Benjamin Jonathan Rudman

Born: 9 April 1794, Devizes, Wiltshire, England
Parents: John Rudman and Elizabeth Rudman (nee Ellen)
Siblings: James Rudman, 19 September 1788, Devizes, England
                Samuel Rudman, 16 March 1790
                Rachel Rudman, 10 July 1791
                William Rudman, 24 December 1792, Rowde, England
                Benjamin Jonathan Rudman, 9 April 1794, Devizes, Wiltshire, England
                Hanna Rudman, 24 July 1796
                Jonah Rudman, 15 May 1798
                Martha Rudman, 4 August 1800
                Mara Rudman, 9 May 1802
Married: Juliana Slater, 22 August 1820, Salem, South Africa
Children: Emma Sophia Rudman, 21 July 1821, Salem, South Africa
                Matthew Henry Rudman, 18 August 1823, Salem, South Africa
                Thomas John Rudman, 12 March 1826, Salem, South Africa (Christened 21 January 1830, Salem)
                Charles Benjamin Rudman, Christened 21 January 1830, Salem
                George Edward Rudman, 4 June 1832, Salem, South Africa (Christened 31 December 1832), Died 15 May 1885, Blouwkoppen, Bluegumvale
                Alexander Alfred Rudman, 1835, Grahamstown, South Africa, Died 8 June 1902, Prince Street, Port Elizabeth; married Ellen Jane Kestell
                Joseph Benson Rudman, 13 June 1837, Salem, South Africa, Died 22 September 1927, Somerset East
                Sarah Elizabeth Rudman, 5 June 1839, Salem, South Africa
                James William Rudman (*), 1843, Great Winterhoek, Died 2 July 1885, Grahamstown
                Johnathan Caleb Rudman, 24 April 1846, Uitenhage, South Africa, Died 4 March 1887, Eben Vlot, Uitenhage district
                Evelyn Charles Rudman (adopted son), 2 April 1863, Grassridge
                    (christened 4 October 1870, Uitenhage Methodist Church by Rev. WC Holden; entry 251)
Occupation: Husbandman / farmer
Died: Olifants Kop farm, 30 September 1868, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Buried: Uitenhage cemetery, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Coordinates: 3345'38.46"S and 2522'59.66"E, elevation 72m

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
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=1625-2009&id=I3


http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/s/Sheena-A-Bass/GENE5-0007.html

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.

Aurora

Grave of Benjamin Rudman
Grave of Benjamin Rudman at Jubilee Park Cemetery, Uitenhage

Rudman and Slater graves
Doem Erasmus standing at the graves of Benjamin Rudman and Juliana Slater

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