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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

NELSON, Thomas (WILLSON's pary) - Extra data


(member of WILLSON's Party)


England and Wales Christening Index (Ancestry)


Thomas son of Joseph and Ann NELSON baptised 15 January 1786 in Burton in Kendal, Westmorland


Wall Plaque in Holy Trinity, Kendal, Westmorland reads "To the memory of Joseph NELSON of Barrows Green near Kendal who died December 1792 aged forty years. Ann NELSON his wife who died January 1845 aged eighty eight years. Rachel NELSON their daughter who died May 1810 aged twenty-two years. This monument has been erected by their affectionate son Thomas NELSON, Merchant, of Graham's Town, Cape of Good Hope, in the year 1848"


Family Search


Ann daughter of Edwd. and Eliz'th BRIGGS baptised 20 January 1756 in Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland


Joseph NELSON and Ann BRIGGS were married on 4 October 1779 in Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland



Thomas NELSON of the Parish and Town of Manchester, Dealer & Chapman, and Mary Ann CREEK of the same parish, spinster, were married by Licence on 14 October 1807 in St.Mary's Parsonage, Manchester

Both signed [Mary Ann's signature looks more like CRAKE than CREEK]

Witnesses: Wm. COOPER and George WILSON


Manchester Library


Louisa Rachael, daughter of Thomas and Mary Anne NELSON, Merchant, was baptised on 12 February 1809 in St.Thomas, Pendleton, Lancashire


Family Search


Mary Ann daughter of Thomas NELSON and Mary CRAKE baptised 2 September 1810 in Eriswell, Suffolk (born 16 December 1809)


Louisa Rachel NELSON married Edward THOMPSON on 13 February 1828 in St.Mark's, Natland, Westmorland. The couple later emigrated to the Cape.


National Probate Calendar 13 September 1865


NELSON, Thomas (effects under £100). Letters of Administration (with the Will and Codicil annexed) of the personal estate and effectsof Thomas NELSON late of Graham's Town Eastern Province in the Cape of Good Hope merchant deceased who died 30 January 1863 at Hastings in the County of Suusex were granted in the Principal Registry.......

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