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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

OWEN, Thomas - Extra Data


Leader of OWEN's party


Brother of William Samuel OWEN


Death Notice (Cape Archives) for William Samuel OWEN says his father was William OWEN. [NB the father of Thomas and William Samuel OWEN was William, not the Rev.John OWEN of Fulham as suggested in The Settler Handbook. The letter by John OWEN says his son was 18 and living in Bremen]


London Metropoloitan Archives


Thomas OWEN of this parish, bachelor, and Elizabeth SPENCER, spinster, married by licence on 16 July 1805 in St.Mary's, Finchley.

Both signed their names.

Witnesses Thos. VENABLES and Mary SPENCER


Betsy daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth OWEN born June 29th and baptised July 17th 1806 in St.Mary Abchurch, London [buried July 22nd 1806]

[baptism on the same page as baptisms of two daughters of William Samuel OWEN and Judiana SPENCER]


Baptism of Thomas not found


Westminster Archives


Elizabeth d. of James and Mary SPENCER was baptised 2 August 1784 in St.George's, Hanover Square (born 4 March)

[Elizabeth's elder sister Judy Ann was baptised in St.George's in 1779 and later married William Samuel OWEN]


James SPENCER of this parish and Mary NEWPORT of the parish of Paddington, a minor, were married by Licence with the consent of John NEWPORT, the natural and lawful father of the said minor, on 17th October 1775 in St.George's, Hanover Square.

Both signed

Witnesses: John SMITH and Jane WORTHINGTON






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