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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

RICHARDS, Joseph - Extra Data


(member of OSLER's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Flushing, Cornwall, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth RICHARDS


Cornwall on-Line Parish Clerk


Joseph son of Joseph and Elizabeth RICHARDS was baptised 19 March 1797 in St.Melorus, Mylor, Cornwall [Flushing is in the parish of Mylor]


Joseph RICHARDS, Parish of Milor, married Elizabeth RENFREE otp on 5 September 1793 in Budock, Cornwall


Children of Joseph and Elizabeth RICHARDS baptised in St.Melorus, Mylor:

Philip baptised 10 August 1794
Joseph baptised 19 March 1797
William baptised 22 March 1799
John baptised 27 June 1802 (buried 27 December 1804)
John Renfry baptised 24 January 1808
Thomas Spargo baptised 27 September 1812
William Henry, Flushing, baptised 13 August 1815, father mason (buried 6 September 1819)


Elizabeth RENFREE, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth, baptised 5 October 1772 in Budock, Cornwall


Peter RENFREE married Elizabeth RAWLING by banns on 2 January 1768 in Budock, Cornwall

Witnesses: Chas. JOB and Peter RENFREE


Gravestone of Peter RENFREE in St.Budock Parish Church (to the left of the porch) reads:

In Memory of Peter RENFREE late of this parish who departed this life March 26th 1826, Aged 81 years. Also Elizabeth RENFREE, wife of the above, who departed this life March 8th 1821, aged 75 years. Likewise seven of their children.
Behold you that this way pass by, As you are now, so once was I. As I am now so you must be. Prepare, therefore, to follow me.


Peter RENFREE, husband of Elizabeth RAWLING, was the son of Peter and Wilmot/Willymot RENFREE, His younger sister was Miriam RENFREE, mother of James Jay EVA. The Peter RENFREE/RENFRY who married Wilmot STEPHENS on 7 January 1739 in Budock was the son of Peter and Miriam RENFREE, and was baptised on 29 December 1715 in Budock, Cornwall. 

Gravestone adjacent to that of Peter RENFREE (above) is that of his father and grandfather, both also named Peter.

Sacred to the Memory of Peter RENFREE, who departed this life the 27th day of May 1758, aged 70 years. Also in memory of Peter RENFREE, son of the above, who departed this life the 19th day of June 1774, aged 59 years. Also to the memory of John RENFREE, son of the above, who departed this life the 27th day of December 1818, aged 65 years. 
St.Luke Chap.XXIII Verse 27. Weep not for me but weep for yourselves and for your children.

The Settler Handbook says: Joseph RICHARDS, who according to the sailing list emigrated with a wife and two children, described himself in 1822 as a single man; it is conceivable that 'Sally RICHARDS' on the sailing list was actually Susannah OSLER, and 'Sally' and 'Phillis', aged 3 and 1, her two youngest sisters. It was not uncommon for single women among the emigrants to be listed as 'wives' of unmarried men to avoid paying separate deposits.





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