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Joseph King, Snr SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Joseph King the Elder"
Birthplace: Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Fort Beaufort, Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Elisha King, Snr. and Ann King
Husband of Ann Lawrence, SM; Ann King, SM/PROG and Mary King, SM/PROG
Father of Henry King; Andrew King; Joseph King, Jnr; Phillip King; Charles King and 7 others
Brother of Henry King, SV/PROG; Philip Richard King, SV/PROG; Elisha King, Jnr. and Lois King

Occupation: Labourer, ferryman at Port Alfred (abt 1830); farmer at Winterberg; weaver; fisherman; joined the 52nd Regiment, Labourer and Farmer
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About Joseph King, Snr SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


Joseph King 37, Labourer, together with his wife Ann Watts 25, and his 5 children, were members of Samuel Bradshaw's Party of 64 emmigrants on the Settler Ship Kennersley Castle.

Party originated from Gloucestershire.

Departed Bristol, 10 January 1820. Arrived Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 29 March 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 29 April 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Lemon Valley on the Torrens River - New Gloucester

Children :

  • Henry King 17
  • Joseph King 11
  • Philip King 8
  • Charles King 6
  • Ann King 3


Extracted from "The Settlers Handbook" by M D Nash

"Joseph (37) and Ann (25) and their 4 children (they were the result of Joseph's first marriage to Ann Lawrence) were part of Samuel Bradshaw's Party of 1820 Settlers. Most of the party came from Cam, near Dursley, Gloucestershire and had been recommended and sponsored by the Cam parish authorities who were anxious to relieve the parish purse who were 'overburdened with poor'. The party sailed from Bristol in the regular transport ship "Kennersley Castle" on the 10th January 1820 and arrived in Table Bay on the 29th March and Algoa Bay on the 29th April 1820."

Joseph had the following occupations during his lifetime: ferryman at Port Alfred (abt 1830); farmer at Winterberg; weaver; fisherman; joined the 52nd Regiment. His second marriage was a double wedding, with his brother Henry (who married Sarah Smith) on the 22 December 1819 at Cam, Gloucester, just prior to leaving for South Africa. He died at the home of his daughter Ann and her husband George Wiggill at the age of 74 years.

In "Bradshaw's party of the 1820 Settlers" by Dorothea Rowse published in the Familia vol 33, no 2 & 3, 1996, the following appears on page 43-44 (part 2) :

"...Joseph named after his paternal grandfather. He was married three times. His wife, a local girl, Ann Lawrence, died some time after the birth of their daughter, Ann, in 1817. He married his second wife, Ann Watts, on the eve of their departure for the Cape with Bradshaws Party of 1820 Settlers on the 22nd December 1819, but she only survived three years of the harsh existence in South Africa. In 1825 he married Mary, the widow of fellow settler James Jennings. Mary had three sons from her first marriage - Ephraim, Joseph, and James - and a further two children were born to the couple. By the late 1820's Joseph had a total of nine children to support".

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Joseph King, Snr SV/PROG's Timeline

August 9, 1778
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
August 9, 1778
Cam (near Dursley), Gloucestershire, England
Age 24
Age 27
August 9, 1808
Age 30
Dursley, Gloucestershire, UK
Age 33
near Dursley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
March 15, 1814
Age 35
Near Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Age 35
October 16, 1816
Age 38
Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom