The Trenowth Family
1825, in Tunbridge, Kent, England
18 December 1825, in Tunbridge,
Ford on 14 November 1863, in the Crown Hotel, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
George Trenowth is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a builder,
resident in P.M.Burg. Harriett Ford is recorded as a spinster, of full age,
resident in P.M.Burg.
license application lists George as aged 37, born in Tunbridge, Kent
and Harriet Ford as aged 32, born in Wickham, Hampshire.
George emigrated to Natal aboard the King
William which sailed from London/Plymouth on 20 October 1849 and
arrived at Port Natal on 22 January 1850
Builder. George is also listed
as a poundmaster in
Ward No. 2, Victoria, in 1872.
1841: West Street, Warblington,
Terrace, St Marylebone, Middlesex
Gertrude Alice (Trenowth) Janion
20 June 1864, in Pietermaritzburg,
8 July 1867, in Pietermaritzburg
Methodist Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Herbert Henry Janion on 1 March
1882, in the West Street church, Durban, Natal
Herbert Henry Janion is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a
solicitor, resident in Durban. Gertrude Alice Trenowth is recorded as a
spinster, aged 17, resident in Durban. The marriage was witnessed by Geo. J.
M. Lockyer and G. H. B. Janion.
This marriage ended in divorce.
Herbert was born on 7 November 1858, in the Cape Colony, the son of John
Bowers Janion and Hannah Maria Trenbath. He was a solicitor, admitted
as an attorney of the Supreme Court on 1 July 1880. His sense of
humour is on display in this report from the Natal Law Journal January 1907 p2
congestion of work in the Supreme Court during the last two terms has
been acute, and the lamentations of some members of the Bar who have had
to kick their heels in Maritzburg for days, waiting their turn, have
been loud and long. Amongst the weary waiters last term was Mr. Janion
of Ladysmith and Estcourt. After sitting for a whole day listening to
the protracted arguments of two leading Counsel, he rose at about a
quarter to four, one day, and pathetically asked the Court if they would
not take his case then and there, and let him get back to his business.
“Will you keep us long?” said the Court. “No, my Lords,” was Mr.
Janion's retort, “I shall not do that until I take silk.” The two
gentlemen sitting at front table looked round at this, but finding no
ready reply, one of them got out of the difficulty by remarking to his
brother in a stage whisper, “That was meant for you.”
Mr Janion's case was heard and for that day he was free, but
returning shortly afterwards he found himself again blocked by the
arguments of two Counsel — in stuff gowns this time — which extended for
three days over a judgment of the Chief Magistrate of Durban for the sum
of thirteen pence What criticisms our friend passed on the verbosity of
these gentlemen had perhaps better not be published.
Herbert married, secondly, Henrietta Janet Wilson on 19 April 1888, at which
time he is listed as a divorcee, aged 29, resident in Ladysmith. Herbert
died on 17 November 1929, at Grey's Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South
Indian Opinion 22 November 1929 p359
BY the death of
Mr. H. H. Janion, the well-known Natal advocate last Sunday at Grey's
Hospital, after a prolonged illness, the Indian community has lost a
true friend. The late Mr. Janion was one of those few who are free from
the poison of race prejudice. He was completely in sympathy with the
with the Indians in their just cause and was fearlessly outspoken when
asked to express his views on the question in public. There are lawyers
who fight any cases for the sake of fees they get but Mr. Janion did
more than that. He fought many cases on behalf of the Congress not
only for the sake of fees but with the desire to get justice done. There
was never a time when Mr. Janion was not available when advice was
sought on coinmunal matters. In Mr. Janion the Indian community has
indeed lost a true European friend.
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