The Trenowth Family

George Trenowth

Birth: 1825, in Tunbridge, Kent, England

Baptism: 18 December 1825, in Tunbridge, Kent, England

Father: George Trenowth

Mother: Ann (Clifton) Trenowth

Married: Harriet 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.

The marriage license application lists George as aged 37, born in Tunbridge, Kent and Harriet Ford as aged 32, born in Wickham, Hampshire.

Children: Notes:
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

Occupation: Builder. George is also listed as a poundmaster in Ward No. 2, Victoria, in 1872. On his death notice in 1873, George is listed as a bookkeeper and store manager.

Death: 15 August 1873, at his residence in Verulam, Natal, aged 47

1841: West Street, Warblington, Hampshire
1851: Queens Terrace, St Marylebone, Middlesex


Gertrude Alice (Trenowth) Janion

Birth: 20 June 1864, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Baptism: 8 July 1867, in Pietermaritzburg Methodist Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: George Trenowth

Mother: Harriet (Ford) Trenowth

Herbert Henry Janion
Herbert Henry Janion
Married: 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
  The 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 Africa.
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 communal matters. In Mr. Janion the Indian community has indeed lost a true European friend.

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