Richard Freemantle, Snr, SV/PROG

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Richard Freemantle, Snr, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Headley, Hampshire, UK
Death: August 23, 1822 (51)
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa (killed in a Xhosa cattle raid)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Freemantle and Anne Freemantle
Husband of Elizabeth Freemantle and Sarah Freemantle, SM/PROG
Father of Richard Freemantle, Jnr; John Freemantle; Samuel Freemantle; Elizabeth Derbyshire, SM; George Freemantle and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Freemantle; William Freemantle and Helena Freemantle

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About Richard Freemantle, Snr, SV/PROG

If Richard and Anne were his parents, then Richard, the original Settler, was quite likely to have been born in 1771 and christened on 28.6.1771 at Headley, Hampshire [Source: IGI - from Sarah Day] If he was the son of Richard and Anne Freemantle then his siblings were, Samuel (christened 19.2.1777) [IGI 948]; William (christened 29.3.1765) [IGI 1123] and Helena (christened 8.9.1769) [IGI unknown] [Parish Church of Headley Hamps. Computer print out of Headley, Hamps. Batch Nos: 13270/1/2]

If you can confirm this connection we would be very pleased.


Richard was disinherited because he married his housekeeper after his first wife died. It is the reason he left England. There is a great story on how he was disinherited and had left to go to London where he learned to be a wheelwright before he left for South Africa


1820 British Settler

Richard Freemantle (49), his Wife Sarah Kent (33), together with 5 children were members of Mahoney's Party of 42 Settlers on the Northampton.

Party originated from London.

Departed Portsmouth, 13 December 1819. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 26 March 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth on 30 April 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Coombs River.

Children :

  • Richard Freemantle 24
  • Samuel Freemantle 18
  • John Freemantle 13
  • Elizabeth (Eliza) Freemantle 4
  • George Freemantle 1


Richard was a member of Mahoney's Party on board the Northampton. It seems to have been an unlucky trip with disorder and trouble between the Captain and Mahoney's Party in particular. Smallpox broke out on the voyage. They narrowly escaped drifting onto the Goodwin Sands, and at one stage the Ocean collided with them. On arrival the Party was settled at the Clay Pitts some distance from Grahamstown.

Mahoney's Party was one of the first parties to have trouble from the local Xhosa tribes because they were situated at the edge of the clay pits. The Xhosa adorn their Faces and bodies with the clay for traditional reasons. The Xhosa received permission from the government allowing them access to the clay. Each time the Xhosa came to the pits, cattle, household goods and farm implements would go missing and people would be found murdered.

On the 23 August 1822, while on the way home from fetching supplies from Grahamstown, Richard and his two elder sons, Samuel and John, stopped to collect firewood near the Kap River, when they were attacked by Xhosa tribesmen. In the ensuing battle the cattle were stolen and the wagon destroyed. Richard was killed. His son, Samuel managed to escape, but the other son, John, died later as a result of the injuries sustained in the attack. Samuel carried John many miles on his shoulders but unfortunately his wounds were fatal and he died on the journey.

Richard Freemantle prior to his death, acquired the skills of wagonmaker and wheel wright. Richard was killed in an attack by Xhosa tribesmen on the wagon they had been using to collect wood near the Kap river. His son, Samuel managed to escape, but his other son, John, died later as a result of the injuries sustained in the attack.







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Richard Freemantle, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

June 28, 1771
Headley, Hampshire, UK
Age 24
England, United Kingdom
October 17, 1805
Age 34
February 1, 1809
Age 37
Portsmouth, UK
Age 44
London, Middlesex, England UK
October 10, 1818
Age 47
London, Middlesex, England