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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

BISSET, Alexander - Extra Data


(member of WILLSON's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Croydon


Surrey History Centre:


Alexander BISSETT, son of Alexander and Sarah, baptised 15 July 1787 in St.John's, Croydon, Surrey (born June 19)


Westminster Archives:


Alexander BISSETT, batchelor of this parish and Sarah ROBERTS, a minor of the same parish, were married by banns in St.John the Evangelist Church, Smith Square, on the 6th day of November 1784

Both signed

Witnesses: Rob't WATSON and Elizabeth LAMBERT


London Metropolitan Archives:


Alexander BISSET of Croydon, Surrey, bachelor, and Alicia SMITH of this parish, spinster were married by Licence on 29 August 1812 in St.Pancras Church, Camden.

Both signed their names.

Witnesses: G. HAMP and Susan SMITH


Surrey History Centre:


Sarah Maria, daughter of Alexander and Alicia Tyndal BISSET, Croydon, Lieut. R.N. baptised 31 October 1813 in St.John's, Croydon


Jersey Heritage


Baptisms in St.Clement, Jersey

BISSET, Alexander Charles fils de Mr. Alexander BISSET & de Mrs. Alicia Tyndal BISSET sa femme fut né le 29 jour de Janvier 1816 & présenté à l'Eglise le 25 Fevrier suivant par Mr. Charles CHAPMAN & Mr. Alexander BISSET, Père, & Mrs. Alicia Tyndal BISSET, Mère du dit enfant représentant le Rev's John Collinson BISSET de Croydon, Surrey & Mrs. Anne JARVIS.

BISSET, John Jarvis fils de Mr. Alexandre BISSET & Mistr Alicia Tyndal BISSET sa femme fut baptisé dans le particulier le 27 Janvier 1818 & présenté à l'Eglise le 30 May 1819 par le Père & la Mère de l'enfant, représentant Mr. George Bolton HARRISON & Mr. Richard JARVIS & Mistr. Harriet HARRISON.

[John Collinson BISSET was a brother of Alexander the settler]


National Probate Index:


Sir John Jarvis BISSET of Shakespeare Lodge, Kent, K.C.M.G., C.B., general in Her Majesty's army and colonel of the 2nd Durham light infantry, died 25 May 1894, Probate London 14 July to Walter Percy NORTON solicitor and Charles Hoskins MASTER esquire. Effects £3,194, 4s 1d.


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