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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

SMITH, George - Extra Data


Leader of George SMITH's Party


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Manchester ca 1786. Additional Death Notice gives him the name George Vale SMITH.


Death Notice (Cape Archives) of son John Crawford SMITH gives his mother's name as Mary BENSON


Manchester Cathedral Archives


George SMITH, bachelor of Manchester, servantman, and Mary BENSON, spinster of Manchester were married by banns  on 19 March 1818 in St Mary, St Denys and St George, Manchester

George SMITH (signed)


Witnesses: William MAYOR and John BEARD


Elizabeth Caroline daughter of George and Mary SMITH, Manchester, shopkeeper, baptised 19th January 1819 in St Mary, St Denys and St George, Manchester

[This fits with his original submission, where he says he has a 10 month old child, but she presumably died in infancy, as she does not appear on his final return.]

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