Susanna Jacoba Montgomery, SM

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About Susanna Jacoba Montgomery, SM

Extracts from: The reminiscences of John Montgomery. Edited by A. Giffard.

At Cradock he [John Montgomery] applied himself to learning a trade. It was here that he met Susanna, daughter of Jan Benjamin Van Zyl, who farmed at Grootfontein north of Cradock. They were married in December 1822. The marriage lasted until Susanna’s death 46 years later. The young couple (he was 19, she 17) built themselves a house [in Cradock]. In mid – 1824 he began a career he was to pursue on and off for the rest of his life – that of a ‘smous’ or travelling trader. On his first [trip], accompanied by Susanna and their first child, Sara, Montgomery trekked in his wagon as far north as the Orange River.

Obituary: Mrs John Montgomery (The Friend 21 February 1868).

Mrs Montgomery, wife of our respected townsman, Mr John Montgomery departed this life on Wednesday last (19th February), at the age of 64 years, after a short illness, leaving a husband, at present absent from home, and an immense number of descendants to lament her loss. The deceased was well known and much respected at Cradock, Burghersdorp, Smithfield and other places at which, at different periods she and her husband had resided. The surviving husband and family have our sincerest sympathy in their sad bereavement.


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Susanna Jacoba Montgomery, SM's Timeline

April 4, 1805
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 10, 1805
October 1, 1823
Age 18
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 1, 1825
Age 19
Cradock, Cape Colony
June 13, 1826
Age 21
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 16, 1827
Age 22
January 15, 1829
Age 23
Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 14, 1830
Age 25
March 29, 1832
Age 26
August 10, 1833
Age 28
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa