Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Carpenter & Devenish Families in the 1880s & 1890s

Francis Henry Carpenter might not have been at the pinnacle of mid-nineteenth century Port Elizabeth society, but he certainly was in the upper echelons of the nascent colonial society. 

His son-in-law David Grey Devenish had a successful business in Port Elizabeth until one day in the early 1890s, he and his family abruptly “absconded” from town, eventually settling in America. Was David Devenish attempting to evade justice and, if so, why?

Most of the information and photos for this blog have been provided by David’s great great grandson, George Sauvige, of Florida America

Main picture: The house in which the Carpenter family lived circa 1880s at 95 Pearson Street

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