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Matthew Porrill

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Wass, North Yorkshire, UK
Death: Died in Frere, Uthukela DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Place of Burial: Frere, Uthukela DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Porritt and Ann Porrill
Husband of Elizabeth Lindsay
Father of Jane Watson Pritchard; Francis Porrill; Margaret Porrill; Robert Benjamin Porrill; Mary Elizabeth Wood and 5 others
Brother of Frances Porrill

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About Matthew Porrill

Matthew was born in or near the village of Wass in the parish of Kilburn in the North Yorkshire Moors in 1826. he was baptised at St Mary's Church, Kilburn. His mother was Ann Porrill and it is thought that he had a sister who disappeared one night when she went out to buy milk. Its not known what brought him to the decision to leave his family but economic circumstances in York prior to 1850 were bleak and he most likely thought that if he was going to emmigrate, he had better do so sooner rather than later in his life.

At the time, a number of men led by Henry Boast were promoting a collaborative migration to the Colony of Natal, which had recently been acquired by Britain. WIlliam Lund, one of the leaders if the group had bought 3,606 acres near Greytown in the Natal midlands and, under the scheme, planned to transfer Lots to the Haidee Settlers as and when they were in a position to take them up. The land was the farm Mieliehoogte (trans. Maize Heights).

After a delay in leaving Hull because the ship that they originally planned to sail on was deemed unseaworthy, the trip was fairly pleasant. They had originally chartered the Pallas, but ended up sailing on the Haidee and arrived at Durban on ___ 1850.

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Civil Registrations(Deaths)-26 Nov 1893,Mount Elizabeth,District of Weenen.Matthew Porrill,male,age 67 years,Farmer.Cause of Death:Cancer of the liver.Informant:F Porrill-son of deceased(Gevonden,Klipriver)on 29 Nov 1893.Entry No 15 Image 739 of 832 (

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Matthew Porrill's Timeline

October 7, 1826
Wass, North Yorkshire, UK
October 7, 1826
Kilburn, North Yorkshire, UK
October 12, 1836
Age 10
Montrose, Angus, UK
February 6, 1862
Age 35
New Hanover, Indlovu DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
August 10, 1864
Age 37
New Hanover, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
September 12, 1866
Age 39
New Hanover, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
June 21, 1869
Age 42
New Hanover, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
April 20, 1871
Age 44
New Hanover, Indlovu DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa