GSSAThe 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 https://www.1820settlers.com/

Sue Mackay

BROOKS, William - Extra Data

 

(member of THORNHILL's Party)

 

Chronicle of Jeremiah Goldswain Chapter One

 

"Nothing purticler ocured in my Life untill October 1819 wen thear was a Great talk about the Cape of Good Hope and that thear was a Gentleman coming down from London to make up a partey to go to the Cape of Good Hope and all thoues that was willing to go was to go to Mr. Wm. BROOCKS and put our names down and to recve Sixpence as ernest money and at the later end of the Month Mr. Wm. WEAIT for that was the Gentlemans name and down to Great Marlow he came before the time was expired and we ware worned to meet at they Grayhown [Greyhound] Inn at seven o'clock the same evening wen to my Great astonishment I found they Market roome quit ful."

 

William BROOKS Senior was the son of William BROOKS and Mary BIRD

 

Family Search

 

William BROOKS married Mary BIRD on 21 July 1784 in St.Mary's, Putney, Borough of Wandsworth

 

Buckinghamshire Baptism Index

 

Mary, daughter of William and Mary BROOKS, baptised 26 May 1785 in All Saints, Great Marlow

William, son of William and Mary BROOKS baptised 22 June 1786 in All Saints, Great Marlow

Joseph, son of William and Mary BROOKS, baptised 24 July 1788 in All Saints, Great Marlow

James Bird, son of William and Mary BROOKS, baptised 15 April 1790 in All Saints, Great Marlow

John, son of Wm. and Mary BROOKS,  baptised 9 February 1792 in All Saints, Great Marlow

 

Gravestone of his son William says he was a native of Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire. The Death Notice (Cape Archives) suggests a date of birth of 29 January 1810.

Death Notice (Cape Archives) for daughter Ursula Ann says that her parents were William BROOKS and Mary DREW.

Death Notice (Natal Archives) for son Joseph says he was born in Surrey on 12 February 1816

Death Notice (Cape Archives) for wife Ann shows that she had no children, and was thus the stepmother of the children who emigrated.

 

Buckinghamshire Burial Index

 

Mary BROOKS aged 36 buried 2 July 1818 in All Saints, Great Marlow

 

Buckinghamshire Marriage Index

 

William BROOKS, widower, and Ann GUPPY, spinster, were married by licence on 10 October 1818 in All Saints, Great Marlow

Witnesses: John MORRIS, Charles CLARK and Samuel PARRY [a Charles CLARK sailed with WAIT's Party]

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