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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Settler Returns

These are the final settler returns for each party, transcribed from CO48/47 at the National Archives, Kew, London. They formed the basis of "The Settler Handbook" by M.D. Nash, although there are some differences, as she used returns held at the Cape as well. Earlier versions of the returns can often be found amongst the 1819 settler correspondence. With the exception of capital letters for surnames, the tables are true transcriptions of the file in the National Archives, although occasionally comments have been added below in square brackets. The returns held in the Cape Archives can be found in CO6138 Volumes 1 and 2. 

There are no returns in CO47/48 for Charles CAMPBELL, Richard DANIELL, Christopher THORNHILL or William WAIT, all of whom sailed later (see post 1820 correspondence), or for the ill-fated RUSSELL's Party who sailed on the Abeona. There is also no return for WILKINSON's Party, who sailed in the privately chartered Amphitrite, but the names are listed in the returns for NIGHTINGALE's Party transcribed from CO6138/2/104 at the Cape Archives. The return for STANLEY's Party can be found in his correspondence dated 4th January 1820, although an earlier return from the Cape Archives (CO6138) is transcribed here.

CAMPBELL (Duncan)'s Party


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of Capt. Duncan CAMPBELL

Total Number of the Men 13
Total Number of the Women 8
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age 1
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 6
Total Number of the Whole Party 28
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £142:10


Names of the Men
Profession or Trade Names of the Women
Names of the
Male Children
Names of the
Female Children
Deposit Money
payable by the
respective settlers
Dunc. CAMPBELL 39 Capt. ½ pay R.M. Susan his sister 20         10
John STROUD 30  Carpenter Eliza STROUD 30          10
Rob't HORTON 40  Butcher Eliz. HORTON 26     Eliz'th HORTON 1 10
John Hilson WILLS 29  Tinman  Mary WILLS 30     Marg't WILLS 7 10
George PENNY 22 Labourer  Nancy PENNY 20           10
Jas. TURNER 40 Farmer             10 
Chas. BRUSHWOOD 24  Labourer             10 
Jas. PENNY 25  Labourer             10 
George SHEPHERD 23 Servant Eliz. SHEPHERD 20         10
Will'm GLADSTONE  20 Labourer              10 
George GOFF 18  Labourer              10 
John SMITH  30  Blacksmith              10 
John BROWN 28  Joiner Eliz. BROWN  21      Eliz. BROWN  1 10 
          Parish Boys       12:10
          Chas. LITTLEFIELD  13      
          J. EDGECOMB         16      
          Rich'd CHANCE      
          J. HAWKINS           13¾      
          J. YEARMOUTH     12      
Chas. JORDAN 26    Martha  25 Charles     10
John LITTLEFIELD 40   Mary  38         10 
William LOVELOCK 40                10 
J. KIMMISH 19               10
John LITTLEFIELD 18                10 

[Transcriber's Note: This was the list forwarded with his letter of 18th October 1819. The changes are listed in his letter of 21st December. See his correspondence.]


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