1820 Settler, part of Hezekiah Sephton's party in the ship Aurora. Benjamin Rudman was a husbandman, aged 27 in 1820. Samuel Rudman (his brother) - also on the Aurora - was also a husbandman, aged 28 in 1820. Samuel Rudman was murdered in 1841.
The marriage of Benjamin Rudman to Julia Slater was the first wedding at the
Methodist Church in Salem. This was the first Methodist wedding in South
Africa, and was among the first 1820 Settler marriages.
The marriage was witnessed by James Hancock.
(Len de Klerk has seen the marriage certificate in the Cape Town Archives.)
Transcript of marriage register: http://tree.pagemaker.co.nz/transcriptions/Data/SalemAlbany/marriages/methodist1.htm
(*) James William Rudman (born ~1843) never married. He died intestate and had some property and the balance of his inheritance from his parents' estate approximating to 325.0.0 British sterling. An order of the court on 10/5/1883 declared him a lunatic and appointed Matthew Henry Rudman as executor.
For further information on the Rudman family tree, a good starting point is
As researched and chronicled by Mrs Janet Melville, PO Box 7213, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, 6055 South Africa. - August 1980. [Some editorial liberties have been taken in remedying previous typographical errors and in adding additional information as it was gathered through various sources and through kindness of many other interested parties].
In August 1819, three Rudman brothers joined the party of Edward Wynne in London - they were James, aged 29, a farmer, Samuel 28, and Benjamin 27, the latter two being husbandmen or farmers. James, the eldest brother, eventually decided against emigration. Samuel and Benjamin sailed on the ship Aurora under Hezekiah Sephton who had taken over leadership of the party.
They arrived in Algoa Bay in 1820 on the Aurora and left there on June 5th, 1820, thereafter being incorrectly placed at Reed Fountain, then moved on to Salem.
He died in Uitenhage South Africa on September 30th 1868, reportedly at the age of 78 years 9 months. Some of the research has shown he did not appear to know his own date of birth as he was actually born on September 4th, 1794.
1820 Settler, part of
Hezekiah Sephton's party in the ship Aurora (344 passengers).
Departed from London on 15 February 1820. Arrived at Simon's Bay 1 May 1820.
Arrived at final destination of Algoa Bay, Cape Colony on 15 May 1820.