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Alexander Forbes, SV/PROG

Birthplace: Longford, Leinster, Ireland
Death: Died in Waaiplaats, Trappes Valley, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Forbes and Jane Forbes
Husband of Elizabeth Forbes, SM/PROG and Jane Thomas, SM
Father of John Forbes; Maria Holder; Jane Dean; Anne Scott; Catherine Francis and 2 others
Brother of Edward Forbes, SV/PROG 1

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About Alexander Forbes, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


Alexander Forbes 27, a Boot and Shoemaker, was a member of Parker's Party of Settlers on theEast Indian.

Party originated from Cork, Ireland.

Departure Cork, Ireland 12 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 1 May 1820. Final Port Saldhana Bay.


Alexander FORBES Death notice: MOOC 6/9/10 ref 2180, dated 1837 (National Archives, Cape Town) Name of deceased: Alexander FORBES Birthplace: Ireland Parents names: Alexander and Jane FORBES Age of deceased: about 41 years Occupation: shoemaker Marital status: married to Jane FORBES Date of death: 24 December 1834, at at his farm Waayplaatz, murdered by the kafirs Names of children: Maria, born May 1827 Jane, born June 1828 Anne, born August 1830 Catherine, born April 1831 Henry, born June 1833 Alexander, born June 1835 His surviving spouse, Jane signed with a cross The death notice was filed on 02 June 1837


Alexander Forbes was born in 1793 at Longford, Ireland

• He worked as a Boot and shoemaker in in 1818 in Longford, Ireland.

• 1819: Joined William Scanlan's group from Co.Longford, Ireland..

• Feb 1820: Embarked with William Parker's party on board the transport East Indian at Cork, Ireland. Sailed on 12/2/1820.

• 30/4/1820: Arrived at Simons Bay, Cape Colony. Departed for Saldanha Bay on 16/5/1820.

• May 1820: Disembarked from East Indian at Saldanha Bay, Cape Colony. Allotted land at Clanwilliam.

• Nov 1820: Transferred from Clanwilliam to Kaprivier, Albany, Cape Colony.

• 7/11/1822: Raided by Xhosa tribesmen near Waaiplaats, Albany, Cape Colony. An attempt was made by armed Xhosas to take Alexander Forbes's cattle.

• Dec 1834: Lived at Forbes' River, Waaiplaats, Albany, Cape Colony. Still making shoes

• 24 Dec 1834: Killed at Waaiplaats by Xhosa tribesmen stealing his cattle. He was survived by his then pregnant wife Jane Thomas and his 5 children Maria, Jane, Annie, Catherine and and their young son Henry a babe in arms who was spared only because of his wearing a dress and having the appearance of a girl.

See notes at

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," images, FamilySearch (,44975802,49887301,49891401 : accessed 10 Aug 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Bathurst, St John the Evangelist > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1829-1849 > image 68 of 108; citing William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.



Alexander Forbes 1791-1834.

A bachelor farmer from Longford, Ireland, he sailed as a member of William Scanlan's Free Party of Settlers, being located first at Clanwilliam and then being moved to Albany on 30th Sept 1820. His particular allotment of land at what became known as Longford was the second allotment made by Scanlan and was then always referred to as No.2. Later it was to be called Forbes' River. He was to marry Jane Thomas at Grahamstown on 7th Sept. 1826. John Armstrong was a witness.

In addition to cattle farming, AF also practised shoemaking. At the outbreak of hostillities on 21st Dec 1834, he was returning to his homestead after visiting with Humphrey Thomas when he encountered a raiding party of Xhosa warriors. Two of them murdered AF and drove off over 120 cattle. His wife Jane and their six children were allowed to leave the homestead. Their daughter, Jane Forbes married William Isted on 5th Oct 1843 at Grahamstown. Her mother had re-married to Francis Elliot Simes on 22nd April 1839.

The estate of AF, Lot No.2 of 422 morgen was posthumously surveyed for him in terms of the Board of Commissioners award as published in the Graham's Town Journal 27th Mar 1845.

Information given above is drawn mainly from the Lower Albany Chronicles.


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Alexander Forbes, SV/PROG's Timeline

Longford, Leinster, Ireland
Age 25
May 5, 1827
Age 35
Albany, Waaiplaats, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 16, 1828
Age 36
Albany District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 10, 1829
Age 37
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 24, 1831
Age 39
June 9, 1833
Age 41
December 24, 1834
Age 42
Waaiplaats, Trappes Valley, Eastern Cape, South Africa