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1820 Settlers - Independent immigrants not linked to a Party

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  • James Edward? Stewart, I SV/PROG (deceased)
    (Arrived in SA aboard SS Britanica possibly in the 1820's) According to the family folklore the Stewarts and the Hoods lived in the same block of flats in London and were on the same ship to South Afri...
  • Michael George Doubell, SV/PROG (1799 - 1871)
    Obituary in The Grahamstown Journal on Monday 25th September, 1871. Thanks to Sue Mackay for her transcriptions done in the archives in England. A WATERLOO VETERAN Mr. M.G. DOUBELL of Eland’s Poort, ...
  • Esther Powrie (1799 - 1870)
    Also married Thomas Marrin. Mother of 12
  • James Powrie (1817 - 1872)
  • Robert Powrie, SV/PROG (1784 - 1838)
    Robert Powrie (Pourie), b. 5 May 1784, in Inchture, Perth. He was a shoemaker in Errol, Perthshire. At the age of 19 he enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 25 Nov 1803. He was a NCO in His Majesty's R...

1820 Settlers -

Independent immigrants not linked to a Party

There were a number of independent settlers in 1820 who were not linked to any of the official parties. Please link any such people to this project, adding them together with any family that accompanied them to South Africa, to the list below. Please also connect them to 1820 British Settlers in South Africa Main page.

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Independent 1820 settlers




John CARR (List of the Settlers, page 211, The Story of the 1820 British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa, Second Edition by Harold Edward HOCKLY)


" A WATERLOO VETERAN - Mr. M.G. DOUBELL of Eland’s Poort, division of Uitenhage, died on the 10th inst. He was an 1820 Settler, and prior to arrival in the colony was a soldier, when he fought at Waterloo. He took up his residence in Port Elizabeth in 1826, at which time Port Elizabeth was part of the Uitenhage district. He has never resided out of the district since."













  • Robert Powrie and his family, who arrived as independent settlers in Cape Town in 1820.

Robert Powrie was a soldier in the Royal Artillery after the British occupation in 1806. He married in Cape Town, 15 Apr 1814, Esther Deacon, widow of Thomas Marrin, also of the RA. Their son, James, was born in the castle at Cape Town on 23 Jul 1817.
The family returned to Britain about 1818, where Robert petitioned (in London?) to be an 1820 settler. The petition was refused, but the family (now also with a daughter born in London) was given passage to Cape Town on the the Naval Ship Cumbria (Cumbrian) as an emigrant on with Ester Deacon his wife, a midwife and two small daughters., landing in Simonstown and never venturing anywhere near the Eastern Frontier. The Oldhams ended up in Cape Town where Josepha Oldham married James Powrie.








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