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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

PARKIN, John - Extra data


Leader of PARKIN's Party


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says that he was born in Topsham Devon and was 69 years 11 months on 13 October 1856, putting his birth around November 1786


Family Search


John son of William and Sarah PARKIN baptised 22 October 1787 in Holy Trinity, Exeter, Devon


Devon Record Office


John PARKIN and Elizabeth Abraham HOWARD of this parish were married by licence on 31 August 1809 in St.Edmund, Exeter

Both signed

Witnesses: John HOWARD, Bridget ABRAHAM, John HOWARD Jnr.


Elizabeth Abraham, daughter of John HOWARD and Elizabeth his wife was baptised 18th January 1789 in Exeter, St.Thomas


London Metropolitan Archives


William son of John PARKIN and Elizabeth his wife baptised 29th July 1810 in St.Marylebone, Westminster (born 22nd June)


Devon Record Office


John, son of John and Elizabeth PARKIN, Westgate Quarter, Carpenter, baptised 31 January 1813 in Exeter St.Mary Steps

Elizabeth Howard, daughter of John and Elizabeth PARKINS, Old Bridge, joiner, baptised July 16th 1815 in Exeter St.Edmund

Isabella, daughter of John aned Elizabeth PARKIN, island, wheelwright, baptised October 20th 1816 in Exeter St.Edmund
[buried 22 February 1818 in St.Mary Steps]

Robert, son of John PERKINS [sic] and Elizabeth Abraham, South Street, Joiner, baptised 4 May 1817 in Exeter St.Petrock 

Jane Abrams, daughter of John and Elizabeth PARKIN, Lower North Street, Carpenter, baptised 14 March 1819 in Exeter St.David


Elizabeth does not appear on the Settler Returns or the Weymouth muster roll, but did g to the Cape.

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