Joseph Edward Wilmot, Snr, SV/PROG 1
|Birthplace:||London, Middlesex, England|
|Death:||Died in Grahamstown, South Africa|
|Place of Burial:||Spring Vale, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape|
Son of Joseph Edward Wilmot and Sarah Wilmot
|Occupation:||1820 Settler, Glass Blower|
|Managed by:||Catherine Lynette Mill|
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About Joseph Edward Wilmot, Snr, SV/PROG 1
1820 British Settler
Joseph Wilmot 30, Glass cutter, together with his wife Susannah Richmond, were part of Sephton's party of 344 people on the Aurora.
Party originated from London.
Departure Gravesend, 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, 1 May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, 15 May 1820
Area allocated to the Party : Assegai Bush River, Salem
Joseph Edward WILMOT married Ann ROUTLEDGE on 31 January 1818 in St.Martin in the Fields.
Correspondence of Edward WYNNE (CO48/46) indicates that Joseph and Ann had a son called Joseph who was 10 months old in September 1819. Shortly after this both Joseph and Ann must have died, although Ann remains listed as Joseph's wife on the settler returns. In fact it was Susannah who emigrated as his wife.
Joseph Edward WILMOT married Susannah RICHMOND on 27 December 1819 in St.Martin in the Fields.
His apprenticeship indenture reads as follows: & quote; Joseph Edward Wilmot, late a Boy of Christs Hospital and son of Joseph Wilmot, Citizen and Carrier of London, doth put himself Apprentice to Richard Clement, his uncle, of the Parish in the County of Middlesex, Piano Forte maker.& quote; This document is dated 7 June 1804. Christ's Hospital is, of course, the well-known Blue-coats School in Newgate Street, whose pupils still wear 17th century uniforms with the distinguishing blue coats. His encounter with piano-making was not successful and on 4 Jan 1805, his apprenticeship was transferred to Humphery Levy, cut glass manufacturer, also of the parish of St Anne, Soho, but who is listed in Holden's Directory of London being of 6, Denzell St., Clare Market, Holborn, London. It was this trade that he practised when he was recruited for Sephton's Party of 1820 Settlers.His first wife was still alive at that time, but must have died shortly afterwards and, six weeks before departure from England, he remarried. The recruiting documents were not altered and his first wifes name remained on the official document. The party were settled at Salem where he received a small grant of land, on which he lived until 1839. During the 6th Frontier war of 1835, together with the other Salem families, they took refuge in the lager which was centred on the church. An attack by a band of some 500 Xhosa warriors was averted by the heroism of Richard Gush. In 1839, Joseph acquired the farm Springvale [also known as Zuur Kloof], about 5 kms north-east of the village of Sidbury. Many of the family are buried on this farm. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace. In 1832, Elizabeth Lambley of Barking, in Essex, made a will in which she left five pounds each to the four sons and the daughter of my cousin Joseph Wilmot. The residue of her estate was left to her nephew and neice, George and these were probably second cousins to Joseph Edward and when George died, his intestate estate was inherited by Joseph Edward. There are letters in the Albany Museum, the first dated 15 April 1840. These were from his brother who was administering the entailed property on his behalf. It appears that the principal assets were two houses and a collection of books. Abraham states that their cousin George Wilmot had died on 15 March 1840, aged 57 years, a houses were let at fifty pounds per annum each.
There are some errors from your source which I thought I'd put on the list so that they go into the Archives for those researching Wilmot in the future.
The information regarding the 1st wife of Joseph Edward WILMOT (he is not William Joseph but he had a grandson by that name) is as follows:
Ann Routledge died BEFORE the settlers left England and Joseph remarried Susannah Richmond on 27 Dec 1819. There is no record of any children born to Ann & Joseph.
Edward Joseph Wilmot was born 30 Jun 1823 (he was the 2nd son & 2nd child of Joseph & Susannah; the 1st being John Richmond Wilmot born 20 July 1821). I have photocopies from Joseph & Susannah's family Bible to confirm this.
The Settler Handbook and other 1820 Settler sources incorrectly give Ann Routledge as the wife who accompanied the Settler Joseph WILMOT. As his first wife, her name had been given with Joseph Wilmot's when they applied to emigrate and was obviously never changed after she died and he remarried just before emigrating.
William Jervois has done a lot of research on the WILMOT family and wrote a very interesting and well researched article on the Wilmot family for "The Settler" magazine and will confirm that the information I've given is correct.
Maureen White River
Joseph Edward Wilmot, Snr, SV/PROG 1's Timeline
May 15, 1789
London, Middlesex, England
July 20, 1821
Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 30, 1823
Salem, Albany, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 7, 1826
May 2, 1828
Salem, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 14, 1865
Grahamstown, South Africa
Spring Vale, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape