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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

ATHERSTONE, John - Extra Data


(member of DAMANT's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Nottingham, son of Hugh and Ann


He was the youngest child of Hugh ATHERSTONE and Ann GREEN


London Metropoloitan Archives


Banns of marriage between Hugh ATHERSTONE of the parish of St.Mary le Bone bachelor and Ann GREEN of the same parish spinster were published on the three Sundays underwritten:

29th May, 5th June and 12th June 1768


Nottinghamshire FHS Transcriptions


Baptisms in St. Nicholas, Nottingham, children of Hugh ATHERSTONE and Ann GREEN

Ann baptised 15 April 1769

Hugh baptised 29 March 1772

Thomas baptised 25 February 1774

John baptised 4 December 1775

Samuel baptised 11 September 1777

Joseph baptised 2 August 1780

Betty baptised 8 October 1782

Frederick W baptised 18 July 1786

Edwin baptised 24 April 1788

Emma baptised 2 April 1790

John baptised 25 January 1793 


Mary ATHERSTONE, daughter of Hugh and Ann, baptised 4 May 1794 in St.Nicholas, Nottingham (later married Edward DAMANT)

This Mary was actually the niece rather than the sister of John ATHERSTONE the settler. She was the daughter of John's older brother Hugh and his wife Ann Mary ATHERSTONE.


National Archives, Kew, London


Non-conformist burial records for Ockbrook Derbyshire

Hugh ATHERSTONE died 25th February 1816 (buried March 3rd)

Ann ATHERSTONE, widow, died 26th September 1819 (buried September 29th


London Metropolitan Archives


John ATHERSTONE married Elizabeth DAMANT on 13 December 1811 in St.James, Piccadilly

Elizabeth DAMANT was the daughter of William DAMANT and Elizabeth CASTELL and the sister of the 1820 settler Edward DAMANT (see notes for Edward DAMANT)


Children of John ATHERSTONE and Elizabeth DAMANT born in England 

William Guybon ATHERSTONE born 27 May 1814 Zion Hill, Nottingham - see Death Notice (Cape Archives) and  headstone
William Gibbon [sic] son of John and Elizth ATHERSTONE, surgeon baptised 27 June 1814 in St.Peter, Radford, Nottingham (Nottinghamshire FHS)

Catherine Damant ATHERSTONE baptised 1 January1816 Castle Donnington, Leicestershire (Family Search)

Elizabeth ATHERSTONE b 4 December 1816 Whitchurch, Hampshire (

Emily daughter of John and Elizabeth ATHERSTONE, Surgeon, Nether Stowey baptised 27 April 1818 in Nether Stowey, Somerset (Somerset Archives and Local Studies)



Freedom of the City of London Admission Registers (held at London Metropolitan Archives) 25th April 1876

I William Guybon ATHERSTONE (son of John ATHERSTONE late of Graham's Town, Cape of Good Hope) and carrying on the profession of a Physician do hereby apply to be admtted to the Freedom of the City of London, by redemption, in the Company of Turners of London...


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