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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

HARVEY, Richard - Extra Data


(member of CLARK's Party)


London Gazette 28 January 1812


Whereas the Acting Commissioners in the Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued forth against Richard HARVEY, late of Huggin-Lane, Wood-Street, Cheapside, in the City of London, but now of Edmonton, in the County of Middlesex, Carpenter, have certified to the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, that the said Richard HARVEY hath in all things conformed himself according to the direction of the several Acts of Parliament made concerning Bankrupts; This is to give notice that, by virtue of an Act passed in the Fifth Year of His late Majesty's reign, and also of another Act passed in the Forty-ninth Year of His present Majesty's reign, his certificate will be allowed and confirmed as the said Acts direct, unless cause be shewn to the contrary on or before the 22nd day of February instant.


London Metropolitan Archives


Richard HARVEY, widower, married Sarah WILLS, widow on 1 May 1815 in St.Leonard's, Shoreditch.

Richard HARVEY (signed)

Sarah WILLS (X)

Witnesses: George LIMMING and William FRANCE


According to the will of Sarah HARVEY (previously WILLS, maiden name CUMMINS) her children were Sarah and Mary Ann, born WILLS (Elizabeth presumably pre-deceased her) and Job, Ruth and John, born HARVEY. Sarah's death notice states that she was born in “Culhampton, near Exeter, Devon”.


Bizarrely Richard HARVEY and Sarah WILLS appear to have married twice. The signature of Richard in 1817 appears identical to the one in 1815.

Richard HARVEY, widower, married Sarah WILLS (marital status not given) on 21 April 1817 in Hornsey, Middlesex.

Richard HARVEY (signed)

Sarah WILLS (X)

Witnesses: S. ROODE? and Thomas GRIMSHAW


Sarah's first husband was Arthur WILLS


South West Heritage Trust


Arthur WILLS and Sarah CUMMINS of the parish of All Hallows in the Walls were married by banns on 26 May 1799 in St.John's, Exeter, Devon

Arthur WILLS (signed)


Witnesses: Charles WHITE, Eliz. WHITE (X) and Wm. ALLEN


London Metropolitan Archives


Baptisms of children of Arthur and Sarah WILLS (shown with surname HARVEY in The Settler Handbook)

Sarah, daughter of Arthur and Sarah WILLS baptised 26 December 1804 in St.Mary Mounthaw (born 23 November)

Elizabeth, daughter of Arthur and Sarah WILLS baptised 29 March 1807 in St.Mary Magdalene, Fish Street (born 22 October 1806)

Mary Ann, daughter of Arthur and Sarah WILLS baptised 6 November 1808 in All Hallows, Tottenham (born 28 September)


The three children of Richard and Sarah, Job, Ruth and John, were probably baptised in Enfield. Ruth's death notice says she was born in Enfield, Middlesex, and Richard HARVEY originally applied to join the emigration scheme in August 1819, writing from Parsonage Lane, Enfield. See correspondence. 



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