William John Comley, SV/PROG

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William John Comley, SV/PROG

Birthplace: Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire, England
Death: Died in Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Comely (Davies) and Ann Comely (Morris)
Father of John Comley; Sarah Loxton and William Charles Comley

Occupation: Gardener
Managed by: Sheila Anne Gordon
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About William John Comley, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


William Comley 26, Gardener, together with his wife Mary Ann Morris 24, and child, were members of Pigot's Party of 54 Settlers on the Settler Ship Northampton.

Party originated from Berkshire.

Departed Portsmouth, 13 December 1819. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 26 March 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth on 30 April 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : a block of land, named Pigot Park, on the left bank of the Blaauwkrantz River.

Child :

  • John Comley 2




Member of the Pigot Party of 1820 Settlers from Berkshire who sailed on the 'Northampton', landing at Algoa Bay on 1 May 1820. Worked as a gardener for Major George Pigot; listed on the Embarkation List as a Farmer.

  • DEPOT Cory Library for Historical Research;
  • TYPE Manuscript;
  • REFERENCE MS16915;
  • DESCRIPTION William Comley (?) - 1870;
  • STARTING 18371111;
  • ENDING 18831100;
  • REMARKS Part of the Eastern Province Guardian Company Archives;
  • 0,10m. MS;
  • SUMMARY + Financial records and estate papers of William Comley,

1820 Settler. Papers deal inter alia with a house and garden in New Street, Grahamstown and the farms Aloe Kop and Klip Fontein in the Somerset East district, sheep farming and the purchase and disposal of furniture, personal effects and clothing. There is information on members of the Comley family, Samuel Loxton and his wife Sarah (nee Comley), Daniel Penn, Daniel Phillips and JA van Niekerk.

Marriage in England: http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?ti=5538&indiv=try&db=bivri_englandmarriages&h=1286011

Directory of Grahamstown 1843 Page 288 - http://photos.geni.com/p13/2d/6b/c2/af/5344483c619e7fb5/directory_of_grahamstown_1843_page_288_original.jpg - "Comely, W., gardener, New-st."

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William John Comley, SV/PROG's Timeline

November 17, 1793
Berkshire, England
November 24, 1817
Age 24
Oxford, England
November 29, 1818
Age 25
Berkshire, England
May 6, 1821
Age 28
Albany, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Age 30
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 8, 1866
Age 73
June 27, 1870
Age 77
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 18, 1871
Age 77