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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Settler Returns

These are the final settler returns for each party, transcribed from CO48/47 at the National Archives, Kew, London. They formed the basis of "The Settler Handbook" by M.D. Nash, although there are some differences, as she used returns held at the Cape as well. Earlier versions of the returns can often be found amongst the 1819 settler correspondence. With the exception of capital letters for surnames, the tables are true transcriptions of the file in the National Archives, although occasionally comments have been added below in square brackets. The returns held in the Cape Archives can be found in CO6138 Volumes 1 and 2. 

There are no returns in CO47/48 for Charles CAMPBELL, Richard DANIELL, Christopher THORNHILL or William WAIT, all of whom sailed later (see post 1820 correspondence), or for the ill-fated RUSSELL's Party who sailed on the Abeona. There is also no return for WILKINSON's Party, who sailed in the privately chartered Amphitrite, but the names are listed in the returns for NIGHTINGALE's Party transcribed from CO6138/2/104 at the Cape Archives. The return for STANLEY's Party can be found in his correspondence dated 4th January 1820, although an earlier return from the Cape Archives (CO6138) is transcribed here.

OWEN's Party


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of Mr. Thomas OWEN, No.9 Carey Street, Westminster

Total Number of the Men 11
Total Number of the Women 11
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age  4
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 26
Total Number of the Whole Party 52
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £200


Names of the Men
Profession or Trade Names of the Women
Names of the
Male Children
Names of the
Female Children
Deposit Money
payable by the
respective settlers
Thomas OWEN 38    Elizabeth  35  Thomas     10 
Wm Sam'l OWEN  40  Farmer  Judy Ann  35  Fred'k Jno.  Margaret  13   
              Mary 12   
              an infant 19 days old    20 
James BROWN  22  Bricklayer              10 
Henry CHURCH  25  Rope Maker  Elizabeth  21          10 
Thomas PULLEN  43  Farmer  Dorothy  36  Thomas  15  Dorothy  20   
          Edward 14  Adelaide 18   
          Tindal  12  Augusta 16   
          William Julia  10   
          Charles  Helen  
              Harriet 5  
              Lavinia 1 67:10
      Ann DYKE † 36          
William STANLEY 20 Edge Tool Maker             10
Francis STANLEY 42 do Mary Ann 41 Francis 13 Mary Ann 15  
          Joseph 11      
          Nathan'l 9      
          John 2     20
William WHILEY 31 Smith Deborah 31 William 6 Mary Ann 11  
          George 4 Caroline 10  
          Edwin 2 Emma 8  
          James 1     22:10
William COLE 22 Goldsmith             10
Geo. Aug's KOLBE 20 Chemist Margaret 19         10
Allan Wm. WALL 47 Farmer Mary 36 John 13     10

† in the family of Thomas PULLEN [written after her name across the columns for children]

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