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Philip Richard King, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Phillip Clifford KING"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Cam (near Dursley), Gloucestershire, England
Death: April 5, 1861 (72)
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Elisha King, Snr. and Ann King
Husband of Anna Maria King, SM/PROG; Sarah Hunt, SM and Elizabeth Mary King, SM/PROG
Father of Richard Philip King; Andrew King; Elizabeth Greene; John King; Lois Priddle and 3 others
Brother of Joseph King, Snr SV/PROG; Henry King, SV/PROG; Elisha King, Jnr. and Lois King

Occupation: Labourer/Farmer, Weaver in UK and Farmer in SA
Managed by: Private User
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About Philip Richard King, SV/PROG

The children are all the issue of Philip Richard KING and Anna Maria SILVERSTONE.



1820 British Settler

Philip King 30, together with his wife Anna Maria Silverstone 30, and their 3 children, were members of Samuel Bradshaw's Party of 64 emigrants 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 :

  • Richard Philip King 8
  • Andrew King 5
  • Elizabeth King
  • John King


Extracted from "The Settlers Handbook by M D Nash"

Philip was 30 years old when he and his wife Maria also aged 30, with their children, Richard (8), Andrew (5) and Elizabeth (3) came to South Africa as 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. The party was located in Albany on the Torrens River and the location was named New Gloucester.

This would make him 31 when he came to SA. He was married three times. Philip farmed at New Gloucester, near Bathurst. He was the bell ringer at St. George's (later the Cathedral of St Michael and St George) and then the Settler's Hill Town crier in 1853. According to the Grahamstown Journal, Philip died in his 74th year on the 5th April 1861.

Phillip marries three times ...

Philip (Dick's father) - bapt 10 Nov 1789 in Cam d. 5. April 1861 - looks

like GTN was the son of Elisha b. 1759 at Cam m M Ann WORLOCK (not sure if

the M stands for Mary?). Phillip marries 3 times. Anna Maria SILVERSTON in

UK. m2 Sarah WHITTLE (??vrsto?i? widow) b. 29 Nov 1829 d. 30 May 1841

Buried Clumber, East Cape. m3 Elizabeth CLARKE (Geo Edw Widow) b. 22 May

1843 d. 18 Jan 1879 Grahamstown.


Part of Samuel BRADSHAW's Party of 1820 Settlers.



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The King family had lived in the parish of CAM, in Gloucestershire, from at least 1583, when the first marriage record is found.

Page 2

In England, the call for emmigrants to go out to the Cape was made, because of the depression, and very many unemployed at the time.

The King family were weavers of good quality serge, but due to the industrial revolution, the production of much cheaper quality fabric was being made up North, and this caused the closure of several spinning and weaving mills in their area.

It soon became known that not too many professionals or craftsmen would be chosen, so we find Philip listed as a labourer.

Now, because of the depression, especially felt in Gloucestershire, many weavers felt the need to seek work elsewhere. So it was that ... we find that ... Philip worked for the Royal Navy in the docks at Chatham.

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1. Joseph KING Senior

2. Joseph KING Junior

3. Henry KING

4. Philip KING

Page 11

So it was when the "Kennersley Castle", under Captain Pinkney sailed out of Bristol in December 1819, among the 64 in Samuel BRADSHAW's party were no fewer than 22 named "KING", from Cam in Gloucestershire. There was the eldest brother Joseph, his second wife Ann WATTS and his 4 children; Henry, his wife Hannah PASSER [This is an error-his second wife was Sarah SMITH with whom he left for South Africa] with 4 children; and Philip with his wife Anna Maria SILVERSTONE and their 4 children, of whom "Dick" was the eldest, but Philip and Anna Maria subsequently had 4 other children born in the East Cape.

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The "Kennersley Castle" was among the first five to arrive in Algoa Bay, in April 1820.

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The Bradshaw Party located near The Round Hill, some 6 miles or so to the North East of Bathurst, and they called their place "New Gloucester".

Page 18

We are told that regularly three KING brothers would cross the dangerous bar of the river mouth, and return with their punt filled with 2 to 10lb. fish which were then taken up to Grahamstown and sold.

Page 19

Settler children had to learn herding of cattle, using a gun, riding a horse, driving to Grahamstown over unmade tracks. Dick also became a fluent Xhosa speaker, and an accomplished wagon driver.

Christian worship services were held under a big tree, near the home of John BRADFIELD, and in inclement weather they went to William PIKE's house to worship. Lay preachers went on schedule to preach on Sunday,

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beginning with Richard GUSH on 8.4.1821, followed by John DOLD, John William SHEPSTONE, Philip KING (Dick's father), John AYLIFF, Richard WALKER and John OATES.

Added by Y. DROST


Father of the famed Richard Philip "Dick" King.


"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," images, FamilySearch (,44975802,49887301,49891401 : accessed 12 Jul 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Bathurst, St John the Evangelist > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1829-1849 > image 26 of 108; citing William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

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Philip Richard King, SV/PROG's Timeline

January 10, 1789
Cam (near Dursley), Gloucestershire, England
November 10, 1789
Cam (near Dursley), Gloucestershire, England
November 26, 1811
Age 22
Gloucestershire, England UK
August 11, 1814
Age 25
Cam (near Dursley), Gloucestershire, England
Age 27
Cam, near Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Age 29
- 1861
Age 30
South Africa
April 5, 1821
Age 32
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
October 14, 1823
Age 34
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa