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Thomas Price Adams, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Holy Trinity Minories, Stepney, London, England
Death: October 30, 1843 (59-67)
Grahamstown, Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of George Adams and Sarah Adams
Husband of Anurza Adams, SM and Mary Adams, SM/PROG
Father of George Domal Price-Adams; Mary Price McGlashan; Rebecca Price Adams; Sarah Price Adams; Frances Price Adams and 5 others
Brother of Sarah Adams; Emma Emily Adams and Elizabeth Taylor

Occupation: Wine merchant
Managed by: Private User
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About Thomas Price Adams, SV/PROG

See NAAIRS: Thomas Price Adams. Born 1788 in Londen. Died 1843. 1820 Settler, Bailie's Party, SS Chapman

Birth of Thomas Price Adams on 2 April 1780 and his christening on 27 April 1780 at Holy Trinity Minories, Stepney, Middlesex, England. He was the son of George Adams and Sarah Price.

London Metropolitan Archives: Thomas Price, son of George and Sarah ADAMS baptised 27 April 1780, Holy Trinity in the Minories (born 2 April 1780).

Marriage of parents:

  • George ADAMS married Sarah PRICE by Licence
  • 11 October 1777
  • St.George the Martyr, Southwark.

  • Thomas Price ADAMS, bachelor, married Mary BARKER, spinster, on 30 June 1813 in St.Mary's Church, Islington
  • Thomas Price ADAMS (signed)
  • Mary BARKER (X)
  • Witnesses: John POWELL and Mary HANLON (X):

  • Baptism in St.Mary's Church, Islington 4 November 1815
  • George Domal PRICE-ADAMS, son of Thomas PRICE-ADAMS (Merchant from the Island of Madeira) and Anurza D'ALMEIDA, Nelson Terrace, born 3 March 1810 on the Island of Madeira.
  • Baptised on the same day:
  • Mary Price, daughter of Thomas and Mary PRICE-ADAMS, born 26 July 1815

  • Baptism in St.Marylebone 21 July 1818
  • Rebecca Price, daughter of Thomas Price and Mary ADAMS, born 21 Oct 1816
  • Sarah Price, daughter of Thomas Price and Mary ADAMS, born 7 February 1818
  • Emma Price, daughter of Thomas Price and Mary ADAMS, born 7 February 1818

Burial: 15 July 1819 Rebecca PRICE-ADAMS, St.Marylebone

It is assumed that the twins also died, as they did not travel with Thomas and Mary to the Cape. George is presumably the 16 year old son referred to in the letter by W.D. FRANCIS (see 1826 correspondence at CO48/46)

“A son of his, 16 years of age, is awaiting a passage to his father”

(No baptism found for Frances, the one year old daughter listed in The Settler Handbook.)

Freedom of the City of London Admission Registers (held at London Metropolitan Archives) Upholders Company, London

This is to certify whom it doth or may concern that Thomas Price ADAMS, son of George ADAMS of the Minories in the City of London, Citizen and Upholder, was this sixth day of May 1801 admitted to the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Upholders of the City of London and sworn to obey and perform all the Orders made.

The second page of this document states his date of birth as 2 April 1780

The LMA also holds an Apprentice Indenture document for George ADAMS, which entitled him to entry to the Upholders Company.

This indenture witnesseth that George ADAMS son of George ADAMS of Canterbury in the County of Kent, Innholder, doth put himself Apprentice to Joseph MERRYMAN, Citizen and Upholder of London, to learn his Art and with him (after the Manner of an Apprentice) to serve from the day of the date hereof unto the full End and Term of seven years from thence next following, to be fully compleat and ended. During which term the said Apprentice his said Master faithfully shall serve, his Secrets keep, his lawful Commands every where gladly do. He shall do no Damage to his said Master, nor see it to be done of others, but that he, to his Power, shall let or forthwith give Warning to his Master of the same. He shall not waste the goods of his said Master, nor lend them unlawfully to any. He shall not commit Fornication, nor contract Matrimony within the said Term. He shall not play at Cards, Dice, Tables or any other unlawful Games, whereby his said master may have any Loss. With his own Goods or others, during the said Term, without Licence from his said Master, he shall neither buy nor sell. He shall not haunt Taverns, nor Play-houses, nor absent himself from his said master's Service Day or Night unlawfully; but in all Things, as a faithful Apprentice, he shall behave himself towards his said Master, and all his, during the said Term. And the said Master in consideration of forty pounds the said Apprentice in the same Art and Mystery which he useth, by the best Means that he can, shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, finding unto his said Apprentice Meat, Drink, Apparel, Lodging and all other Necessaries, according to the Custom of London, during the said Term. And for the true Performance of all and every the said Covenants and Agreements, either of the said Parties bindeth himself to the other by these Presents. In witness whereof the Parties above-named to these Indentures interchangeably have put their Hands and Seals, the seventh day of June in the ninth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third of Great Britain France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, Annoque Dom 1769.

London Gazette: 13 August 1805 Dissolution of Partnership “..the partnership lately subsisting between George ADAMS, Thomas Price ADAMS and William CLIFTON, late of Lombard-street in the City of London and since of the Minories in the said city, Auctioneers, under the Firm of Adams, Son & Clifton, was dissolved by mutual consent on the 11th February last...” London Gazette: 30 June 1812 Bankruptcy Notice

“..Thomas Price ADAMS of Abchurch-lane in the City of London and late of the Island of Madeira, Merchant....” London Gazette: 1 February 1817 Bankruptcy Notice

“.. Thomas Price ADAMS, late of Rood-lane and Mincing Lane in the City of London, Merchant, Broker, Dealer and Chapman (trading under the Firm of Thomas Price Adams and Company)...”

