Jane Prynn (Clarke), SM/PROG (1781 - 1861)

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Death: Died in Salem, EC, South Africa
Cause of death: a
Managed by: Laura Baasch
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About Jane Prynn (Clarke), SM/PROG

1820 British Settler

Jane Clarke 35, together with her husband William Prynne 40, Husbandman, and their 5 children, were part 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 :

  • Sarah Clarke Prynn 10
  • William Edward Prynn 8
  • Elizabeth Prynn 6
  • Jane Mary Prynn 2
  • John Henry Prynn infant of 3 weeks in 1819 - Probably died before embarking


IGI extracted marriage (original in Westminster Archives)

  • William PRYNN married Jane CLARK on 8 November 1807 in St.Martin in the Fields.


Jane Prynn started the first infants school in Grahamstown. Her granddaughter Sarah Jane Sephton was at school there when her mother died in 1840. At that stage she had been there for three years. P3 of "Agnes Tales"

There was also a school run by Miss Slater and Isabella, Mary Ann and Elizabeth attended this. P6 and P46 of "Agnes Tales"

I am not sure of Jane Prynn's dates but Miss Slater could have taken over by the time the Sephton children attended it ca. 1842.

from Cynthia Giddy's notes The sampler which Jane Prynn embroidered states "Sacred to the memory of Mary Jane Prynn born in London the 13th of August 1817 died Boschuana Land the 10th September 1832. She has joined her sister Mary Ann and brother John Henry." This sampler is in the SA Cultural History Museum and is unusual in that it was done by an adult. The suggestion is that Mary Jane started it and her mother finished it. At least three children were therefore born after they arrived of whom Mary Ann and John Henry died young. Thomas is assumed to have been born after their arrival in 1820.

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Jane Prynn, SM/PROG's Timeline

May 13, 1781
November 8, 1807
Age 26
London, England
January 12, 1809
Age 27
June 3, 1811
Age 30
London, England
April 1, 1813
Age 31
London, England
Age 35
London, England
July 26, 1819
Age 38
London, England
March 4, 1861
Age 79
Salem, EC, South Africa
Barkly East, EC, South Africa