ROBERT HUMBLE RAW.
Research done by Paul Raw of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa
Robert Humble Raw was born on 22 November 1847, at Hull, Yorks and was the first born son of James and Sarah Jane Raw. He was christened on 26 April 1848 at Holy Trinity, Kingston–upon–Hull, Yorks.
At the age of 19 months Robert, who was known as “Bob” accompanied his parents and the rest of the family immigrating to Natal, on board the ship The Henry Tanner, arriving at the Port of Durban on 10 October 1849, when he was 22 months old.
Robert would have attended one of the local schools in Pietermaritzburg, probably The Rev. James Green’s Grammar School, where his father had first held the position of Town Clerk, and later set up business as an auctioneer.
Having completed his schooling, it is presumed that he soon, thereafter, joined his father’s business as an auctioneer, rising to the position of senior partner and taking over the firm under the name J Raw & Co after the death of his father in 1890.
Robert was married in Pietermaritzburg on 28 November 1870, to Katie Elizabeth Archbell (born July 1851 Durban – died 22 November 1929 Durban.), daughter of James William Archbell and grand –d. of the Rev. James Archbell.
From the marriage Robert and Katie produced ten children, seven sons and three daughters.
Trading under the name J Raw & Co Robert carried out various lines of business, which included the following:
1. Importation of horses and donkeys into Natal from the Cape.
2. Freight of imported fertilizers.
3. Stock broker, importer of Australian Dairy Stock and supplier of slaughter cattle.
Robert and Katie resided in numerous houses in Pietermaritzburg. Between 1874/75 they were living at 35 Loop St, 1876/77 at 11 Church St, 1880/82 R.H Raw & Co Auctioneers, 45 Scott Street, Newcastle, 1885 at 34 Loop St, 1892/93 at 337 Loop St and from 1904 at 231 Berg Street, Pietermaritzburg.
In 1886 Robert purchased from the Natal Government Crown Lands on the East Side of Lion’s River, known as the farm “Zodana” or “Wuthering Heights”. He also owned property in Charlestown , Northdene, Port Shepstone, and a farm in the Weenen district by the name of “ Second” and the farm “The Corner”, Umzumbi.
Robert was a member of the Pietermaritzburg town council and appears in a photograph with the other councilors at the opening of the Town Hall in 1893.
From 1910 the firm J Raw & Co was trading as a General Dealer and Bottle Store owner, which was situated at 310 – 312 Longmarket Street, and 14 & 19 Archbell Street.
By 1914 Robert Humble had moved to Durban, and was living at 55 Cowie Road, and trading under the name J. Raw & Co, 61 Field Street Durban.
The Natal Almanac lists a Mrs. Raw as living at 151 Manning Road, which could have been his estranged wife, Katie, who later lived at 272 Florida Road, where she died.
A deed of separation between Robert and Katie was filed on 3 July 1901.
Natal Almanac 1907 shows that Kate Elizabeth was living at 233 Boshoff St. moving to 17 Leighton St. in1908.
Robert Humble Raw died in Durban on 2 October 1923, aged 77 years 11 months.
Estate (N) 8676/1923.
Katie Elizabeth Raw died at the Berea Health Institute,in Durban on 22 November 1929, aged 78 years 4 months and was living at Mount Vernon, Hillary, at the time. Estate (N) 15096/1929.
Robert Humble died on 2 Oct 1923 in Durban, aged 77 years 10 months.
Estate (N) 8676/1923.
1. Robert James Raw, ( b. 1871 Pmburg. - d.26 Nov.1931at Durban) married Jan. 1894 to Anne Crowly (d.25 Sept 1943 at Dbn, age 72 years.) daughter of Eugene Isodore Bernard Crowly and Wilhelmina Hendrina van der Merwe.
They had one daughter:
1.1 Nathalie Kate (d. in Transvaal) m. Gardener.
In 1895/96 Robert was living at 56 Henrietta Street, Pietermaritzburg, and from 1907 at 68 Loop St. and in 1923 he was living in College Rd. Occupation: Merchant/ Bookkeeper.
During 1910/11 he was working for his father at the firm J Raw & Co, 200 West Street, Durban.
Robert James Raw died at the Sanatoruim, Chelmsford Road, Durban on 26 Nov. 1931, and was living at 26 Nimmo Road Durban at the time. Buried at Stellawood Cemetery, Block O- 453. Estate No 17630/1931.
