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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

BENTLEY, Francis Parratt - Extra Data


(member of WAINWRIGHT's Party)


West Yorkshire Archives:


Francis Parrit, son of William BENTLEY, Halifax, Merchant, baptised 8 September 1783 in St. John the Baptist, Halifax, Yorkshire


William BENTLEY of Halifax, [wid'r?] Merchant, and Alice CLAPHAM of the same place, spinster, were married by licence on 26 July 1781 in St.John the Baptist, Halifax

Both signed

Witnesses: Robt. THEAKSTONE and [Jno. ANDERSON?]


St.Peter's, Birstall, Yorkshire

Francis Parritt BENTLEY of Heaton and Elizabeth MALLISON of High Town, both in the Parish of Birstall were married in this church by Banns on the 18th March 1805

Francis Parrot BENTLEY (signed)

Elizabeth MALLISON (X)

Witnesses: Thos ROBINSON and John BATEMAN


Holy Trinity, Rothwell, Yorkshire

30 July 1809 Francis Parriot BENTLEY and Harriott KITCHIN of this parish were married by Banns

Both made their mark

Witnesses: Thos. ATKINSON and Josh. GIBSON


At the York Summer Assizes of 1812 Francis Parratt BENTLEY was charged with bigamy but found Not Guilty. Both the above marriages were from banns registers but with a date of marriage listed. In the banns register for St.John the Baptist, Halifax, for 1819, is the following entry:

Banns of marriage between Francis Parrott BENTLEY, cardmaker, and Harriot KITCHEN, both of Southowram in this Parish were published on the three Sundays underwritten, that is to say, on Sunday the 2, 9 and 16 May 1819.

Records show that it was Harriet who went to the Cape as the wife of Francis, and not Elizabeth as given in The Settler Handbook. Harriet's monumental inscription saya that she died in 1854, aged 68.


Sheffield and District FHS Transcriptions


Harriett, daughter of Edward KITCHEN, was baptised on 11 June 1787 in St.Mary's, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire


West Yorkshire Archives


William, son of Francis BENTLEY, Union Street, baptised 29 July 1810 in St.Peter's, Leeds (born 14 July)


Baptisms of remaining children not found.


John BENTLEY was killed in the 6th Frontier War on 9 May 1835 and is memorialised in the tablet in St.John's Church Bathurst.


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