Samuel Freemantle* was married in the Anglican Church in Grahamstown on 10.4.1827 by the Rev. Thomas Ireland to Sarah Elizabeth Paxton*, the daughter of Jesse Paxton* and Sarah Paxton nee Froy*, Settlers in John Dixon's party on the 'Ocean'.
It may be of some interest to note that among all the misadventures of the journey suffered by those on the 'Northampton', coincidently, soon after leaving England the ships 'Ocean' and 'Northampton' collided, their sails becoming entwined, nearly causing the ships to sink, with the Paxton family on the one and the Freemantles on the other.
Extract from the 'Lower Albany Chronicle' - E. Morse Jones:
'Richard Freemantle travelled with his sons, John and Samuel and another man in charge of Thomas Mahoney's wagon. While out-spanning about a mile from their destination and near Coombs River, they were attacked by 12 Xhosa. Richard received 10 assegai wounds and was killed. Samuel, although assegaied through the leg, carried John, who had five wounds, for half a mile. Samuel and the other man reached Clay Pits Post, where a search party was organised. In the meantime Eliza, daughter of Thomas Mahoney discovered John before he died. Samuel was taken by Thomas Mahoney to Kaffir Drift Post where the surgeons attended to his wounds. The oxen were driven over the Fish River. Eliza Mahoney was 16 or 17 years of age at this time and John Freemantle about the same age. Samuel was not more than 14 years old [See question of age discussed at the beginning of this section] at the time of this incident. He was married on April 10th 1827 to Sarah Eliza Paxton.
From: 'Never a Young Man' (re Rev. William Shaw) - compiled by Celia Sadler.
An English boy 'Benjamin, the son of George Anderson, of Baillie's party had been killed by a Xhosa while on his way to John Stubbs at the Clay Pits, stripped and buried in the bush. When he was found to be missing Major Jones left Bathurst with 150 infantry, a detachment of the Cape Regiment and 20 mounted burghers. They searched without success.
Entry in Lower Albany Chronicle - December 7th 1821 - E. Morse Jones.
On 5.5.1829, after a brief valedictory service held in the chapel at Butterworth, Mr and Mrs Shepstone and family commenced their journey for Dapa's country (to commence the fourth Caffre Mission), they were accompanied by Mr Robinson (George Robinson, son of Thomas Robinson of Sephton's party. George was born 1807, died about 1829) and his wife ?? Mr Robinson was, shortly after the commencement of the mission, killed by the fall of a tree when he was engaged in cutting it down to obtain timber for the mission building. (Manley Mission in honour of Rev. George Manley, one of the secretaries of the Missionary Society). Mr Freemantle, another settler, followed Mr Robinson as assistant to Brother Shepstone.d, nearly causing the ships to sink, with the Paxton family on the one and the Freemantles on the other.
Sarah Elizabeth Paxton was born on 6.4.1809 (probably in London as most of the other children were christened at St. Leonards, Shorditch, London), the third child of a family of eight, their father Jesse Paxton* being, according to the shipping lists, a packer. Dixon's was a party of 48 and they were located at Waai Plaats on a source of the Kaffir Kraal River. John Dixon left after location and was succeeded by Henry Fuller as leader. [Refer to Paxton/Painter Family Connections hereunder for further details]
Samuel and Sarah had ten children, the first being born in 1828 in Grahamstown, as were the following ones, up to the eighth who was born in 1842, but it does not seem as if the last two were born in that town. Their house in Grahamstown was noted for the elaborate moulding placed over the doorway to the entrance of the house by Samuel, who was also known to have had an artistic bent.
It is recorded that a Freemantle and his family were assisting at Manley Mission on 27.11.1829 and this was probably Samuel, but by 25.3.1833, he had re-opened his business and was working as a house painter and decorator. By 6.7.1837 he had opened a grocery shop in Grahamstown, but on 10.7.1837 his property and merchandise in Grahamstown were sold. He returned to his painting business, which is mentioned as being established by 1844. Then, by the end of that year, on 26.12.1844 he had purchased Samuel Bradshaw's farm near Bathurst, - No: 9, Bradshaw's location - where Benjamin Booth was in charge. It is also recorded on 12.2.1845 that he was the Superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School in Grahamstown. That same year (on 21.2.1845) he was invited to quote for the job of painting the Bathurst Church windows; he was on the committee for the Settlers' Commemoration at Bathurst (14.5.1845) and practicing as a goldsmith. The following year (6.1.1846) finds him painting the window frames, sashes, doors and frames of the porch of the church, also attending on 27.2.1846 a public meeting at Bathurst. It may well have been in that small town that his last two children, both sons, were born, in 1844 and 1847 respectively.
By 1848 he was branching out into other businesses, acting as a jeweller (9.9.1848) and a wallpaper-hanger (December, 1849) among all his other occupations.
[Note: In 1849 the marriage took place between a Mary Freemantle and Edward Norton at the house of Samuel Freemantle, who signed as witness to this event. However, it would appear that this was not Samuel*, son of Richard*, but another Samuel Freemantle, resident in Grahamstown, a widower, who married Catherine Ann Bartham in London in 1828 and was on the staff of Col. Sir Charles Wade, acting Governor, while Lord Charles Somerset was in England in about 1833/5. Also, a Samuel Freemantle died in Cradock on 3.9.1854 according to the card index of E. Morse Jones and this again might apply to the Samuel who married Catherine Bartham. No opportunity has arisen for checking or confirming this information]
In 1849 Samuel and Sarah's eldest daughter and second child, Lois Freemantle, married Samuel Patten Impy a shopkeeper in Fort Beaufort. They had one son, George Samuel Impy, born 1850, but it was during his infancy that his father Samuel, was murdered by rebel Hottentots on the Koonap Heights in July 1851, while on the way home with four companions to Fort Beaufort. Their second daughter, Sarah, was married in 1852 to Charles Benjamin Trollip, son of Benjamin* and Mary Trollip*, Settlers in Sephton's party. Then in 1855 their second son, Samuel, died in Grahamstown, aged 21 years and ten months. It was in March 1856, the following year that their eldest son, John was married to Harriet Hannah Miller, the eldest daughter of John Miller*, also a Settler in Sephton's party. The date of the marriage of their third daughter, Emma, has not been traced but it was probably about this time. She was married to Casper Henry Hartley, who became a printer and publisher in Kimberley. He was the son of William* and Mary Hartley*, Settlers in Calton's party. The next daughter in age, Harriet, was married in Queenstown in 1860 to Reuben Goulding, a resident of that town. He was the son of George Goulding* and Sarah Goulding nee Pike, who were also Settlers in Calton's party.
In 1864, Samuel* and Sarah Freemantle* were 'about to leave Grahamstown with their two sons' and these presumably were Charles and Jesse William, because their youngest child, Jonathan, born in 1847 had died young. At this time Samuel's age is given as 61, more or less confirming his birth date as being 1802. By the end of that year (1864) they were farming at 'Klein Fontein' in the Cradock district.
On 27.3.1867, probably in Cradock [but there has been some suggestions that it may have been in Flagstaff or Queenstown], their son Jesse William Freemantle (called Willie) married Fanny Elizabeth Paxton, the daughter of David Paxton* and Harriet Matilda Paxton nee Painter. Then, in 1870, the last of their daughters, Elizabeth, married Jeremiah Woodland in Cradock. It was at the Woodland's home in Cradock that Samuel Freemantle died on 3.4.1879 and his widow, Sarah Freemantle also died in Cradock, probably at her daughter's house too, on 10.8.1879, just four months later. [IGI has the date of death as 10.8.1877]
Shortly before their deaths, their only remaining unmarried child, Charles Freemantle, was wed to Rachel McDonald on 27.8.1878 also in Cradock. Rachel was a widow with two children and there were four children from this marriage.
Extract from Government Archives sent to Gwen Gemmell:
'Under the date October, 1844. I have, however, found a memorial for land addressed to the Secretary of State for the Colonies by a certain Samuel Freemantle, of Grahamstown, stating that he had emigrated [sic] to this country in May, 1820, with his father, Richard Freemantle, of Grahamstown, and was located with a party of settlers whose head was 'Mr. Mahoney' at a place called the 'Coombs' near the 'Kaffir Clay Pits' in the division of Albany. His daughter married a S. P. Impey, who was murdered by rebel Hottentots on the Koonap Heights in July, 1851.'
The following are other extracts referring to Samuel Freemantle:
April 10th 1845 - celebration of the Anniversary of the landing of the British Settlers, including [among many others] S. Freemantle in attendance.
Commemoration Day: 10.4.1845 - anniversary of the day when the party of British Settlers headed by Mr. Baillie (on 'Chapman') landed on the shores of Algoa Bay. Service in St. George's for all denominations - liturgical service read by Rev. John Heavyside and sermon by Shaw - 1400 people present - almost all the Settlers and their descendants. Foundation stone of 'The Commemorative Chapel' laid on that day by Mrs. Shaw.
Grahamstown 1837, from William Shaw's writings:
Shaw returned from the United Kingdom to find 'sad results of the previous war'. Many settlers had been killed and numerous farmhouses had been burnt down. They had been picturesque, white washed homes, but were now left as blackened ruins, the occupants 'with tales of horror' living in tents or huts - distress and misery from 1834 - 35 caused '7000 persons to become dependent on the government for the necessities of life.'
'Up to the period of my departure the prevailing feeling towards the Caffre race 'was undoubtedly one of kindness and goodwill towards these people. But the painful events of the war diminished these feelings of kindness.'