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Thomas Henry Halse, II. SV/PROG

Birthplace: Penzance, Cornwall, England
Death: Died in Grahamstown, Cape, Albany district, South Africa
Place of Burial: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Halse, I and Mary Thomas
Husband of Susan Halse, SM/PROG and Christiana Halse
Father of Thomas Henry Halse, III; Henry James Halse, b1; William Halse, b2; Frederick Halse, b3; Charles Henry Smith Halse, b4 and 10 others
Brother of Frances Halse and James Halse
Half brother of Joseph Batten; Mary Batten; Elizabeth Batten; William Batten and Andrew Batten

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About Thomas Henry Halse, II. SV/PROG

The direct ancestor of the South African branch of the family is THOMAS HALSE, a gentleman and widower, resident in the town of Penzance, Cornwall, who married Mary Thomas (widow of Joseph Batten of Penzance) at the Parish Church of Madron, Penzance, on the 25 June 1789. They had one son THOMAS HENRY HALSE born Aug. 1794 in Penzance and christened in the parish church of Madron 22 Aug. 1794.

This THOMAS HENRY HALSE married in 1816 Susan Smith, the daughter of a Scotsman James Smith, head of a large drapery establishment in Sussex. Two children were born to this couple in London – Henry James born 1 Dec. 1817 and William born 1819.

In 1820 THOMAS HENRY HALSE, then 26, and his wife Susan and their two children came to South Africa in Morgan's party on S. Ocean. The child William died on the journey out.


Halse, Thomas Henry

  • Last Name: Halse
  • First Name: Thomas Henry
  • Date of Birth: chr. 22 Aug 1794
  • Place of Birth: Madron, Cornwall, England
  • Parents – Father: Thomas Halse
  • Parents – Mother: Mary Thomas (widow of Joseph Batten of Penzance)


  1. Susan Smith dau. of Scotsman James Smith, head of a drapery business in Sussex; Susan died 11 Aug 1839, Thomas m.
  2. Christiana Caldecott
  • Marriage Date: 1) 14 May 1816
  • Marriage Place: 1) Old Church St. Pancras, London, England
  • Date of Death: 5 Jan 1849 age 54
  • Place of Death: Grahamstown, Cape

Notes: Morgan’s party of 1820 settlers. IGI. DN 66/1849, 388/1880, 469/1885. Children:

  • Thomas Henry chr. 8 Feb 1817 St. John Zachary, London, England, presumably died young.
  • Henry James b. 1 Dec 1817 London, m. 1840 Ann Lydia Poultney d. 6 Jun 1880 Mayfield, Cape (q.v.)
  • William 1819, d. 1820 at sea
  • Frederick b. 26 Mar 1821 Grahamstown m. abt 1844 Jane Sarah Poultney, d. 16 Jan 1885 Dordrecht, Cape (3 children)
  • Charles Henry b. 7 Sep 1822 Grahamstown m. 1851 Eliza Poultney, d. 7 Nov 1883, no children.
  • Cordelia Susan b. 9 May 1826 Grahamstown, Cape, m. abt 1845 Henry Hudson, d. 1907
  • Thomas Benjamin b. 23 Feb 1829 Grahamstown m. abt 1850 Ann Stone (wid0w), d. 12 Sep 1894 (1 daughter)
  • Edmund George b. 21 May 1833 Grahamstown, m. Jul 1863 Susan Annandale
  • Eliza Ann b. 23 Jul 1835 Grahamstown m. abt 1853 Herbert Greathead, d. 22 Dec 1874
  • James William b. 3 Jun 1837.

London Metropolitan Archives: Thomas Henry HALSE, bachelor, married Susan SMITH, spinster on 14 May 1816 in St.Pancras Old Church. Both signed their names. Witnesses: James SMITH, John SMITH, Ann STARK and Ann SMITH

The witness Ann SMITH was the bride's sister and later married James POULTNEY


"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown Cathedral, St George > Marriages 1836-1849 > image 52 of 63; William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

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Thomas Henry Halse, II. SV/PROG's Timeline

August 22, 1794
Cornwall, England
August 22, 1794
Penzance, Cornwall, England
February 8, 1817
Age 22
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
December 1, 1817
Age 23
London, Middlesex, England
Age 24
March 26, 1821
Age 26
Cape, South Africa
September 7, 1822
Age 28
Cape, South Africa
Age 29
January 18, 1825
Age 30