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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

SLATER, Thomas - Extra Data


(member of SEPHTON's Party)


Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in London, the son of Matthew and Elizabeth SLATER


London Metropolitan Archives


Thomas SLATER of Matthew and Elizabeth, baptised 16 April 1767 in St.Marylebone (born 29 March)


Matthew SLATER of the parish of St.Andrews, Holborn, bachelor, married Elizabeth TWELVES of the parish of St.James Westminster, spinster, by Licence on 23 May 1788 in St.Andrew's, Holborn.

Both signed their names

Witnesses: Rd. PERRY and James ?THOMAS


As Thomas SLATER's son Henry was given the middle name TWELVES it seems likely that this is his father's marriage. The date would seem to suggest that it was a second marriage for Matthew, despite the register recording him as a bachelor, with his first wife also called Elizabeth.


Baptism of probable siblings for Thomas:

Juliana SLATER of Matthew and Elizabeth, baptised 17 May 1770 in St.Marylebone (born 25 April)

Robert SLATER of Matt'w and Eliz'th, baptised 12 April 1772 in St.Marylebone (born 20 March)

Sarah Maria SLATER of Matt'w and Eliz'th, baptised 19 January 1774 in St.Marylebone (born 9 January)

Matthew SLATER of Matt'w and Eliz'th, baptised 19 January 1776 in St.Marylebone (born 23 December 1795


Westminster Archives


Thomas SLATER and Sophia HALL, both of this parish, were married by Licence from the Bishop of London this 19th day of 1793 in St.James, Piccadilly

Both signed

Witnesses: Christopher HALL and Elizabeth SLATER


London Metropolitan Archives


Baptisms of children for Thomas and Sophia:

Sarah SLATER of Thos. and Sophia, baptised 5 October 1794 in St.Marylebone (born 18 September)

Charles SLATER of Thos. and Sophia baptised 2 February 1797 in St.Marylebone (born 28 November 1796)

Matthew SLATER of Thos. and Sophie, baptised 8 February 1799 in St.Marylebone (born 9 January)

Juliana SLATER of Thos. and Sophia, baptised 2 September 1803 in St.Marylebone (born 3 July)

Elizabeth SLATER of Thos. and Sophia, baptised 23 April 1806 in St.Marylebone (born 26 February)

George SLATER of Thomas and Sophia, baptised 1 July 1808 in St.Marylebone (born 23 April)

Henry Twelves, son of Thomas SLATER and Mary Sophia his wife, baptised 24 August 1810 in St.Marylebone (born 16 July)

Christopher Edward, son of Thomas & Sophia SLATER, Manor Street, tallow chandler, baptised 19 September 1813 in St.Luke's, Chelsea

Sophia Hannah, daughter of Thomas & Sophia SLATER, Chapel Street, merchant's clerk, baptised 11 December 1814 in St.Leonard's, Shoreditch (born 8 September)

John Francis, son of Thomas and Sophia SLATER, Collingwood Str, clerk in the docks, baptised 26 January 1817 in St.Matthew, Bethnal Green


See also correspondence of William SHEPHERD in 1825 (CO48/74) where Thomas SLATER requests a son and daughter to join him at the Cape. Also CO48/86 in 1826 where reference is made to his daughter Sarah coming to the Cape.

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