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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

ROBERTS, William (HOLDER's Party) - Extra Data


(member of HOLDER's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives)  for his wife Maria shows that her maiden name was WOOLCOTT and that she  was 92 when she died on 6 January 1888, the daughter of Benjamin WOOLCOTT.


Somerset Archives and Local Studies


Benjamin, son of Abm [Abraham] and Elizabeth WOOLLCOTT was baptised September 9th 1754 in Heathfield, Somerset


Benjamin WOOLLCOTT and Molly HANCOCK sojourness in this parish were married by banns on 9th February 1781 in St.James the Less, Halse, Somerset

Both signed

Witnesses; John BAKER and Jane CHEEK


Baptisms of children of Benjamin and Molly WOOLCOTT (sometimes Benjamin and Mary) in St.James the Less, Halse:

John baptised January 1st 1782

Jane baptised March 19th 1784

Sarah baptised July  16th 1786 [buried 14 January 1787]

Robert baptised January 20th 1788

Benjamin baptised February 24th 1793 (P) [buried April 19th 1793]

Eliza baptised December 31st 1794 [buried September 11th 1796]

Maria baptised April 16th 1797

Benjamin baptised February 12th 1800 [buried January 1st 1802]


More information on the WOOLCOTT family of Somerset can be found here.


Bristol Archives


William ROBERTS married Maria WOOLCOTT by banns on 10 March 1815 in St.Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol

Both signed

Witnesses James GWYER and Mary PERRIN


John son of William and Maria ROBERTS, St.James, Carpenter, baptised 23 June 1816 in St.James, Bristol



Probable lineage for William ROBERTS


Gloucestershire Archives


All Saints, Newland, Gloucestershire

In the presence of George BAYTON, Thos. BOND and Elizabeth BAYTON, Thomas Gwilliam ROBERTS and Elizabeth FROWEN, both of this parish, were married in this church by banns this 20th day of December 1788..

Both made their mark


William son of Thomas and Elizabeth ROBERTS was baptised April 12th 1795 in All Saints, Newland, Gloucestershire


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