Richard Freemantle, Jnr

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Richard Freemantle, Jnr

Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Freemantle, Snr, SV/PROG and Elizabeth Freemantle
Husband of Patience Ann Freemantle and Elizabeth Hannah Freemantle
Father of William Richard Freemantle; Elizabeth Frances Freemantle; Robert John Freemantle; George Richard Freemantle and Ellen Ann Freemantle
Brother of John Freemantle and Samuel Freemantle
Half brother of Elizabeth Derbyshire, SM; George Freemantle and Thomas Freemantle

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About Richard Freemantle, Jnr

1820 British Settler

Richard Freemantle (24), Wagonmaker, his parents and 4 siblings, 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 Freemantle's* marriage to Patience Ford* was witnessed by William Bear, the service being taken by the Rev. William Geary and it was held and recorded in the Baptist Church in Grahamstown. Patience Ford* was the daughter of Edward* and Jane Ford*, her father being the head of Ford's party, from Wiltshire, who travelled out on the 'Weymouth'. She was born in 1806 or 1807 and came of a family of four children, two brothers, James* (born1803) and John* (born 1804) and a younger sister, Elizabeth* (born 1809). Later Elizabeth* married John Willden*

"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Cathedral > image 10 of 71; William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

On arrival in Albany, the Ford party was moved three times before their location was settled. It lay across the river from Mahoney's location.

[Perhaps Richard went there seeking work after being discharged from Mahoney's party]

The Ford family, who knew nothing of agriculture, moved to Grahamstown in 1827 and opened a bakery there on 31.8.1832. Patience Ford* was only 16 or 17 at the time of her marriage. In November, 1824 Richard* was working as a wagon-maker in Grahamstown and on 4.6.1824 attended the marriage of John Ford*, son of Edward Ford* to Anna*, daughter of John* and Mary Kirkman* [of Smith's party on the 'Stentor']. Then, on 13.12.1824 he was licensed to trade at the Fort Willshire Fairs. The following year, on 24.9.1825, 'he engaged to employ 2 immigrants'.

When his wife, Patience was about 21 years of age, she gave birth to their first (and only) child, a son called William, [See the section (F2/3.[2][3 who was born on 10th November, 1827. His baptism was registered at the Baptist Church in Grahamstown - entry No: 8 - in the baptismal register of this church. The Ford family were members of the Baptist church.

Patience Freemantle nee Ford* died on 16th February, 1828 in Grahamstown at the age of 22 (when baby William was only three months old). She was buried from the Baptist Church there.

Richard was a wagonmaker.

Richard was due to inherit his Grandfathers title, his wealth and the responsibilities that went with the title. But due to the fact that his father had married the Housekeeper, his Grandfather became fed up with his eldest son's family, disinherited them all, and the title was given to another family member.

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Richard Freemantle, Jnr's Timeline

England, United Kingdom
November 10, 1827
Age 31
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 44
Age 45
June 6, 1843
Age 47
South Africa
Age 47
Age 47