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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, Matthew - Extra Data


(member of BAILIE's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born 1800 in Hackney, London


National Archives, Kew, London


RG4/4660 Register of Births at Dr Williams' Library in Red Cross Street, Cripplegate, London registered between 1792 to 1805 (Non Conformist)

Matthew ADAMS, parish of St.Luke's, County of Middlesex, son of Henry ADAMS and Eliz'th ADAMS, daughter of E. CRAVEN, born 7 June 1800

Witnesses: Sarah MORRIS and Elizabeth ROBSON


RG5/27 Dr. William's Library

These are to certify that Matthew ADAMS, son of Henry ADAMS and Eliz'th ADAMS, who was daughter of Edw'd CRAVEN, Peterboro, was born in Orchard Street in the Parish of St.Luke's, London in the County of Middlesex on the 7th day of June 1800, at whose birth we were present.

Sarah MORRIS, Elizabeth ROBSON

Registered at Dr.William's Library, Redcross Street, near Cripplegate, London June 17 1803


Siblings of Matthew registered at Dr. William's Library:

William born 2nd August 1792 St.Luke's

Lydia born 24th September 1793 St.Luke's (assumed to have died in infancy)

Ruth born 24th March 1795 St. Luke's

Lydia born 11th March 1798 St.Luke's

Rebekah born 16 July 1796 St.Luke's

Hannah born 25th January 1803 St.John's, Hackney


London Metropolitan Archives


Marriage of parents:

Henry ADAMS married Elizabeth CRAVEN by banns on 8 November 1791 in St.Leonard's, Shoreditch, London

Both signed

Witnesses: John CORBIN and Charles EALAND



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