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South Africa - Emigration of Single Women

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  • Wilhelmina de Wit, SM/PROG (c.1670 - 1727)
    Reference no.: MOOC8/5.4 Testator(s): Wilhelmina de Wit 9 Junij 1727 Inventaris van alle sodanige goederen, als er sijn naargelaten en met 'er dood ontruijmt door Wilhelmina de Wit huijsvrouw van den b...
  • Ariaantje Jacobs, SM/PROG (c.1673 - c.1728)
    a1 Gerrit Janse van Deventer van Veldcamp. Burger Stellenbosch. getroud: 29 Oct 1688 Ariaantje Jacobs , weesmeisie, van Rotterdam. The South African variegate porphyria PPOX R59W could be traced back t...
  • Catharina Ustings, SM/PROG (c.1642 - 1709)
    USTINGS CATHARINA. –Lübeck. Arr. 1662 as widow in the ship t’ Hoff van Zeeland. (Spoelstra, I, p. 24.) Remarried (1) Hans Ras (q.v.); XX (2) 16.4.1672 Francois Schanffelaar o...

Early Women Immigrants to South Africa who came alone

It is emphasised that although most of the woman listed became SM/Matriarchs/Progenitors of families in South Africa they came alone and married in South Africa.

  • Initially the main source used is incorporated in the German Personalia by Dr Hoge under the 4th heading Women Immigrants. Please use other available sources that you know of and list them in the Resources below.

This project is devoted to the women who settled in South Africa, arriving on their own as single women, widows or following there husbands. Please only add the profiles of these female immigrants - not their families or husbands.


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Background

In the early years of the Cape of Good Hope there were not enough woman to marry so many female orphans weesmeisies, were brought in.

... thereas in a Resolution of the Council of Seventeen dated 3rd October 1685 it is already laid down that the Cape Station should be provided with persons who understand agriculture and the soil, both men and women, with a view to establishing in due course an important Colony and place of refreshment for the use of the Company and to the benefit of the inhabitants; we now therefore have favoured the eight young women with a passage to the Cape of Good Hope on the ship China (which is a large vessel), proceeding from this Chamber, and they arc to remain at the Cape for the above purpose under a five year contract, in accordance with the Resolution of the latest meeting of the Council, whereas prior to this date it was a contract for 5 years, and subject to the Regulations drawn up and laid down for Free Burghers. The names are:

  • Ariaentgen Jansz van Son
  • Willemtgen Arijens de Wit
  • Arijaentgen Jacobs van den Berg
  • Judith Jansz verbeccq
  • PetroneIle Cornelis van Capelle
  • Jongetgen Cornelis van den bout
  • Catharina Jane van der Zee
  • Eltrap van Klecf

departed in December 1687 on the ship 'China' for the Cape. By October 1688 six of them had already married and the last of the eight was married on 8 May 1689. The orphan girls were in fact so few that they resulted in no noticeable improvement in the shortage of marriageable women in the Cape settlement

The Single Irish Women - Kennaway Girls

A list of unmarried women (surname, first names, place of origin and age) who arrived in East London, South Africa on 20 November 1857 on-board the Lady Kennaway.

