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William John Webster, SV/PROG

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, Greater London, UK
Death: Died in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Webster, SM/PROG
Father of Henry James Webster; William Francis Webster; Mary Ann Webster; Henry Webster; George Robert Webster and 7 others

Occupation: Chief Constable of Grahamstown, Labourer - 1820 Settler, Constable of Grahamstown, Chief Constable of Grahamstown for 30 years
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About William John Webster, SV/PROG


1820 British Settler

William John Webster 21, Labourer together with his wife Elizabeth Gray 20, 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


William John Webster came out in the Nautilus as part of Scott's party. Although some sources show his surname to be Webber, there does not seem to be any further decendants of the Webber in Scotts party. Our family history certainly records WILLIAM coming out on the "Nautilus". In the list of settlers that made up Scott's party, there is not a Webber but William and Elizabeth Webster.

I do not have any knowledge of who the 10 year old child William was. Possibly a child travelling under the care of the Websters.

According to our family history, either William or his son John, became the first "Constable" of Grahamstown.


Transcribed from the book, The Story of the Settlement: Grahamstown As It Was, Grahamstown As It Is, by T. Sheffield, Published by T. and G. Sheffield, Printers and Publishers, High Street, 1884.


List of Settlers of 1820 :

With the Ships by which they came out, the Heads of each “Party” into which they were divided, and the names of each Settler and their Wives, and the Children who Landed with them, with the ages of each in 1820. Copied from the original in the Archives of the Colonial Government.

Per Ship Nautilus - G. Scott's Party :


  • William, 21
  • Elizabeth, 20
  • William child, 10


The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa by Harold Edward HOCKLY, Second edition SEP 1966, Juta & Co. Limited.

Possibly the following person:- WEBSTER, William, 21

Party: SCOTT


Wife: Jane, 21

Family: William Crout, 14 (probably a servant)

Added by Y. DROST


Elizabeth Gray & William Webster in England Marriages, 1538–1973

Marriage: Nov 8 1819 Saint Mary, Newington, Surrey, England

Wife: Elizabeth Gray

Husband: William Webster

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M05563-1 System Origin: England-ODM GS Film number: 307696, 307697, 307698, 307699, 307700, 307701, 307702, 307703

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William John Webster, SV/PROG's Timeline

September 1, 1795
London, Greater London, UK
November 8, 1819
Age 24
Newington, Surrey, England
May 16, 1821
Age 25
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 26
May 10, 1823
Age 27
Grahamstown, Cape Province, South Africa
December 15, 1824
Age 29
Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
June 29, 1826
Age 30
Age 32
October 10, 1830
Age 35
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 10, 1830
Age 35
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa