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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

KIDSON, William - Extra Data


(member of WILLSON's Party)


(see correspondence of Robert PIRIE)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says that he was born in Staindrop, County Durham


Family Search


William, son of Thomas and Hannah KIDSON baptised 16 January 1785 in Staindrop, County Durham (from Bishop's Transcript)


Thomas KIDSON married Hannah OATS on 10 February 1784 in Staindrop, County Durham (from Bishop's Transcript)


London Metropolitan Archives


William KIDSON, bachelor, married Anna Maria PARKE, spinster on 30 March 1807 in St.Paul's, Shadwell

Both signed their names.

Witnesses: Samuel Fenning PARKE, Sarah Thornton PARKE and M? STEWART


Amelia Russey, daughter of William and Ann Maria KITSON [sic] baptised 27 October 1811 in St.James, Westminster (born 24 October)

William Parke, son of William and Anna Maria KIDSON baptised 26 July 1812 in St.James, Westminster (born 7 March)

Frederick Dodd, son of William and Ann Maria KIDSON, Spa Road, Gent, baptised 15 May 1816 in St.Mary Magdalane, Bermondsey

Emma Whitcomb, daughter of William and Ann Maria KIDSON, Bermondsey Street, Victualler, baptised 8 November 1818 in St.Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey.


Burial 14th August 1814: William Parke KIDSON, Spa Passage, Bermondsey


Baptisms of Mary Ann and Thomas not found


Anna Maria PARKE was the daughter of Joseph PARKE and Elizabeth TALMASH (TOLLEMACHE) and her brother Samuel Fenning PARKE was a witness at her wedding.


Family Search


Joseph PARKE married Elizabeth TALMASH on 2 February 1773 in Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk.


Samuel Fenning PARKE was baptised on 4 June 1776 in Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, his brother Joseph PARKE on 3 October 1780, and Anna Maria was born in Saffron Walden, Essex on 18 April 1788 


Ipswich Journal, Saturday 16 May 1812


“Saturday last died at Saffron Walden, Essex, in the 57th year of her age, Mrs. PARKE, wife of Mr. Joseph PARKE, daughter of Mr. TALMASH of New Place and mother of Mr. PARKE, coachmaker, of this town.”


Bury and Norwich Post, 19 September 1821

“Died on the 3rd instant in his 79th year, Mr. Joseph PARKE, parish clerk of Saffron Walden, Essex, and father of Mr. PARKE, coachmaker, of Ipswich.”


London Gazette: 5 November 1808 Bankruptcy Notice


“..Samuel Fenning PARKE of East Smithfield in the Count of Middlesex, Liquor Merchant, Dealer and Chapman...”


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