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Jane Simes (formerly Forbes) (Thomas), SM

Birthplace: Wellington, Somerset, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Aliwal North, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Thomas, SV/PROG and Mary Thomas, SM/PROG
Wife of Francis Elliot Simes, SV/PROG and Alexander Forbes, SV/PROG
Mother of Mary Ann Lucy Simes; Lucy Dean; Louisa Amelia Simes; Elizabeth Jane Jones; Humphrey James Roy Simes and 8 others
Sister of Humphrey Thomas; Isaiah Thomas; Arabella Elliott; James Thomas, Jnr.; Mary Ann Thomas and 4 others
Half sister of Eliza Thomas

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About Jane Simes (formerly Forbes), SM

1820 British Settlers

Jane Thomas 10, together with her parents and 4 siblings, 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 :

  • Elizabeth Thomas 18
  • Jane Thomas 10
  • Humphrey Thomas 6
  • Isaiah Thomas 2
  • Arabella Thomas




Lieut.Governor A Stockenstrom to Governor Sir Beniamin D'Urban, forwarding the Memorial of a 'respectable and deserving Widow' Jane Forbes for His Excellency's consideration. The Memorial of Jane Forbes, Widow, to His Honour A Stockenstrom Esqre, Lieut.Governor &c., Humbly sheweth, that Memorialist's husband the late Alexander Forbes was murdered at the first commencement of the late Irruption by the Kafirs at their location at Waay Plaats near Bathurst, and that their house and household goods were burned and their valuable stock of cattle and horses swept away, and the crops destroyed, as Memorialist has specified at large to the Government Commission for investigating the losses sustained by sufferers in the Kafir War; that Memorialist at the period when these disasters occurred had five small children and was soon after delivered of the sixth, all of whom are alive and in a state of great helplessness and destitution, the oldest being at this time only in her tenth year; that the destitution to which Memorialist and her family were reduced by her calamitous losses and her inability owing to her peculiar circumstances to make a livelihood for herself and family by her own exertions, was alleviated by the kind assistance dispersed to her through the Board of Relief which consisted of an allowance of Rations from Government, as well as a stated pecuniary allowance from the funds placed at the disposal of the Board; that the assistance which Memorialist received both in rations and money up to the end of last month has since that time been stopped, and that her crop for the present season is an entire failure, and that she has no further resources of her own nor any friends able to assist her, and that therefore she is utterly unable to bear up against the difficulties of her situation and is apprehensive that she and her family must soon be reduced to a state of starvation; -that she therefore humbly prays that Your Honour will be pleased to interpose on her behalf by directing that the Government allowance of Rations may be continued and such funds the public assistance afforded her, as the exigence of her case requires. And Memorialist as in duty bound will ever pray, &c.her JANE x FORBES mark Waay Plaats, nr Bathurst April 29th 1837 (Pencilled minute: Mrs Forbes' statement of losses was delivered to the Government Commissioner who assisted her to the amount of £40 or £50, and as far as aware she is a deserving woman.)


Memorial of Jane Forbes, Widow, addressed to the Lieut.Governor:... that subsequently to the Peace being restored Memorialist returned to the farm and struggled hard to get a living there until the Military Post was removed from Waay Platz - when she was compelled to leave the place and to remove to town, thinking she should there have a better opportunity of earning a livelihood. -... Memorialist humbly solicits to be allowed the grant of one of the Erven which she understands are being given to the poor and industrious people in the neighbourhood ...Supporting testimonial: I have known the Memorialist ever since the Death of her husband and believe her to be an industrious and respectable woman well deserving of any assistance which His Honor may have it in his power to afford her. (Signed) J Heavyside, Acting Chaplain, 22.8.1837. (Pencilled minute: Erf between D'Urban and Smith Streets selected by and granted to Memorialist on the usual conditions.G'Town, Aug 28 1837. A Stockenstrom.)

  • Died at William Holder's farm, New England division of Aliwal North.
  • Death Notice signed by son-in-law George Johnes and filed 11 May 1870.
  • Children:
  • Maria Forbes,
  • Ann Forbes,
  • Jane Forbes,
  • Kate Forbes,
  • Henry Forbes,
  • Alexander Forbes

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  • Margaret Simes,
  • Emma Simes,
  • Lucy Simes,
  • Louisa Simes,
  • Elizabeth Jane Simes married to George Jones -


  • Humphrey Simes a minor.

Jane FORBES Liquidation and distribution account: MOOC 13/1/249 ref 47, dated 1863 to 1869 (National Archives, Cape Town)

This Jane FORBES was nee FORBES and the estate is of her father Alexander FORBES.

It looks like the same family as Alexander, Maria, Jane, Anne and Katrina Francis are mentioned. 5 children (excluding Henry) receive ?82-6-0 each.

Widow receives ?411-10-0.

A penciled note states that Anne FORBES married to ? SCOTT.

Documents dated 28 June 1869.

Executor was Frederic HALSE

There is a receipt of funds by attorneys for ?22-10-0 as balance owing to Mrs Charles DEAN (born Jane FORBES) from the estate of her late father Alexander FORBES. This is dated 11 May 1869.

There is a receipt from attorneys of Mr HALSE the executor of the estate for the sum of ?340-17-5 being balance due to widow. This is dated 23 November 1868.

There is a Supreme Court application, between Frederich Francis as married in Community of Property to Catherine FORBES, and Frederic HALSE and J.A. FORBES (Executor Testamentary of the Estate of the late Alexander FORBES). Receipt of ?82-6-0, his wife's share.

There is a receipt dated at Aliwal North, 22 November 1868: William HOLDER and Maria HOLDER (n?e FORBES) for their share of ?83-19-0.

There is a sworn document from Frederic HALSE: John Alexander FORBES, commonly known as Alexander son of late Alexander FORBES, is co-eExecutor. It looks like John took his inheritance early so was not eligible for a payment at later date.

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Jane Simes (formerly Forbes), SM's Timeline

Wellington, Somerset, United Kingdom
May 5, 1827
Age 17
Albany, Waaiplaats, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 16, 1828
Age 18
Albany District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 10, 1829
Age 19
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 24, 1831
Age 21
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 9, 1833
Age 23
January 4, 1835
Age 25
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 26, 1840
Age 30
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa