From A Report lodged in the Albany museum, Grahamstown in 1970 by D. H. Patrick R.M.L.; also submitted by P. J. Potgieter to the March 1961 issue of 'baNtu', but the original author was Clarence Jenkins Warner.
NOTES ON WARNER FAMILY
Members of the Civil Service
Written by C. J. Warner of 174, Silverton Road, Durban.
The first Warner to enter the Civil Service in this country was my grandfather, the late J.C.Warner [Joseph Cox Warner]. He arrived in this country at the age of 14 years with his parents who were among the Settlers of 1820. When he attained manhood he first had some notion of entering the Mission Field among the Native tribes of the Cape Colony, and he lived for some years at the Mission Station of Mt. Arthur, where, my father was born in 1834. J. C. Warner became acquainted with Ngubengeuka, the paramount chief of the Great Tembu tribe, and acquired great influence over him and his tribe. Because of his Christian character and sterling good qualities the Tembus had utmost trust and confidence in him, and when, in later years the Governor of the Cape Colony wished to appoint a Resident with Ngubeneuka, the Tembus would only consent to the Governor's request on condition that J. C. WARNER should be the Resident. After some time he was appointed British Resident for the Transkei and Tembuland, and took up his abode at Cofimvaba. He retired on pension some time before 1870, and went to live on his farm Glen Grey. In 1871 he was elected Member of Parliament for the division of Queenstown, and in the same year, whilst travelling by postcart from Queenstown to Port Elizabeth to take the steamer for Cape Town in order to attend the session of Parliament, he was taken ill on the journey and had to leave the postcart at a place called Balfour, at the foot of the Katberg Mountain, and died there after a brief illness.
J. C. Warner had two sons: Henry Blacker Warner (born 1832) and Ebenezer Warner, my father, born 1834. Both entered the Civil Service. Henrt Blacker Warner spent all his service years in Idutywa in the Transkei. Ebenezer Joseph first had an appointment as clerk to the Resident Magistrate for Kaffraria, now the division of King William's Town, and from there he was appointed Superintendent of Natives at Poplar Grove, about 20 miles from Queenstown. About the years 1870 to 1872 both brothers decided to resign from the Civil Service, surrendering all their prospects of promotion and the certainty of a pension in old age, and become missionaries. H. B. Warner died in 1919, aged 87, and E. J. Warner in 1913, aged 79. I entered the Civil Service in 1878, and my brother Harry Bradfield Warner, two years younger than I, entered it in 1880. I served 42 years and retired in 1920 as Chief Magistrate of the Transkei. H. B. [Harry Bradfield] Warner , father of H. W. [Harold White] Warner, died in 1900.
There were five others of the family ? descendants of the J. C. Warner who came out with his family in 1820, who also became Civil Servants.
C. H. [Claude Harrison] Warner joined the Native Affairs Department (as it was called at the time) in 1927 and is at present Bantu Affairs Commissioner at Mafeking.
H. W. [Harold White] Warner, father of Peter Warner (see photo) joined the Native Affairs Department in 1916 and retired in 1958 as permanent member of the Native Appeal Court.
Peter J. Warner joined the Native Affairs Department in 1943 and apart from service in a number of districts in the Union [of South Africa] he has also served in Pretoria and South West Africa. At present he is attached to the office of the Chief Bantu Affairs Commissioner, Pietermaritzburg. [ca. 1961]
1820 Settler - Henry Warner, aged 37, Basket maker, wife Elizabeth, aged 35. George Smith's party. Ship 'Stentor'
Children:- Mary Warner, aged 14
Joseph Warner, aged 12
Rosina Warner, aged 7
Caroline Warner, aged 2
Joseph Warner 1808 - 1871. Son of Henry Warner he sailed in 'Stentor' in 1820 and was married in 1831 to Matilda, daughter of John Stanford. He worked at Clarkebury Mission in 1836. In 1845 he was appointed to Imvani Mission and was at Lesseyton Mission in 1849. He was Resident Agent with the Tembus in 1852 and a Member of the House of Assembly for Queenstown in 1871.
Issue - Ebenezer Warner, born 1834, married in 1859 Emma Ruth Bradfield, born 1835.
Henry Blacker Warner, born 1832, married in 1855, Elizabeth Ann Wakeford.
They had five (?) children
Issue - Charles Edward Warner
John William Stanford Warner, born 28th May 1856, at Queenstown, married on 26th. January, 1881, Josephine Gertrude Hart, born 21st December, 1863, they were aged 24 and 17 respectively, married in the district of Queenstown. Marriage officer, I think, was E. W. Warner, Methodist.
Note - See Talbot family tree, for descendants, under Sophia Talbot who married Joseph Hart.
Note - Joseph Hart was not of 1820 Settler descent, he was in the army and got his discharge, presumably.
Given to the Settlers Museum, 1970
By Mr. D. H. Patrick B.M.L.
I believe that Mr. Claridge,[Cecil Claridge Lamont ] Warner Fort Malan, Idutywa district, or his descendants in the Transkei, have a Family Tree dating from pre-settler days.
D. H. Patrick.
7, Alexandra Court
King William's Town
P.S. Mr. Leonard [Henry Leonard] Warner, a younger brother of Arthur Ernest Stanford Warner, both sons of John Stanford Warner and Josephine Gertrude Maria Hart, who lives at 'Guba Park' INDWE, has in his possession, early photographs of the Warners.