21, Protestant, England Date: 3/4/1822 MMDDYY.

We do not believe that this marriage image is available online yet.

Mary Evenden would have taken her baby Mary into this marriage, and that would be where the Mary Whitaker Low name connections come about. Mary Evenden may have ‘added’ a few years to baby Mary’s birth year to disguise the fact that she was base born. Mary Low was definitely not born in the UK in 1825.

Philip Whitaker was a Military man based in Grahamstown, but no references have been confirmed for him, other than the two Lower Albany Chronicle notes : In the Lower Albany Chronicle part 2 page 73 31 December there is a piece:

" Major William Cox, 75th Regiment with Cape Mounted Riflemen, had been engaged on th Kariega River. A party of 25 from Grahamstown under Sergeant Pieter Low, with Philip Whitaker and John Brown, was guided by the latter to occupy Clay Pits Post".

2 pages later, on 14th Jan 1835: " at Clay Pits Post, John Brown and Philip Whitaker went out of The Post to parley with a party of Xhosas who approached. Both were killed near the Coombs River. Sergeant Pieter Low continued to maintain the position against repeated attacks, until Ensign Lowen came to his assistance."

After Philip Whitaker's demise, his widow applied for compensation: DEPOT KAB SOURCE LG TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 576 SYSTEM 04 REFERENCE 718 PART 1 DESCRIPTION MEMORIALS RECEIVED. GENERAL. M WHITAKER. REQUESTING OMPENSATION AS A WIDOW OF A MILITARY SETTLER. STARTING 18610000 ENDING 18610000 ~~ DEPOT KAB SOURCE LG TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 575 SYSTEM 04 REFERENCE 703 PART 1 DESCRIPTION MEMORIALS RECEIVED. GENERAL. MA WHITTAKER. REQUESTING THAT HER NAME BE ENTERED ON THE COMPENSATION LIST FOR MILITARY SETTLERS. STARTING 18600000 ENDING 18600000 ~~~ If anyone can get us copies of these documents from the Cape Archives, it would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Whitaker, nee Evenden may have remarried after Philip's death - I have yet searched for any marriage or DN's for her.

From Bailie's Party of 1820 settlers by M D Nash, page 151 "LOW, James. 1799- Carpenter From London, he emigrated as a servant to John Bailie. He left Albany in 1822 and moved first to Graaff-Reinet and then to Cape Town, where he married Ellen Higham of Liverpool in 1825. He was a Clerk of Works for the building of St George's Church in 1830. He set up a business as a builder, and owned a property in Rondebosch, which was sold in 1866 when he was declared insolvent. CO 293 no 91, Bailie to Plasket, 25.3.1826; CO 178, 9.9.1822; Gazette, 2.9.1825; Directory 1849; MOOC 7/1/213 no 20, will of M Adams, August 1852; MOIB 2/2114 no.190; Information about St George's Church from R.R.Langham-Carter." If anyone can find documents to assist in proving or disproving this, they would be welcome.

Paul Tanner-Tremaine ( paul@1820settlers.com )

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Mary Whitaker Pike's Timeline

1825
March 27, 1825
1839
July 3, 1839
Age 14
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1841
February 26, 1841
Age 15
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1842
November 18, 1842
Age 17
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1844
October 21, 1844
Age 19
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1847
August 7, 1847
Age 22
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1850
January 17, 1850
Age 24
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1852
July 31, 1852
Age 27
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1854
July 19, 1854
Age 29
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa