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1820 British Settler

Robert James Robinson 27, Butcher, together with his wife Martha Rozina Strutt 26, and 4 children, were members of Erith's Party of 120 Settlers on the Settler Ship Brilliant.

Party originated from Surrey.

Departure Gravesend, London 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay - 30 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : New Botany Bay on the Kaffir Kraal River

Children :

  • Louisa Robinson 5
  • John Henry Robinson 4
  • Robert Robinson 2
  • Philip Robinson 1


Were residents of Rochester and lived in Minster Isle of Sheppey

Information on the Erith party derived from No46 on the Colonial Dept list:- A party of 120 from Surry led by James Thomas Erith,a baker of 2 Barden Place, Peckham Surrey. Erith made earlier application in Jan 1819 to take settlers to the Cape in partnership with Thomas Beale, but fell through, Beale's debts made it too risky a speculation according to Erith. With this letter was a list of his party; his own family, two married and 7 single men, all from Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Erith himself was a Kentishman. Only three names from the list - Erith himself, Robert Robinson and John Pankhurst - were in the final sailing list of the party.

They sailed in the ship "Brilliant" captained by Brig. Captain W. Bothwell, embarked at Deptford, which sailed from Gravesend on the 15 February 1820 and reached Simon's Bay on 30 April 1820 and Algoa Bay on the 15 May. They were located on land then forming part of the Bathurst commonage on the left bank of the Torrens River but were shortly moved to the location at the Kaffir Kraal River source rejected by Damant's party. They named it New Botany Bay. The party had dispersed by 1823 and the Government resumed the land. It is now called Botany. Erf No.58 in Paulet Street, Somerset East (Between Paulet and Henry Streets to day No. 41, Mr Pierre Du Toits Place) was bought by Robert Robinson (27) a Butcher, in 1825, his wife Martha (26), and five children under five years: Louise (5), Robert (4), John (2), Phillip (1), William (infant) who was part of this party later settled in Albany, near Grahamstown, after some years of unsuccessful farming, moved to Cradock, where he became a builder in 1837. Here Sir J. B. was born in 1840. After their arrival in South Africa with their five Children, Robert and Martha had ten more children: they had six sons and nine daughters in all. [1]

Notes on confusion of his parentage:

FamilySearch have no baptism registered for Robert John Robinson from 1790 or 1795.

There is for plain Robert Robinson

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975" Name: Robert Robinson Gender: Male Christening Date: 01 Jul 1792 Christening Place: WINDLESHAM,SURREY,ENGLAND Birth Date: Birthplace: Death Date: Name Note: Race: Father's Name: Charles Robinson Father's Birthplace: Father's Age: Mother's Name: Mary Mother's Birthplace: Mother's Age: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C01734-3 System Origin: England-ODM GS Film number: 991770 Reference ID:

CO1734-3 is the source code for a transcription of WINDLESHAM, SURREY, ENGLAND - so I would say it was a reasonable source - unlike the member submissions.

A number of other children were baptised in this parish by the same couple.

Gravestone and - Member Name lyndaboulos_1 Sacred to memory of Robert Robinson who departed this life on 16th April 1866 aged 73 years 5 months and 24 days.

Suggesting 1792.

also from the same tree

<One could say the story of Randfontein starts on 8th April, 1792 in Windlesham , England when Charles Robinson and Mary Eaton tied the knot in what was undoubtedly a hurriedly arranged wedding, as the bride was already five months pregnant. On 1st July that year their first son, Robert John, was born. He was one of nine children. In 1813, at the age of 21, Robert John married 19 year-old Martha Strutt in St Margaret’s church, Rochester . During the next seven years she bore him five children.

In 1820 the couple decided to emigrate to South Africa with their five children. They sailed from Gravesend on the Brilliant and arrived in Algoa Bay on 15th May 1820. Initially they were allocated land in the Bathurst district but later moved to erf number 58 Paulet Street, Somerset East where Robinson’s occupation was listed as butcher. He later settled in Albany , near Grahamstown, and after some years of unsuccessful farming, moved to Cradock, where he became a builder in 1837.

The couple had ten more children, the 14th of which was Joseph Benjamin, born in 1840 in Cradock.>

I don't see anything to support the 1794 date other than

England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940 Name: Robert Robinson Gender: Male Spouse's Name: Martha Strutt Marriage Date: 6 Nov 1813 Marriage Place: Rochester, Kent, England

Rochester is quite far from Windlesham. But Gillingham only 3 miles away from Rochester

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975" Name: Louisa Rose Robinson Gender: Female Christening Date: 10 Apr 1814 Christening Place: GILLINGHAM, KENT, ENGLAND Father's Name: Robert Robinson Mother's Name: Martha Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C14760-2 System Origin: England-EASy GS Film number: 1042491 Reference ID: item 1 p 20

There are no national Archives for England - the registers are in County Record offices, and Births, Marriages and Deaths were only recorded from 1837. See Census records start 1841.

1820 Settler to South Africa with Erith's Party on the Brilliant.

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Robert Robinson, SV/PROG's Timeline

July 1, 1792
Windlesham, Surrey, England
July 1, 1792
Windlesham, Surrey, England
February 11, 1814
Age 21
Gillingham, Kent, England
April 1, 1815
Age 22
Kent, England UK
Age 22
England UK
March 30, 1819
Age 26
Rochester, East Kent, England
April 18, 1820
Age 27
At sea aboard the Brilliant
August 18, 1823
Age 31
Port Elizabeth, Cape, South Africa
February 16, 1825
Age 32
Somerset East, Eastern Cape, South Africa