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1820 Settlers - Morgan's Party

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  • James Augustus Poultney, SV/PROG (1792 - 1884)
    From Morgan's Party on Ocean Following from "Some Frontier Families", by Ivan Mitford-Barberton & Violet White, page 235. "Quoted from a letter from Mrs Esme Glazebrook of We...
  • Charles Kestell, SV/PROG (c.1787 - d.)
    As part of the 1820 Settler Scheme to the Eastern Cape, South Africa, the Kestell family came out to South Africa with Morgan's Party, London on the ship "Ocean" which arrived at Table Bay 26th March 1...
  • Grace Kestell, SM/PROG (c.1791 - d.)
  • Mary Morgan, SM/PROG (1796 - 1847)
  • Henry James Halse, b1 (1817 - 1880)
    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 Pe...

Morgan's Party

1820 Settlers

Main Reference - The Settler Handbook by MD Nash

See also eGGSA - The 1820 Settler Correspondence and Morgan's Party Settler Returns

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Party Details

  • Leader Nathaniel Morgan
  • Number 41
  • Area Party originated from London
  • Area Allocated to the Party Beauty Vale on the Blaauwkrantz River
  • 1820 Settler Ship


  • Dates
  • Departure 1st Jan 1820
  • Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 29 March 1820
  • Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth - 15 April 1920

(Other parties on this voyage - Damant, Dixon, Howard)

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"No. 15 on the Colonial Department list, led by Nathanael Morgan of 19 Shoemakers Row, Blackfriars, London, an Assistant Surgeon of the 81st Regiment of Foot on half-pay. (Like all other half-pay officers who wished to emigrate, Morgan had to make formal application to the Commander in Chief, HRH the Prince Regent, for leave of absence to proceed to the Cape.)

This was a joint-stock party made up principally of London tradesmen and their families. Phillips lived in Whitechapel, James Thomas in Poplar, Kestell in Limehouse, Halse in Finsbury and his brother-in-law Poultney in Bishopsgate. (Joseph Jinks' young maidservant Martha Smith was a sister of Susan Halse and Ann Poultney.) Jinks and Floodgate were the only men of the party as it finally sailed whose names did not appear on Morgan's original list.

Deposits were paid for 12 men, but three of them - Robert Allen, Robert Gadson and Joel Tilke - appear to have withdrawn from the party before it sailed. The nine remaining families embarked at Deptford in the Ocean regular transport which sailed from Portsmouth on New Year's Day 1820. William, the infant son of Thomas Henry Halse, and Jane, the infant daughter of William Thomas, died at sea. The Ocean reached Table Bay on 29 March and Algoa Bay on 15 April. Morgan's party was located on the Blaauwkrantz River and its location was named Beauty Vale".

Member's of Morgan's Party

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Edward Floodgate 28. Farmer.

Thomas Henry Halse 27 Wholesale ware-houseman.

Wife Susan Smith 20.


Joseph Jinks 37. Veterinary surgeon.

Wife Sarah 21.

Charles Kestell 32. Carpenter and Builder.

Wife Grace Weymouth 28.



Nathaniel Morgan 27. Asst. Surgeon (half-pay).

Wife Mary Sadler 22.

George Phillips 29. Narrow weaver.

Wife Ann Ladson 26.



James Poultney 28, Tailor.

Wife Ann Smith 21.

child :

Martha Smith 13 (servant of Joseph Jinks).


James Thomas 26. Carpenter and builder.

Wife Martha 21.


  • Harriet Thomas.

William Thomas 29. Carpenter and joiner.

Wife Elizabeth 30.


Main source for party list

Agent of Transports' Return of settlers under the direction of Nathanael Morgan (Cape Archives CO 136).

Ship: Ocean

Scheme: the Government Settler Scheme

Tonnage: c 400

Type: Frigate

Departure Port: London

Parties: Damant, Dixon, Howard, Morgan

Number on Board: 206

Departure Date: 13th December 1819

Landfall Port: Table Bay, Cape Town

Landfall Date: 29th March 1820

Final Port: Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth

Final Port landfall date: 15th April 1820 to
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