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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.


Transcribed from CO6138 Volume 1 page 85 at the Cape Archives, Capetown


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of John STANLEY of Manchester

Total Number of the Men 11
Total Number of the Women 6
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 11
Total Number of the Whole Party 29
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £120


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
John STANLEY 37 Merchant Sarah 27         10
George ASHBROOK 27 Labourer Catherine 24 George 2 Mary 6  
              Eliza 4 12:10
Thomas HOWARD 24 do             10
Robert KNOWLES 23 do             10
Wm. Little BLAKE 38 Cobbler Agnes 30 John 7 Ann 5  
          Robert 2     12:10
William CALVERLEY 35 Labourer Jane 28 William 14 Eliza 2  
          James 5     15
James COWIE 28 do Mary 28     Ann 3  
              Margaret 3 mths 10
Thomas BOWKER 25 do             10
Hugh MELLON 21 do             10
John BROGDEN 22 do             10
Solomon SHEPHERD 30 do Elizabeth 24         10

This return is dated November 1819 and some changes were made to this listing. See 1820 correspondence of John STANLEY. William Little BLAKE certainly remained in Manchester

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