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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

RANDALL, James - Extra Data


(member of JAMES' Party)


(listed in correspondence of Stephen BOURNE)


Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham


James RANDALL, who eventually emigrated in JAMES' Party, was baptised on 9 March 1777 in Westbury, Wiltshire, the son of James RANDALL and Sarah HARMAN.


James RANDALL married (1) Ann O'BRIEN by banns on 28 May 1792 in Westbury, Wiltshire

Both signed

Witnesses: John CURRIER and Barker NEWMAN


James and Ann had the following children, all baptised in Westbury:

Richard baptised 2 February 1794 (born 31 December 1793)

Elizabeth baptised 6 September 1795 (born 8 June 1795)

John baptised 17 June 1798 (born 30 April 1798)

Samuel baptised 8 February 1801 (born 20 January 1801)

Mary baptised 10 February 1805 (born 20 January)

Of these children only Mary accompanied her father and step mother to the Cape.


James RANDALL married (2) Rebecca WATTS by banns on 31 December 1809 in Westbury, Wiltshire


Rebecca WATTS (X)

Witnesses: John CURRIER and Barker NEWMAN


James and Rebecca had the following children, all baptised in Westbury:

Jane baptised 2 December 1810 (born 13 November)

Elizabeth baptised 15 May 1814

James baptised 14 November 1819 (born 13 July 1817)

Sarah baptised 14 November 1819


Westbury Vestry Minutes 548/2


£17:10s deposit paid for James RANDALL of Chalford to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope.


The family of James RANDALL appears on the return made by John COLSTON of Frome, originally accepted as a Party Leader. When COLSTON was recalled to his regiment after Peterloo this party was merged with Samuel JAMES' Party from Westbury


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