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

Sue Mackay

WAIT, William - Extra Data


Leader of WAIT's Party


(see also correspondence of 1820 at CO48/53


London Metropolitan Archives:


William & Betty, son and daughter of William WAIT, carpenter, and Betty, baptised 31 July 1772 in St.Giles, Cripplegate (born 24 February)


William WAIT married Marianne Gertrude WAIT (heretofore COWAN, spinster), these parties having been married heretofore to each other, by Licence on 24 January 1820 at St.Paul's, Deptford

Both signed their names

Witnesses: Rev Wm COX, Harriet Dennis GARRETT


This marriage obviously took place as a result of allegations by Christopher THORNHILL. In a letter dated 21 January 1820 he enclosed a copy of the marriage and stated “In reply to Mr. THORNHILL's vile insinuation that Mrs. WAIT is not actually my wife, I will only trouble you with a positive declaration that she has been my married wife for the seven years last past since November 7th and that she has been received as such in some of the first classes of society. We have lived ever since our marriage most happily and there is not a more prudent or virtuous woman breathing” (CO48/53 page 468)

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