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Margaret Elizabeth Georgina Kolbe (Downing), SM/PROG

Also Known As: "Margaret Georgina Elizabeth"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Burgersdorp, Drakensberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Paul Downing and Mary Downing
Wife of George Augustus Kolbe
Mother of John Gherson Eliezer Kolbe, b1; Catherine Mary Sophia Maria Sophia Kolbe; Margaretha Wilhelmina Elizabeth Barry, b3; Augusta Louisa Werdmuller; Harriet Hachilah Kolbe and 11 others

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About Margaret Elizabeth Georgina Kolbe, SM/PROG

1820 British Settler

Margaret Georgina Downing 19, together with her husband George Agustus Kolbe 20, were members of Owen's Party of 52 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus.

Party originated from London.

Departure London, 3 December 1819 Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 17 March 1820 Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 14 April 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : "Spanish Reeds" between the Wellington and Kap rivers


Died: 25 NOV 1867, Burgersdorp, Cape, South Africa (Alternative place of death is Barkley East, South Africa)

George was born on 7 DEC 1802 at Soho, London, England and died on 1 DEC 1844, Wurtemburg, District Albert, South Africa (Alternative place of death is Burgersdorp, Cape, South Africa)

The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa. Second enlarged and revised Edition, by Harold Edward HOCKLY, 1957

List of Settlers, p. 229

George August KOLBE, 20; p. OWEN's; s. Nautilus; w. Margaret, 19; r. Became a missionary in Kaffirland.

Religion and Education, p. 149

...quite a number of those who had landed on the shores of Algoa Bay as young children were later ordained and took prominent part in religious development on the frontier among Europeans, and as missionaries among the Natives in Kaffirland beyond the borders of the Colony*. Of this later group of ministers of religion and missionaries mention need only be made of such honoured and well-known names as John AYLIFF, William SHEPSTONE, Henry Hare DUGMORE, Thomas JENKINS, James ALLISON, John BAILIE, Jeremiah HARTLEY, Joseph WARNER, William ELLIOT**, William SARGEANT, George KOLBE, Thomas HOOD and Charles WHITE.

  • For the work of the Wesleyan group of settler-missionaries, see EVELEIGH's 'Settlers and Methodism'.
    • There were 3 William ELLIOT's that were included in the 1820 Settlers.

Added by Y. DROST, 26 MAR 2012


1. eSAGI 3.50 of 2008

2. The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa. Second enlarged and revised Edition, by Harold Edward HOCKLY, 1957

3. Genforum :


From Soho to Knapdaar · 12 January 2017 · The Kolbe family in South Africa was founded by the 1820 Settlers George Augustus Kolbe and his wife Margaret [Georgina] Downing. The couple arrived on board the ‘Nautilus’ in Algoa Bay on 14 April 1820 as members of Thomas Owen’s party. In the ship’s list George Kolbe was described as a ‘chemist’.


George Augustus Kolbe was the son of Johan (John) Gottlob Kolbe, who hailed from Württemberg in Germany and plied the trade of tailor in Londen, and Mary Larman. He was born in Soho, London on 07.12.1802 and baptised at St. Anne’s, Westminster on 02.02.1803


George Kolbe’s wife, Margaret Downing, was born in London on 23.02.1803, parents unknown. They were married in the St. Leonard Church, Shoreditch, County Middlesex on 20.01.1819.

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Margaret Elizabeth Georgina Kolbe, SM/PROG's Timeline

February 23, 1803
England, United Kingdom
July 7, 1822
Age 19
Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 7, 1822
Age 19
November 14, 1824
Age 21
Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 14, 1826
Age 23
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 9, 1829
Age 26
South Africa
Age 27
Orange Free State, South Africa
November 18, 1833
Age 30
Burghersdorp, Cape Colony
August 12, 1834
Age 31