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Samuel Liversage, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Bridgemere, Wybunbury,, Cheshire, , England
Death: Died in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Liversage and Hannah Elizabeth Timmis
Husband of Anne Liversage, SM/PROG and Harriet Elizabeth Liversage
Father of Elizabeth Liversage; William Liversage; Catherina Joubert; Ann Liversage; Samuel Liversage and 11 others
Brother of William Liversage; Sarah Liversage; Robert Liversage and Elizabeth Liversage

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About Samuel Liversage, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


Samuel Liversage 30, farmer, together with his Wife Anne Liversage 35, and their 3 children was Leader of his own Party of 48 Settlers on the John.

Party originated from Staffordshire, England.

Departed Liverpool, 13 January 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 19 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Wilmot Vale on the Blaauwkrantz River

Children :

  • Elizabeth Liversedge 9
  • Ann Liversedge 8
  • Catherine Liversedge 3


Settler Samuel Liversage was born on 3 July 1788 in the village of Bridgemere, Wybunbury, Cheshire, England. He was baptised on 10 January 1790 in the St. Chad's Church in Wybunbury, Cheshire, England. He was not born at Stoke on Trent.


On board "John" as a leader of a party of 1820 Albany settlers. Travelled from Eastern Cape with the Voortrekkers. He and his family originally settled on the farm "Broughton on the Umgeni River at Albert Falls, and later moved to the area between York and Rietvlei.

His children married into Voortrekker families such as Martens, Uys, Van Niekerks, Van Jaarsveld and Muller.

Samuel arrived in Table Bay on board the "John" on 19 April 1820 as the leader of the Staffordshire party of settlers. His age is given as 30 years . His wife is listed as Ann 35 years old and three children Elizabeth 8, Ann 6 and Cathrine 3. She died during the voyage at sea and Samuel then married the governess Harriet Bond later in 1820.

Samuel so William Liversage was born in Cheshire and baptised in Wybunbury Cheshire England on 4 June 1872. He was a farmer at Burslem Staffordshire and was the leader of an 1820 Settler party on the ship John. He was married to Ann, surname unknown, born in 1785. Ann died en route to the Cape and Samuel married the governess Harriet Elizabeth Bond born in 1795 do Henry Bond on board the John. Samuel died in York Natal on 4 June 1872 and Harriet also died in York on 2 June 1867.


from Straffen Short []

Samuel Liversage was born on 3 July 1788 in Wybunbury, Cheshire, England. He was baptised on 10 January 1790 in Wybunbury, Cheshire, England. He married Ann ?? Samuel Liversage married Harriett Elizabeth Bond. Samuel Liversage lived in Wilmot Vale, Natal, in 1821. (Source LG 545 38). He died at age 83 'at the residence of his daughter Mrs. C Marten near Sevenoaks, late of Lord's Rest' on 4 June 1872 in York, Natal. He was buried in "Benvie", Hanover District, Natal. . 

Samuel Liversage letter 1836. Letter to Capt. Stockingbroom, Lieutenant Governor commanding the Eastern frontier. A wife & 12 children to support "Prays that it may please Your Excellency to grant a plot of ground situated on the left side of New port called Hardens Burke----" 17th Sept 1836 Your Excellency's humble & obedient servant Saml Liversage (This request was turned down in 1842).

(Source CO 4039 69) Samuel Liversage letter 1848 Broughton Farm Umgeni 11th Oct 1848 Letter to the Governor Applying for grant of land in the colony of Natal signed by Samlu Liversage. He had five stout sons youngest of 14. Age of applicant 62.

His headstone reads : "In loving memory of Samuel Liversage, in whose house the Gospel was first preached in this locality on Aug 7th 1865. He lived to see his family and neighbours greatly blessed, and died in peace on June 4th 1872 aged 89 years' (According to other legal documents, his birthdate was given as 3rd July 1788, and that he died 4th June 1872, aged 83 years, 11 months and 1 day).

Original Message ----- From: "Sue Mackay" To: Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2006 2:14 AM Subject: Settler Correspondence - Samuel LIVERSAGE - Transcribed by Straffen Short from CO48/44 at the National Archives in Kew, London National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 402 [printed letter written to Samuel LIVERSAGE, care of W.J. KINNERSLEY Esq, Newcastle, Staffordshire] Downing Street London 2nd Sept 1819 Sir, In reply to your letter of the 31st instant I am directed by the Earl BATHURST to acquaint you that he cannot take into consideration the wish which you have expressed to be allowed to settle at the Cape of Good Hope, unless your transmit to this Department a detailed Statement of the Number, Names, and Age of all the Persons, Men, Women and Children, whom you propose to take, under your direction, to that Colony, according to the terms specified in the Circular Letter*; nor unless such statement be accompanied by an assurance, that you are ready to conform yourself to all the conditions upon which His Majesty's Government have offered to grant lands in the Colony. I am Sir Your most obedient servant Henry GOULBURN

  • PS There must be ten able bodied Men besides yourself

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 401 Burslem Staffordshire Sept 18th 1819 My Lord. I enclose back the list of the names &c of all the persons who I intend to take out to the Cape of Good Hope and I engage to conform to all the conditions on which his Majesty's Government have offered to grant lands in the Colony. I am your Lordship's most obed't serv't Sam'l LIVERSAGE

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 429 Nov 5th 1819 Burslem Honored Sir Being disappointed by sickness Though I have sent the amount for eleven Families to Wi'm Hill Esq. according to your direction which is one Hundred and thirty seven pound sterling ten shilling, there his several Families which there names where inserted in the list though they were disappointed in not getting the money when we sent ours they which to know if they would be accepted if they send their money immediately we hope you'll have the goodness to remit us answer as soon as possible & let us know when we must go and where we must embark at as it will be necessary to know as we may get at the place in time So I remain your truly & obedient servant Samuel LIVERSAGE

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 442 Burslem Nov 12 1819 Honored Sir I have sent you a List of the Names of the Famileys that I take under my Direction to the Cape of Good Hope and I am sorry that I omited to send you it before but the List is something Deffrent than the other as Tho's MANLEY only takes 3 children instead of seven as some are Ded and is Frends take the other and Joseph SCOOT and Abr'm ROBINSON Take there Children with them being widowers as they Did not think of taking them at first with them but I ave sent those names and age and Willi'm FORD is in Will'm NEELs place and I ave sent the Perticualers in this list and We are all in redeness I ham yourMost Obe't Servent Samuel LIVERSAGE

(Nov 12 1819) Name and Description of the Person taking out the Settlers: Samuel LIVERSAGE

Names of the Settlers,Profession or Trade,Age,Names of the Women,Age,Male Children,Age,Female Children,Age

Samuel LIVERSAGE Rich FORRESTER, Wheelwright W MOUNTFORD Tho's PAYNE Charles BREESE,,,,Infint Abra'm ROBINSON,,Dead,, Joseph,5,Ann,3 William FORD,Farmer,30,Hannah,27,George/John/William,5/3/1 Joseph SCOOT,,Dead,,Thomas,6,Mary,7 Will'm HUNT Danial VENEBELS Tho's MANLEY,,Margratt,,Ralph/John/William,12/10/2

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 445 Burslem Nov 22 1819 Honored Sir I ave receved you letter of the 17 instant and I ave in Closed the List of the Persons that I intend to accompaney me to the Cape of Good Hope and ham Very Sorry that I have put you to so much trouble. I should be glad to ave you answer as soon as convenent as to lower imbarkation as We are nearist to Liverpool I ham your Most Obd't And humble Servent Samuel LIVERSAGE

(Not Samuel Liversage's handwriting) Burslem 2 Dec 1819 Staffordshire Sir I have received your favor of 20th November (requesting me to remit the sum of £137.10) in reply to which I beg leave to acquaint you the same was remitted on the 6th ult by Mr. Wm. KINNERSLY & Sons of Newcastle Bankers as you will observe from the annexed acknowledgement. I hope you will now favor me with an early answer with proper instructions how I must now proceed as the party are waiting very impatiently & upon a considerable expence. I am Sir Your ob't hbl sv't Samuel LIVERSAGE

National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 211 Newcastle Staffordshire Aug 31 1819 My Lord, A party of ten men under the guidance of one Sam'l LIVERSAGE all residing in the Parish of Burslem in the County of Staffordshire have requested me to apply to yr Lordship for information as to the measures necessary for them to take to go out as settlers to the Cape of Good Hope. On the other side is a list of them, their families and occupations. They are all provided with the money necessary to make the required lodgements and intend also to take out with them a supply of tools and such necessaries as they are likely to want. From the information which I have obtained they appear very likely to be desirable colonists. I have the honor to be Your Lordship's mo ob hbl svt W. KINNERSLEY

Sam'l LIVERSAGE Farmer Wife and 3 children under 14 years Rich'd FORRESTER Wheelwright Wife and 3 children under 14 years Jas. CLARK Blacksmith Wife and 3 children under 14 years Thos. MANDLEY Brickmaker Wife and 7 children under 14 years George NICKLENSON Labourer Wife and 2 children under 14 years Thos. ROBINSON Labourer Single Matt LOWE Labourer Single Jas, FORRESTER Labourer Single Philip HARPER Carpenter Wife Sam'l EARDLEY Labourer Wife and two children under 14 years Care of W. KINNERSLEY Newcastle Staffordhsire

National Archives, Kew CO48/43, 146 Burslem 29th July 1819 Sir, Availing ourselves of the advantages we may receive from the circular letter which Government houlds out to those who which [wish] to emigrate we beg leave to offer our services to the colony of the Cape of Good Hope to become settlers. We are all able body'd men - I, Samuel LIVERSAGE farmer aged 29 haveing a wife and three children all under fourteen years of age – and I Richard FORRESTER weelright and farmer aged 31 haveing a wife and three children all under fourteen and I James CLARK aged 30 haveing a wife and two children all under fourteen and I Samuel RAVENSCRAFT single, James FORRESTER Do. Philiph HARPER Do. all farmers. We have to beg you will be so kind as to inform us the manner in which we are to act to obtain a passage and where we are to imbark at and in what ship and the particulars of our embarkassion. Richard FORRESTER whiches to know if it is requisit to bring his tools as weelright and to know if any weight of baggage his an obstical. We are Sir your obedient servants Please direct to Richard FORRESTER, weelright and farmer Burslem near Newcastle Staffordshire [in GOULBURN's hand at foot: his proposal not conforming to the circular cannot be considered]

National Archives, Kew CO48/46, 257 [Received 17 November 1819] Sir, Being detained by my wife's sickness from paying my deposit money when the party pays but I hope you will take it in consideration as I have lodge my deposit money in the bankers hands in Newcastle and will transmit the same to Mr. HILL Esq if you will not put me of[f] the list as I have a great desire to go and being one of Samuel LIVERSAGE's Party. If you will have the goodness to send me an answer then the banker will transmit the money immediately without cash. I remain your obedient servant John WOOD Pleast to direct John WOOD, Land Surveyor Stoke Lane Near Newcastle under Lyme

Original Message----- From: William Jervois [] Sent: 05 November 1999 10:29 To: Subject: Re: Liversage Family Hello Samuel I have browsed through our Liversage file and can only offer the sad news that, although most of Samuel (snr)'s children are quite well documented, there is nothing to add to Samuel (jnr), other than to say that Glen Linden is up in the Winterberg, quite a long way to the north of here. From there, at a fairly early date, Samuel (snr) migrated to Natal and settled near Howick, where he and his second wife died and are buried on the farm presently called "Benvie", but which was then called "Nooitgedaght", in the Kaarkloof. Samuel (snr) was accompanied by most of his children, with the apparent exception of Samuel (jnr). I get the feeling that there may have been friction between the two! with best wishes William Jervois Research Associate, Genealogy Department, Albany Museum Somerset Street, Grahamstown 6139 South Africa Tel: 046 6222312 Fax: 046 6222398 e-mail: International Code: 27-46- Web-site: "Sponsored by the 1820 Settlers' Association"

Ancestry Message Board : Samuel Liversage. Re: Samuel Liversage. Hylton Oliver (View posts) Posted: 27 Nov 2001 12:45PM GMT Classification: Query Hi there Samuel Liversage was actually born in Burslem, Staffordshire on the 3 July 1788. He died in York, Natal (Near Pietermaritzburg) on the 4 June 1872. I have been researching the Liversage side of my family for a number of years and supplied the late Andrew Short with the details of my tree shortly before he passed away. He was going to supply me with additional data but sadly did not get around to it. Perhaps we can help each other ? I have concentrated on the Zululand - Melmoth and Babanago - sections of the family. Let me know what you are looking for. Kind regards Hylton Oliver

THE SETTLER HANDBOOK by MD Nash : THE SETTLER PARTIES : LIVERSAGE'S PARTY See No. 53 on the Colonial Department list, led by Samuel Liversage, a farmer of Burslem in Staffordshire. This was a joint-stock party whose members were artisans and labourers from the parish of Burslem. The Colonial Department was approached on their behalf by the Member of Parliament for Newcastle, WS Kinnersley, who recommended them as 'very likely to be desirable colonists'. Kinnersley confirmed that they had the requisite amount of money for their deposits and for 'tools and such necessaries as they are likely to want'. (It is not known whether any contribution was made by the parish.) The party included a high proportion of young children; the only single man, James Bell, was engaged as a servant by Daniel Venables in Liverpool, to replace a man who deserted shortly before the transport sailed. Joseph Scott and Abraham Robinson were both widowers with children. Thomas Manley and his wife were entered in the original party list with seven children under the age of 14, but in the event emigrated with only three. Liversage gave a succinct explanation for this reduction in the number of Manley's family: 'Some are ded and is frends take the other'. Deposits were paid for 11 men and the party sailed from Liverpool in the John on 13 February 1820. All three of William Ford's children died at sea. The John reached Table Bay on 19 April and Algoa Bay during May. The party ws located east of Grahamstown on the Blaauwkrantz River, and the location was named Wilmot Vale. LIST OF LIVERSAGE'S PARTY BELL, James (servant to Daniel Venables). BREEZKE, Charles 33. Clockmaker. w Elizabeth 38. c Richard. FORD, William 30. Farmer. w Hannah 27. c George 5, John 3, William 1 (all three children died at sea). FORRESTER, Richard 31. Wheelwright. w Mary 30. c Sarah 10, John 5, Joseph 3. LIVERSAGE, Samuel 30. Farmer. w Ann 35. c Elizabeth 8, Ann 6, Catherine 3. MANLEY, Thomas 35. Farmer. w Margaret 30. c Ralph 12, John 10, William 2. MOUNTFORT, William 33. Baker. w Ann 31. c Thomas 8, Mary 7, William 2. PAYNE, Thomas 32. Bricklayer. w Sarah 33. c Thomas 10, William 8, James 6, John 2. ROBINSON, Abraham 25. Farmer. c Joseph 5, Ann 3. SCOTT (or SCOOT), Joseph 35. Miller. c Mary 7, Thomas 6. VENABLES, Daniel 40. Bricklayer. w Jane 37. c John 16, Sarah 13, Elizabeth 10, Thomas 8, Eliza 6. Main sources for party list : Return of settlers under the direction of Samuel Liversage (Cape Archives CO 6138/2,47); List of heads of families in Liversage's party (Cape Archives CO 158); Special Commissioner William Hayward's notes (Cape Archives CO 8543). No Agent of Transports' Return has been traced for the John, showing the state of the parties as they arrived at the Cape, but the presence in Albany of all 11 men of Liversage's party has been confirmed in colonial records.

Extract from British Settlers in Natal 1824-1857 by Shelagh O'Byrne Spencer The European Settler Population of Natal up to 1960, and their Influence Beyond the Borders of the Colony "Then there were the Voortrekkers. They came over the Drakensberg at the end of 1837 and, after defeating King Dingane’s impis at Blood River in December 1838, began to settle down in the territory they had conquered for themselves. When, in turn, the British defeated them in 1842, and brought their short-lived republic to an end, many trekked back over the mountains. By the end of 1843, the year of British annexation, only about 365 trekker families remained, while in 1847, according to the Graham’s Town Journal, there were only approximately 60 Boer families left in Natal. Later some did become reconciled to British rule and returned. At least two Englishmen are definitely known to have come with the Voortrekkers, namely William Cowie and Samuel Liversage. Cowie, after whom Cowie’s Hill is named, trekked with the family of his wife Magdalena Josina Laas (the Laases were granted the farm Salt River Poort, on which Pinetown was later laid out). Cowie was appointed Field Cornet by the Boers in 1838, and was one of their Heemraden in 1839. At the time the British force was besieged in the Fort at Durban, he assisted them as much as he could, and for his pains ended up as a fugitive from the Boers. Liversage was an 1820 Settler, and leader of a party of Staffordshire settlers who emigrated to the Cape on the John. He and his family settled on the farm Broughton on the Umgeni at Albert Falls, and later moved to the area between York and Riet Vlei. Liversage’s children married into Voortrekker families such as the Martenses, the Uyses, the van Niekerks, the van Jaarsvelds and the Mullers."

Family 1

Ann ?? b. 1783, d. 1820


◦Elizabeth Liversage b. 14 Oct 1811 ◦Ann Liversage b. 2 Nov 1812, d. c 1860 ◦Samuel Liversage b. 1 Jan 1814 ◦Catherine Henrietta Liversage+ b. 1817, d. 1847

Family 2

Harriett Elizabeth Bond b. 1 Jan 1795, d. 2 Jun 1867


◦Hannah Liversage+ b. 7 Apr 1821 ◦Sarah Liversage+ b. 11 Mar 1823, d. 1900 ◦George Liversage b. 13 May 1825, d. 4 Sep 1837 ◦Samuel Liversage+ b. 3 Apr 1827, d. 1902 ◦William Liversage+ b. 27 Sep 1829, d. 13 Jun 1905 ◦Thomas Liversage+ b. 31 Jan 1832, d. 27 Jul 1897 ◦Charles Liversage+ b. 19 Oct 1833, d. 22 Aug 1906 ◦Henry Bond Liversage+ b. 30 Aug 1835, d. 13 Aug 1910 ◦Victoria Liversage+ b. 13 Mar 1840, d. 28 Jul 1914

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Samuel Liversage, SV/PROG's Timeline

July 3, 1788
Wybunbury,, Cheshire, , England
January 10, 1790
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Wybunbury,, Cheshire,, England
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October 14, 1811
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November 2, 1812
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