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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

LATHAM, Joseph, Henry and William - Extra Data


(members of PARKER's Party)


See correspondence of Joseph LATHAM here


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says Joseph was born 1794 in London, 


Canterbury Cathedral Archives


Probable marriage of parents:

Joseph LATHAM and Mary TRELEGON were married by banns on 4 November 1788 in Sandwich, Kent

Both signed

Witnesses: Ann MARLOW, Wm. TRELEGON and William MAUDE


Westminster Archives


Mary Ann LATHAM of Joseph and Mary baptised 28 December 1791 in St.Clement Dane, Westminster (born 23 ult)

John Alexander LATHAM of Joseph and Mary baptised 6 February 1793 in St.Clement Dane, Westminster (born 6 ult)

Joseph LATHAM of Joseph and Mary baptised 6 April 1794 in St.Clement Dane, Westminster (b 7 ult)

Susanna LATHAM of Joseph and Mary baptised 8 December 1796 in St.Clement Dane, Westminster (born 1 Aug't last)

James LATHAM of Joseph and Mary baptised 7 March 1798 in St.Clement Dane, Westminster (born 26 Jan'y)

Henry LATHAM of Joseph and Mary baptised 23 June 1799 in St.Clement Dane, Westminster (born 19 ult)

William LATHAM of Joseph and Mary baptised 6 December 1801 in St.Clement Dane, Westminster (born 5 ult)


It would seem that three brothers emigrated with PARKER's Party. William is listed in the returns as a 16 year old son of Joseph, but was probably made out to be younger than he was to avoid paying the full adult deposit.


Death Notice (Cape Archives) for Joseph Henry LATHAM says he was born in London in 1820, the son of Joseph and Frances LATHAM. This suggests that Joseph LATHAM was married before leaving London, but his wife did not sail with him, probably because she was in the advanced stages of pregnancy. Joseph Henry obviously came out to the Cape later.


Family Search


Joseph LATHAM married Frances WRIGHT on 31 October 1819 in the Old Church, St. Pancras, London




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