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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.

SMITH (William)'s Party


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of Mr. William SMITH of 3 Barnards Inn

Total Number of the Men 11
Total Number of the Women 7
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age  3
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 19
Total Number of the Whole Party 40
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £162:10


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
William SMITH  26 Seafaring Man  Ann SMITH  24 John SMITH 13      10
Rb't Wood BAGOT  35  Capt ½ pay 47 Regt Letitia BAGOT 35  Edw'd BAGOT 8 mo  Hariet O'CONNOR 17   
          Rob't O'CONNOR  16      30 
John COMFIELD  21  Husbandman  Eliza COMFIELD  27  Rich'd BLAND  13      20 
David HOBSON  22  do      Cary HOBSON  12      10 
Alfred WARMINGTON  19  Butcher              10 
James ROOKE  25  Sawyer  Sarah ROOKE  28  Henry ROOKE  3½  Roda ROOKE   
              Eliza & Sarah (twins) 7 mo  15 
John EDKINS  28  Carpenter  Ann EDKINS  29  John EDKINS       
          Thomas  do      
          Joseph    do  6 mo      12:10 
William PICKET   27 Bricklayer  Maria PICKET  27  William PICKET  Ann PICKET  
          Philip       do  Rebeca   do  15 
John SCOTT  20  Blacksmith              10 
William THACKARY  40 
Implement Maker 
Dorothy THACK'Y 43  William THACK'Y 11  Dorothy THACK'Y 15   
          Joseph      do Ann            do  13   
          James       do     20
John THACKARY  18  Mechanist              10 
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