Benjamin Osler, SV/PROG (c.1776 - 1821) MP

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Birthplace: Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
Death: Died
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About Benjamin Osler, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Benjamin Osler was Leader of Osler's Party of 32 people on the Weymouth.

Party originated from Cornwall.

Departure Portsmouth, 7 January 1820. Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 16 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : Mansfield River. The party was located on the left bank of the Mansfield River and Benjamin named the location Pendennis. (Pendennis Head and Pendennis castle are landmarks overlooking Falmouth Bay). Benjamin Osler died a year later in 1921.

Accompanied by wife Jane Sawle, and 4 children :

Stephen Osler 13, Mary Ann Osler 12, Amelia Osler 10 and Elizabeth Osler 6

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The 1820 Settler Correspondence - Osler

OSLER, Benjamin - Extra Data


IGI extracted marriage:

  • Benjamin OSLER married Jane SAWLE on 9 April 1797 in Falmouth, Cornwall

IGI extracted baptisms: for Falmouth, Cornwall, children of Benjamin and Jane OSLER:

  • Joseph baptised 12 August 1798 (born 12 July)
  • Benjamin baptised 29 May 1801 (born 5 March)
  • Jane baptised 22 August 1802 (born 1 August)
  • Stephen Sawle baptised 24 October 1804 (born 27 September)
  • Mary Ann baptised 18 June 1806 (born 25 May)
  • Amelia baptised 26 December 1807 (born 28 November)
  • Julia baptised 21 March 1810 (born 1 December 1809)
  • Eliza baptised 21 August 1811 (born 29 July)
  • Sarah baptised 22 November 1815
  • Philippa baptised 8 April 1818

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"Osler had a very large family of 10 children, and informed the Colonial Department that he planned to 'leave three or four of the youngest with their friends at home' until he had established himself at the Cape. Only four children were entered on the official list, but it appears that at least three others did in fact emigrate with their parents. Susannah Osler, aged 20, is known to have married John Colman of Cock's party, a month after the Weymouth reached Algoa Bay, and when Benjamin Osler died in 1821 his widow was left on the location with six dependent children - a son of 15 and five daughters between 4 and 14. Joseph Richards, who according to the sailing list emigrated with a wife and two children, described himself in 1822 as an unmarried man; it is conceivable that 'Sally Richards' on the sailing list was actually Susannah Osler, and 'Sally' and 'Phillis', aged 3 and 1, her two youngest sisters. (It was not uncommon for single women among the emigrants to be listed as the 'wives' of unmarried men in order to avoid paying separate deposits). Another man of the party, John Dale, claimed in 1822 that he had left his wife and family in England; his 17-year old 'wife' Mary, as she was entered in the sailing list, may have been another of the Osler daughters."

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Benjamin Osler, SV/PROG's Timeline

1776
1776
Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
1798
July 12, 1798
Age 22
Cornwall, England
1799
1799
Age 23
Cambourne, Cornwall, UK
1801
March 5, 1801
Age 25
Falmouth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
1802
August 1, 1802
Age 26
1804
September 27, 1804
Age 28
Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
1806
May 25, 1806
Age 30
1807
November 28, 1807
Age 31
1809
December 1, 1809
Age 33
Falmouth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
1811
July 29, 1811
Age 35