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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

HOBBS, Philip - Extra Data

(member of JAMES' Party)


Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council Record Office



John HOBBS, bachelor, married Mary PEPLER, spinster on 14 August 1780 in Westbury, Wiltshire.

Both signed their names.

Witnesses: John CURRIER and Esra MODRIL


Mass baptism in All Saints, Westbury, Wiltshire for 2th September 1793:

Anne, daughter of John & Mary HOBBS, 12 years old.

Thomas, son of John & Mary HOBBS, 10 years old.

William, son of John & Mary HOBBS, 4 years old.

Daniel, son of John & Mary HOBBS, 3 years old.

Philip, son of John & Mary HOBBS, 14 months old.


Philip HOBBS, bachelor, married Charity FRANCIS, spinster, on 7 November 1814 in Westbury, Wiltshire

Philip HOBBS (X)

Charity FRANCIS (X)

Witnesses: John CURRIER and Barker NEWMAN.


National Archives, Kew, London


Baptisms in Westbury Upper Independent Meeting House

Daniel, son of Philip HOBBS and Charity his wife of the parish of Westbury, labourer, baptised 6 July 1817, born 1816 (RG4/2742/f15)

Sarah, daughter of Philip HOBBS and Charity his wife of the parish of Westbury, labourer, was born 5 November 1818 and baptised 9 May 1819 (RG4/2741/f21)


Westbury Vestry Minutes 548/2


£10 deposit paid for Philip HOBBS to emigrate to the Cape of Good Hope.


National Archives, Kew, London

Log of HMS Weymouth (ADM 51/3543)

Sarah HOBBS died on board 3 February 1820 and buried at sea off Las Palmas on 4 February.

ADM37/6145 (National Archives) Muster Roll of HMS Weymouth

Born on board:

Mar 22 ___ HOBBS Died13 Apr


Dorset History Centre


Charity, dau. of Robert FRANCIS baptised March 31st 1790 in East Stour, Dorset [spelling in parish register East Stower]


Register for St.John the Baptist, Buckhorn Weston, Dorset
Robert FRANCIS of East Stower in the County of Dorset and Ruth TRIM of this parish were married in this church by licence on the 13th day of December 1781by John Toogood.
This marriage was solemnised between us
The mark of Robert FRANCIS
The mark of Ruth TRIM
In the presence of James HAWKENS & John ILIFFE


Children of Robert and Ruth FRANCIS baptised in Christ Church, East Stour, Dorset:

Jane dau of Robt. FRANCIS Jan 20th 1782

Kesiah dau of Robt. FRANCIS Feb 7th 1785

Sarah dau of Robt. FRANCIS Mar 4th 1787

Charity dau of Robert FRANCIS March 31st 1790

Rachel [written Ratchael] dau of Robert FRANCIS Jan 25th 1791

Priscilla dau of Robert FRANCIS June 10th 1792

Robert son of Robert and Ruth FRANCIS Sep 20th 1795

James son of Robert and Ruth FRANCIS May 1st 1796

Esau son of Robert and Ruth FRANCIS Sep 2nd 1798

Wm. son of Robt. and Ruth FRANCIS Sep 19th 1802

Matthew son of Robet and Ruth FRANCIS June 9th 1805


Robert, son of James FRANCIS, was baptised 24 January 1759 in Christ Church, East Stour, Dorset

Ruth, daughter of Robt. and Judith TRIM was baptised on 19 October 1760 in All saints, Kington Magna, Dorset


Robert TRIM and Judith HAZARD were married in Holy Trinity, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 14 March 1754


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