GSSAThe 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

BOWLES, Richard - Extra Data


(see correspondence of William MENEZES)


Canterbury Cathedral Archives


Richard BOWLS, widower, married Elizabeth AMOSS, widow, on 8 November 1819 in St.James the Apostle, Dover, Kent.

Both made their mark

Witnesses: Jno. GREEN and Ann GREEN (X)


There is a good deal of conflicting information about the AMOS/BOWLS saga. The story in The Settler Handbook is that Elizabeth (maiden name unconfirmed) was married to a soldier named AMOS(S) who was supposed to have been killed.

She ‘married’ Richard BOWLS and had a daughter Esther, and then her husband re-appeared, so she went back to him and had further children under the name AMOS. When she became a widow in truth she and Richard married in Dover, immediately prior to emigrating. The Muster Roll of HMS Weymouth (ADM37/6145 (National Archives, Kew) lists Richard BOWLS and Henry AMOSS as adult male settlers, Elizabeth BOWLS as an adult female settler, and Esther BOWLS as a settler child along with Charlotte, Rebecca, Thomas, Sarah and Edward AMOSS (with those spellings). Esther married John OPENSHAW in Grahamstown on 1 April 1822 by Licence, and the Matrimonial Court Minutes give her age as 17, so she was older than listed in The Settler Handbook.


There is a baptism for 20 July 1806 in Ss.Peter & Paul, River, Kent (Canterbury Cathedral Archives) for an Esther BOWLES, daughter of Richard and Esther BOWLES


See also 1826 correspondence of William SHEPHERD at CO48/69 where Richard BOWLES requests a daughter, son-in-law and two children living in Dover to join him.

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