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1820 Settlers - Owen's Party

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  • Edwin Ellard Whiley (1817 - 1892)
    1820 British Settler Edwin Ellard Whiley 2, together with his parents and 6 siblings, were members of Owen's Party of 52 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus . Party originated from London. Depa...
  • George Agustus Kolbe, Snr, SV/PROG (1802 - 1844)
    1820 British Settler George Agustus Kolbe 20, together with his wife Margaret Georgina Downing 19, were members of Owen's Party of 52 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus . Party originated from L...
  • Thomas Owen, Jr. (1814 - d.)
    1820 British Settler Thomas Owen 6, together with his parents, were members of Owen's Party of 52 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus . His father, Thomas, was Leader of this Party of Settlers. P...
  • Elizabeth Owen, SM/PROG (1785 - d.)
    1820 British Settler Elizabeth Spencer 35, together with her husband Thomas Owen 38, and their son, were members of Owen's Party of 52 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus . Thomas was Leader of thi...
  • Thomas Owen, Snr, SV/PROG (1782 - d.)
    1820 British Settler Thomas Owen 38, together with his wife Elizabeth Spencer 35, and their son, were members of Owen's Party of 52 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus . He was Leader of this Party...

Owen's Party

Main References - The Settler Handbook by MD Nash and 1820 Settlers.com

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Party Details

  • Leader Thomas Owen
  • Number 52
  • Area Party originated from London
  • Area Allocated to the Party "Spanish Reeds" between the Wellington and Kap rivers
  • 1820 Settler Ship

Nautilus

  • Dates
  • Departure London, 3 December 1819
  • Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 17 March 1820
  • Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 14 April 1820

(Other parties on this voyage - Crause, Mandy, Rowles, Scott)

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"No 3 on the Colonial Department list, led by Thomas Owen of 9 Carey Street, Horseferry Road, Westminster, London. Little informa­ tion has been traced about this party; most of its correspondence with the Colonial Depart­ment was conducted by the Rev J Owen of Fulham, Thomas Owen's father. It was a joint­ stock party and probably recruited in London.

Deposits were paid for 11 men and the party sailed from Gravesend on 3 December 1819 in the Nautilus regular transport, arriving in Table Bay on 17 March 1820 and in Algoa Bay on 14 April. By an odd coincidence, the cap­tains of the first two settler transports to reach the Cape both chose brides from among their passengers, Captain Walton of the Nautilus marrying Thomas Pullen's eldest daughter Dorothy, and Captain Milbank of the Chap­man marrying William Reed's elder daughter Eliza.

The party was located near the Kap River and called its location Spanish Reed Place. Thomas Owen (Special Commissioner Hay­ward called him 'this querulous man') refused to draw rations for his people, and his brother W S Owen was appointed director in his place. Thomas Owen left the location early in 1821 and the party dispersed soon afterwards".

Members of Owen's Party

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  • James Brown 22. Bricklayer.
  • Henry Church 25. Ropemaker. Wife. Elizabeth 21.
  • William Cole 22. Goldsmith.
  • Ann Dyke 36 (with the family of Thomas Pullen).


Child

Children :

Children

  • Francis Stanley 42. Edged-tool maker. Wife. Mary Ann 41.

Children

  • Mary Ann Stanley 15,
  • Francis Stanley 13,
  • Joseph Stanley 11,
  • Nathaniel Stanley 9,
  • John Stanley 2.
  • William Stanley 20. Edged-tool maker.
  • Allan William Wall 47. Farmer. Wife. Mary 36.

Child

  • John Wall 13.

Children

Main source for party list

List of settlers under the direction of Thomas Owen (Cape Archives CO 6137/ 1,4); Special Commissioner William Hayward's notes (Cape Archives CO 8543); Memorial of independent settlers aboard the Nautilus (Cape Archives CO 3917). No Agent of Transports' Return has been traced for the Nautilus, showing the state of the parties as they arrived at the Cape, but mention has been found in colonial records of all the men in the London list except William Cole. His name does not appear in the Nautilus memorial or in Special Commissioner Hayward's list of Owen's party, and it is possible that he did not sail.

The 1820 Settler Correspondence - Thomas Owen

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