Christopher Thornhill Thornhill, Snr, SV/PROG

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Christopher Thornhill Thornhill (Camm), Snr, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Christopher Thornhill Camm"
Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Sutherland, County Durham, England
Death: October 3, 1848 (84)
Bristol, City of Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Camm and Unknown Camm
Husband of Dorothea Thornhill, SM/PROG and Sarah Camm
Father of John Mounsey Thornhill, Esq.; Anna Margaret Gilfillan; Mary Frances Cook and Christopher Mounsey Thornhill, Jnr
Brother of Peter Camm and Maria Camm

Occupation: Merchant
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About Christopher Thornhill Thornhill, Snr, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Christopher Thornhill 37, Merchant and Party Leader, together with his wife Dorothea Mounsey 37 and 4 children, were members of Thornhill's' Party of 35 Settlers on the Settler Ship Zoroaster.

See 1820 Settler Correspondence :

Party originated from Middlesex.

Departure London, 12 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 30 April 1820 (Final Port).

Area Allocated to the Party : between the Kowie and Rufane Rivers - the location being called Thornhill.

Children :

  • John Thornhill 15
  • Anna Thornhill 13
  • Mary Thornhill 10
  • Christopher MounseyThornhill 8



Christopher Thornhill was born Christopher Thornhill CAMM and changed his name by deed poll in 1802 in order to inherit his cousin John THORNHILL's estate. Christopher was never made a Sir - this is a myth which has been perpetuated. He also inherited a family coat of arms, but that would have been his coast of arms only - it could not be inherited by any descendants.

(See 'Discussions')


NG Express

THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PORT ELIZABETH APPLE EXPRESS Postnet Suite 124, Private Bag 13130, Humewood, Port Elizabeth

October 2006

WHAT’S IN A NAME - THORNHILL Thornhill village, our day trip terminus has quite an interesting history. Here is an extract from the book ‘Governor’s Travels’ written by Bartle Logie. Christopher Thornhill Camm was working on a sugar estate in Antigua when he heard, in 1802, that he had inherited a property known as Thornhill in Bishops Wearmouth, near Sunderland, County Durham. It was stipulated that to inherit it he would have to change his surname to Thornhill. After having obtained permission for the change of name, he took possession of the property on 29 October 1802. An investment in a glass factory that went bankrupt forced Christopher Thornhill, as he was now known, to sell the property in 1816. He and his family moved to London. He became interested in the scheme to bring British settlers to the Cape and eventually led a party that was granted land between the Kowie and Rufane rivers at what is today Port Alfred. This piece of land he also named Thornhill.

Christopher Thornhill’s son, John Thornhill, developed several business interests in Port Elizabeth after 1835. He bought property to the west of the Van Stadens and in the family tradition, named it Thornhill. It is believed that the homestead on this farm was situated where the railway cottages stand today.


He died in Bristol, not South Africa. His death was reported in many newspapers. "Christopher Thornhill Thornhill Esq. late of the Cape of Good Hope died at Bristol 3 October 1848 in his 85th year." This also gives him an earlier birthdate of 1764. St Paul's Church Portland square, Bristol may be the place where he is buried.

Tricia Hilder


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Christopher Thornhill Thornhill, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

Sutherland, County Durham, England
January 2, 1805
Age 41
North Bishopwearmouth, Durham, England
July 1, 1807
Age 43
Sunderland, Durham, England
July 14, 1809
Age 45
near Sunderland, England
February 14, 1812
Age 48
Durham, England
October 3, 1848
Age 84
Bristol, City of Bristol, England, United Kingdom
October 7, 1848
Age 84
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England