Aaron Aldum, Jr.

Birth

Marriage

Death

c. 1786 (or 1781, or 1777), at ___, Bristol, England.

Edith Ida Blake, on ___, 1808 (or 1807) at ___, Salisbury, Wiltshire (or Sutherland)

(bis) Elizabeth Warren née Baker, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Grahamstown, on March 18, 1843

On January 13, 1860 (or 1859), in Grahamstown, South Africa. Buried at the Old Grahamstown Cemetery.

Parents

Siblings

Children

Aaron Aldum Sr., ___

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Jane Aldum, Aaron James Aldum, William Donald Aldum, Ruth Aldum, Samuel Aldum, Joseph Aldum, Sarah Rebecca Aldum, James Aldum, Lydia Aldum, Lydia Ann Aldum

 

Aaron Aldum (Jr.) was born in 1786 in Yorkshire (or Bristol according to one source), England. He was one of the 1820 Settlers. He was a member of Hezekiah Sephton's party which was set up in London of some 96 dissenter families who formed themselves into the United Wesleyan Methodist Society. A Rev. William Shaw accompanied the group, his salary paid by the British government. The majority sailed in the Aurora, departing from Gravesend on February 15, 1820 and arrived at Algoa Bay on May 15. The party was first located at Rietfontein, but orders were given for their removal to a new location on the Assegai Bush River, which they named Salem, meaning 'peace'. According to Nash, the village of Salem is the only one founded by a settler party that still exists today.

The Aldum family on the ship consisted of Aaron Aldum (39), a weaver, Edith Ida (32), Jane (11), Aaron James (4) and Ruth (1).

Aaron Aldum (Jr.) was an active lay preacher in the Wesleyan church. According to A.E. Makin, he "assisted the Rev. William Shaw during the first years of the Albany settlement. He lived at Salem until about 1828 and then moved to Grahamstown where he resided on Settlers Hill and continued to preach on Sundays in town, at Manley's Flat and at Martins. In 1832 he was working for William Trotter, the brewer, and he especially distinguished himself during the Sixth Frontier War of 1834-35. In 1836 he accompanied Captain P. Delaney as an interpreter on a mission across the Kei River to attempt a reconciliation between the quarreling tribes of Kreli, Vadana, Faku and Ncapai. He was farming near the Kariega River in 1843 and suffered severe stock losses in the frontier war three years later. In 1853 Aaron Aldum was a registered voter of Grahamstown, residing in Chapel Street.

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Marriage register of Aaron Aldum and Elizabeth Warren (née Baker), March 18, 1843

Aaron Aldum, then a widower, married Elizabeth Warren née Baker, a widower, at the Wesleyan Chapel in Grahamstown, Rev. Thomley Smith officiating. The number in the register is 83. Their ages are not mentioned. Aaron Aldum signed his name; Elizabeth Warren (née Baker) did not, indicating that she was illiterate. Jenkins and Sarah Lewis were witnesses. Aaron Aldum's profession is recorded as a printer.

 

Sources:

(1) Birth: Family Group Record, FamilySearch Ancestral File v4.19 reference AFN:BC1C-4D.

(2) Check birth of his son Samuel, daughter Sarah, in Film 458803. Check birth of daughter Sarah Rebecca in Batch number 7710936 - 1059141 Film NONE. Check birth of daughter Lydia in Film 962434, Page 1255, Reference 26353. Check birth of son Joseph in Film 178030, Page 242, Reference 7322. Check birth of son James in Film 962429, Page 1195, Reference 25082.

(3) Place of death: Family Group Record, FamilySearch Ancestral File v4.19 reference AFN:BC1C-4D.

(4) Year of 1st marriage: Family Group Records Collection (microfiche), held at Stoneybrook Family History Center, Maryland. Copied by Peter G. Moll, 11/29/2000. In turn from Reuben Aldum's family records.

(5) Date of death, place of 1st marriage, profession, working life: "The Families of the Salem Settlers", in A.E. Makin's notes, Vol. 1, from Cory Library, obtained through Mr. William Jervois.

(6) Day of 2nd marriage: Marriage Register of the Wesleyan Chapel, kept at Cory Library, obtain through Mr. William Jervois. Cory MS 15 900/1.

(7) Day of 2nd marriage: Extracts from A.E. Makin's notes, Vol. 32, p. 184. Supplied by Mr. William Jervois, Resident Genealogist, Albany Museum, Grahamstown.

(7) Emigration and membership of Sephton's party: D. Nash, The Settler Handbook. Photocopy kindly supplied by William Jervois of the Cory Library.

(8) NOTE: There is no death record in NAAIRS. The sole citation in NAAIRS is the following (and so I requested a copy in December 2005):

"DEPOT KAB SOURCE CO TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 4008 SYSTEM 01 REFERENCE 10 PART 1 DESCRIPTION MEMORIALS RECEIVED. AARON ALDUM, A CONVICT REQUESTING REMISSION FOR THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF HIS IMPRISONMENT. STARTING 1841 ENDING 1841."

(9) Year of birth (as 1781), year of marriage (as 1807), place of marriage (as Sutherland): a genealogical web site 4dw.net/Sandra/SAFam/d1.htm.

(10) Year of birth (as 1777), year of death, place of burial: Derived from year of death (1859) and age (82), on headstone in Old Grahamstown Cemetery, as cited in an email in RootsWeb.com by Becky Horne to Ellen Stanton, July 26, 2003. Note that the stone was still legible in the 1980s but as of 1996 was no longer.

 

 

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