Anne died on 27 Sept. 1943, Aged 72 years at the Sanatoruim, Chelmsford Road, Durban and was living at Ozone Hotel. She is buried at Stellawood Cemetery, Block O 453.
Isipingo Beach, Natal at the time.
2. Hubert Ernest Raw,(c. 1872-d. 1930) married 8 July 1895 Lucy Tyrrell Byrne, b. 20 Sep.1872,Estcourt- d. Jan. 1941, Germiston, Transvaal.
Hubert was working as a stonemason in 1902, and living at 506 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg.
In 1911 he is listed as a labourer, living at 18 Woodhouse Street, and a year later (1912) Examiner SAR, living at 186 Berg Street. By 1929 he was living in College Rd.
Estate No. 16092/1930.
They had one son.
2.1 Eric George Hubert Raw b. 26 Dec. 1899 – d. 28 June 1979 married to Florence Mary Elizabeth Loader b. 19 Feb. 1904 – d. 28 Sept.1978.
2.1.1 Alan Bernard Raw b. 19 Dec. 1922 – d. 15 April 1981,
Married 1945 to (1) Dorothy Gertrude Payne, daughter of Fred Payne. Divorced. Married (2) 1 Nov. 1952 to Anna-Marie van Rhyn “Annette”. B. 16 Feb. 1926 – d. 18 Aug. 1988.
Children of Alan and Dorothy:
18.104.22.168 Alan Clive Raw b. 12 Oct 1947, married on 26 Aug. 1979 to Shirley Pereira b. 17 July 1949
Address 2, 16th Street, Parkhurst Johannesburg. Tel (H) 011- 788-2694 (W) 011-478-1067. Cel 0824468662.
22.214.171.124 Dorothy Ann Raw b.8 Oct 1946, married on 1 June 1968 to Douglas Wilkinson Trudgeon.b. 21 June 1940.
126.96.36.199.1 Brian Anthony Trudgeon.
2.1.1,2.2 Kevin John Trudgeon.
Alan and Annette had one child:
188.8.131.52 David Peter Raw b. 15 Jan. 1963 married on 16 Sept. 1989 to Michelle Carol Ackehurst b. 7 March 1966. Lives in the UK.
They have a daughter:
184.108.40.206.1 Sarah Anne Raw b. 27 May 1996.
2.1.2 Basil Hubert Raw.b. 13 Feb.1924 – d.13 July 1991, married on 21 May 1949 to Constance Winifred Almanza b. 4 April 1926.
They had one son:
220.127.116.11 Keith Eric Raw b. 1 Oct 1950 – d. 7 Dec. 1990. Not married.
Keith was a specialist surgeon in Johannesburg.
2.1.3 Sheila Mary Raw b. 13 Dec. 1925 – d. 23 Jan. 1970, married (1) to Colin McWilliam.
18.104.22.168 David McWilliam.
22.214.171.124 Neil Cedric McWilliam.
Sheila and Colin divorced and she married Edwin K Thompson.
126.96.36.199 Allan Thompson.
188.8.131.52 Eric Thompson.
2.1.4 Deirdre Joan Mannering Raw called “Diddy” b.11 Aug. 1929 d. 17 Dec. 2004 married on 24 Feb.1951to Peter Desmond Malakou b. 28 April 1928.
184.108.40.206 Bryan Desmond Malakou b. 11 Aug. 1952, married on 3 Oct 1981 to Tracy Carherine Hunt b. 23 June 1960. Bryan is an Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon. E-mail email@example.com
220.127.116.11.1 Victoria Elizabeth “Vicki” Malakou b. 21 Aug 1982.
18.104.22.168.2 Gareth Peter Malakou b. 4 Jan. 1984.
22.214.171.124.3 Katherine Theresa Malakou b. 4 July 1985.
126.96.36.199 Neil Paul Malakou b. 23 Dec. 1961, married on 14 Aug. 1982 to Ann Colleen Dollery.
188.8.131.52.1 Camdon Blaine Malakou b. 23 Nov. 1982.
184.108.40.206.2 Taryn Ann Malakou b. 15 April 1987.
3. Harold Frank Raw (d.1960) married Getrude Georgina (born Daddy): Occupation: Farmer. Mangqzuka Mehlemnyama Morrisons (1923 – 1941)
Mrs. GG Raw is listed in the Natal Almanac 1911 as General Dealer Storekeeper Umzumbi Mission Station.
