Thomas Shone, Snr, SV/PROG (1784 - 1868)

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Birthplace: Fenchurch Street, Temple Bar, Lower East Smithfield, london, uk
Death: Died in District East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Managed by: Debra(Debbie) Joan Coull
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About Thomas Shone, Snr, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Thomas Shone 31, Labourer, together with his wife Sarah Phillips 25, and their 3 children were members of Scott's' Party of 37 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus.

Party originated from Surrey Departure London, 3 December 1819 Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 17 March 1820 Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 14 April 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : Krap River

Children :

  • George Shone 11
  • Thomas Shone 4
  • Sarah Shone 1


Thomas was born in Newington, London on the 6th August 1784. King George III was on the throne in England and Louis XVI of France was facing a severe economic crisis which would lead in 1789 to the French Revolution.

Thirty years later, in 1814, England was in the period known as the Regency and was on the brink of the Battle of Waterloo. Victory in1815 did not bring prosperity, the busy war economy slumped, and by 1819 the "emigration solution" was in the minds of philanthropists and parliamentarians.

The exact reasons for Thomas Shone's decision to emigrate have become "shrouded in the mists of time" (Cronwright's words in his book "Her British Ancestors). In any event, he and his wife Sarah and their three children, George, Thomas and Sarah came to South Africa in 1820 as members of the George Scott party on board ship the "Nautilus"

The party was settled astride the Kap river, but the Shone family moved to the Bathurst district, and Thomas' diaries for the years 1838 - 1867 chronicle in detail the family's fortunes as they established their new life.

Wikipedia entry: Thomas Shone (1784–1868) was an 1820 Settler. Born in London, he went to sea at 18 (or before) and while on board the Lord Nelson, was captured by the French on 14th Aug 1803. He was imprisoned in Givet and Sarrelivre prison camps and there he learnt his trade of shoe making. Lord Nelson (East Indiaman) see 2nd Voyage. This fully describes the capture and recapture of the vessel concerned. Thomas Shone was not in the Royal Navy but was an Ordinary Seaman, joining The East India Company in 1802 (see ships records and also French POW records). With the aid of French Freemasons he escaped to England where he started a family in London. In 1820 his 3 children were all Weslyan baptised soon before boarding Nautilus with his wife Sarah Phillips, and sailed to Algoa Bay. He had joined a party as a labourer despite his ability to read and write. As part of the Scott party, which meant he was bound to work at his master's command, almost as a slave for five years to repay the cost of his voyage, they were settled close to the Xhosa border and were the last to leave after the first Xhosa war broke out, losing their entire belongings. He built up a second farm which was again burnt down in a later border war. On the death of his wife Sarah in 1837 he became melancholy and decided to write a daily journal, which he continued for 30 years. The journal provides insight into the day to day lives of the 1820 Settlers and their hardships. It is presently located at the Cory Library at Rhodes University.

His grandson, Thomas Leopold Hamilton Shone, founded the manganese mining industry in South Africa.

The Albany Journals of Thomas Shone: ed. Penelope Silva (1992) (Graham's Town Series 12.) Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman, for Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Shones of South Africa : Dudley K Shone

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Thomas Shone, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

August 6, 1784
london, uk
August 29, 1784
all Hallows church, staining
November 30, 1811
Age 27
Surrey, England
October 23, 1814
Age 30
newington, surrey, england
August 25, 1815
Age 31
Greater London, UK
October 26, 1818
Age 34
Walworth, Surrey, England
Age 33
Surrey, England
June 20, 1821
Age 36
Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 2, 1823
Age 39
Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 7, 1825
Age 41
Cape Province, South Africa