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William Cawood

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Cawoods Mill, Keighley, Yorkshire, England
Death: July 1, 1877 (77)
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of David Cawood, Snr, SV/PROG and Mary Cawood, SM/PROG
Husband of Martha Cawood and Sarah Cawood
Father of Sarah King; Elizabeth Sarah Norval; Ann Tucker; David William Cawood, I; David William Cawood, II and 14 others
Brother of James Cawood, b1; John Cawood, b3; Elizabeth Gradwell, SM; Mary Smith Hartley, SM; Joshua Cawood and 4 others

Occupation: Merchant/Butcher
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About William Cawood

CAWOOD-family-Bible-transcript-of Christening Date 31 Aug 1800

Cawood, William and Sarah Hulley marriage



1820 British Settler

William Cawood 19, together with his parents and 9 siblings, were members of Hayhurst's Party of 107 people on the Settler ship, John.

Party originated from Lancashire, England.

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

Area allocated to the Party : Trappes Valley

Children :

  • James Cawood 21
  • William Cawood 19
  • John Cawood 18
  • Joshua Cawood 16
  • Elizabeth Cawood 13
  • Mary Cawood 12
  • Samuel Cawood 10
  • Sarah Cawood 9
  • Joseph Cawood 5
  • David Cawood 1 (died young)



Cawood, William 1801-1877. Son of David Cawood he sailed in the "John" in 1820. He was married in 1827 to Martha Senior. He traded at Port Natal in 1832 and served in the Corps of Guides in the war of 1834-1835. He was a Municipal Commissioner, Cradock in 1876.

Extracts of William Cawood's Obituary (Published in an unknown newspaper on August 18th 1877) A KEIGHLEY COLONY AT THE CAPE "The unsparing hand of Time is gradually removing from our midst the brave adventurous band, who in 1820 settled in Lower Albany, and laid the foundation of the prosperous Eastern Province and the country beyond, as we find it today. Few, however, of those whose demise has been recorded of late years took so prominent a part in the early history of South African Colonisation as did the brothers Cawood, the elder of whom, James Cawood, died in February of last year. In our issue of 3rd instant, it was our melancholy duty to record the death at Cradock, on the 1st instant, of the next eldest brother of that distinguished family: William Cawood. He was the second son of Mr. David Cawood, who in 1820, left his ancestral home, Way Bank Hall, Yorkshire (where the Hon. S. Cawood, the junior of the well known tri-partnership of Cawood Brothers, was born) for South Africa. The family then consisted of six sons and three daughters. It now numbers, all told, over 370 members. They settled at Kafir Drift (Known since the death of the head of the family as "Cawoods Post"). ..... The rough border life of these times, was a fitting prelude to the after career of the three brothers: James, William, and Samuel, who in 1832 and 1833 made extensive hunting trips into the almost unexplored territory of the ferocious Zulu Chieftain Dingaan. .... Previous to taking up his permanent residence at Cradock, Mr. William Cawood lived for a few years at Somerset East, from whence he removed in 1849, remaining in Cradock for about a year. In 1853, however, he took up his abode permanently in that town, from which time to the date of his death, 24 years, he lived in Cradock. The experience and knowledge his life and character have given to a large circle of friends in that town and district, is well expressed by a private correspondent whose letter reached us by Sunday's post, viz., "that a more upright and honourable man never lived." He was always the same: if he said a thing you could depend upon him. Naturally of a retiring disposition, it is really wonderful how he exercised so much influence; and there is no doubt that the influence he had gained in the Cradock and surrounding districts, was as deservedly acknowledged by all, as it was wide spread and genuine. In public matters he kept aloof, except that he was a Municipal Councillor for 20 years, and only retired last year on account of his failing health, and with a well earned resolution of the Board, thanking him for his long and valuable services. .... His funeral was the largest ever seen in Cradock; at least 200 people following his remains to the grave, including English, Dutch and coloured people, whilst at the Cemetery there must have been, we are informed, at least between 300 and 400 people. He lived to a good old age, nearly seventy seven."

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William Cawood's Timeline

August 3, 1799
Keighley, Yorkshire, England
August 31, 1800
Age 1
Keighley, Yorkshire, England
January 20, 1831
Age 31
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 12, 1833
Age 33
Kaffir Drift, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 27, 1835
Age 35
Grahamstown, Cape, South Africa
December 30, 1836
Age 37
Bedford, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 17, 1837
Age 38
Bedford, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 3, 1839
Age 40
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa