GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

This is pre 1820 information mainly taken from actual images of parish registers held at the London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster Archives, West Yorkshire Archives, Manchester Central Library, non-conformist registers at the National Archives at Kew (RG4), online parish registers at CityArk or from original images at Family Search. I have also included some information from original images of Scottish old parish registers and English parish records which I have personally researched. Where reference is made to the London Gazette, the full version can be downloaded from

Sue Mackay

FORWARD, William - Extra Data


(member of COCK's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born ca February 1783 in Devon


National Archives, Kew, London


ADM51/3543 Log of HMS Storeship Weymouth
Friday 17 March 1820: Departed this life William FORWARD settlers child. Body of the above infant to the deep.
Monday 27 March 1820: Departed this life Sarah FORWARD settlers wife. Committed the body of the above woman to the deep.

Weymouth Log lists William's first wife as Sarah. The Settler Returns list her as Elizabeth.


William was a mason and wrote a letter to the Government from Trowbridge, Wiltshire in 1819. There is a possible baptism for William, the son who died on the Weymouth, of a William Roger FORWARD, son of William (bricklayer) and Elizabeth, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire on 22 February 1818. (Wiltshire Family History Society)

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