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1820 Settlers - Hyman's Party

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  • William Neate, SV/PROG (c.1794 - 1836)
    1820 British Settler William Neat 22, Labourer, together with his wife Susan 23, and daughter, were members of Hyman's party of 42 Settlers on the Weymouth . Party originated from Wiltshire. Depa...
  • Elizabeth Hyman (1794 - d.)
    1820 British Settler Elizabeth NN 26, together with her husband Charles Hyman 21, Labourer, were part of Hyman's party of 42 Settlers on the Weymouth . Party originated from Wiltshire. Departure ...
  • Charles Hyman (1799 - d.)
    1820 British Settler Charles Hyman 21, Labourer and Leader of this Party, together with his wife Elizabeth NN 26, were part of Hyman's party of 42 Settlers on the Weymouth . Party originated from W...
  • John William Hyman, SV/PROG (1803 - 1855)
    1820 British Settler John William Hyman 19, together with his brother Charles who was Leader of this Party, were members of Hyman's party of 42 Settlers on the Weymouth . Party originated from Wilt...
  • William Farley (1815 - 1906)
    1820 British Settler William Farley 5, together with his parents and 3 siblings, were part of Hyman's party of 42 Settlers on the Weymouth . Party originated from Wiltshire. Departure 7 January 1...

Hyman's Party

Main reference The Settler Handbook by MD Nash

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Party Details

  • Leader Charles Hyman
  • Number 42
  • Area Party originated from Wiltshire
  • Area Allocated to the Party Lynedoch river
  • 1820 Settler Ship

Weymouth

  • Dates
  • Departure 7 January 1820
  • Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 16 April 1820
  • Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820

(Other parties on this voyage Biggar, Bowker, Duncan Campbell , Cock, Ford, Gurney, James, Menezes, Osler, Parkin)

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"No. 30 on the Colonial Department list, led by Charles Hyman, a labourer of Short Street, Westbury, Wiltshire. This was a joint-stock party made up of labouring men and their families from an area that was hard hit by unemployment and excited by the prospects of emigration. Hyman described to the Colonial Department the basis on which his party was formed: 'The eleven men are persons of an irreproachable character, each having some small property and being unwilling to be in actual servitude have unanimously chosen me their Representative - if we are allowed to proceed to the Cape tho', I will not boast of any superior Degree of Wisdom to some of the others (who are my Elders) yet going in this Brotherly way I make no doubt by our joint exertions we shall be able to surmount those difficulties which will naturally be in the way'.

Hyman assured the authorities that he had no selfish motive in assuming the direction of the party, other than 'to become settled on a piece of land I can call my own and Every Person going under my direction will enjoy everything equal with myself.' The parish authorities vouched for his good character, but there is no evidence that they contributed directly to his party's expenses.

Of the names on Hyman's first list, only Hyman himself, his wife and John Wheeler appeared in the final sailing list. Hyman's party, and that of Samuel James, absorbed the remainder of several other local parties that had formed and then disintegrated. Debnam, King, Neat and Weakly who joined Hyman's party were originally listed as members of a group led by Joseph Purnell of Frome in the neighbouring county of Somerset; Daniel Farley was first enrolled with a group from Beckington under the direction of Peter Pinnock.

Deposits were paid for 11 men who sailed from Portsmouth in HM Store Ship Weymouth on 7 January 1820, arriving in Table Bay on 26 April. Benjamin Trollip obtained employment in Cape Town, where he remained. A son of Daniel Farley was born and died at sea. The Weymouth reached Algoa Bay on 15 May, and the party was located on the right bank of the Lynedoch River, naming its location Standerwick. The three Wiltshire joint-stock parties under Hyman, Ford and James were exceptional among the settlers in remaining virtually intact under their original leaders for the first three years of the settlement; Hyman ascribed this to their 'having encouraged and cultivated a spirit of unamity (sic) amongst each other'".

Members of Hyman's Party

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Edward Adams 21. Mason.

Isaac Debnam, 38. Weaver.

Wife Mary George 39.

Children

Daniel Farley 28, Labourer and naval pensioner.

Wife Elizabeth Farley 29.

Children :

Charles Hyman, 21. Labourer.

Wife Elizabeth Hobbs 26.

John William Hyman, 16 (brother of Charles Hyman).

John King, 23. Labourer and naval pensioner.

Wife Eleanor 24.

Children

William Neat 22. Labourer.

Wife Susan 23.

Child

  • Jane Neat

Joseph Trollip 45. Labourer.

Wife Susan/Susanna Crouch 39.

Children

Wife Patience Everly 22.

Child :

Wife Elizabeth Trollip 20.

Wife Mary Weller 20.

Joseph Weakley 27. Gardener.

Wife Emma Kinton 26.

Children

Main sources for party list

Return of settlers under the direction of Charles Hyman (Cape Archives CO 6138/1,87); Muster-roll and Log of HM Store Ship Weymouth (Public Record Office, London); Special Commissioner William Hayward's notes (Cape Archives CO 8542).

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