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Matthew Adams, Jnr. SV/PROG

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England
Death: Died in Cape Town, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Adams, Snr.
Husband of Rhoda Byrne, SM and Jane Nicholson, SM
Father of Martha Elizabeth Adams; Eliza Jane Adams; Elizabeth Adams; Matthew James Adams; Ellen Adams and 2 others

Occupation: Watchmaker
Managed by: Daniel Jacobus Botes
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About Matthew Adams, Jnr. SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


Matthew Adams 20, was a member of Bailie's Party of 256 Settlers on the Chapman.

Party originated from London.

Departed London, 3 December 1819. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 17 March 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 10 April 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : Wellington and Palmiet Rivers - Cuylerville


  • Spouse: 1) Rhoda Byrne b. 1808 Lewes, Sussex, to Alex & Elizth. Byrne, d. 21 Aug 1839 age 31 Cape Town. 2) Jane Nicholson.
  • Marriage Date: 1825
  • Marriage Place: Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
  • Place of Death: Cape Town, Cape, South Africa

Notes: Bailie’s party of 1820 settlers; listed in Bailie settler book and Cosser files. DN 6/9/1852, father listed as Matthew Adams, watchmaker. CO 1326 no. 54; CO 178, 9.9.1822. Matthew left the party in August 1822 and established himself as a watch-and clock-maker in Cape Town. He married Rhoda Byrne, eldest daughter of his fellow-emigrant Alexander Byrne, in 1825. DN 3710/1839. After her death in 1839, he married Jane Nicholson. His children were:

Elizabeth 1826 Cape Town; Matthew 1828 Cape Town, James 1830 Cape Town, Rhoda 1832 Cape Town, and Ellen 1834 Cape Town.

He installed the tower clock in St. George’s Church, Cape Town, in 1834.

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Matthew Adams, Jnr. SV/PROG's Timeline

London, England
Age 26
Age 29
November 28, 1830
Age 30
Age 32
Age 33
August 8, 1847
Age 47
October 3, 1852
Age 52
Cape Town, South Africa