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Richard Watson, SV/PROG

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Ann Howard, b3
Father of Jemima Ann Page and William Watson

Occupation: Surf Man
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About Richard Watson, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Richard Watson 18, labourer, was a member of Gurney's Party of 24 Settlers on the Settler Ship Weymouth.

Party originated from Kent.

  • Departure 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 : Zwartkops River, near Port Elizabeth - named their location New Deal.


Richard Watson's occupation - "Surf Man" - was given in the baptism record of his daughter, Jemima Ann Watson.


NOTE from Craig Sheldon: "Richard Watson's dates of birth and death come from Pamela Barnes book Through The Chequered Path: The Story of William Howard's Party of 1820 Settlers.

"Pamela does describe Richard as a "fellow-settler", though fails to elaborate; but it does seem possible that he is the same man as in Gurney's Party."


Richard Watson arrived in 1820 onboard the Weymouth with Gurney's Party; he was aged 19 and a labourer. Source: and M.D. Nash's The Settler's Handbook

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Richard Watson, SV/PROG's Timeline

June 8, 1829
Age 28
Port Elizabeth, EC, South Africa
April 28, 1837
Age 36
Port Elizabeth, EC, South Africa
Age 46