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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

BILLSON, Thomas - Extra Data


(member of CALTON's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in St.Margaret's, Leicester


Leicester and Rutland Record Office


Thomas son of William and Martha BILSON born April 5th 1794 baptised April 7th in St.Margaret's, Leicester


Thos. BILLSON married Jane CURTIS of Lutterworth by banns on 1st January 1815 in St.Margaret's, Leicester

Both made their mark

Winesses: Rich'd STRINGER and Thos. HEAP


The Settler Handbook lists Thomas's wife as Mary, but her Death Notice (Cape Archives) gives her name as Jane.


Leicester and Rutland Record Office


Jane daughter of Andrew and Julia CURTIS baptised July 1st 1793 in Billesdon, Leicestershire


Eliza daughter of Thomas and Jane BILLSON, Navigation Street, Sawyer, baptised 5 January 1816 in St.Margaret's, Leicester


Nottinghamshire FHS Transcriptions


Thomas and Elijah John BILLSON, sons of Thomas and Jane, FWK, Knotted Alley, baptised 11 October 1818 in St.Mary, Nottingham



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