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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

ADAMS, Thomas Price - Extra Data


(member of BAILIE's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives)  

Born in Haydon Square, Minories, London, son of George and Sarah ADAMS, maiden name PRICE


London Metropolitan Archives:

Thomas Price, son of George and Sarah ADAMS baptised 27 April 1780, Holy Trinity in the Minories (born 2 April 1780).


Marriage of parents:

George ADAMS married Sarah PRICE by Licence

11 October 1777

St.George the Martyr, Southwark.


Thomas Price ADAMS, bachelor, married Mary BARKER, spinster, on 30 June 1813 in St.Mary's Church, Islington

Thomas Price ADAMS (signed)


Witnesses: John POWELL and Mary HANLON (X):


Baptism in St.Mary's Church, Islington 4 November 1815

George Domal PRICE-ADAMS, son of Thomas PRICE-ADAMS (Merchant from the Island of Madeira) and Anurza D'ALMEIDA, Nelson Terrace, born 3 March 1810 on the Island of Madeira.

Baptised on the same day:

Mary Price, daughter of Thomas and Mary PRICE-ADAMS, born 26 July 1815


Baptism in St.Marylebone 21 July 1818

Rebecca Price, daughter of Thomas Price and Mary ADAMS, born 21 Oct 1816

Sarah Price, daughter of Thomas Price and Mary ADAMS, born 7 February 1818

Emma Price, daughter of Thomas Price and Mary ADAMS, born 7 February 1818


Burial: 15 July 1819 Rebecca PRICE-ADAMS, St.Marylebone


It is assumed that the twins also died, as they did not travel with Thomas and Mary to the Cape. George is presumably the 16 year old son referred to in the letter by W.D. FRANCIS (see 1826 correspondence at CO48/46)

“A son of his, 16 years of age, is awaiting a passage to his father”


(No baptism found for Frances, the one year old daughter listed in The Settler Handbook.)


Freedom of the City of London Admission Registers (held at London Metropolitan Archives)

Upholders Company, London

This is to certify whom it doth or may concern that Thomas Price ADAMS, son of George ADAMS of the Minories in the City of London, Citizen and Upholder, was this sixth day of May 1801 admitted to the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Upholders of the City of London and sworn to obey and perform all the Orders made.

The second page of this document states his date of birth as 2 April 1780

The LMA also holds an Apprentice Indenture document for George ADAMS, which entitled him to entry to the Upholders Company.

This indenture witnesseth that George ADAMS son of George ADAMS of Canterbury in the County of Kent, Innholder, doth put himself Apprentice to Joseph MERRYMAN, Citizen and Upholder of London, to learn his Art and with him (after the Manner of an Apprentice) to serve from the day of the date hereof unto the full End and Term of seven years from thence next following, to be fully compleat and ended. During which term the said Apprentice his said Master faithfully shall serve, his Secrets keep, his lawful Commands every where gladly do. He shall do no Damage to his said Master, nor see it to be done of others, but that he, to his Power, shall let or forthwith give Warning to his Master of the same. He shall not waste the goods of his said Master, nor lend them unlawfully to any. He shall not commit Fornication, nor contract Matrimony within the said Term. He shall not play at Cards, Dice, Tables or any other unlawful Games, whereby his said master may have any Loss. With his own Goods or others, during the said Term, without Licence from his said Master, he shall neither buy nor sell. He shall not haunt Taverns, nor Play-houses, nor absent himself from his said master's Service Day or Night unlawfully; but in all Things, as a faithful Apprentice, he shall behave himself towards his said Master, and all his, during the said Term. And the said Master in consideration of forty pounds the said Apprentice in the same Art and Mystery which he useth, by the best Means that he can, shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, finding unto his said Apprentice Meat, Drink, Apparel, Lodging and all other Necessaries, according to the Custom of London, during the said Term. And for the true Performance of all and every the said Covenants and Agreements, either of the said Parties bindeth himself to the other by these Presents. In witness whereof the Parties above-named to these Indentures interchangeably have put their Hands and Seals, the seventh day of June in the ninth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third of Great Britain France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, Annoque Dom 1769.


London Gazette: 13 August 1805 Dissolution of Partnership

“..the partnership lately subsisting between George ADAMS, Thomas Price ADAMS and William CLIFTON, late of Lombard-street in the City of London and since of the Minories in the said city, Auctioneers, under the Firm of Adams, Son & Clifton, was dissolved by mutual consent on the 11th February last...”

London Gazette: 30 June 1812 Bankruptcy Notice

“..Thomas Price ADAMS of Abchurch-lane in the City of London and late of the Island of Madeira, Merchant....”

London Gazette: 1 February 1817 Bankruptcy Notice

“.. Thomas Price ADAMS, late of Rood-lane and Mincing Lane in the City of London, Merchant, Broker, Dealer and Chapman (trading under the Firm of Thomas Price Adams and Company)...”

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