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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

RICHARDSON, James - Extra Data


Leader of RICHARDSON's Party


Sheffield Archive and Local Studies


James son of James RICHARDSON, Holehouse, baptised 14 June 1795 in St.Mary, Ecclesfield, Sheffield


James RICHARDSON married Sarah SAYNOR, widow, by banns on 15 May 1814 in Sheffield Cathedral

Both signed

Witnesses: John CHARLTON, [Entmony SORBY]


Emma daughter of James & Sarah RICHARDSON, Sheffield, Corn Dealer, baptised 2 June 1816 in Sheffield Cathedral (born May 19th 1816)


Borthwick Institute of Archives, University of York (Yorkshire Bishop's Transcripts)


John, son of James and Sarah RICHARDSON, Sheffield, Swaler*, baptised in parish of Sheffield on 24 February 1815 (born 9th February)

[* Swaler is an old north of England term for Corn Dealer]



James' wife Sarah was the widow of John SAYNOR, razorsmith, who was buried in Sheffield Cathedral on 22 April 1812


Sheffield Archive and Local Studies


John SAYNOR and Sarah CHARLTON were married by banns on 27 July 1807 in St.Mary, Ecclesfield, Sheffield

Both signed

Witnesses: Thos. SAYNOR and Matthew STRINGER


Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York (Yorkshire Bishop's Transcripts)


Elizabeth daughter of John & Sarah SAYNOR, cutler, baptised 23 October 1807 in parish church of Sheffield (born 11 October)


Welsh Archive Services


Martha Smith and James Smith, twin children of John and Sarah SAYNOR of Sheffield, born October 22nd 1811 and christened November 24 in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire


Elizabeth, James and Martha appear on the Settler Returns under the name SENIOR, step children of James RICHARDSON


Sarah CHARLTON, whose second husband was James RICHARDSON, was the sister of Mary CHARLTON, wife of William Senior DENTON. John CHARLTON witnessed the marriage of Sarah and James, and the marriage of William and Mary was witnessed by John and Harriet CHARLTON (the marriage of John CHARLTON to Harriet TOMES on 11 October 1809 in Sheffield Cathedral was witnessed by Mary CHARLTON) so I think John was a brother of Sarah and Mary. The following baptisms seem plausible, even although it would make Sarah and Mary a year or two older than declared on the settler returns.

Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York (Yorkshire Bishop's Transcripts)

John son of William & Eliz. CHARLTON, stone cutter, baptised 9 November 1875 in parish of Sheffield

Sarah dau'r of Wm & Eliz. CHARLTON, mason, baptised 28 September 1788 in parish of Sheffield

Mary dr of Wm & Eliz. CHARLTON, mason, baptised 13 November 1791 in parish of Sheffield

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