William CAWOOD (1800 - 1877)
William CAWOOD was born 3 Aug 1800 in Cawoods Mill, Keighley, Yorkshire and was baptized 31 Aug 1800 in Keighley, Yorkshire. He died 3 1 Jul 1877 in Cradock, Cape Province, South Africa and was buried 2 Jul 1877 in Cradock, Cape Province, South Africa. William married Martha SENIOR on 10 Dec 1827 in Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Other marriages: HULLEY, Sarah
Extracts of William Cawood's Obituary
(Published in an unknown newspaper on August 18th 1877)
A KEIGHLEY COLONY AT THE CAPE
"The unsparing hand of Time is gradually removing from our midst the brave adventurous band, who in 1820 settled in Lower Albany, and laid the foundation of the prosperous Eastern Province and the country beyond, as we find it today.
Few, however, of those whose demise has been recorded of late years took so prominent a part in the early history of South African Colonisation as did the brothers Cawood, the elder of whom, James Cawood, died in February of last year.
In our issue of 3rd instant, it was our melancholy duty to record the death at Cradock, on the 1st instant, of the next eldest brother of that distinguished family: William Cawood.
He was the second son of Mr. David Cawood, who in 1820, left his ancestral home, Way Bank Hall, Yorkshire (where the Hon. S. Cawood, the junior of the well known tri-partnership of Cawood Brothers, was born) for South Africa.
The family then consisted of six sons and three daughters.
It now numbers, all told, over 370 members. They settled at Kafir Drift (Known since the death of the head of the family as "Cawoods Post").
The rough border life of these times, was a fitting prelude to the after career of the three brothers: James, William, and Samuel, who in 1832 and 1833 made extensive hunting trips into the almost unexplored territory of the ferocious Zulu Chieftain Dingaan.
Previous to taking up his permanent residence at Cradock, Mr. William Cawood lived for a few years at Somerset East, from whence he removed in 1849, remaining in Cradock for about a year.
In 1853, however, he took up his abode permanently in that town, from which time to the date of his death, 24 years, he lived in Cradock.
The experience and knowledge his life and character have given to a large circle of friends in that town and district, is well expressed by a private correspondent whose letter reached us by Sunday's post, viz., "that a more upright and honourable man never lived."
He was always the same: if he said a thing you could depend upon him.
Naturally of a retiring disposition, it is really wonderful how he exercised so much influence; and there is no doubt that the influence he had gained in the Cradock and surrounding districts, was as deservedly acknowledged by all, as it was wide spread and genuine.
In public matters he kept aloof, except that he was a Municipal Councillor for 20 years, and only retired last year on account of his failing health, and with a well earned resolution of the Board, thanking him for his long and valuable services.
His funeral was the largest ever seen in Cradock; at least 200 people following his remains to the grave, including English, Dutch and coloured people, whilst at the Cemetery there must have been, we are informed, at least between 300 and 400 people.
He lived to a good old age, nearly seventy seven."