Notes on Charlotte Whitfield by ? (possibly Dorrien Whitfield)
Charlotte Whitfield 1790 - 1875
Born in London during Feb 1790. A son Leo Africanus was born to her near Zwartskop River in 1822, a daughter Mary Margaret in 1825 and another daughter Charlotte Belinda was born at Bathurst in 1826. (D/N 264/1897)?? [perhaps 204/1897]
On the 16th Jan 1827 Miss Charlotte Whitfield was granted permission to leave the Cape Colony (got off records Permits to leave the Country 1826/7). On the 9th Feb 1827 Charlotte sailed in the English Schooner "Ann" bound for Rio de Janeiro (got off Records Ships Arrivals & Departures). Another son was born to her on 28th Feb 1828 in London. (D/N 204/1897 & John's D/N 2677).
She left England from the "Downs" on the 12th June 1828 in the "Barbara" and arrived at Table Bay on the 15th Sept 1828. The passenger list records her as Miss Whitfield but no mention is made of her son John (Chamber of Commerce Records CC 45. Ships Arrivals)
Her last child William Henry Lancaster was born on 16.1.1829 ??
She married William Henry Turkington on the 25th July 1835 at St Georges Church Grahamstown by the Rev John Heavyside acting Chaplain of Grahamstown. The witnesses were G Blakemoore, Harriet Blackmore and I H Dixon. Charlotte being recorded as Spinster and William as bachelor.
According to records William Turkington was an independent settler who came to the Colony with his son George aged 6 and who was granted a permit to return to England on the 10.7.1823 (1820 Settler Asc Office East London). It is known that sometime between 1827 - 1835 he contributed £1 towards defraying the expenses of procuring a Roman Catholic Clergyman for the Frontier. In 1832 he was living in the Bathurst district and was a shareholder in the Bathurst Church Building. He died about 18?6.
Mrs Charlotte Turkington was present at the wedding of her son John Whitfield to Ann Wallis on 2nd Sept 1862 at Cuylerville.
According to her daughter-in-law Ann, wife of John, Charlotte was an autocratic and cultured person, tiny in stature and always calm. She came from a wealthy and aristocratic family with whom she quarreled and came out to the Cape Colony.
Ann was often frightened of her and once overheard her mother-in-law remark that Ann's parents were "in trade".
Charlotte educated her children and was held in great esteem by both relations and her friends.
In later life she lived with her son Leo Africanus Whitfield and his family at Gum Grove Farm on the slopes of Taba Ndoda near Fort White where she died on 21st June 1875 and was buried in the small private cemetery on the farm.
She died intestate and although left no removable or immovable property, her death notice, made out and filed some 22 years later by her son John, recorded that a sum of about £3800 was being held in Chancery. This money was left to Charlotte or her heirs possibly by her brother Henry Whitfield who it was thought at one time owned sugar estates in Jamaica.