EXTRACTS FROM RECORDS APPLYING TO OTHER FREEMANTLES NOT REFLECTED ON THE FAMILY TREE.
Quoted from correspondence with A.E.Makin regarding his research on the Freemantle family:
John Freemantle: 'Entry No: 19 in the burial register of the Baptist church, Grahamstown, records the interment on 30.6.1828 of John Freemantle, aged 37 years and 6 months, which means he was born in Januray, 1791, I can find no reference to this person in any of the Settler lists, and he thus remains a bit of a puzzle.'
Samuel Freemantle: 'An elderly descendant of the Sephton settler Thomas Norton wrote to me as follows regarding Samuel Freemantle who was a different person from the son of the Settler Richard Freemantle:
'My great grandmother (mother of Mary Ann Norton, nee Freemantle) was born in London in 1800. Freemantle who was murdered along with his son, John in 1822, was not connected with us as he was married in 1827 to Sarah Eliza Paxton. It was Samuel Freemantle, a widower, who married my great grandmother and was married to Samuel Freemantle in London in1828 and her name was Catherine Ann Bartham. Her only child (a daughter) Mary Ann Freemantle was my grandmother Norton'
Further correspondence elicited the following information: 'The Samuel Freemantle, son of Richard's grandmother, Catherine Ann Bartham, there being one child from the marriage, my grandmother, Mary Ann Freemantle who was married to my grandfather, Edwatd Norton, Snr. ... Samuel Freemantle and his wife, Catherine Ann Bartham, were on the staff of Col. Sir Chas. Wade, who relieved Lord Charles Somerset and was acting Governor for two years while Lord Charles Somerset was in England in about 1835. My grandmother, Mary Ann Norton (nee Freemantle) came out with them - she was 7 years old,'
[Note: A Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Francis Wade was acting-Governor of the Cape in 1833, which lends support to the statements above.]
'Mary Ann Freemantle was married in the home of Samuel Freemantle in Grahamstown on 14.6.1849 by the Wesleyan minister to Edward Norton, a grandson of the Sephton settler Thomas Norton.'
Other items of information not recorded on the tree:
Mary Freemantle of Grahamstown, aged 33, was buried at Fort Frances [Port Alfred] by Rev. P. Syrce on 20.4.1859. [This may have been the wife of Thomas Freemantle, youngest son of *Richard Freemantle, as he married Mary Pascoe, but no confirmation of this has been uncovered.]
Catherine Freemantle married (2nd) Thos. Walter Jnr. In 1857
Anne & Stanley Stanford - He was a schoolmaster at Freemantle School in Mount Frere.
Ellen Freemantle married John Landy, blacksmith of Grahamstown at Grahamstown by Rev J. Heavyside.
Catherine Freemantle, widow, married Thomas Walker Jnr, widower of Grahamstown on 5.5.1857 by Rev. J. Heavyside.
Emma Burberow. In the Albany Museum there is a medical chest, which belonged to the Freemantle family. It was donated to the museum by Emma Burberow. The relationship has not been traced but among the papers held by Gwendoline Phyllis Gemmell nee Broster at the farm 'Broughton' near Molteno, she lists the following information on 'Settlers James Temlett, (22) and wife Ann (21) in Gush's party on 'Brilliant' had a son born on board - James Brilliant Temlett. He married twice, (1st) to Miss Dicks* and they had one daughter, Mary Ann, who married a Mr. Gardiner and had two sons and a daughter. They were: (i) Alfred Gardiner (unmarried); (ii) William Gardiner, who married Emma Burberow and they had two daughters: (a) Myra and (b) Irene and one son (c) Ivor.'
Also among Mrs. Gemmell's papers were notes as follows:
I. 'There is also on display in the museum a workbox from the Freemantle family used about 1845. It possibly belonged to Lois, daughter of Samuel and granddaughter of Richard Freemantle. It is one of those old fitted workboxes about 12 inches wide.'
II. 'At the time of the 1844 Settlement Celebrations a small book was published by R. Godlonton:
Memorials of the British Settlers - An address by the Rev. John Ayliff at Bathurst, May 14th. 1845.
The book also contained the record of laying of the Foundation stone of the Wesleyan Chapel at Grahamstown - 10th. April, 1845.'
It also stated :
'that amongst the settlers there were also several persons of decided piety and great intelligence, of the Baptist persuasion, who have gone forth from the settlement and act as Missionary Agents - 20 from the settlement - one was Freemantle' !! [probably Samuel]
Not missionaries in the ordinary sense but tried to lead the people (wherever they might be living or staying in the ways of religion).'
Re: Burgersdorp. John Montgomery (1803-1878) was an 1820 Settler of Butler's party and became known as 'The Founder of Burgersdorp'.