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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

DONOVAN, Joseph - Extra Data


(member of WILLSON's Party)


Westminster Archives


Joseph son of Elijah and Marg't DONOVAN was born March 14 1794 and baptised 30th December 1801 in St.Margaret's, Westminster

[mass baptism with siblings Sophia (b 31 May 1790), John (b April 24 1792), Elijah (b 3 May 1795), twins Anne and Isabella (b Sept'r 29 1797), Maria (b 2 May 1799) and Charles (b May 28th 1801]


London Metropolitan Archives


Joseph DONOVAN, bachelor married Susannah GARBETT, spinster [sic] on 18 October 1813 in St.Luke's, Finsbury

Joseph DONOVAN (signed)

Susannah GARBETT (X)

Witnesses: William TRACEY and Js. SMITH


Joseph Elijah, son of Joseph and Susanna DONOVAN, baptised 16 October 1814 in St.Mary's, Lambeth.
Address: Prince's Street. Father's occupation: Jeweller.
William Davis, son of Joseph and Susannah DONOVAN, baptised 26 November 1815 in St.Botolph, Bishopsgate.
Address: Skinner Street. Father's occupation: Jeweller [buried 1 Feb 1828 in Calcutta, India]
George, son of Joseph and Susan DONOVAN, baptised 14 January 1818 in St. Mary's, Lambeth. Father's occupation: Picture coloriser


Susannah GARBETT was actually a widow when she married Joseph DONOVAN

First marriage:

Samuel GARBETT married Susanna CLARK on 6 October 1807 in Christ Church, Southwark.

Samuel GARBETT (signed)

Susanna CLARK (X)

Witnesses: John CLARK and Lucy CLARK


Lucy, daughter of Samuel and Susanna GARBETT, St.George's, Southwark, baptised 31 July 1808 in St.Andrew's, Holborn

Susanna, daughter of Samuel and Susanna GARBETT, Temple, baptised 10 June 1810 in St.Andrew's, Holborn (born 3 August 1809)

Baptism of Thomas not found.


Lucy presumably died in infancy as only Susanna and Thomas GARBETT accompanied their step father Joseph DONOVAN to the Cape.


In his 1819 correspondence Joseph makes no mention of his stepdaughters, Susannah and Thomas GARBETT.


Joseph and Susanna moved from Grahamstown to Bengal, India c 1828. Susanna died at sea in 1835 during a return voyage to the Cape.


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