Aldin Grout

Aldin Grout was an American missionary that came to South Africa in 1834. He and his wife first arrived at the Cape and eventually arrived at Natal in 1835. Here he set up a missionary statement in 1836, he was allowed to set up his parish in the area that was controlled by Dingane after he and a fellow missionary asked for permission from King Dingane.
 
In 1836 Grout’s wife, Hannah Grout passed away, leaving Grout with the responsibility of raising their daughter alone. In 1837 he set sail to America to find help in raising Grout's daughter. He eventually found help from Rev. John Keep and his wife; they took over taking care of Grout’s daughter.
 
After getting help from Keep, Grout married again in 1938 to Charlotte Bailey. After their marriage Grout and his wife moved back to South Africa. Grouts original missionary statement that he had set up was destroyed thanks to the recent conflicts from the Zulu and Boer war. This meant that Grout had to set up a new missionary statement, eventually deciding upon a location in Mpande’s area.
 
Grout and his wife ran this parish until their eventual departure in 1890. The missionary statement was located close to the Tugela River. Eventually the area around the Missionary Statement and the surrounding area was named after Aldin Grout.
 
By 1890 Grout had served 35 years in the statement and had helped hundreds of people convert to Christians. Unfortunately Grouts health was failing and he had to return back to America, in 1894 Aldin Grout died aged 90.