The Markham Family

Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham

Wedding of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene Edmondson
Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham on their wedding day in 1913
photo posted by Robert Wallace at flickr
Birth: 19 August 1872, at Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Benjamin Markham

Mother: Elizabeth Susan Chadwick (Kelly) Markham

Married: Jessie Irene Edmondson on 4 February 1913 in St Peters parish church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham is recorded as a bachelor, aged 40. He is a stock inspector, resident in Isandhlwana, Zululand. Jessie Irene Edmondson is recorded as a spinster, aged 19, resident in Maritzburg. Consent was given by C. Edmondson, mother and legal guardian of the bride. The marriage was witnessed by A E Potterill and A. Edmondson.

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Gravestone of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham
Gravestone of Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham in Anglican Church of the Resurrection cemetery, Camperdown, Natal, South Africa
photo by Alta Griffiths at eGGSA
Occupation: Stock Inspector, and later a poultry farmer.
The Hiltonian July 1928 p46
B. T. K. Markham (Camperdown): —
  “As you know, I have been retired from Government service as from 1st January, 1928. I am trying to build up a poultry farm. Hilton College has a very warm spot in my heart. I hope to send my contribution along at the end of this month. I met Arthur Hime the other day, after many years.”

Notes: Benjamin served in World War I. He was appointed temporary captain in the South African Army Service Corps on 15 July 1916, but with seniority from 1 November 1914 (London Gazette 15 December 1916 p12316). Benjamin was awarded the Military Cross on 1 January 1918 (London Gazette 28 December 1917 p53). On 10 April 1919, Benjamin relinquished his temporary commission as a major on ceasing to be employed, retaining the rank of major (London Gazette 23 April 1920 p4824).

The Hiltonian June 1920 pp32-3
  Benjamin Markham, who was a captain in the Transport Corps throughout the war, was on active service during the Rebellion, in German South West and in East Africa. He was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished services in East Africa. He is, now living at Camperdown, being Stock Inspector for that district.

Death: 14 December 1950, in Camperdown, Natal, South Africa

Burial: Anglican Church of the Resurrection cemetery, Camperdown, Natal, South Africa
The gravestone reads:
In Loving Memory Of / Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham M.C. / dearly loved husband of Irene / passed peacefully away at Camperdown / 14th December 1950 / Aged 78 Years. / His duty nobly done /
Jessie Irene Markham / passed peacefully away on / 27th June 1982 - Aged 89 Years / fondly remembered by Hazel and Jess and their Families / Rest in Peace


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Margaret Hazel Irene (Markham) Massingham

Birth: 1913/14

Father: Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham

Mother: Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham

Married: Thomas Frederick Blake Massingham on 26 August 1939 in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Thomas Frederick Blake Massingham is recorded as a bachelor, aged 28, born in Trans. He is a clerk, resident at 20 Leighton St, Pietermaritzburg. Margaret Hazel Irene Markham is recorded as a spinster, aged 25, born in Zululand. She is a clerk, resident at Y.W.C.A., Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was witnessed by E. M. Massingham and BTK Markham.

Thomas was born in 1910/11, in the Transvaal, South Africa, the son of Frederick James Massingham and Elise Maud Young. He was Clerk of the Natal Provincial Council. Thomas died in 1977.

Occupation: Clerk.

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