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Benjamin Patrick, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England
Death: October 4, 1854 (76)
His residence, Beaufort Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Patrick and Mary Whitnall, SM/PROG
Father of Ann Patrick, b1; Martha Wedderburn, b2; Joel Job Patrick, b3; Sarah Jane Barnes, b4; Samuel Patrick, b5 and 7 others

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About Benjamin Patrick, SV/PROG

SAG Volume 7 Page 334

Benjamin Patrick Born Ireland c. 1777 arrived at Algoa Bay 15.5.1820 British Settler, with his wife and 4 children in Sephton's Party from peterborough Leicester, England onm board the Aurora, settled at Salem on the south bank of the Assegai Bisch River as a farmer and general dealer and chapman, moved beginning 1840 to Grahamstown where he became transport rider to and from Port Elizabeth, a license to run a retail shop was granted to him in 1849. Died 4.10.1854 (76.-). Married 1 in England Mary Alcock born c. 1780 Died c 1820/21 (40.-). Married 2. Grahamstown 4.2.1822 Mary Whittall wid. of William Menzies of Dover, Kent, England Died 13.9 1855 (60.-)


eGGSA list of 1820 British Settlers

PATRICK Benjamin 42 Farmer Aurora Sephton

  • PATRICK Martha 13 child of Benjamin PATRICK Aurora Sephton
  • PATRICK Job 10 child of Benjamin PATRICK Aurora Sephton
  • PATRICK Sarah 8 child of Benjamin PATRICK Aurora Sephton
  • PATRICK Samuel 6 child of Benjamin PATRICK Aurora Sephton - have some references regarding land transactions.

eGGSA 1820 Settler Correspondence have a wife Mary mentioned also a child "Ann 16?" who did not sail to South Africa. In this list Mary is marked as having sailed.

Benjamin PATRICK 42 Husbandry

  • Mary PATRICK Wife 40
  • Ann 16?
  • Mary PATRICK Wife 40
  • Martha 13
  • Joab 10
  • Sarah 8
  • Samuel 6


  • VOLUME_NO 6/9/74
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  • REFERENCE 3713
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~~~~~~ have Benjamin's wife as Mary Woodcock, not Mary Alcock. a Child was baptised in 1802 - Joyce Sarah Patrick St. Martin's Leicester.

Those baptisms found for some of the children that accompanied Benjamin Patrick to South Africa were Wesleyan - suggesting this was not his marriage.

"England, Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 03 Mar 2013), Benjamin Patrick and Mary Woodcock, 01 Aug 1801.

Family Search Marriage "England, Marriages, 1538–1973 "

name: Benjamin Patrick

  • spouse's name: Mary Woodcock
  • event date: 01 Aug 1801
  • event place: Saint Margaret, Leicester, Leicester, England
  • indexing project (batch) number: M03461-1
  • system origin: England-ODM
  • gs film number: 596718

Citing this Record

"England, Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 03 Mar 2013), Benjamin Patrick and Mary Woodcock, 01 Aug 1801.


Response from

The info that I have originally came from a Sharon Marshall from Cape Town - email <> and it looks like she used family search for her references. I haven't heard from Sharon for a good few years now, so I hope her email address is still the same.

I have also had info from a Wendy Barnes, but her info had Benjamin's spouse as not known, so that doesn't help.

M D Nash in her 'The Settlers Handbook' lists Benjamin without a wife, but four of his children - Martha, Job, Sarah and Samuel, as part of Sephton's party. I also have a note that Benjamin Patrick married a Mary Witnall in 1822 in Grahamstown.

Sarah Jane married James Whittaker Barnes, and one of their daughters was named Arabella Woodcock Barnes, which is also an indication of that surname being in the family or closely related or friendly with.

Question is, when did Mary Woodcock die and where. Must have been in the UK before 1820 and after 1813 when Samuel is born, and most likely in Leicestershire.


Paul Tanner-Tremaine.

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Benjamin Patrick, SV/PROG's Timeline

Northamptonshire, England
Age 23
April 27, 1806
Age 28
Leicestershire, England
Age 31
Leicestershire, England
April 24, 1811
Age 33
Cambridgeshire, England
Age 35
March 20, 1823
Age 45
Cape, South Africa
June 3, 1824
Age 46
Cape, South Africa