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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Settler Returns

These are the final settler returns for each party, transcribed from CO48/47 at the National Archives, Kew, London. They formed the basis of "The Settler Handbook" by M.D. Nash, although there are some differences, as she used returns held at the Cape as well. Earlier versions of the returns can often be found amongst the 1819 settler correspondence. With the exception of capital letters for surnames, the tables are true transcriptions of the file in the National Archives, although occasionally comments have been added below in square brackets. The returns held in the Cape Archives can be found in CO6138 Volumes 1 and 2. 

There are no returns in CO47/48 for Charles CAMPBELL, Richard DANIELL, Christopher THORNHILL or William WAIT, all of whom sailed later (see post 1820 correspondence), or for the ill-fated RUSSELL's Party who sailed on the Abeona. There is also no return for WILKINSON's Party, who sailed in the privately chartered Amphitrite, but the names are listed in the returns for NIGHTINGALE's Party transcribed from CO6138/2/104 at the Cape Archives. The return for STANLEY's Party can be found in his correspondence dated 4th January 1820, although an earlier return from the Cape Archives (CO6138) is transcribed here.

FORD's Party


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of Edward FORD of Deverill Longbridge, Warminster, Wilts.

Total Number of the Men 10
Total Number of the Women 9
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age 5
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 18
Total Number of the Whole Party 42
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £132:10


Names of the Men
Profession or Trade Names of the Women
Names of the
Male Children
Names of the
Female Children
Deposit Money
payable by the
respective settlers
Edward FORD 38  Lab'r  Jane  39 James 17  Patience 13  20 
          John  16 Elizabeth  11   
James DICKS  23  Lab'r  Dinah 22          10 
Rich'd RALPHS  29  Lab'r  Elizabeth 28  Samuel Harriot  10
Joseph RALPHS* 27 Lab'r  Elizabeth  28  Joseph Mary  9 months  10 
James CROFTS 25 Weaver  Hannah 21  Joseph      10 
Robert MILES  27  Weaver  Ann 20  William      10
James DICKS 38  Lab'r  Jane  39  Robert 17  Eliza  6  25 
          Uriah  14       
          James 12       
          Joseph  10       
          John   infant      
James JENNINGS   28 Lab'r  Mary 30  James 3     10
Ephraim DICKS  38 Lab'r      Ephraim 16      15 
          Joseph 5      
Rich'd CROUCH  29   Lab'r Sarah 30  Richard  5 Jane 12  12:10 
Elijah PAYNE  25  Lab'r  Mary 22      Mary   1½ 10 
Henry GODDARD AM Vicar
Deverill 26 October 1819

* Joseph RALPHS is the only Out-Pensioner on the list. He is a naval Out-Pensioner of the Royal Hospital Greenwich 22925 & his residence Deverill Longbridge - receives his Pension ten pounds annually at Warminster.

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