  • Anderson, Sarah. Armagh. 20
  • Armstrong, Eliza. Dublin. 30
  • Barrett, Maura. Dublin. 19
  • Barry, Bridget. Meath. 20
  • Blakeney, Deborah. Dublin. 18
  • Blakeney, Mary Ann. Dublin. 21
  • Blykes, Mary. Armagh. 23
  • Borbidge, Ann. Dublin. 18
  • Boulger, Jane. Dublin. 28
  • Bradley, Susan. Donegal. 24
  • Bradner, Margaret. Dublin. 28
  • Branagan, Eliza. Dublin. 22
  • Breen, Margaret. Dublin. 18
  • Bright, Margaret. Kildare. 24
  • Brophy, Catherine. Tipperary. 20
  • Bullin, Ellen. Cork. 18
  • Burke, Bridget. Dublin. 25
  • Byrne, Ann. Dublin. 23
  • Byrne, Catherine. Kilkenny. 20
  • Byrne, Johanna. Dublin. 19
  • Campbell, Mary. Armagh. 19
  • Caughlin, Margaret. Armagh. 19
  • Chapman, Harriett. Cork. 20
  • Clark, Jane. Dublin. 25
  • Clarke, Anne. Donegal. 26
  • Clarken, Ellen. Fermanagh. 18
  • Collins, Mary. Dublin. 20
  • Collis, Kate. Dublin. 32
  • Connor, Catherine. Clonmel. 18
  • Corcoran, Jane. Dublin. 18
  • Corrin, Susan. Dublin. 21
  • Cox, Catherine. Fermanagh. 21
  • Caffrey, Eliza. Kildare. 19
  • Cullen, Jane. Dublin. 23
  • Cummins, Bridget. Kildare. 19
  • Curry, Margaret. Dublin. 18
  • Dalton, Mary. Dublin. 21
  • Daniel, Margaret. Clonmel. 20
  • Day, Mary. Dublin. 23
  • Demsey, Sarah. Dublin. 17
  • Donaldson, Jane. Monaghan. 20
  • Donaldson, Prudence. Monaghan. 19
  • Donohue, Margaret. Clonmel. 28
  • Dool, Jemima. Derry. 19
  • Doran, Bridget. Clonmel. 18
  • Doyle, Margaret. Dublin. 24
  • Doyle, Maria. Dublin. 26
  • Doyle, Mary. Dublin. 21
  • Dunn, Eleanor. Dublin. 24
  • Finlay, Maria. Dublin. 18
  • Fitzroy, Johanna. Dublin. 23
  • Flanagan, Anne. Tipperary. 20
  • Flanagan, Mary. Tipperary. 18
  • Flora, Bridget. Dublin. 25
  • Fulham, Harriet. Dublin. 19
  • Gaffney, Jane. Meath. 20
  • Gallagher, Catherine. Tyrone. 21
  • Gallagher, Margaret. Dublin. 24
  • Garry, Anne. Meath. 21
  • Glascott, Judy. Clonmel. 18
  • Cogen, Mary. Dublin. 30
  • Goodwin, Ellen. Dublin. 20
  • Grace, Kate. Dublin. 21
  • Graham, Ellen. Dublin. 25
  • Hall, Maria. Dublin. 20
  • Hanrahan, Catherine. Kilkenny. 23
  • HaNrahan, Johanna. Kilkenny. 21
  • Hefferty, Mary. Donegal. 21
  • Henderson, Jane. Derry. 27
  • Henry, Selina. Dublin. 23
  • Hinds, Sarah. Armagh. 23
  • Hughes, Charlotte. Dublin. 19
  • Hunter, Mary. Antrim. 23
  • Hyland, Honor. Clonmel. 18
  • Jones, Mary. Dublin. 30
  • Kane, Matilda. Tyrone. 18
  • Keane, Esther. Dublin. 25
  • Keating, Mary. Kilkenny. 25
  • Keegan, Susan. Dublin. 20
  • Kehse, Mary. Dublin. 20
  • Kelly, Charlotte. Dublin. 19
  • Kerr, Rose. Armagh. 31
  • Lacy, Elizabeth. Dublin. 18
  • Lavenny, Judy. Galway. 19
  • Lawrence, Jane. Cork. 20
  • Lee, Catherine. Dublin. 20
  • Lee, Nora. Dublin. 20
  • Leekey, Elizabeth. Antrim. 21
  • Lodge, Dora. Dublin. 27
  • Maher, Anne. Kildare. 20
  • Mann, Mary. Clare. 21
  • Mannsell, Anna. Tipperary. 18
  • Mannsett, Mary. Dublin. 21
  • McAlendon, Anne. Dublin. 19
  • McAlister, Margaret. Armagh. 20
  • McBride, Jane. Fermanagh. 27
  • McCafferty, Bridget. Donegal. 22
  • McCafferty, Margaret. Donegal. 20
  • McDonnell, Mary. Donegal. 27
  • McEvitt, Isabella. Dublin. 19
  • McGuigan, Jane. Tyrone. 18
  • McGuire, Johanna. Dublin. 18
  • McIleen, Margaret. Dublin. 17
  • McItee, Ann. Dublin. 19
  • McNamara, Fanny. Dublin. 18
  • McNamara, Isabella. Armagh. 31
  • Merrigan, Anne. Dublin. 22
  • Merrigan, Eliza. Dublin. 20
  • Milton, Anne. Wicklow. 24
  • Moore, Mary. Dublin. 18
  • Mullin, Olivia. Dublin. 26
  • Murphy, Anne. Dublin. 23
  • Murphy, Bridget. Limerick. 19
  • Murphy, Mary. Limerick. 26
  • Myles, Isabella. Donegal. 21
  • Neale, Honor. Kilkenny. 27
  • Neary, Mary. Kilkenny. 30
  • Neill, Margaret. Tipperary. 19
  • Norton, Anne. Dublin. 23
  • Norton, Ellen. Dublin. 25
  • O’Neal, Catherine. Kildare. 26
  • O’Neill, Anne. Dublin. 26
  • Phillips, Mary. Antrim. 26
  • Power, Susan. Dublin. 27
  • Purss, Harriet. Middlesex. 15
  • Read, Jane. Dublin. 18
  • Robinson, Sarah. Dublin. 19
  • Ryan, Judith. Tipperary. 18
  • Schulle, Fredericka. Middlesex. 29
  • Shea, Mary. Clonmel. 18
  • Sheeran, Mary. Fermanagh. 18
  • Singleton, Eliza. Dublin. 21
  • Slavin, Sarah. Fermanagh. 20
  • Smith, Mary. Dublin. 18
  • Sullivan, Margaret. Dublin. 26
  • Tago (or Tays / Teys), Catherine. Donegal. 24
  • Talbot, Anne. Dublin. 28
  • Taylor, Elizabeth. Armagh. 21
  • Tobin, Mary. Clonmel. 18
  • Toole, Mary. Dublin. 28
  • Walsh, Elizabeth. Kilkenny. 23
  • Warren, Mary. Dublin. 18
  • Waters, Maria. Dublin. 19
  • Weir, Ellen. Antrim. 19
  • Weir, Mary. Antrim. 24
  • Welch, Sarah. Clonmel. 24
  • Whelan, Anne. Dublin. 27
  • White, Margaret. Clonmel. 18
  • White, Mary. Kildare. 21
  • White, Mary. Donegal. 20
  • Winstan, Maria. Cork. 20

Various Sources

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Sex: F Age: Adult Marital status: Single Occupation: Widow and 2 Children Surety details: J. Henderson, PMB Nomination or Registered number: 285/82/A Port of arrival: Durban Arrived 10 Dec 1882 aboard the S.S. Grantully Castile Source: NAB Pietermaritzburg Archives, Land and Immigration Board, Natal, Register of Immigrants Arrived, Vol 66b, page pp. 376 - 378

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Resources

Servants and gentlewomen to the golden land : the emigration of single women from Britain to Southern Africa, 1820-1939

Author: Cecillie Swaisland Publisher: Pietermartizburg, South Africa : University of Natal Press, ©1993

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