Hezekiah Sephton, Snr. SV/PROG (1776 - 1842) MP

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Birthplace: West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Bechuanaland
Managed by: Joan LOVEMORE
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About Hezekiah Sephton, Snr. SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Hezekiah Sephton 43, Carpenter, and Leader of this Party, together with his wife Jane Hardy 43, and their 4 children, were members of Sephton's party of 344 people on the Aurora.

Party originated from London.

Departure Gravesend, 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, 1 May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, 15 May 1820

Area allocated to the Party : Assegai Bush River, Salem

Children :

  • Thomas Hezekiah Sephton 18
  • Hezekiah Sephton 12
  • Jane Sephton 11
  • William Sephton infant

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1820 settler leader Sephton’s party

  • Birth 9 Mar 1776 West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Baptism 6 Sep 1776
  • 1820 Settler 15 Feb 1820 Sephton's party [
  • Address: Deptford, London on the Aurora
  • 'Lived Bedford Court (No:1), New North Street, Red Lion Square, London, England
  • Occupation a Carpenter
  • Died 11 Jul 1842 Lishuani Mission, Ficksburg, Free State, South Africa
  • 'Father John Sephton, b. 1729, d. May 1793
  • Mother Elizabeth Jackson, b. Est 1732, Misterton, Nottinghamshire, England , d. Oct 1784

  • Family Jane Hardy, b. 1777, England , d. 1840, 'Maantjies Kraal', Salem, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Married 7 Mar 1797 [4]
  • Immigration 10 Apr 1820 Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Children

	
  • *Isabella Sephton, b. 8 Jan 1798, West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire, England ,
    • John Sephton, b. 19 Sep 1799, West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire, England , d. 1809
    • Thomas Hezekiah Sephton, b. 18 Jul 1802, Lincolnshire, England , d. 19 Jun 1846, Umpukane Mission, Clocolan, Free State, South Africa
    • Jane Sephton, b. 13 Nov 1804,
    • Hezekiah Sephton, b. 31 Oct 1806, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
    • Jane Sephton, b. 1808, England, d. 2 Aug 1851, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
    • Thomas Sephton, b. 1814, West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire, England , d. Yes, date unknown
    • William Edward Sephton, b. 16 Nov 1820, at Sea on the "AURORA" , d. 18 Aug 1856, 'Rietfontein', Dewetsdorp District, Free State, South Africa

Notes

THE SEPHTON FAMILY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Hezekiah was a carpenter aged 43 and his wife also aged 43 when they came to South Africa he as the leader of the largest party among the 1820 settlers. They sailed in January 1820 on board the Aurora and there was an unusually hard frost sufficient to freeze the Thames over which delayed their departure till February. The Aurora sailed from Deptford getting only as far as Gravesend where they were delayed by unfavourable winds till 15 February. The ship Aurora was commanded by Capt. Pearson and it took them 3 months to reach their destination arriving on Monday 15th May anchoring in Algoa Bay. The party consisted of : Men 101, Women 82, Children over 14 years 15, Children under 14 years 146, Total number of party 344. Founded the village of Salem.

Letter to Lord Bathurst -London November 11th 1819.

My Lord having been disappointed in Mr. Thomas Colling he not being able to go out at the head of 100 families as accepted by you,and as I am selected by that company to succeed him, - I hereby agree to accept of the terms proposed by His Majestys Government to take 100 Settlers under my care to the Cape of Good Hope, and wait your pleasure for such other necessary information as may be required for our guidance.I am Etc. Signed Hezekiah Sephton.

2nd Letter to Lord Bathurst. London November 18th 1819.

My Lord, - Having accepted Wm.Shaw as our minister to accompany me with 100 Settlers to the Cape of Good Hope, I herewith submit to you his inclosed testamonial as a proper person to officiate in that capacity. Your most obedient Etc. Signed Hezekiah Sephton.

From Algoa Bay the party was sent to Rietfontein between the Kasouga and Kowie Rivers.( now Barnsville Park ) where they were ousted to make room for a friend of the Governor, Lord Charles Somerset.- " General Campbell ". This was very vexatious and felt to be unfair, but there was no remedy, and the party were obliged to retrace their steps westward to where the Mantjes Kraal River joins the Assegai Bush River and where they arrived on Tuesday 18th July and pitched their tents, and founded the village of Salem, which means " peace " and is the only village founded by a settler party that still exists today. A community notable among the settlers for the order with which its affairs were conducted both temporal and spiritual.

Subsequently Hezekiah Sephton was granted land on the Mantjes Kraal River situated between Hope Fountain and Salem Commonage - which he named " Salem Park ". Salem Park was " Free Hold, " not a quit rent farm . Sephton lived for some time on this farm and then disposed of it to William Trotter, also of Sephtons Party; who eventually sold it out in 22 undivided shares and it became known as " Trotters Location " or " Trotters Valley " and was occupied chiefly by Kaffers who were a source of annoyance to their neighbours. His farm has had several owners since he parted with it and now is again known as " Salem Park ".


Sources [S6] The Settler Handbook, M D Nash, (Chameleon Press ISBM 0 620 10940 8).

[S389] email , Gush, Ralph & Jessie + Fiona Sephton - GUSH Family Tree, (email ).

[S387] Roll of the British Settlers in South Africa, Morse Jones, E, (A.A. Balkema / Cape Town).

[S382] GIDDY Family Tree, Giddy, Cynthia - GIDDY Family Tree.

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Hezekiah Sephton, Snr. SV/PROG's Timeline

1776
March 9, 1776
Nottinghamshire, England
September 6, 1776
England
1797
March 7, 1797
Age 20
England
1798
January 8, 1798
Age 21
Nottinghamshire, England
1799
September 19, 1799
Age 23
Nottinghamshire, England
1802
July 18, 1802
Age 26
Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
1804
November 13, 1804
Age 28
England
1806
October 31, 1806
Age 30
Nottinghamshire, England
1808
1808
Age 31
England
1820
November 16, 1820
Age 44
At Sea on board the Aurora