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The 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

DICKS, James the Elder - Extra Data


(member of FORD's Party, not to be confused with James DICKS the Younger in the same party)


(see correspondence of Edward FORD and the Rev Henry GODDARD)


Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council Record Office


James DICKS married (1) Jane CROFTS by banns on 16 October 1796 in Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire

Both made their mark

Witnesses: John ADAMS (X) ans Samuel GULLIFER


James DICKS married (2) Jane HALL by banns on 8 August 1816 in Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire.

Both made their mark

Witnesses: William DICKS (X) and Eli TOOZE


Children of James DICKS and Jane CROFTS:

William baptised 7 June 1798 Longbridge Deverill (buried 14 June 1798)

Priscilla baptised 9 May 1803 Longbridge Deverill (buried 13 May 1804)

Uriah baptised 3 June 1805 Longbridge Deverill

James baptised 19 July 1807 Longbridge Deverill

Joseph baptised 21 May 1809 Longbridge Deverill

Jonah (born ca 1811 – baptism not found)

Eliza (born ca 1813 – baptism not found)


Children of James DICKS and Jane HALL

Joanna daughter of James and Jane DICKS, Deverill, weaver, baptised 27 September 1818 (died in infancy)


Longbridge Deverill Vestry Minutes 1020/55:

£25 deposit paid for James DICKS Snr to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope.


(Log ADM51/3543 at the National Archives, Kew)


Jane DICKS (nee HALL) died on board the Weymouth on 3 May 1820 


Cape Archives


Statement for Joseph DICKS of Rietfontein in ward of Kraai River and district of Aliwal North. (filed with Death Notice of James DICKS – signature actually thought to be Jonah DICKS)

“I am the son of James and wife who died in England. Came out in Weymouth in Ford's party. My father had remarried, but my stepmother died on the ship in Table Bay and was buried in Cape Town. She left a child which was afterwards given to a farmer called SCHEEPERS to bring up. I believe the child died. I think a boy....”

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