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Thomas Slater, SV/PROG

Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Salem (Albany District), Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Salem, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Slater and Elizabeth Slater
Husband of Sophia Hall
Father of Sarah Slater; Charles Slater; Matthew Slater; Juliana Slater, SM/PROG; Elizabeth Neal, SM and 5 others
Brother of Matthew William Slater, I; Elizabeth Slater; John Slater; George Rodney Slater; Ann Slater and 7 others

Occupation: Cotton Dealer
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About Thomas Slater, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Thomas Slater, 43, and his wife Sophia Hall, 41, and their 7 children were part of Sephton's party of 344 people on the Aurora.

Party originated from London.

Departure Gravesend, 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, 1 May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, 15 May 1820

Area allocated to the Party : Assegai Bush River, Salem



Baptisms of children for Thomas and Sophia:

Sarah SLATER of Thos. and Sophia, baptised 5 October 1794 in St.Marylebone (born 18 September)

Charles SLATER of Thos. and Sophia baptised 2 February 1797 in St.Marylebone (born 28 November 1796)

Matthew SLATER of Thos. and Sophie, baptised 8 February 1799 in St.Marylebone (born 9 January)

Juliana SLATER of Thos. and Sophia, baptised 2 September 1803 in St.Marylebone (born 3 July)

Elizabeth SLATER of Thos. and Sophia, baptised 23 April 1806 in St.Marylebone (born 26 February)

George SLATER of Thomas and Sophia, baptised 1 July 1808 in St.Marylebone (born 23 April)

Henry Twelves, son of Thomas SLATER and Mary Sophia his wife, baptised 24 August 1810 in St.Marylebone (born 16 July)

John Francis, son of Thomas and Sophia SLATER, Collingwood Str, clerk in the docks, baptised 26 January 1817 in St.Matthew, Bethnal Green

Baptisms for Hannah and Edward not found.


THOMAS and SOPHIA (HALL) emigrated to the Cape in 1820, seeking a warmer climate for their delicate health. Thomas had visited North America and had already booked passages for that country when he was persuaded to join Sephton's Party. They sailed in the Aurora, Captain Pearson, reaching Algoa Bay on 15th May 1820. They were accompanied by seven of their children: Charles, Juliana, Elizabeth, George, Henry, Edward and John. Their eldest son Matthew is said to have gone to India, while Sarah and the young brother remained in England.

Juliana was the first Salem bride, marrying Benjamin Rudman in August 1820.

Thomas was of scholarly nature and artistically inclined, and produced drawings and paintings of the Eastern Cape, of which has survived his painting of Port Elizabeth c.1826.

Taken from "The Carnarvon Dale Papers" P.11-12 Neil Slater 11.08.2005 1820 Settler - 15 Feb 1820 - Sephton's Party Gravesend, London on the Aurora


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Thomas Slater, SV/PROG's Timeline

March 29, 1767
London, Middlesex, England
September 18, 1794
Age 27
November 28, 1796
Age 29
London, Middlesex, England
January 9, 1799
Age 31
July 3, 1803
Age 36
England UK
February 26, 1806
Age 38
London, Middlesex, England UK
April 23, 1808
Age 41
London, Middlesex, England UK
July 16, 1810
Age 43
England UK
Age 43