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The 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 UK parish registers and other primary sources which I have personally researched. Further information about the settlers and their families once they reached the Cape can be found at

Sue Mackay

APSEY, George - Extra Data


(member of BIGGAR's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Somerset and died aged about 70.


Somerset Archives and Local Studies


George, son of Joseph and Mary APSEY, was born June 27th and christened August 1st 1785 in Hardington Mandeville, Somerset


George APSEY and Margaret MUDFORD of this parish were married by banns on 16 April 1810 in Hardington Mandeville, Somerset

Both signed [George's signature matches that of his second marriage]

Witnesses: Roger BAKER and Joseph PURCHASE


London Metropolitan Archives


George APSEY, widower of this parish, and Mary Ann CHAPMAN, widow of this parish, were married by banns on 20 January 1819 in St.Mary's, Lambeth

George APSEY (signed)

Mary Ann CHAPMAN (X)

Witnesses: Jas. Longman GAWLER and Jo'n SEAGER


Death Notice (Cape Archives) of daughter Eliza confirms mother's name as Mary Ann and not Mary, as in the Settler Handbook.


George APSEY was a millwright who was employed on the building of the previous Southwark Bridge in London, completed in 1819. (See the correspondence of Charles WESTON) The bridge was designed by John RENNIE the Elder, uncle by marriage of the 1820 settler Elizabeth RENNIE.

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