John Mounsey Thornhill

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John Mounsey Thornhill

Birthplace: North Bishopwearmouth, Durham, England
Death: Died in Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Christopher Thornhill Thornhill, Snr, SV/PROG and Dorothea Thornhill, SM/PROG
Husband of Caroline Aletta Adendorff, A1b2c1
Father of George Mounsey Thornhill; Anna Aletta Thornhill; Mary Frances Holland, (1); William Mouncey Thornhill; Frances Amelia Nesbitt and 1 other
Brother of Anna Margaret Gilfillan; Mary Frances Cook and Christopher Mounsey Thornhill, Jnr

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About John Mounsey Thornhill

1820 British Settler

John Thornhill 15 , together with his parents and 3 siblings, were members of Thornhill's' Party of 35 Settlers on the Settler Ship Zoroaster.

Party originated from Middlesex.

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

Area Allocated to the Party : between the Kowie and Rufane Rivers - the location being called Thornhill.

Children :

  • John Thornhill 15
  • Anna Thornhill 13
  • Mary Thornhill 10
  • Christopher Mouncey Thornhill 8


John Thornhill developed several business interests in Port Elizabeth after 1835. He bought property to the west of the Van Stadens and in the family tradition, named it Thornhill. It is believed that the homestead on this farm was situated where the railway cottages stand today.


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John Mounsey Thornhill's Timeline

January 2, 1805
North Bishopwearmouth, Durham, England
Age 27
August 1, 1836
Age 31
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 19, 1839
Age 34
Age 36
Age 36
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 9, 1845
Age 40
Graaff Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 10, 1848
Age 43
Cape, South Africa