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John Purdon, (2) SV/PROG

Also Known As: "John William Henry Purdon"
Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: Lanark, Glascow, Scotland
Death: May 28, 1863 (95)
Son Henry's house, Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of John Purdon, (1) and Margaret Purdon
Husband of Mary Clifford Purdon and Mary Clifford Purdon, SM/PROG
Father of Mary Staples; William Henry Purdon, Snr; Henry Gordon Purdon; Elizabeth Ann Cockcroft; Charles Purdon and 4 others

Occupation: Wilson's Party, Ship: La Belle Alliance
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About John Purdon, (2) SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


John Purdon 40, Army pensioner, late Sergt, 53rd Foot, together with his wife Mary Clifford Harrison 34, atogether with 4 children, were members 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 Lynedoch River

Children :

  • William Henry Purdon 11
  • Henry Gordon Purdon 9
  • Elizabeth Ann Purdon 5
  • Charles Purdon 2 (died at sea)


John Purdon born at Lanark Scotland, married Mary Clifford Harrison on 13th Oct 1804 at Dublin. John 40, army pensioner late Sergt 53rd Foot, sailed with his family; w Mary 34, c William 11, Henry 9, Elizabeth 5 & Charles 2. as members of the Willson's party aboard the "La Belle Alliance". The ship left the Downs on the 12th Feb 1820, arrived in Table Bay on 2 May 1820 and then Algoa Bay end of May 1820. They were located on the Bush River, tributary to the Torrens River. Thomas WILLSON left the party upon its arrival there and the Rev. William Boardman took charge.



According to a transcript of their marriage certificate "..."....John Purdon, Drum Major of His Majesty's 53rd regiment of Foot, and Mary Harrison of the City of Dublin, spinster..." Dated 13th October 1802."

6 generations later, Dianne and Brian Gibson married on the same day - 13th October 1990.

John retired Army pensioner before 1820 in Sergeant 53rd Foot. He arrived 3, 4 with Willson's Party aboard the 'La Belle Alliance'. May 1820 in Algoa Bay, Cape Colony. He image is from 5 from La Belle Alliance

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John Purdon, (2) SV/PROG's Timeline

Lanark, Glascow, Scotland
September 26, 1808
Age 40
Kanpur, Kanpur Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
December 19, 1810
Age 42
Cawnpore, Uttar Pradesh, India
December 4, 1812
Age 44
Cawnpore, Uttar Pradesh, India
February 20, 1817
Age 49
Madras, India
November 14, 1819
Age 51
London, England
March 22, 1822
Age 54
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 2, 1825
Age 57
Cape, South Africa
January 7, 1828
Age 60
Bathurst, Cape Province, South Africa