W3/4.1 *Mary Toye Warner = (1st) * John Bath Staples
(1805 - 1885) [m. 1821] (1798/9 - 1856)
= (2nd) * Stephen Trollip
[m. 1857] (1802 - 1868)
*Mary Toye Warner was born in Bristol on 9.2.1805. She was the eldest child of *Henry Warner and * Elizabeth Warner nee Blacker and emigrated with them in 1820 to the Cape Colony. They travelled out with George Smith's party which was located near the Rufane River and thereafter called Georgevale. On 21.4.1821, aged 16, she married at Georgevale another British settler whom she had apparently met on the 'Weymouth', travelling between Simon's Bay (where the Warners were among a number of immigrants who were transferred from the 'Stentor' to the 'Weymouth')
and Algoa Bay. He was *John Bath Staples, born in 1798 [according to the shipping lists aged 22, but other records give a date of 1780(?)] in Kent, U.K. and who was shown on some lists as an 'agriculturalist from Oxfordshire'. He had decided to come out to the Cape Colony as a game hunter and then joined the Settler emigrants. In England he was, together with George James, a boon companion of the Prince Regent - afterwards George IV and the Staples family crest can be seen in the Albany museum, Grahamstown. He was a good hunter and able farmer. His parents, John and Ann Staples lived in Fort Beaufort but originally came from Bexley, Kent.
*John Bath Staples came to the Cape Colony in Cock's party, which was organised by John Hawkins in Oxfordshire but the latter was eventually unable to embark. The party originally numbered 40 but was increased to 91 before sailing under the shipboard leadership of *William Cock in the 'Weymouth' and they were also located on the Rufane River. However, Cock left them after location and was succeeded by *William Beale. *John Bath Staples became a field Cornet in Queenstown but he and his wife, Mary, also lived in the Winterberg at one time. The name Staples means a pillar.
*Mary and *John Bath Staples had twelve children,
[Note: refer also to the Staples Family tree in the Albany museum, Grahamstown.]
and he died on 18.9.1856 at his own residence in Queenstown. Just over a year after his death *Mary Toye Staples nee Warner married (2nd) *Stephen Trollip in Queenstown on 27.10.1857, he being a tradesman of that town. He was born in February 1802 in Wiltshire, England.
[Note: This according to the tree shown above but IGI has the birth in December, 1802.]
He was a Settler in Hyman's party on the 'Weymouth' and Mary Staples nee Warner was his third wife. In all, he had 22 children but there was no issue of this third marriage. He was the son of *Joseph Trollip and *Susannah Trollip nee Crouch whose entire family of three married sons, three daughters and three younger sons were all included in Charles Hyman's party and were located on the right hand bank of the Lynedoch River. The name Trollip comes from a place in the north of England and the following legend regarding the name is of interest:
In the time of Richard Coeur de Lion there was one, Harold the Saxon,
who was a mighty hunter. The King, hearing of his prowess, sent for
him to join in a hunt. Harold shot three wolves and this so pleased the King that he made him his chief huntsman and he was thereafter known as Harold 'Trois Lupe' - (three wolves.)
This legend is recorded in the biography, 'The Trollips' by Lucy & Richard Poate-Stebbins. The name has many variations, some being Trollop, Trowlope, Trolope, Trollops, Trawlop, Trolop or De Trollop. Family tradition claims that, when the Trollips were leaving with the 1820 Settlers, there was a quarrel in the family, so they changed the spelling of their name to Trollip. However, the church register in Frome, Somerset shows that Joseph Trollop married Susannah Crouch on 25.9.1794 and all his nine children were christened Trollop.
*Mary Toye Trollip nee Warner outlived her second husband by over 17 years, dying on 20.11.1885 in East London, South Africa, *Stephen Trollip having passed away in Queenstown on 24.5.1868.
The children of *Mary Toye Warner and *John Bath Staples were:
c.1. John Joseph Staples
b. 13. 1. 1822 Bathurst, Cape Colony
d. 2. 3. 1897 Clumber, C.C.
m. 13. 9. 1844 Clumber, C.C.
Mary Purdon the daughter of *John Purdon(b. ca.1780) and *Mary Proscilla
Purdon nee Harrison (b. ca 1786) Settlers on 'Belle Alliance'.
Mary was born on 22. 3. 1822 and died 11.11.1899
They had 5 children
[See the Staples Connection and refer to the Staples
Family tree in the Albany museum, Grahamstown.]
c.2. Henry Warner Staples
b. 2. 9. 1823 Bathurst, Cape Colony.
m. 18.6.1857 in Graaff-Reinet, Cape Colony
(1st) Mary Harriet Cockroft, daughter of *Mark Cockroft (b. 12.12.1811; c. 19.1.1812
St Peters, Leeds, Yorkshire; d. 6.5.1892; m. 31.12.1832 Bathurst, C.C. to Elizabeth Purdon
born about 4.12.1812 India and died 18.11.1858 in Dordrecht, Cape (Mary was granddaughter
of * Charles Cockroft and *Harriet Cockroft nee Farrer
No Issue of the first marriage
m. about 1856 a widow
(2nd) Mary Ann Wright nee Thompson
born about 1826/7 and died 23.12.1865 at Pleasant Vale
They had one daughter - see the Staples family connection
m. (3rd) Dorothy Inglis
born about 1827
c.3. William Mosyer Staples
b. 14. 6.1825 Lower Albany, Cape C. 25.3.1827 Grahamstown, C.C.
d 15.12.1907 Queenstown
m. 5.6.1848 Margaret Eliza Orsmond in Fort Beaufort, Winterberg, C.C.
d. 3. 5. 1901 Queenstown
They had 10 children, including Albert Warner Staples who married
Irene Toye Warner ( see separate section)
c.4. Samuel Blacker Staples (farmer)
b. 22.8.1827 c. 4.4.1830 at Salem, Cape.
m. 3.3.1859 Wesleyan Church, Queenstown, Cape Colony.
Eleanor Jane Buckley
They were living at Bonkolo.
There were 10 children of this marriage - see the Staples tree
c.5. Isaiah Staples
b.24.10.1828 Emgwati, Tembuland, South Africa
d.24.6.1906 Middelburg, Cape,
Sarah James daughter of *George James (b1799; m 1829 to *Hannah
Buckley; Hannah born ca. 1812)
Sarah James born ca. 1831 in Grahamstown and died 24.2.1911 in
There were 7 children of this marriage - see the Staples tree
c.6. Charles Wesley Staples
b .27.10.1831 Grahamstown, Cape.
d. 1. 3.1862 Queenstown, C.C.
m.20.11.1858 Bonkolo, Queenstown
Sarah Ann Susannah Wiggall (or Wiggill?) daughter of Elijah Wiggall
and Susannah nee Bentley
There were 2 children of this marriage - see the Staples tree
Sarah Ann Susannah Staples married on 8.3.1865 in Queenstown(2nd) William Richard James, son of George James. He was a farmer.
c.7. Mary Ann Staples
b .4. 4. 1834 Grahamstown, Cape.
d. 24. 3.1863
m .30.1.1852 North Victoria, Cape
b. ca. 1830 Queenstown, Cape.
There were 5 children of this marriage - see Staples tree
Edmund Webster was married (2nd) on 27.7.1864 at the Wesleyan
Chapel, Queenstown to Jessie Trollip
Jessie was born about 1836 in the Cape and was the daughter
of Benjamin Trollip and Mary Ann Trollip nee Holmes.
c.8. Walter Staples
b. 28.12.1836, Cape (possibly in Fort Beaufort, Cape)
d. 28. 6.1837, Cape
c.9. Caroline Elizabeth Staples
b. 1. 6.1838 Fort Beaufort
c. 22.7.1838Methodist Church, Fort Beaufort, Cape
m. 19.1.1858, Queenstown, C.P.
John Power Wilson
b.ca. 1834 and he was a saddler.
(He was possibly the son of John Wilson b. ca. 1815 in Simonstown, Cape,
as recorded in IGI)
There were 10 children of this marriage - see the Staples tree.
c.10. George Walter Staples
b.14. 1.1841 Winterberg, Cape Province
On the Staples tree he is shown as unmarried - and went to live in America.
[IGI shows the 1881 Canadian Census recording a George Walter Staples born in
the Cape, South Africa in 1841, married and living in Dumfries, York, New Brunswick,
who was a barber and married]
c.11. Charlotte Rosina Staples
b. 12. 11. 1843 Endwell Farm, Winterberg, Cape
c.12. Harriet Matilda Staples
b. 25. 9.1848
c. 28.11.1848 Fort Beaufort, Cape.
b. ca 1844 East London
THE STAPLES FAMILY CONNECTION.
Ref: 1820 Settlers - P. C. Metrowich (S.A.B.C.)
*John Staples - "On one occasion, John Staples and two companions set out to drive their part's rations of 12 hamels (sic) from Bathurst to Green Fountain. With great difficulty they managed to keep the flock together for a couple of miles as they drove them across the open veld. But then, unfortunately they came to a dense patch of mimosa, which stretched right across their path. The sheep immediately scattered and bolted into the bush, while the harried escort rushed about vainly trying to round them up. At last Staples saw one of them some distance away.
'Dead or alive' he muttered, 'I'll secure one of them at any rate.' Raising his fowling piece he took careful aim and shot it. This was fortunate because, of the dozen sheep with which they had set out, this was the only one which reached its destination. But at the time he bitterly regretted his action as he had to carry it all the way home on his back. One of his companions was too exhausted to help him and the other was so disgusted with the whole business that he flatly refused to have anything more to do with sheep. The rest of the flock fell easy prey to the wild dogs, hyenas and jackals, with which the bush was infested."
Ref: Extract from Goldswain's Chronicle:
Goldswain tells of Mrs Forbes, her husband and six children. She was washing in the stream when kaffirs killed her husband and burnt their house. She 'flew for her life twords her nearest Neabour wich was Mr. J. Staples', who took her, her children and his family through to Bathurst. This was in 1834. He also mentiones that *John Staples lent him a horse, when he wanted to recover some cattle stolen by kaffirs.
Ref: E. Morse Jones.
A party of 40 was organised in Oxfordshire by John Hawkins, who was eventually unable to embark. It increased to 91 before sailing, under the shipboard leadership of William Cock in 'Weymouth'. They were located on the Rufane River. William Cock left after location and was succeeded by William Beale.
Extract from: 'The Settler Handbook' - M. D. Nash
...some or all of them may have been recruited in London. John Smith, rope-maker and onetime boatswain of the 'Impregnable', was among the last additions; he had been a member of a London party under *John Staples whose application to emigrate had been unsuccessful.
TROLLIP FAMILY CONNECTION.
Hyman's party was moved twice after landing.
Trollip family records date back to 1390 - Manor of Morden
'Mr. Joseph Trollip's house was where the Wesleyans always preached, according to Goldswain, but the Baptists and Wesleyans attended each other's meetings, whenever they could get a preacher. The Baptists collected at the Ford's location. Mr. William Pike used to walk over to preach at Mr. Trollip's house.
His father, *Joseph (1775-1862) was married to *Susannah Crouch and she died in 1823, according to the Trollip family tree. However, reference is made to a murder by Kaffirs, on the Collett's farm in the Koonap. Thus:
"Susan, wife of Joeseph Trollip, was killed in a Kaffir attack on Mr. Collett's farm in the Koonap in 1835."
*Joseph died and was buried in Grahamstown on 22.7.1862, aged 87 years, born in Somerset, England.
*Mary, wife of *Stephen, died in December, 1832 and was buried at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Bathurst. The inscription on her tombstone was carved by Jeremiah Goldswain.
Henry and Edward Trollip, the two sons of John and Elizabeth were both killed in the 8th Kaffir War, on 31.12.1851 at Dagga Boers Nek.
The family coat of arms is a Stag with an Arrow, and the name originally came from a place in the north of England.
*Benjamin Trollip 1804 -1867.
A son of *Joseph Trollip, he sailed in 'Weymouth' in 1820 and served in the Albany Levy in 1823. In 1825 he was married to *Mary Ann Holmes (b. 1808) daughter of *Thomas Holmes. He was a Shareholder in 1833 in the Eastern province Joint-Stock Sheep Farm Association. In the war of 1846-1847 he was Field Cornet, Fort Beaufort, and in 1848 he was on the committee of the Fort Beaufort Boating Company, the interests of which lay at Waterloo Bay.
Ref: 'Roll of British Settlers' - E. Morse Jones.
Holmes - Thomas 34, Farmer; wife Mary 34; children Mary 12; Hannah 8; Margaret 5; Thomas 3;
Party: Sephton's; ship 'Aurora'.