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Joseph Gerald Donovan

Birthplace: United Kingdom
Death: Died in India
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Donovan
Husband of Susannah Garbett, SM/PROG
Father of William Davis Donovan; George Donovan; Mary Ann Donovan; Julianna Donovan and Joseph Elijah Donovan

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About Joseph Gerald Donovan

1820 British Settler


Joseph Donovan, 25, Taxidermist, together with his wife Susannah Clark 26, his 2 children and 2 stepchildren, 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

Children :

  • William Donovan 4
  • George Donovan 2

Stepchildren :

  • Susannah Garbett 8
  • Thomas Garbett 7



Joseph Gerald DONOVAN was born 1794 in London . His wife Susanna CLARK had first married a composer called Samuel GARBETT with whom she had two children. Her brother had been to India and made some money then died. So Joseph and Susanna after going to South Africa as part of the 1820 Settlers decided to go to India about 1830 with the Donovan children to claim her brother's inheritance which unfortunately had been frittered away and already dispersed. Joseph managed to find a job in India where he decided to stay. About two or three years later we hear of his death in c1834 HOWRAH, INDIA. The youngest child Mary Ann DONOVAN was born at Fort William, Calcutta. My great great grandmother Juliana born about 1832 we suspect was born some where in India.... maybe same place as her younger sister. Susanna then took the children and left for South Africa and she died just before they arrived at Cape Town, South Africa.

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United Kingdom
Age 20
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 21
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 24
Age 37
Age 40
Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India