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Thomas Sterley, Jr.

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Fakenham, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Cape Province, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Sterley, Snr. SV/PROG and Anne Sterley, SM/PROG
Husband of Anne Franz, b1 and Amelia Sterley
Brother of Mary Ann Matthews; John Sterley; Lydia Gates; Maria Sterley; William Sterley and 3 others

Managed by: John Sparkman
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About Thomas Sterley, Jr.

1820 British Settler

Thomas Sterley 17, together with his parents and 5 siblings, 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


Thomas STERLEY arrived with his parents, Thomas STERLEY and Anne MOORCROFT, as members of Damant's party of 1820 Settlers. The family came from the village of Fakenham in Dorset.

He became Port Elizabeth's Police Constable in 1822. His salary was £48 per annum and was never increased, but as his duties increased he was granted assistants and was appointed as jailor in 1828. In 1829, he married Anne FRANZE, daughter of John Christopher FRANZE of Baillie's party. Anne FRANZE died in 1844 and in 1845 Thomas married Amelia LASSOM.

Thomas died in Port Elizabeth 1854. The two small cottages opposite No. 7 Castle Hill, Port Elizabeth [McCLELAND Parsonage House] were built to accommodate his family."


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Thomas Sterley, Jr.'s Timeline

Fakenham, Norfolk, England
December 4, 1844
Age 41
June 8, 1854
Age 51
Cape Province, South Africa