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Jane Janet Sweetnam (Barton), SM/PROG

Also Known As: "Janet"
Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Wartling, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 19, 1869 (89)
Post Retief, Fort Beaufort, South Africa
Place of Burial: Fort Beaufort, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Barton and Mary Barton
Wife of Thomas Sweetnam, Snr, SV/PROG 3
Mother of Mary Barton Hayward; James Barton Sweetnam; Hannah Wall; Ruth Talbot; Richard Weymouth Sweetnam and 4 others
Sister of Sarah Barton; Joseph Barton; Samuel Barton; Mary Barton; John Barton and 1 other

Occupation: 1820 settler
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About Jane Janet Sweetnam, SM/PROG

1820 British Settler

Jane Barton 39, together with her husband Thomas Sweetnam 46, wheelwright, and their 3 children, were members of William Menezes' Party of 51 Settlers on the Weymouth.

Party originated from Kent.

Departed London, 7 January 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 16 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Reitfontein then Kareiga River

Children :

  • James Sweetnam 7
  • Hannah Sweetnam 5
  • Ruth Sweetnam 3


Jane died of face cancer. She had a small mole below the eye, and her brass-rimmed spectacles rested on it and eventually caused it to swell. Cousin Hannah thought the old woman from a neighbor's who used to come daily to attend her may have taken, or perhaps Grandmother gave her, whatever was useful in the "Chest"


Thomas was very prosperous in South Africa and took over leadership of the party upon the death of William Menzes.

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Jane Janet Sweetnam, SM/PROG's Timeline

April 12, 1780
Wartling, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
June 8, 1781
Age 1
Wartling, East Sussex, England
June 8, 1781
Age 1
Wartling, Sussex, Eng
October 8, 1803
Age 23
Dorset, England
August 6, 1812
Age 32
Sittingbourne, Kent, England, United Kingdom
March 17, 1815
Age 34
February 4, 1817
Age 36
Dover, Kent, England
April 7, 1820
Age 39
On board the Weymouth
August 15, 1822
Age 42
Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa