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 parish registers held at the London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster Archives, West Yorkshire Archives, Manchester Central Library, non-conformist registers at the National Archives at Kew (RG4), online parish registers at CityArk or from original images at Family Search. I have also included some information from original images of Scottish old parish registers and English parish records which I have personally researched. Where reference is made to the London Gazette, the full version can be downloaded from http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/

Sue Mackay

KIRKMAN, John - Extra Data

 

(member of George SMITH's Party)

 

Manchester Central Library

 

Baptisms in the Collegiate Church of St.Mary, St.Denys and St.George (later Manchester Cathedral)

Hannah, daughter of John and Mary KIRMAN 24 April 1808

John, son of John and Mary KIRKMAN 31 December 1809 (born Mar 15) - died in infancy

Albert, son of John and Mary KIRKMAN, Manchester, weaver, 24 January 1813

Mary, daughter of John and Mary KIRKMAN, Manchester, weaver, 22 January 1815

 

National Archives, Kew

 

Register of Births and Baptisms at the Independent Chapel on Mosley Street in Manchester, Lancashire RG4 / Piece 2694 / Folio 22

Margaret, daughter of John and Mary KIRKMAN, weaver, baptised 29 June 1817 (born 11 April 1817)

Register of Births and Baptisms at the Independent Chapel on Mosley Street in Manchester, Lancashire RG4 / Piece 2694 / Folio 24

Martha, daughter of John and Mary KIRKMAN, weaver, baptised December 9 1819 (born June 14 1819)

 

Sources in South Africa list the wife of John KIRKMAN as Mary Alice ASHWORTH, with a marriage in Cheshire. This appears to have originated from a submitted IGI entry, but there is no gravestone or death notice to prove Mary's maiden name. However, there is a marriage in the Collegiate Church of St.Mary, St.Denys and St.George (later Manchester Cathedral), where their first child was baptised, which seems a likely match.

John KIRKMAN of the Parish and Town of Manchester, weaver, and Mary HEALSE [sic] of the same place, spinster, were married by banns 0n 7 December 1806

John KIRKMAN (signed)

Mary HEALES [sic] (made her mark)

Witnesses: James KIRKMAN and Mary KIRKMAN

The date and place of this marriage fits, as does John's occupation, and the signature bears a strong resemblance to his signature on the 1823 Settler Statement (qv)

The top signature below is from the Settler Statement, and the bottom one from the marriage of John KIRKMAN to Mary HEALES.

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