James Edwards, Snr, SV/PROG

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James Edwards, Snr, SV/PROG

Birthplace: St Giles Cripplegate, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Fort Beaufort, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Cause of death: Riding Accident
Place of Burial: Fort Beaufort, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ann Edwards, SM/PROG
Father of James Edwards; Daniel Edwards; Henry Edwards; William Edwards; William Edwards and 6 others

Occupation: Shoemaker, 1820 Settler, farmer
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About James Edwards, Snr, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

James Edwards 24, Shoemaker, together with his wife Ann Thomas 23, and their son, were part of Sephton's party of 344 people on the Aurora.

Party originated from London.

Departure Gravesend, 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, 1 May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, 15 May 1820

Area allocated to the Party : Assegai Bush River, Salem

Child :

  • Daniel Edwards infant


James Edwards was an 1820 settler. He was a shoemaker by trade. He married Ann Thomas in 1817. Ann had been baptised at the parish Ivechurch in the county of Kent. Their first son died before James and Ann sailed with Sephton's party in 1820 and their second son was born on board the "Aurora" on the way to South Africa. It is not clear where in the Eastern Cape they first settled, but their fifth child was born in Somerset East in 1826 and was the first of their children to live to adulthood. James was killed in a riding accident at age 47.

James Edwards, bachelor, of the hamlet of M.E.O.T. (Mile End Old Town) married Ann Thomas, spinster of the same hamlet, on the 12 February 1817.

James Edwards (signed) Ann Thomas (X) Witnesses: George Field and Sarah Field (X).


Source and acknowledgement: eGGSA library (headstone).


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James Edwards, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

December 12, 1794
London, Middlesex, England
December 12, 1817
Age 23
Mare Street, Hackney, England
April 15, 1820
Age 25
At sea
Age 25
September 24, 1822
Age 27
December 10, 1824
Age 29
December 15, 1826
Age 32
Cradock, Somerset District, South Africa
June 7, 1828
Age 33
Somerset District, Cape, South Africa
July 6, 1831
Age 36
Albany, South Africa