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Martha Greathead (Hewitt), SM/PROG

Birthdate: (42)
Death: 1842 (42)
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Wife of James Henry Greathead, Snr, SV/PROG and William Smith, SV/PROG
Mother of James Henry Greathead, Jnr. b1; Herbert Greathead; Eliza Ann Greathead; Mary Ellen Tancred and John Smith

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About Martha Greathead, SM/PROG


1820 British Settlers

Martha Hewitt 20, together with her husband James Henry Greathead 24, Land surveyor and Leader of the Party, and their son, were members of Greathead's Party of 20 Settlers on the Settler Ship Kennersley Castle.

Party originated from Worcestershire.

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

Area Allocated to the Party : Tivia Dale, on the Bush River

Children :

  • James Henry Greathead 1


a. James GREATHEAD, aged 24, head of Greathead's party from Worcestershire, with his wife Martha née HEWITT aged 20 with their son James Henry GREATHEAD, aged 1 month, came out on the Kennersley Castle, arriving in Table Bay, March 1820. James GREATHEAD was a surveyor by profession. He built a house in Bathurst where he resided till his death in 1830. His widow, some years after his death married William SMITH, surveyor and widower, with several children. At the age of 14 James Henry GREATHEAD was sent by his step-father to earn his own living. He was taken into employment by William WRIGHT who afterwards became his father-in-law.

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," database with images, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : accessed 23 March 2016), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Bathurst, St John the Evangelist > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1829-1849 > image 36 of 108; William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

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Martha Greathead, SM/PROG's Timeline

December 12, 1819
Age 19
Worcestershire, England
Age 27
July 7, 1829
Age 29
September 23, 1836
Age 36
October 14, 1839
Age 39
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 42
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa