The Stranack Family

Agnes (Stranack) Hopkins

Birth: 1877, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Married: Francis Hopkins on 5 January 1916 in Holy Trinity Church, Newcastle, Natal, South Africa
Francis Hopkins is recorded as a bachelor, aged 37. He is a mine employee, resident in Johannesburg. Agnes Stranack is recorded as a spinster, aged 38, resident in Johannesburg. The marriage was performed by Walter Martin, vicar, and witnessed by S. Stranack and H. A. Fisher.

Francis was born in 1878/9. He died in 1943.

Death: 1965

Sources:

Alice Fanny Stranack

Birth: February or March, 1873

Father: William Stranack

Mother: Natalia (Tyzack) Stranack

Death: 3 July 1876 at the residence of her grandfather Mr R. W. Tyzack, Durban, Natal aged 3 years and 4 months
Alice Fanny Stranack died on July 3 1876, at Durban. She is recorded as aged 3 years and 4 months, the daughter of William Stranack. The cause of death is listed as scalding with hot water.
Natal Witness 4 July 1876
"Stranack, Alice Fanny",f,3yrs+4mnths,3-July-1876,4-July-1876,"At the residence of her grandfather Mr R W Tyzack, Durban, the beloved & only child of Mr William Stranack"


Sources:

Alice Mary (Stranack) Fisher

Birth: 4 June 1881 at Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Married: Herbert Alfred Fisher on 18 July 1906, in St Savior's Cathedral. Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Herbert Alfred Fisher is recorded as a bachelor, aged 27. He is an accountant, resident in Maritzburg. Alice Mary Stranack is recorded as a spinster, aged 25, resident in Maritzburg. The marriage was performed by Parry J. Woodcock, assistant curate of St Saviour's, and witnessed by S. Stranack, E. J. Stranack and Edward Rodick.

Children: Sources:

Ethelbert Tyzack Stranack

Birth: 1878

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Married: Flora Margaret Macdonald on 6 November 1911 at the First Presbyterian Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Ethelbert Tyzack Stranack is recorded as a bachelor, aged 32. He is a book-keeper, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Flora Margaret Macdonald is recorded as a spinster, aged 29, resident in Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by Geo. Grieve and witnessed by W. Stranack and L. Macdonald.

Flora was born in 1881/2, in Pietermaritzburg district, Natal. She died in 1964.

Occupation: Book-keeper

Death: 1946

Sources:

Josephine Stranack

Birth: 26 April 1888

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Death: 24 November 1903 at 300 Prince Alfred Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, aged 15
Josephine Stranack died on 24 November 1903 at 300 Prince Alfred Street P.M.Burg. She is recorded as aged 15, the daughter of Stephen Stranack. The cause of death is listed as enteric fever.

Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of William Garland Stranack (top half) and Josephine Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of Josephine Stranack (top half) and William Garland Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Buried: Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
An oddity of Joephine's burial is that the headstone of her grave in Pietermaritzburg has had the head and base transposed with that of her brother, William. It seems that the head and base of the two are actually the same, and that rather than being transposed, the head has been spun 180 on the base. Either way, the result is that under William's name is listed the birth and death details of Josephine, and under Josephine's name is listed the death details of William.
The respective headstones read:
In Memoriam
William Garland Stranack
-------------------------
youngest daught of
S and E J Stranack
Born April 26, 1888
Died Novr. 24, 1903
"Blessed are the pure in heart."


and:
In Loving Memory
of
Josephine
------------------------
Lieutenant S. A. I.
Died of Wounds 30th Jan. 1916.
Aged 32 Years
Interred Mersa Matruh,
Egypt.
"Death for noble ends
makes dying sweet."


Sources:

Stephen Stranack

Stephen Stranack
Stephen Stranack
Birth: 1849, in Margate, Kent, England

Father: William Stranack

Mother:
Hannah (Webb) Stranack

Married: Eliza Jane Tyzack on 22 March 1876 at the residence of the bride's father, Mount Pleasant, Cato Manor, near Durban, Natal
Stephen Stranack is recorded as a bachelor aged 26. He is a clerk to Legislative Council, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Eliza Jane Tyzack is recorded as as spinster, aged 21, resident in Cato Manor, near Durban. The marriage was performed by W. H. Mann, Congregational minister, and witnessed by A. Muirhead Junior, W. O. Turner, M. A. F. Tyzack, R. W. Tyzack and L. A. Bell.

Natal Witness 24 March 1876
March 22. At the residence of the bride's father, Mount Pleasant, Berea by the Rev W H Mann","Stephen, youngest son of the late Mr William Stranack of Margate, Kent, England to - Elisa Jane, youngest daughter of Mr R W Tyzack of Durban (no cards)

Children:
Stephen Stranack Poem

LINES TO BE SUNG BY THE CHILDREN

ON THE

OPENING OF THE RAILWAY
TO
PIETERMARITZBURG, NATAL
-------
DECEMBER 1, 1880
-------

Hail this happy festal day!
Now with one accord we pray
Heavenly Father, hear and bless,
Crown our labours with success.

Children, loud your voices raise
In a grateful song of praise.
Finishes now the work of years ;
Give the steam-horse ringing cheers.

Countless blessings shall appear,
Following his advent here.
Coast and Midland joined at length,
Unity shall give as strength.
S.S.
19th October 1880
------
God Save the Queen
Occupation: Town Clerk.
In 1875, Stephen was appointed Clerk Assistant of the Legislative Council of Natal. In 1881 his salary as Clerk to the Legislative Council was listed as 337 (Departmental Reports 1881 pB14). He penned the words to a song to be sung by the children as the first railway steamed into Pietermaritzburg in 1880. Stephen held the post of Town Clerk of Pietermaritzburg from 1883 until 1905. In 1897, Stephen was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Pietermaritzburg. In 1916, Stephen described his occupation as Commissioner of Oaths.

Death: 13 August 1932, at Grey's Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Will: dated 7 August 1917, filed 26 August 1932
Pietermaritzburg Estate Files GS film 001295461 image 1885
  WILL NO: 674/1932
THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me STEPHEN STRANCK of Pietermaritzburg, Natal Corporation pensioner.
  I HEREBY CANCEL ANNUL AND MAKE VOID all Wills, Codicils or other Testamentary writings heretofore made or executed by me.
  I LEAVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the whole of the property or moneys of which I may die possessed of or entitled to, whether the same be movable or immovable corporeal or incorporeal, in possession, remainder reversion or expectancy to my dear wife ELIZA JANE STRANACK (born Tyzack) for her sole use and benefit.
  AND I NOMINATE CONSTITUTE AND APPOINT my said wife the sole Executrix of this my will with power of substitution.
SIGNED AND DELIVERED at Pietermaritzburg, aforesaid, this seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and seventeen.
      S. STRANACK
SIGNED by the within named Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in our presence, we being then present together and affixing our signatures hereto as witnesses to the said will in the presence of the within named testator and at his request.
A. H. Gutridge, Market Accountant,
J. Runcie, Town Hall.

Census & Addresses:
1851: Union Crescent, Margate St John the Baptist, Kent
1861: Union Workhouse, Minster, Kent
1881: Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (birth of daughter Alice)
1897: 300 Prince Alfred Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p116)
1932: 35 Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (Pietermaritzburg Estate Files GS film 001295461 image 1883)

Sources:

William Stranack

Birth: 1818/9

Baptism: 2 May 1819 in St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent, England

Father: John Seth Stranack

Mother: Henrietta (Morris) Stranack 

Married: Hannah Webb on 14 January 1845, in St Johns Church, Thanet, Kent, England

Hannah was born on 21 May 1825, in Margate, Kent, the daughter of Thomas Webb and Hannah Bassett. After the death of William Stranack, Hannah had a daughter, Jessie Garnham Stranack in 1855. Jessie is coldly described in the 1861 census as a "bastard daughter". Jennie Bradford identifies Jessie's father as Henry Robert Garnham of Boston, Lincolnshire. Jessie was later to join her half-brothers in Natal. Hannah married, secondly, Thomas Denham in 1871 in Thanet district, Kent, and died in 1889, in Thanet district, aged 62.
Census:
1841: Margate St John Baptist, Kent: Hannah Webb is aged 15, born in Kent
1851: Union Crescent, Margate St John the Baptist, Kent
1861: Union Workhouse, Minster, Kent
1881: 7 Garden Row, Ramsgate, Kent

Children: Occupation: Clerk

Death: 13 September 1849, in Margate, Kent, England, aged 30

Sources:

William Stranack

Birth: 1848, in Margate, Kent, England

Father:
William Stranack

Mother:
Hannah (Webb) Stranack

Married (1st): Natalia Tyzack on 1 November 1871, in the Congregational Church, Durban, Natal
William Stranack is recorded as a bachelor, aged 24. He is a salesman, resident in Durban. Natalia Tyzack is recorded as a spinster, aged 21, resident in Durban. The marriage was performed by W. H. Mann, minister, and witnessed by R. W. Tyzack, J. W. Stranack and Louisa Emily Tyzack.

Children:

Married (2nd): Elizabeth Jane Spencer on 26 December 1876 in Berea Wesleyan Chapel, Durban, Natal
William Stranack is recorded as a widower, of full age. He is a chemist, resident in Durban. Elizabeth Jane Spencer is recorded as a spinster, resident in Durban. The marriage was performed by Z. Robinson and witnessed by R. Jameson and Kate Jameson.

Elizabeth was born in 1850/1 and died on 22 October 1917 in Brentford district, Middlesex, aged 66.
Addresses:
1919: "Khandallah", 2 The Grove, Isleworth, Middlesex   (Ponting Family History vol 4 Appendix H)

Children:

Occupation: Salesman (1871); Chemist (1876, 1897). In 1897, the business of Stranack & Williams, chemists, is recorded at 320 West Street, Durban (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p154).

Notes: William emigrated to Natal aboard the Leila, arriving in Durban on 14 March 1861. He is recorded as aged 14, and surety was stood by Thomas William Garland of Verulam. Accompanying William on the Leila was his older brother, John William. William's father was dead at this time, and his mother and younger siblings remained in England. It appears from this extract that Thomas Garland was William's uncle:
Christian adventures in South Africa p538 (William Taylor, 1868)
   An extract from a letter, written by my host, Mr. Thomas Garland of Verulam, will illustrate the expansion of the work in that direction.
  "My nephew, John William Stranack, is one of the most complete conversions I ever witnessed, or anybody else here ever knew; ..."


Thomas William Garland was married to Henrietta Stranack, the sister of this William's father (also William).

William, Elizabeth and family returned to England sometime before the death of Elizabeth there in 1917.

Death: 16 September 1930 in St Marylebone district, London, England, aged 82

Census & Addresses:
1851: Union Crescent, Margate St John the Baptist, Kent
1897: Musgrave Road, Durban   (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p154)
1919: 2 The Grove, Isleworth, Middlesex   (Ponting Family History vol 4 Appendix H)
1930: 58 Clarence Gate Gardens, Regents Park   (Ponting Family History vol 4 Appendix H)

Sources:

William Garland Stranack

Birth: 14 December 1883, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Education: Pietermaritzburg College, which William attended from February 1897 until June 1900.

Occupation: William was for some years cashier in the Town Treasurer's Office, Maritzburg, and for the last two years of his life was manager of the Woodlands Wattle Company in Umvoti County.

Notes: William served and died in World War I. He was promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant in the 2nd South African Infantry (Natal and Orange Free State Regiment) on 1 February 1915 (London Gazette 25 January 1916 p1110).

Alexandria (Chatby) Miltary Cemetery
Chatby Cemetery in Alexandria, Egypt, where William is buried
Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of William Garland Stranack (top half) and Josephine Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of Josephine Stranack (top half) and William Garland Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Death: 30 January 1916, in the Military Hospital, Mersa Matruh, Egypt, of wounds, aged 32. This was presumably during the Senussi Campaign.

Buried: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, grave Q.434.
A memorial to William stands in the Commercial Road cemetery in Pietermaritzburg, Natal. This memorial states that William is interred in Mersa Matruh, which is about 300km west of Alexandria. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that "some graves were brought into the cemetery after the war from other burial grounds in the area" and it may be that William's remains were originally interred at Mersa Matruh and later moved to Alexandria.

A second oddity of William's burial is that the headstone of his memorial in Pietermaritzburg has had the head and base transposed with that of his sister, Josephine. It seems that the head and base of the two are actually the same, and that rather than being transposed, the head has been spun 180 on the base. Either way, the result is that under William's name is listed the birth and death details of Josephine, and under Josephine's name is listed the death details of William.
The respective headstones read:
In Memoriam
William Garland Stranack
-------------------------
youngest daught of
S and E J Stranack
Born April 26, 1888
Died Novr. 24, 1903
"Blessed are the pure in heart."


and:
In Loving Memory
of
Josephine
------------------------
Lieutenant S. A. I.
Died of Wounds 30th Jan. 1916.
Aged 32 Years
Interred Mersa Matruh,
Egypt.
"Death for noble ends
makes dying sweet."

Obituary:
Pietermaritzburg College Magazine February 1917 p48
Lieut. W. G. Stranack was born at Maritzburg on December 14, 1883. He was for some years cashier in the Town Treasurer's Office, Maritzburg, and for the last two years of his life was manager of the Woodlands Wattle Company in Umvoti County. He was a member of the Guild of Servers at St. Saviour's. For ten years he was in the ranks of the Natal Carbineers, and for ten months was a Lieutenant in the Natal Light Horse. He served in the Anglo-Boer War, the Natal Native Rebellion of 1906, the South African Rebellion of 1914, and German South-West Africa, 1914-15. He died of wounds in Egypt on January 30, 1916, and is buried at Mersa Matruh.

Will: dated 18 April 1907, with codicil dated 9 September 1914, filed 8 March 1916
Pietermaritzburg Estate Files GS film 001295101 images 00760-1
  THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me WILLIAM GARLAND STRANACK of Pietermaritzburg, Natal, Clerk.
  I leave, devise and bequeath the whole of the property which I may die possessed of or entitled to, whether the same be movable and immovable, corporeal or incorporeal, in possession, remainder, reversion or expectancy to my dear Mother, Eliza Jane Stranack, (born Tyzack), for her sole disposal in her discretion. And I nominate, constitute and appoint my Father, Stephen Stranack, of Pietermaritzburg, Corporation Commissioner for Oaths, the sole Executor of this my will.
  Signed and delivered at Pietermaritzburg this eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine hundred and Seven.
      "W. G. Stranack."
Signed as and for his last Will and Testament by William Garland Stranack, the afore-named Testatator,  in our presence, we being then present together, and affixing our signatures hereto as Witnesses to the said Will, in the presence of the said Testator.
Witnesses:
"W. H. F. Harte."
"M. T. Trew".

    CODICIL TO WILL DATED 18TH APRIL 1907.
  In the event of this will coming onto operation through my death while on active Service, I should like my horses disposed of as follows:
Bay Mare "Molly" to be given to Miss Frances Handley, "Normandy" Harden Heights.
"Roan mare "Gipsy" to be given with her foal to my sister Agnes, or Fred Cooper.
Bay Gelding "Marquis" to be given to Miss Betty Layman, Greytown.
Gray Gelding "Duke" to be given to my friend T. Hodgson, or if no good home can be found for him he can be shot after a life of faithful service, rather than be abused by anyone.
    "W.G.S." 21/8/15
My Cows and cattle can be sold to clear my estate, with the exception of two head to be picked for my Godson Herbert Stranack Fisher, and two head to be picked for my nephew Colin Macdonald Stranack, as a neucleus to their herds.
  Certain money is held in trust by me for Indians in the employ of Woodlands Wattle Co.Ltd., so detailed at back of Labour Advance Book for which the Indians hold receipts.   "W.G.S." 21/8/15
  My shotgun can go to my brother-in-law Herbert Alfred Fisher.
    9/9/14    "W. G. Stranack."
Witnesses:
"W. H. Walters". Jnr
"V. Gooding".

  The foregoing Will and Codicil registered in this office in terms of Section 19, Act 24, 1913, on this 8th day of March, 1916.
        "R. J. Barry".
        MASTER, SUPREME COURT,
               Natal.

Addresses:
1914: Harden Heights, county of Umvoti, Natal   (Pietermaritzburg Estate Files GS film 001295101 image 00758)

Sources:
Return to Chris Gosnell's Home Page
Return to Chris Gosnell's Genealogy Page

If you have any comments, additions or modifications to the information on this page, please feel free to email me.
Created and maintained by: chris@ocotilloroad.com