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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.

GURNEY's Party


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of Charles GURNEY, Brewers Street, Deal

Total Number of the Men 13
Total Number of the Women 3
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age 1
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 7
Total Number of the Whole Party 24
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £135


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
Charles GURNEY 42  Druggist  none   Charles  7 none   10
Joseph HUBBARD 22  Boatman  none   none   none   10
John WOODLAND 20  Boatman   none    none     none     10 
Richard CLARINGBOULD  22  Butcher   none    none    none    10 
James BASDEN 20  Laborer   none   none    none    10 
John DARBY 23  Painter   none    none    none    10 
John CARTER 44  Accountant  none    Thomas 12  none    10
George WEBSTER  27  Sadler  Jane WEBSTER  27  George  none    10 
Patrick KEOGH 25  Taylor  Rebecca KEOGH  25  Henry  6 weeks  none    10 
John CRONK  37  Farmer  Ann CRONK  37  John  Mary Ann  14  15 
George BUBB  21  Boatman  none     none    none   10 
Matson TERRY 18  Laborer none    none    none   10 
Richard WATSON 18  Laborer  none    none    none   10 
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Settler Returns listing