Jeremiah Goldswain, SV/PROG

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Jeremiah Goldswain, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK
Death: Died in Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Grahamstown, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Goldswain and Anne Wakeling
Husband of Eliza Goldswain, SM
Father of William Goldswain; Mary Ann Goldswain; Charles Goldswain; Jane MacArthur; Elizabeth Goldswain and 6 others

Occupation: Sawyer turned lawyer
Managed by: Lana-lee Harris (Jackson)
Last Updated:

About Jeremiah Goldswain, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Jeremiah Goldswain 18, Sawyer, was a member of Barker's Division of 48 Settlers on the Zoroaster.

Party originated from London.

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

Area Allocated to the Party Bushman's River. -----------------------------------


27 December 1819 - Jeremiah Godswain sailed, much to his parents distress, on the Zoroaster for the Cape of Good Hope. A government incentive to alleviate the poverty and hardships England faced after the Napoleonic Wars. Jeremiah was 19 years old and was part of the 1820 Settlers.

Got saved soon after his marriage to Eliza Debnam and was devoted to the salvation of ALL men.

An extract from “Thus came the English” by D.E. Rivett

Jeremiah Goldswain, and Eliza Debenhan whom he wished to marry, had to appear before the landdrost so they walked thirty miles through the thick bus to Graham’s Town where the Martimonial Court met once a month. They were made to wait for four hours before the landdrost saw them, after being questioned, they were told to return in a fortnight to get a licence and pay fifteen shillings.

“The following Morning we returned home and on the forteenth day I left again for Gramham’s Town and got the Licence and returned home on the evening of the fifteenthday: this was a jurney on foot of 120 miles – They day we ware Marred, we left the reasadence of my wifes father in Hymans Partey for Willsons partey more then ten miles to the residence of the Revt. Mr Bordsmands and wen we got to the house we found to our Great Disopintment he had left for Grahams town a bout half and hower on horse back”

Goldswain borrowed a horse from his father in law to try and find the Wesleyan minister Reverend Stephen Kay. He rode about the country looking for the minister, meeting friends who wished him much joy.

“I told them that if that was the Joy that I was to have to walk and ride and run as I had dun and had to do so meny miles before I could git Marred I hope that wold be the Last time that I should be under the painful nesetey of having to go so meney Miles. As soone as I had taken a little refreshment I a gain mounted my poney: I had alreddey walked and road 20 Miles and wen I was leveing the House my intended father inlaw called out to me stated that he hoped that I wold have Mersey on the Horse: I said that I wold ride his tale off but what I wold find they Minester.”

By the time Jeremiah Goldswain found the Reverend Kay, he had added forty miles to his total and the married couple did not reach home until 8:30 that evening.


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Jeremiah Goldswain, SV/PROG's Timeline

March 2, 1802
Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK
January 21, 1823
Age 20
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 11, 1825
Age 23
Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 9, 1827
Age 25
August 9, 1829
Age 27
Age 28
November 10, 1833
Age 31
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 3, 1836
Age 34
Eastern Cape
March 9, 1839
Age 37
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa