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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

FORWARD, William - Extra Data


(member of COCK's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born ca February 1783 in Devon


South West Heritage Trust


James FORWARD sojourner of this parish and Mary DOWN of the Parish of Crediton were married by banns on 21 October 1782 in St.Thomas, Exeter, Devon

Both made their mark

Witnesses: Wm. FORD and James [NICK?]


Wm. son of James FORWARD and Mary baptised 22 August 1783 in Crediton, Devon (born 30 January)


William FORWARD late of the South Dn. Militia and Elizabeth SMALE, both of the Parish of Crediton were married by banns this 16th day of February 1808 in Ottery St.Mary, Devon

Both made their mark

Witnesses: Rich'd SEAWARD and William BREEDON


National Archives, Kew, London


ADM51/3543 Log of HMS Storeship Weymouth
Friday 17 March 1820: Departed this life William FORWARD settlers child. Body of the above infant to the deep.
Monday 27 March 1820: Departed this life Sarah FORWARD settlers wife. Committed the body of the above woman to the deep.

Weymouth Log lists William's first wife as Sarah. The Settler Returns list her as Elizabeth.


William was a mason and wrote a letter to the Government from Trowbridge, Wiltshire in 1819.


Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council Record Office


William Roger FORWARD, son of William and Elizabeth FORWARD, Trowbridge, bricklayer, baptised on 22 February 1818 in St.James with St.Stephen, Trowbridge

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