of John Henry Harris
John Henry HARRIS b. 10 May 1826, St Helena Island, m. 30 Nov 1850,
in Jamestown, St Helena Island, Eloise Grove
O'CONNOR, b. 1 Oct 1827, St Helena Island, d. 25 Jul 1900, Lady
Grey, Cape, RSA, buried: Lady Grey, Cape, RSA. John died 14 May 1914, Lady
Grey, Cape, RSA.
his early life on the Island of St. Helena, John Henry worked as a storekeeper
for the Liberated African Establishment, which had been brought into existence
at the time of the abolution of the slave trade. During this time Her Majesties
ships were cruising St. He4lena waters, capturing slavers and bringing
them to the Island where the slaves were eventually liberated.
He came out
to South Africa sometime between 1854 and 1856 settling first at Aliwal
North and then moving to the fledgling community of Lady Grey in 1861/2.
only became a town in 1861 with the formation of the D.R. Church congregation,
so it can be seen that the Harris family were one of the very first families
to settle in the town.
was appointed Post Master of the town by the Governor of the Cape on the
19th July 1864 at a salary of six pounds per annum, plus commission. He
had donated one of the rooms of his house to be used for the Post Office,
and this served its purpose until a Post Office was built in the town in
John Henry Harris served the town of Lady Grey for a period of thirty-four
years, fist as Post Master, and as Justice of the Peace, a position he
accepted in 1868. He also served on the commision to draw up aschool regulations
and had his name attached to a list guarenteeing a specific amount per
year, for three years, to assist in the running of the school. This commission
formed the fist school committee and John Henry audited the books.
He also served
on a school management committee to investigate the building of a school
and hostel, becoming a shareholders representative in the school, when
it was decided to raise funds for the school by offering shares.
He also owned
a Trading Store in the town, which sold grain, etc. During the Boer War,
the boers came into the shop and took all the stock, leaving a receipt
for what they had taken, which proved to be worthless because the Transvaal
Republic was bankrupt at the time.
It can thus
be seen that he was active in the affairs of the community and that he
undoubtedly made a valuable contribution to the development of Lady Grey.
of John Henry Harris and his wife Eloise Grove hang in the Lady Grey Council
Henry Boyce HARRIS m. 13 Aug 1825, in Jamestown, St Helena Island,
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