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Thomas Sterley, Snr. SV/PROG

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Foulsham, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Anne Sterley, SM/PROG
Father of Thomas Sterley, Jr.; Mary Ann Matthews; John Sterley; Lydia Gates; Maria Sterley and 4 others

Occupation: Husbandman, army pensioner, 1820 Settler, Damant, Ocean
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About Thomas Sterley, Snr. SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Thomas Sterley 54, Husbandman and army pensioner, together with his wife Ann Moorecroft 44, and their 6 children, were members of Damant's Party of 57 Settlers on the Settler Ship Ocean.

Party originated from Norfolk.

Departed London, 13 December 1819. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town - 9 March 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth - 15 April 1920

Area Allocated to the Party : The old Waaiplaats barracks, then to the Gamtoos River. They were located at the source of the Kaffir Kraal River but the location was at once rejected by Lieutenant Damant and they moved to the Gamtoos River, their settlement being called Lammas.

Children :

  • Thomas Sterley 17
  • John Sterley 13
  • Mary Sterley 12
  • Lydia Sterley 8
  • Maria Sterley 6
  • James Sterley 1


Billingsford Norfolk

Oct 22, 1819

Honorable Sir

Having engaged to serve Messrs DAMANT of the Cape of Good Hope as a labourer for the term of five years and wishing to take my Wife and Family of seven children who are all agreeable to accompany me there I hereby request your permission for the same purpose to embark from this Country. Beging the favor of your reply as soon as possibly convenient as the first ship will soon sail for the Cape. I beg you will direct for me as above.

I am Honorable Sir

your obed humb servt


(My age is 54 years)

National Archives, Kew CO48/45, 1040


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Thomas Sterley, Snr. SV/PROG's Timeline

April 1765
Foulsham, Norfolk, England
Age 37
Fakenham, Norfolk, England
Age 39
Norfolk, England UK
Age 41
Billingford, Norfolk, England UK
Age 46
Fakenham, Norfolk, England UK
Age 48
Age 50
England, United Kingdom
December 7, 1818
Age 53
August 1, 1821
Age 56
Hankey, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa