Skip to main content
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

HENMAN, Robert - Extra Data


(member of DIXON's party)


The Settler Handbook suggests a date of birth of ca 1785/6 but the Grahamstown Journal of 16 February 1837 says he died on 15 January 1837, aged 43, putting his birth at ca 1793/4. He was not the Robert HENMAN baptised 18 November 1794 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, who remained in Bedfordshire all his life.


London Metropolitan Archives


Robert HENMAN, bachelor, married Mary Ann LIVING, spinster on 1 March 1807 in St.Mary's, Whitechapel.
Both signed their names.
Witnesses: Thomas MARTIN and Robert HAGSON


Maria Ann, daughter of Robert and Mary Ann HENMAN of Cock Lane, baptised 26 July 1807 in St.Leonard's, Shoreditch (born 11 March) 

Robert, son of Robert and Mary Ann HENMAN, Chamber St, baptised 7 January 1810 in St.Mary's, Whitechapel (born 2 December 1809)

Mary Ann, daughter of Robert and Mary Ann HENMAN, Church Lane, baptised 6 December 1812 in St.Mary's, Whitechapel (born 17 October)

Maria Jane, daughter of Robert and Mary Ann HENMAN, James St, baptised 20 August 1815 in St.Matthew's, Bethnal Green (born 26 April) Father's occupation: Carpenter.

Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Mary Ann HENMAN, Essex Street, baptised 26 October 1817 in St.Mary's, Whitechapel. Father's occupation: Carpenter.
[Death Notice (Cape Archives) gives her middle name as Jane and her birthday as 17th July]


Dr. William's Library, Cripplegate (Collection housed at National Archives, Kew, London)

Dated 29th Sept. 1784
These are to certify that Mary Ann LIVING daughter of Thomas LIVING and Mary his wife, who was daughter of William ADAMS, was born in Middle Row, Holborn in the Parish of St.Andrew above Bars in the County of Middlesex this fifteenth day of June in the year 1783, at whose birth we were present.
London Metropolitan Archives
Thomas LIVING and Mary ADAMS were married by banns on the 13th September 1782 in St.Michael Bassishaw, Crooked Lane, London
Both signed
Witnesses: Edw. DENHAM, Miliscent STRODE, Mary HODGSON and Sarah LIVING
  • Hits: 6440