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 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

THACKWRAY, William - Extra Data


(member of William SMITH's Party)


London Metropolitan Archives:


William THACKWRAY married Dorothy POWNELL by banns on 3 January 1802 in All Saints, Isleworth

Both signed

Witnesses: Hannah HALL and Thos. HALL


Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Services


[Bishop's Transcripts]

Jno. son of Will'm and Dorothy THACKERAY of Church Hulme baptised Oct. 8th 1802 in Church Hulme, Cheshire


National Archives, Kew:


RG4/1159 f26 Register of Gravel Lane Wesleyan Chapel, Salford, Lancashire

Dorothy, daughter of Wm. and Dorothy THACKWRAY, Salford, born 7 May 1804, baptised 3 June 1804.

RG4/2694f15 Register of Mosley Street Independent Chapel, Manchester

Ann, daughter on Wm. and Dorothy THACKWRAY, wheelwright, born 29 January 1806, baptised 7 July 1809

William, son of Wm. and Dorothy THACKWRAY, wheelwright, born 8 May 1808, baptised 7 July 1809


Baptism of Joseph Ebenezer not found but his Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Sheffield. A family Bible lists his date of birth as May 1st 1812 in Scotland Street, Sheffield. Joseph Ebenezer was baptised as an adult (aged 22)  in the Untion Chapel, Grahamstown on 4th April 1834.

Baptism of James also not found. Family Bible lists his date of birth as January 8th 1815 in Roscoe Square, Sheffield.

The Bible also lists a daughter Helen who was born November 3rd 1809 and was buried July 15th 1810 in Manchester 


See correspondence of William SHEPHERD in 1826 (CO48/69) where William THACKWRAY applies to bring his sister and family to the Cape. This was actually the family of his sister-in-law.


Manchester Cathedral Archives


Crofts MAYOR of the Parish and Town of Manchester, Baker, and Catharine POWNALL of Manchester, spinster, were married on the 4th August 1799 in Manchester Cathedral

Both signed

Witness: Jno. HARRISON


Chester Archives and Local Studies Services


James POWNALL of this parish,farmer, and Ellen BARNET of this parish, widow, were married by Licence on 1st February 1767 in Sandbach, Cheshire

Both signed

Witnesses: John KENT and Hannah MUGLESTON


Catharine daughter of James and Ellen POWNALL baptised February 16th 1772 in Church Hulme, Cheshire

Dorothy daughter of James and Ellen POWNALL of Church Hulme baptised December 20th 1773 in Church Hulme, Cheshire

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