They had two sons and four daughters
3.1 Thelma Azala Raw.
3.2 Denzil Harold Raw.
3.3 Quinton Frank Raw.
3.4 Leila Elsie Raw m. J.M. Koekemoer.
3.5 Mignon Ayrsha Raw m. H.W. Studd.
3.6 Enid Asthore Raw m. (1) Paviour. (2) Strydom. Children: Dawn Victoria Paviour.
4. Daisy Margaret Raw b. between 1880-90 married PAR Otto: Rhino.
4.1 Anne du Plessis.
They had four children:
4.1.1 Meryl Otto.
4.1.2 Richard Otto.
4.1.3 Rodney Otto.
4.1.4 Christopher Otto.
5. Ruth Elsie Raw (d.1963.) married William Morcom Boyes born Dover d. 1958. No children. Bookshop owner: Tarboton & Mitchell Pietermaritzburg.
6. Leila Winifred Raw b. Newcastle, Ntl. D. 1965, married Walter Bernard Finn. Miss L Raw is listed as a nurse Greys Hospital 1910/11.
They had two children:
6.1 Mona Ruth Finn m. Lee;
6.2 Dorothy Winifred Finn m. Mc Donough.
7. Kenneth Philip Raw, d. 13 Jun. 1947, married (1) Alzinah Majola d. 1968 (divorced):
Kenneth was farming at War Dept. Block Botha’s Hill in 1911/12.
Between 1923 - 1941 at Sunnyside, Glen Echo, Umsinini.
Occupation: Farmer and Storekeeper Glen Echo. Died 13 June 1947.
Estate No. 2359/1947.
They had one son and three daughters.
7.1 Harvey Raw.(Alias) Herbert, b. 12 July 1912, d. Nov. 1998.m. Dorothy Margret McNamara d. 8 October 1987.
Their children: Virginia, Desmond, Henry, Theresa and Mark.
7.1.1 Virginia Raw m. David Knipe.
220.127.116.11 Rowan Knipe. deceased.
18.104.22.168 Russel Knipe.
22.214.171.124 Gareth Knipe.
7.1.2 Desmond Raw m. ? deceased.
126.96.36.199 Kevin Raw.
188.8.131.52 Michelle Raw.
7.1.3 Henry Raw, married, divorced, married and divorced.
184.108.40.206 Garth Raw.
7.1.4 Theresa Raw b. 1953 m. Ralph Isaacs. 12 Petterson Rd. Sydenham. Tel 2083198.
220.127.116.11 Amanda Isaacs b. 26 Jan 1976.
18.104.22.168 Lance Isaacs b. 14 June 1983.
22.214.171.124 Samantha Isaacs b. 14 Dec. 1985.
7.1.5 Mark Raw b. 1955 single.
7.2 Rosie Raw. m. Johnny Tifflin (deceased)
7.3 Hilda Raw.(deceased) m. Toby Auguste.
7.4 Ena Raw. m. ?
2nd Marriage to Rosie Beatrice:
They had one son and two daughters.
7.5 George Philip Raw.b. 1924
7.6 Peggy Beatrice Raw. b. 1927.
7.7 Joy Hazel Raw. b. 1935.
8. Allan Wallace Raw (d. 27 Jan. 1942, aged 56 years 8 months ) married Ida Emma Martha Baasch. (d.1960)
They had one daughter:
8.1 Barbara Francis Raw m. Cyril Thomas Marsden d. 1968.
Allan died at the Sanatoruim, Chelmsford Road, Durban, and was living at 25 Morris Hodson Avenue, Durban at the time.
Estate No. 34095/1942.
9. Merlyn Oscar Raw (d.16 June 1957, aged 70 years).
Married (1) Elizabeth Esther (b. 1890, Died21 Jun.1944)
Married (2) Susan Johanna.
Natal Almanac 1913 lists, Merlyn as a clerk, SAR, New Hanover Rail, and by 1918 he was working for J Raw & Co, Durban and living at 69 Vause Rd. Durban.
Retired as an auctioneer and was living at 28 Rialto Court, Snell Parade, Durban.
They had one child:
9.1 Stella Iona Raw m. (1) Venton. m. (2) Wise.
10. Earle Vivian Raw b. 25 Dec. 1889, d. 18 Aug. 1971 married Doris Kathleen Richards:
In 1912 Earle was listed as a farmer, Bothas Hill. Occupation: Cabinet Maker – Eagle Cabinet Works. Earle died in 1933. Estate No. 20097/1933.
