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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

DEVINE, James - Extra Data


(member of BUTLER's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) of James DEVINEand his second wife Bridget O'NEAL shows that both were born in Ireland and that James married Bridget before emigrating. Margaret, listed as his wife on the settler returns, was probably his first wife and the mother of William. Ellen was Bridget's daughter and is the first child to appear on her DN. James was 63 when he died in 1829, which makes him some twenty years older than the age given on the settler returns. Possibly a 5 was read as a 3? Bridget would have been about 26 at the time of emigration, so her name was given as Margaret in error. The first settler return includes a 1 year old son called Arthur, who must have died just prior to sailing. Bridget's father was Arthur O'NEAL.

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