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1820 Settlers - Liversage's Party

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  • John Venables (1804 - 1846)
    1820 BRITISH SETTLER John Venables 16, together with his parents and 4 siblings, were members of Liversage's Party of 48 Settlers on the John . Party originated from Staffordshire, England. Depar...
  • Mary Brookes Harraden (1812 - 1847)
    1820 BRITISH SETTLER Mary Mountfort 7, together with her parents and 2 siblings, were members of Liversage's Party of 48 Settlers on the John . Party originated from Staffordshire, England. Depar...
  • Thomas Brookes Mountfort (1811 - d.)
    1820 BRITISH SETTLER Thomas Mountfort 8, together with his parents and 2 siblings, were members of Liversage's Party of 48 Settlers on the John . Party originated from Staffordshire, England. Dep...
  • Ann Mary Mountfort, SM/PROG (1789 - 1862)
    1820 BRITISH SETTLER Ann Mary Brookes 31, together with her husband William Mountfort 33, Baker, and 3 children, were members of Liversage's Party of 48 Settlers on the John . Party originated from...
  • William Mountfort, Snr, SV/PROG (1785 - 1869)
    1820 BRITISH SETTLER William Mountfort 33, Baker, together with his wife Ann Mary Brookes 31 and 3 children, were members of Liversage's Party of 48 Settlers on the John . Party originated from Sta...

Liversage's Party

Main reference The Settler Handbook by MD Nash

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Party Details

  • Leader Samuel Liversage
  • Number 48
  • Area Party originated from Staffordshire
  • Area Allocated to the Party Wilmot Vale on the Blaauwkrantz River

1820 Settler Ship John

  • Dates
  • Departure Liverpool, 13 January 1820
  • Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 19 April 1820
  • Final Port Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, May 1820

(Other parties on this voyage - Hayhurst, Mouncey, Stanley, Wainwright.)

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"No. 53 on the Colonial Department list, led by Samuel Liversage, a farmer of Burslem in Staffordshire. This was a joint-stock party whose members were artisans and labourers from the parish of Burslem. The Colonial Department was approached on their behalf by the Member of Parliament for Newcastle, WS Kinnersley, who recommended them as 'very likely to be desirable colonists'. Kinnersley confirmed that they had the requisite amount of money for their deposits and for 'tools and such necessaries as they are likely to want'. (It is not known whether any contribution was made by the parish.)

The party included a high proportion of young children; the only single man, James Bell, was engaged as a servant by Daniel Venables in Liverpool, to replace a man who deserted shortly before the transport sailed. Joseph Scott and Abraham Robinson were both widowers with children. Thomas Manley and his wife were entered in the original party list with seven children under the age of 14, but in the event emigrated with only three. Liversage gave a succinct explanation for this reduction in the number of Manley's family: 'Some are ded and is frends take the other'.

Deposits were paid for 11 men and the party sailed from Liverpool in the John on 13 February 1820. All three of William Ford's children died at sea. The John reached Table Bay on 19 April and Algoa Bay during May. The party ws located east of Grahamstown on the Blaauwkrantz River, and the location was named Wilmot Vale".

Members of Liversage's Party

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James Bell (servant to Daniel Venables).

Charles Breezke 33. Clockmaker.

Wife Elizabeth 38.


  • Richard Bell

William Ford 30. Farmer.

Wife Hannah Robinson 27.


Richard Forrester 31, Wheelwright.

Wife Mary Pitt 30

Children :

Samuel Liversage 30, Farmer.

Wife Ann Liversedge 35.


Thomas Manley 35. Farmer.

Wife Margaret Robinson 30.


William Mountfort 33, Baker.

Wife Ann Mary Brookes 31.

Children :

Thomas Payne 32. Bricklayer.

Wife Sarah 33.


  • Thomas 10,
  • William 8,
  • James 6,
  • John 2.

Abraham Robinson 25. Farmer.


  • Joseph 5,
  • Ann 3.

Joseph Scott or Scoot 35. Miller.


  • Mary Scott 7,
  • Thomas Scott 6.

Daniel Venables 40, Bricklayer.

Wife Jane Hunt 37.

Children :

Main sources for party list

Return of settlers under the direction of Samuel Liversage (Cape Archives CO 6138/2,47); List of heads of families in Liversage's party (Cape Archives CO 158); Special Commissioner William Hayward's notes (Cape Archives CO 8543). No Agent of Transports' Return has been traced for the John, showing the state of the parties as they arrived at the Cape, but the presence in Albany of all 11 men of Liversage's party has been confirmed in colonial records.

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