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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

SMITH, James (WILKINSON's Party) - Extra Data


(member of WILKINSON's Party)


London Metropolitan Archives


James SMITH, bachelor of this parish married Mary Ann CHERER, spinster of this parish, a minor, by Licence on 18 July1810 in St.Giles, Camberwell

Both signed

Winesses: Sophia Elizabeth CHERER, James MITCHELL and Sarah MITCHELL


According to "The House of Cherer" by R.S. SMITH (Rhodesian Christian Press 1987), Sarah Fish SMITH was born in France in 1812


Sophia daughter of James and Mary Ann SMITH, Borough Road, Shipwright, was baptised 18 April 1819 in St.George the Martyr, Southwark (born 14 June 1817)


[Given that Jame's firstborn daughter was given the middle name FISH, it seems likely that  the marriage below is that of James' parents]


Robert SMITH bachelor of this parish and Sarah FISH of the same parish were married by licence on 9th October 1781 in St.George the Martyr, Queen Square

Both signed

Witnesses: Thomas BROOK and John [WINDER]



Westminster Archives


Joseph CHERER, son of Jacob and Judith, was baptised 14 September 1766 in St.Martin in the Fields, Westminster (born August 23rd)

[This is the most plausible entry to be Mary Ann's father, especially as his wife's name was Sophia Elizabeth and Sophia Elizabeth CHERER was a witness at Mary Ann's wedding]


Joseph CHERER bachelor of this parish married Sophia Elizabeth NOBLE of the parish of Woodford in Essex, spinster and minor, by Licence on 1 January 1793 in St.Paul, Covent Garden

Both signed

Witnesses: Rich'd NOBLE, Catherine Ann NOBLE, Mary COVERT


Family Search


Mary Ann's baptism is almost certainly the one in St.Paul's, Covent Garden, on 10 May 1795, with the surname transcribed as CHESIER



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