They had three children:
10.1 Robert Vivienne Raw b. 6 Nov. 1922 (d.7 July 1980) m. Millicent Mary Kayne.
Occupation: Distiller – Natal Cane By-Products.
10.1.1 Denzil Joseph Raw b. 8 June 1947 m. Leslie Mary Cousins. Divorced.
10.1.1.1 Earle Thomas Raw m. Mandy.
10.1.1.2 Lauren Mary Raw m. Craig Ledebore. Son Daniel.
10.1.1.3 Andrew Ian Raw.
10.1.2 Yolande Millicent Raw b. 7 Nov. 1948, m. Phillip Boufe’.
They had one daughter:
10.1.2.1 Ethne Bernadette Boufe’.
10.1.3 Athol Raymond Raw b. 16 Aug. 1950, m. Marie Estelle Fourie.
10.1.3.1 Alistair Shane Raw m. Brenda. Son Timothy.
10.1.3.2 Nicole Bernadine Raw.
10.1.3.3 Sharon Cecilia Raw m. Ryan Cage.
10.1.4 Bryan Stephen Raw b.8 Dec. 1951 (d. 20 Oct. 1994) m. Cheryl Christie
10.1.4.1 Kurt Ashley Raw.
10.1.4.2 Deidre Tanya Raw.
10.1.5 Ethne Cecilia Raw b. 6 May 1953 – d. 23 Dec 1975.
10.1.6 Kevin Robert Raw b. 17 May 1955, m. Leslie Mary Cousins.
10.1.6.1 Samantha Raw.
10.1.6.2 Kevin Robert Raw.
10.1.7 Beverley Anne Raw b. 29 Dec. 1956, m. Gerhard “Gerrie” Grift.
10.1.7.1 Malcolm Petrus Grift.
10.1.7.2 Robert Gerard Grift.
10.1.7.3 Liezel Rowena Grift.
10.1.7.4 Julian Shaun Grift.
10.1.7.5 Eugene Claude Grift.
10.1.8 Allison Mary Raw b. 10 July 1959, m. Robert William Henderson.
10.1.8.1 David Robert Henderson.
10.1.8.2 Lisa Courtney Henderson.
10.1.8.3 Candice Shaina Henderson.
10.1.9 Darryl Gregory Raw b. 8 July 1961, m. Leoni van der Berg.
10.1.9.1 Robyn-Leigh Raw died 4 weeks old.
10.1.9.2 Jacqueline Leoni Raw.
10.1.9.3 Carolynn Ethne Raw.
10.2 David Henry Raw b. 28 April 1925, m. Sarah. Elizabeth Folkard .
10.2.1 Sheldon Trevor Raw. m. Lennie
10.2.2 Mervyn Henry Raw m (1) Lilly, div.
10.2.2.2 Adrian Raw.
m. (2) Jeanette Sinclair – 1 child.
10.2.2.3 Janine Raw
10.2.3 Denise Elizabeth Raw m. Robin Morcom
10.2.3.1 Auland Morcom.
10.2.3.2 Jennifer Morcom.
10.2.4 Phylis Regina Raw m Karoly Ludanya
They have one child.
10.2.4.1 Karen Ludanya.
10.2.5 Edgar Stanley Raw m Meisie van Zyl.
10.2.5.1 Michelle Raw.
10.2.5.2 Wesley Raw.
10.2.6 Yvonne Bernadette Raw m. Patrick Colloty.
10.2.6.1 David Colloty.
10.2.6.2 Hayley Colloty.
10.2.6.3 Jonathan Colloty.
10.2.7 Colin Frederick Raw. m. Charmaine Vale.
10.2.8 Lorraine Magedeline Raw m. Brian Wood.
10.2.8.1 Michae Woodl died aged 5 years.
10.2.8.2 Marilyn Wood.
10.2.8.3 Bradley Wood.
10.2.9 Louis Raw m ? – 2 children.
10.2.10 Douglas PatrickRaw m. Sharon van Blerk. Died.
10. 3. Olive Raw (d.1998) m. (1) Joe Thomas (2) WR Geyer aka Lou Christie.
. Their children:
10.3.1 Michael Thomas.
10.3.2 David Thomas.
10.3.3 Cheryl m. Bryan Stephen Raw her cousin, son of Robert Vivienne.Div.
m. Frappier died. Children: Kurt Ashley and Deidre Tanya.
10.3.5 Kenneth Christie }
10.3.6 Donald Christie. } Twins.
Sources: Shelagh Spencer.
Natal Archives including photograph.
Alan Clive Raw
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