1820 Settler Correspondence

National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 40 32 Trinity Square


July 31st 1819


On perusing the conditions under which it is proposed to give encouragement to emigration to the Cape of Good Hope I am led to conclude that Government does not intend to recommend any particular plan to the persons connecting themselves together for the purpose of emigrating, or to the parishes that may induce their poor to emigrate, but to leave it entirely to them to make their own arrangements. I have in consequence drawn up the enclosed prospectus which I take the liberty to hand you: copies I have sent to the mayors and Corporations should the poor appear to be a source of trouble and hope my humble efforts may be the means of relieving both parties of their present sufferings.

I have been several years resident in Lisbon and Madeira as a general merchant & have attended the planting of vines and been a considerable dealer in wines as well as had the management of it from the period of the grapes being pressed. I have offered my services as an overseer, should my plan be approved, desirous of becoming one of the emigrants and flattering myself that my general knowledge, as well as experience may be of use to myself and those concerned with me.

I have the honour to be your most obedient humble servant,

Thomas Price ADAMS

[the following prospectus is printed and accompanies the preceding letter]


Of a Plan for relieving the Parishes of the Poor that are capable of work, as well as to ensure to the Poor the means of supporting themselves and with prudence to become in seven years, or perhaps less time, honourable independent Men, leaving at their death a Provision for their Wives and Children.

I propose that the Parish or Parishes shall take of Government as many hundred Acres of Land as there are Families disposed to emigrate.

That the Parish or Parishes shall remit to the Government of the Cape, or their Overseers, Funds for the support of these Poor for seven years, or until the lands are sufficiently cultivated to support them, and shall have produced a fund for their future cultivation.

The Poor emigrating must give Bonds to co-operate in the cultivation of these lands for seven years – in consideration of which, and their having a certificate of good conduct during their seven years, the Parish or Parishes shall grant to each Man eighty Acres of Land, and a Hut or Cottage, both of which Land and Hut or Cottage shall be theirs for ever, provided they forfeit not their Bond or engagement with the Parish or Parishes during their servitude.

All persons emigrating shall be subject to Overseers appointed by the Parish or Parishes, who shall direct the Tillage or cultivation of the lands: the produce of which, or proceeds, shall be in the hands of the Overseers for seven years, or till the lands are sufficiently cultivated: after which period, the produce or proceeds to be divided in equal proportions, to the Parish and individuals according to the number of Acres; that is to say, in the proportion of one-fifth to the Parish and four-fifths to each family or individual.

The Emigrants to work together upon the lands, to commence from East to West, or from North to South, as weather or circumstances may require – no undue partiality to be shewn to any particular land.

In seven years, or as soon as the lands are sufficiently cultivated, the contract between the Parish and the Emigrants is to cease, the Bond to be cancelled, and the Parish to remain with a fair proportion of one-fifth of the land, and each Emigrant with his four-fifths of the same as granted by Government; say one hundred Acres to each family. During the seven years, or the period of this contract, the Emigrants are to be supported out of Funds remitted from the Parish to the Cape.

The Parish or Parishes to send out Tents, (unless they can borrow them from Government), Clothing, Agricultural Implements, Tools, and Ironmongery, at their own expense, to be equally divided at the end of the term with the land.

Each Family to have their Hut or Cottage as soon as it can be built by the joint efforts of the Emigrants, surrounded by one Acre of land, deducted from the eighty Acres.

Provisions and Wine to be measured out to each family according to the number of persons, in the same proportion as is allowed soldiers and their families on foreign service.

All persons committing any depredations, or refusing to work, must be tried by a Committee of Overseers and respectable persons, and on being found guilty of the offence, the Bond to be in force, their Cottage and Land to be taken from them, and themselves turned off the Estate.

The Emigrants with the consent of Government to be enrolled as Militia Men, and supplied with Rifles &c for the defence of the Property, as well as to enable them as occasion may require to hunt for food. In case of the Estate being near a River, Nets &c to be provided at the expense of the Parish.

By this or some similar plan the Parish or Parishes might in seven years be relieved of a serious burthen, and in possession of an Estate of considerable extent and value; many hundreds of Poor People now wandering about distressed, discontented, a burthen to themselves, their Country, their Parishes, might be made happy in the enjoyment of the requisites of life, and a heavenly climate in which to spend their days.

The same plan might answer to an opulent Individual whose estate is surcharged with Poor.


17 Queen Street, Edgeware Road

& 32 Trinity Square

"Thomas Price Adams" born c.1780. He arrived with his wife, Mary, in 1820 on the Chapman, as a member of Bailie's party.

His daughter Frances died at sea, but he also had 2 other children, Thomas Charles Price Adams and Mary Price Adams.

ADAMS Thomas Price 1788-1843

See NAAIRS: Thomas Price Adams. Born 1788 in Londen. Died 1843. 1820 Settler, Bailie's Party, SS Chapman


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Thomas Price Adams, SV/PROG's Timeline

April 2, 1780
London, England
April 27, 1780
London, Middlesex, England
March 3, 1810
Age 29
Island of Madeira
July 26, 1815
Age 35
London, England
October 21, 1816
Age 36
London, England
February 7, 1818
Age 37
London, England
July 7, 1818
Age 38
London, England
Age 38
May 22, 1821
Age 41
Division of Albany, Cape, South Africa