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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.

PIGOT's Party


RETURN of SETTLERS proceeding to the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE under the Direction of Geo. PIGOT Esq. of Chievely in the County of Berks.

Total Number of the Men 20
Total Number of the Women 11
Total Number of Persons above Fourteen Years of Age 8
Total Number of Children under Fourteen Years of Age 15
Total Number of the Whole Party 54
Total Amount of Deposit Money for the Whole Party £255


  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
1 Geo. PIGOT 45  Gent.          Catherine  17  £ 
                Sophia  15  20 
22  Carpenter   & his wife           10 
Wm. [SLADE?]
19 Wheelwright              10 
John TONKS  20  Mason              10 
5 Wm. INNIS  20  Mason              10 
6 Thos. GUNTON  19  Mason              10 
7 John POVEY  40  Smith  Mary 30  John 16      15 
John QUINCE  25  Farmer  Jane  20          10 
9 Wm COMLEY 26  Farmer  Ann  24      Mary 10 
10  Thos. HEATH 34  Cooper      William  17      15 
11  Chs. MARSHALL  23  Farmer  Charlotte  23  Charles      
            Thomas     12:10 
12  Wm. ALDER 26  Farmer  Mary  24          10 
13  James GODDARD  39  Farmer  Fanny  35  John  Anne 10   
            Benjamin  15  Mary   
                Betsy 20 
14 James HISCOCK 23  Farmer  Sarah  22          10 
15 Henry BROOKS  30 Farmer  Mary  25  William Caroline  
                Ellen  12:10 
16  John BOUCHER  20  Farmer      Phillip 14     15 
17  Geo. PRATT 35  Shoemaker  Hannah 20  John  15      15 
18 Chas. SALTMARSH  20  Baker              10 
19 John HUTTON  22  Farmer              10 
20 Wm. GIBBS 31 Farmer Rachel 29 Charles 14 Mary 2  
            William 12      
            Henry 10      
            Thomas 7     20

[According to The Settler Handbook, William GIBBS and his family deserted the party at Gravesend just before the ship sailed]

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