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John Ayliff, Rev. Snr. SM/PROG

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: London, England
Death: May 17, 1862 (64)
Fauresmith, Xhariep, Free State, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Johnathan Ayliff and Esther Ayliff
Husband of Jane Catherine Ayliff
Father of John Ayliff, Rev. Jr; Reuben Ayliff; Unknown Ayliff; William Ayliff; Matthew Ayliff and 7 others

Managed by: Patricia Ann Seaton
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About John Ayliff, Rev. Snr. SM/PROG

1820 British Settler


John Ayliff (22), a weaver, was a member of Thomas Willson's Party of 307 Settlers on the La Belle Alliance.

Party originated from London.

Departed London, 12 February 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 2 May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Beaufort Vale on the Bush River

Captain Moresby, in his Majesty's ship Menai, accompanied the Chapman and Nautilus when they sailed for Algoa Bay, and remained there superintending the landing of the immigrants and the stores.

John and Jane were married on board, after the arrival of the Settlers in Algoa Bay, as per copy of attached letter.

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Cathedral > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1823-1826 > image 25 of 71; William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.


Newspaper Cuttings from the Eastern Cape (unknown source 1973)

Before the DOLDs left Algoa Bay, the marriage of Jane DOLD to fellow settler, John AYLIFF provided an historic occasion. Because there was no legal marriage officer on land, it became necessary for the couple to be rowed out to the ship Menai, where they were legally married by the master, Captain Fairfax MORESBY, on June 25, 1820.


John entered the ministry of the Wesleyan church in 1827.

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John Ayliff, Rev. Snr. SM/PROG's Timeline

November 7, 1797
May 19, 1821
Age 23
Albany, Cape Colony, South Africa
March 28, 1823
Age 25
Government Establishment, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 6, 1824
Age 26
August 31, 1825
Age 27
Grahamstown, Albany, Cape Province, South Africa
July 11, 1826
Age 28
South Africa
June 17, 1829
Age 31
Salem, South Africa
October 5, 1831
Age 33
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 29, 1833
Age 35
Kaffraria, Eastern Cape, South Africa