The Taylors of Cradock, by Janie Malherbe

Scope and Content

Account of the lives of two Taylors, who served Cradock [South Africa] as ministers of religion - John Taylor, who was a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church at Cradock from 1824 to 1860, and Robert Barry Taylor, minister of the Independent Church from 1848 to 1876. Includes copies of photographs and family tree.

Administrative / Biographical History

Both John Taylor and Robert Barry Taylor originally went to South Africa as missionaries of the London Missionary Society. John Taylor was appointed to South Africa, sailed 31 Oct 1816, and arrived at Cape Town on 13 Jan 1817, and at Bethelsdorp, 30 Apr. Afterwards he settled at Paarl. On 2 Oct 1818, he resigned his connection with the London Missionary Society, and on 28 Nov, accepted an appointment under the Colonial Government, as minister of the Beaufort District. Robert Barry Taylor was born on 24 Jul 1810. He was appointed to Demerara [West Indies] with the London Missionary Society, and arrived on 9 Mar 1835. Mrs Taylor [Elizabeth Ann Wilshere] died at George Town on 7 Nov 1838, he returned to England, and was remarried to Marianne Rabbeth on 22 Dec 1840. Having been appointed to South Africa, he arrived in Cape Town on 17 May 1841. He proceeded to Kat River. Early in 1842 he removed to Theopolis, to co-operate with Mr Sass. In 1848 he left Theopolis to succeed Mr Munro at Cradock, arriving there on 26 Aug. He served there until his death on 2 Apr 1876. Mrs Taylor continued to reside at Cradock, and died there on 1 Jun 1895.

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Donated to the Council for World Mission by Janie Malherbe in 1966.