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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

THACKWRAY, William - Extra Data


(member of William SMITH's Party)


London Metropolitan Archives


William THACKWRAY married Dorothy POWNELL by banns on 3 January 1802 in All Saints, Isleworth

Both signed

Witnesses: Hannah HALL and Thos. HALL


Cheshire Archives and Local Studies Services


[Bishop's Transcripts]

Jno. son of Will'm and Dorothy THACKERAY of Church Hulme baptised Oct. 8th 1802 in Church Hulme, Cheshire


National Archives, Kew, London


RG4/1159 f26 Register of Gravel Lane Wesleyan Chapel, Salford, Lancashire

Dorothy, daughter of Wm. and Dorothy THACKWRAY, Salford, born 7 May 1804, baptised 3 June 1804.

RG4/2694f15 Register of Mosley Street Independent Chapel, Manchester

Ann, daughter on Wm. and Dorothy THACKWRAY, wheelwright, born 29 January 1806, baptised 7 July 1809

William, son of Wm. and Dorothy THACKWRAY, wheelwright, born 8 May 1808, baptised 7 July 1809


Baptism of Joseph Ebenezer not found but his Death Notice (Cape Archives) says he was born in Sheffield. A family Bible lists his date of birth as May 1st 1812 in Scotland Street, Sheffield. Joseph Ebenezer was baptised as an adult (aged 22)  in the Union Chapel, Grahamstown on 4th April 1834.

Baptism of James also not found. Family Bible lists his date of birth as January 8th 1815 in Roscoe Square, Sheffield.

The Bible also lists a daughter Helen who was born November 3rd 1809 and was buried July 15th 1810 in Manchester 


See correspondence of William SHEPHERD in 1826 (CO48/69) where William THACKWRAY applies to bring his "sister, brother-in-law and 10 children" to the Cape. The contact name and address given was Mr. J. GREENWOOD, Thorp Arch, or Boston near Wetherby, Yorkshire


Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York (Bishop's Transcripts)


[Joshua] GREENWOOD and Mary THACKWRAY both of this parish were married by banns on Sept. 16th 1804 in Bramham, Yorkshire (West Riding)


West Yorkshire Archive Service


Mary THACKWRAY daughter of John THACKWRAY labourer baptised 13 June 1784 in St.James, Wetherby, Yorkshire

[This is almost certainly William THACKWRAY's younger sister. Wetherby was originally part of the ancient parish of Spofforth. Until the second half of the nineteenth century it was served by a succession of chapels and chaplains or curates, dependent on the Rector of the mother church of Spofforth, some three miles away. The following baptism in the Wetherby Chapel of All Saints, Spofforth would seem to support Mary being William's sister and her husband Joshua GREENWOOD being the contact mentioned in SHEPHERD's 1826 correspondence.]

June 20th 1779 Wm, son of John THACKERAY [very probably the baptism of the 1820 settler]


John THACKWRAY and Ann PETTY, both of this parish, married October 13 1777 by banns in Long Marston, Yorkshire


Parish of Cowthorpe, Yorkshire

John son of John THACKWRAY (son of Will'm THACKWRAY by Mary his wife, of Clifford) and Ann his wife (daughter of John PETTY of Cowthorpe, farmer, by Ann the daughter of Will'm SNOWDEN of Methley, farmer), born on Monday the 23rd March, baptised on Sunday the 29th March 1778

John son of John THACKWRAY and Ann his wife buried April 16th 1778


Joshua and Mary GREENWOOD  did indeed have ten children between 1806 and 1826, but an eleventh child was born in 1828, and Joshua and Mary appear on the 1851 census in Clifford cum Boston. They were presumably not granted leave to travel to the Cape.


Also in the 1826 correspondence of William SHEPHERD is an application to bring out his brother-in-law, Crofts MAYER, with wife Catherine and seven children.


Manchester Cathedral Archives


Crofts MAYOR of the Parish and Town of Manchester, Baker, and Catharine POWNALL of Manchester, spinster, were married on the 4th August 1799 in Manchester Cathedral

Both signed

Witness: Jno. HARRISON


Chester Archives and Local Studies Services


James POWNALL of this parish,farmer, and Ellen BARNET of this parish, widow, were married by Licence on 1st February 1767 in Sandbach, Cheshire

Both signed

Witnesses: John KENT and Hannah MUGLESTON


Catharine daughter of James and Ellen POWNALL baptised February 16th 1772 in Church Hulme, Cheshire

Dorothy daughter of James and Ellen POWNALL of Church Hulme baptised December 20th 1773 in Church Hulme, Cheshire


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