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John Gillham
Maria Olliver
John Gillam 1
canteen keeper 2
born circa 1811, Deal, Kent 3
baptized 29 November 1811, St. Leonard's, Deal
died 6 November 1875, Alexandra Road, King Williams Town 4
His obituary in the Kaffrarian Watchman of 8th November 1875
says that he and his brother, unnamed, came to the Cape in 1843
in the same regiment, and Raymond Evison, in 'The South Africa
1853 Medal' lists Troop Sergeant George Gillam and Sergeant
John Gillam with the 7th Regiment of Dragoon Guards which
arrived at the Cape in 1843. The newspaper article states that
John Gillam took his discharge in 1848 and settled in King Williams
Town, whereas his brother remained with his regiment and
returned to Europe.

A note from 'Dr.A.W.Burton's Manuscript: Vol.4, p.132 (supplied
by William Jervois) states that John Gillam was the owner of two
hotels in King Williams Town, first 'The Fountain' and later the
'Royal Oak' on the corner of D'Urban Street and Alexandra Road,
opposite Holy Trinity Church.

In the Old King Williams Town cemetery is a gravestone recording
the death 15th November 1860, aged 21 years and [4] months,
George Edward Gillam, born Newcastle, England, 15th July 18[..]
(photographed 2006 by Gail Rothlin)

George Gilham
Year of Registration: 1839
Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
District: Newcastle Upon Tyne
County: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
Volume: 25
Page: 309

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1983
about John Gilham
Name: John Gilham
Year of Registration: 1838
Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
District: Medway (1837-1941)
County: Kent
Volume: 5
Page: 481

Transcribed by Sue Mackaty from Cape Frontier Times, CO53/19
at the National Archives in Kew, London, Tuesday 2May 1848
Late of the 7th Dragoon Guards
Begs to intimate to his friends and the public that he
has commenced business as a Saddler and Harness Maker
in D’Urban Street, Fort Beaufort.
Orders from the Country punctually attended to,
directed to J. GILLAM, D’Urban-street, Fort Beaufort, or to Mr. HOLLIDAY.

married (1)

Elizabeth Martin

George Edward

Elizabeth Sarah

married (2)


John Louis

George Charles
1864 -

children of John and Elizabeth Gillam

George Edward Gillam 5 born 1839
born 15 July 1839, Newcastle 6
baptized 4 August 1839, Saint Andrew, Newcastle Upon Tyne 7

Notes: We have three conflicting statements about his date of birth.
The birth certificate states born Nineteenth of August 1839, at the
Barracks, St Andrews, Newcastle uponTyne. The gravestone states
born Newcastle, England on the 15th July 18[39], and the transcribed
baptismal dated (LDS IGI) is given as 4th August 1839.

Elizabeth Sarah Gillam 8 born 1842
born 7 November 1842 9
baptized 13 November 1853, Holy Trinity, King William's Town 10

children of John and Isabella Gillam

John Louis Gillam 11 born 1862
born 9 February 1862 12
baptized 27 February 1862, Holy Trinity, King William's Town 13

George Charles Gillam 1864-1865
born 20 November 1864 14
baptized 18 December 1864, King William's Town 15
died 6 November 1865, King William's Town 16

Notes: He is not mentioned in his father's death
notice of 1875 and had presumably died before that.

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