FF7 FREEMANTLE FAMILY - GEORGE* and THOMAS
F7/2. George Freemantle* = Elizabeth Ann Stillwell
(1818 - 1878)  (1822 - 1889)
George Freemantle was the fourth child and third son of Richard Freemantle Snr* and his second wife, Sarah Freemantle nee Kent. He was probably born in London on 10.10.1818 and emigrated from there to the Cape Colony with his parents as a two-year-old toddler, on the 'Northampton', which landed at Fort Frederick on 1.5.1820. They were with Mahoney's party located at Coombs, near the Clay Pits, on the right hand bank of the Coombs River.
On 23.8.1822, his father was travelling with two of his sons, from Bathurst, conveying supplies in one of Mahoney's wagons, when they were attacked by a group of Xhosas. His father was killed; Samuel* and John* were wounded. Samuel tried to carry John for half-a-mile towards the location, although he himself was assegaied through the leg, but without avail, John died of his wounds.
In 1823, his mother, Sarah Freemantle nee Kent, was supporting four children by her needlework and they moved to Grahamstown about this time.
His brother, Samuel, took care of Sarah and the other three children and he later adopted her first-born son, George*. When widow Freemantle remarried, to a man called Joseph Stevens* (?) her family were reportedly 'greatly displeased' perhaps this was owing to the nine year difference in their ages.
[Note: There was a Joseph Stevens 22, listed in Wait's party on the 'Zoraster' in Hockley's 'The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa' and M.D.Nash in 'The Settler Handbook' gives: Stevens, Joseph 22, party Waite's - Husbandman.]
George remained with his stepbrother, Samuel, and was employed by Thomas King*.
[Note: Thomas King 39, wife Sarah 39; children: Thomas 14; William 6; party Sephton's; Ship 'Brilliant' - carpenter. Later his wife, Sarah was buried in Cape Town in 1842 and their son Thomas became a member of the House of Assembley - 1869 to 1878.]
On 14.4.1840 George Freemantle was married by Rev. J. Richards in Grahamstown to Elizabeth Ann Stillwell, the daughter of William Stillwell and Martha Stillwell nee Dove, this ceremony being witnessed by her sister, Marianne Stillwell. Elizabeth Ann Stillwell was born in Cape Town on 11.4.1822. Her parents came out to the Cape Colony as Independent settlers in the 'Garland', departing from London in December 1819, sailed into Table Bay in March 1820 and from there to Simon's Bay.
[Note: A 'number of persons who paid their passages sailed in 'Canada', 'Cambrian',' Dowson', 'Duke of Marlborough', 'Garland', 'Mary Ann Sophia', 'Medusa', 'Waterloo', and 'Westmoreland'.]
During the month he got married (April, 1840) it is recorded that George Freemantle was a mason at Grahamstown. In 1841, their first child, a daughter called after Elizabeth's sister, Marianne, was born but she died six weeks later and was buried in the Methodist cemetery in Grahamstown. A second daughter, Louisa Ann, was born at the beginning of the next year. In all they had twelve children, and they lived in Grahamstown until after the birth of their fifth child in 1848. During this time George had formed a partnership with Phillip Penny, but this was dissolved on 31.5.1842.
In 1848 the family moved to the Somerset district and bought a farm called 'Pendry'. George continued to farm there for about two years, until they moved to Cradock and thereafter to Middelberg. It is also recorded that he was in Grahamstown on 15.10.1850 soon after the birth of his son, George, in Somerset East. Sadly baby George, their only son, died aged three.
After the news of the discovery of the first diamond was confirmed, they moved to Hopetown, where their youngest child was born in 1867. Sometime later they moved on again, towards Kimberley, where George was 'accidently drowned in the Riet River, at the diggings.' His occupations are designated as farmer and mason. He was drowned on 10.5.1878.
His widow, Elizabeth, remained living in Kimberley, and died in that town more than ten years later on 16.1.1889.