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George Southey, Snr, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Culmstock, Devon, UK
Death: circa July 1831 (50-58)
Grahamstown, Albany, Cape Colony, South Africa
Place of Burial: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of John Southey and Elizabeth Southey
Husband of Joan Elizabeth Southey, SM/PROG
Partner of Elizabeth Ingram
Father of John Southey; Sophia Stirk, SM; William Southey; Sir Richard Southey, K.C.M.G.; George Southey, Jr. and 6 others
Brother of Samuel Southey

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About George Southey, Snr, SV/PROG

4th great-grandfather of anti-apartheid campaiger and politician Peter Hain The Rt. Hon. Peter Hain, Baron Hain of Neath, PC

1820 British Settlers

George Southey 39, Leader of his Party, together with his wife Joan Baker 39, and 7 children, were members of George Southey's Party of 49 Settlers on the Settler Ship Kennersley Castle.

Party originated from Somerset.

Departed Bristol, 10 January 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town - 29 March 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 29 April 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Bush River - Lower Albany

Children :

  • Sophia Southey 16
  • William Southey 13
  • Richard Southey 11
  • George Southey 9
  • Elizabeth Southey 7
  • Robert Henry Southey 4
  • Canon Southey 1


Extract from the book:

British South Africa

A History of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope from its Conquest 1795 to the Settlement of Albany by the British Emigration of 1819 [A.D. 1795— yJ.Z). 1825]

With notices of some of the British Settlers of 1820

By Colin Turing Campbell.

Southey, George, head of a party from Somersetshire on the Kennersley Castle.

He was a married man, and besides his wife brought four sons, two daughters and two servants. His location was the east corner of Mr. Willson's, along the edge of the plains of Mount Donkin, or the Roundhill, a striking landmark showing where the Zuurberg range gradually sinks into the plain near the coast. A signal station, now disused, was formerly erected there.

Richard, the second son, was, for five years, clerk in the firm of Heugh & Co. He left this situation to join his brothers who purchased the farm on the Kap River, about half way between Graham's Town and the mouth of the Fish River.

They had nearly completed the erection of commodious and extensive farm premises when the war of 1835 broke out. The Kafirs drove off 800 head of their cattle, and waylaid and murdered a young man named John Shaw, a near relative, who had quitted Graham's Town to their assistance. The sons, William, Richard and George, did good service during that war, as members of the Corps of Guides. Richard, as Captain under Mr. William Bowker, as Commandant of the Bathurst Corps of Guides, assisting the military operations by their intimate knowledge of the country and of the Kafir language and character.

It was George Southey who helped to track the chief Hintza, and pursued him through the defiles of the Fish River bush, when Colonel, afterwards Sir Harry, Smith was engaged in his capture, and who, at a critical moment, when that Kafir chief had already thrown his assegai at Colonel Smith, and would certainly have killed him, shot him dead.

After the war, the brothers removed to Graaff Reinet, where they engaged in farming and trade. On his return to the Colony as Governor, Sir Harry Smith remembered Richard Southey, and employed him in various capacities, of which an account is given in a previous part of this volume, v. p. William Southey, the elder brother, acquired influence among the Boers of the Graaff Reinet district, and was returned as a member of the Legislative Council in 185S, and after the dissolution of both Houses was re-elected in 1859, but declared disqualified.

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George Southey, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

December 5, 1776
Culmstock, Devon, UK
January 12, 1778
Age 1
Devon, England, United Kingdom
November 23, 1801
Age 24
Devon, UK
August 9, 1804
Age 27
Culmstock, Devonshire, England
September 6, 1806
Age 29
Devon, England, United Kingdom
April 25, 1808
Age 31
Culmstock, Devonshire, England
March 11, 1810
Age 33
Culmstock, Devon, England
February 8, 1812
Age 35
Culmstock, Devon, England, United Kingdom
December 20, 1814
Age 38
Culmstock, Devon, England