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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

POTTER, William - Extra Data


(member of MILLS' Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Salisbury on 19 September 1788, the son of William POTTER and Lydia HILL. His wife's name was Hannah GOODCHILD, she being his second wife. 


Family Search


William son of David  and Lydia Potter was baptised 7 November 1788 in St.Martin's, Salisbury, Wiltshire


Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council Record Office


Banns of marriage between David POTTER and Lydia HILL published 10th, 17th and 24th February 1782 in St.Martin with St.Mary Magdalene Mission Church, Salisbury


London Metropolitan Archives


Banns of marriage were called between William POTTER and Hannah GOODCHILD in St.Mary's, Battersea, Borough of Wandsworth, on 10th, 17th and 24th November 1816


The Settler Handbook lists his two children as Mary and Anne, whereas his DN says that his two children by his first marriage were Mary and Lydia.


London Metropolitan Archives


Lydia daughter of William and Mary POTTER, James Street, carpenter, born 8th August 1810, was baptised 27 June 1813 in St.Mary Abbot's Church, Kensington


Death Notice (Cape Archives) for Mary POTTER says she died in 1900 aged 92, putting her birth ca 1808. Hannah GOODCHILD is listed as the mother but that is probably because she was the woman known to the descendants at the Cape.


London Metropolitan Archives


Mary daughter of William and Mary POTTER, King Street, was christened on the 18th September 1808 in St.Mary Abbot's Church, Kensington



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