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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

HEATH, John Henry - Extra Data


(member of BAILIE's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Bencoolen, India, the son of Henry HEATH


London Metropolitan Archives


John Henry, son of Henry HEATH, mother dead, of Bencoolen, Sumatra, baptised 11 August 1799 in St.Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey (born 30 September 1792)



Henry HEATH married (1) Elizabeth BOYNER on 30 September 1770 in St.Leonard's, Shoreditch.

Henry HEATH (signed)

Elizabeth BOYNER (X)

Witnesses: Robert SOOK? And Mary BROWNE


Children of first marriage:

Henry, son of Henry and Elizabeth HEATH baptised 14 July 1771 in All Hallows, Tottenham.

Benjamin, son of Henry HEATH, cooper of St.Dunstan's Hill & Elizabeth his wife born March 2nd and baptised April 2nd 1782 in St.Dunstan's.


National Archives, Kew, London


The will of Henry HEATH of Northfleet, Kent, dated 22 November 1843, can be downloaded from the National Archives. This shows that he also had a brother Matthew and a sister Mary Elizabeth who were also children of Henry HEATH and Elizabeth BOYNER.


Mary Elizabeth HEATH never married and lived with her brother in Orme House, Northfleet. They are both buried in the Northfleet Churchyard.


London Metropolitan Archives


Henry HEATH Senior married (2) Hannah DANCE

Henry HEATH, widower, married Hannah DANCE, spinster on 18 March 1811 in St.Leonard's, Shoreditch.

Both signed their names.

Witnesses: George LIMMING and Elizabeth SMITH


Children of Henry and Hannah:

Francis, son of Henry and Hannah HEATH baptised 16 November 1812 in St.Giles, Camberwell.

William Henry, son of Henry and Hannah HEATH, Belmont Place, baptised 4 January 1815 in St.Mary's, Lambeth. Father's occupation: Flour Factor


Marriage of John Henry HEATH the settler:

John Henry HEATH, bachelor, married Maria Iveson SKARRATT, widow, on 1 May 1819 in St.Mary's, Whitechapel


Their son John Henry HEATH was baptised on 24 March 1818 in St.Andrew's, Holborn (born 27 February 1818. Address: Bank Side, Southwark. Father's occupation: Solicitor.

NB this baptism took place a year before the parents' marriage, which may explain why they baptised John Henry again in Bathurst in 1827!


Maria IVESON married (1) William James SKARRATT on 14 December 1809 in St.Pancras.

Both signed their names.

Witnesses: Wm. HOUGHTON and G. HAMP


A child, William John SKARRATT was buried in St.James, Clerkenwell on 24 October 1814, aged 3 years 6 months. Address: Winchester Street.


West Yorkshire Archive Service


Maria, daughter of Joseph and Sarah IVESON of Leeds born the 18th March and baptised the 4 May 1792 in Salem Chapel, Leeds


Freedom of the City of London Admission Registers (Held at London Metropolitan Archives):

The Apprentice Indenture for Henry HEATH Senior, who was a cooper (see baptism of his son Benjamin above) shows that his father was yet another Henry HEATH

This indenture witnesseth that Henry HEATH, son of Henry HEATH of Rochester in the County of Kent, Innholder, doth put himself Apprentice to Joseph SPOCK, Citizen and Cooper of London, to learn his Art and with him (after the Manner of an Apprentice) to serve from the day of the date hereof unto the full End and Term of seven years from thence next following, to be fully compleat and ended. During which term the said Apprentice his said Master faithfully shall serve, his Secrets keep, his lawful Commands every where gladly do. He shall do no Damage to his said Master, nor see it to be done of others, but that he, to his Power, shall let or forthwith give Warning to his Master of the same. He shall not waste the goods of his said Master, nor lend them unlawfully to any. He shall not commit Fornication, nor contract Matrimony within the said Term. he shall not play at Cards, Dice, Tables or any other unlawful Games, whereby his said master may have any Loss. With his own Goods or others, during the said Term, without Licence from his said Master, he shall neither buy nor sell. He shall not haunt Taverns, nor Play-houses, nor absent himself from his said master's Service Day or Night unlawfully; but in all Things, as a faithful Apprentice, he shall behave himself towards his said Master, and all his, during the said Term. And the said Master in consideration of twenty pounds being the Money given with his said Apprentice in the same Art and Mystery which he useth, by the best Means that he can, shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, finding unto his said Apprentice Meat, Drink, Apparel, Lodging and all other Necessaries, according to the Custom of London, during the said Term. And for the true Performance of all and every the said Covenants and Agreements, either of the said Parties bindeth himself to the other by these Presents. In witness whereof the Parties above-named to these Indentures interchangeably have put their Hands and Seals, the fifth day of December in the thirtieth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George III of Great Britain France and Ireland, King,  Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord 1764

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