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1820 Settlers - Owen's Party

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  • George Ellard Whiley (1815 - d.)
    South African Commercial Advertiser - December 1838 Wednesday 19 December 1838 MARRIAGE On Monday the 17th December 1838 by the Rev George Hough MA, Senior Colonial Chaplain: Mr. George Ellerd WH...
  • Octavia Pullen (c.1820 - c.1904)
    1820 Settler Departed 3 Dec 1819 Gravesend, Kent, England Owen's party on the Nautilus
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  • Margaret Elizabeth Georgina Kolbe, SM/PROG (1803 - 1867)
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Owen's Party

1820 Settlers

Main Reference - The Settler Handbook by MD Nash

See also eGGSA - The 1820 Settler Correspondence and Owen's Party - Return of Settlers

Additional information at 1820

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Party Details

  • Leader Thomas Owen
  • Number 52 + Octavia Pullen added to list until further information found
  • Area Party originated from London
  • Area Allocated to the Party "Spanish Reeds" between the Wellington and Kap rivers
  • 1820 Settler Ship


  • Dates
  • Departure London, 3 December 1819
  • Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 17 March 1820
  • Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 14 April 1820

(Other parties on this voyage - Crause, Mandy, Rowles, Scott)

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"No 3 on the Colonial Department list, led by Thomas Owen of 9 Carey Street, Horseferry Road, Westminster, London. Little informa­ tion has been traced about this party; most of its correspondence with the Colonial Depart­ment was conducted by the Rev J Owen of Fulham, Thomas Owen's father. It was a joint­ stock party and probably recruited in London.

Deposits were paid for 11 men and the party sailed from Gravesend on 3 December 1819 in the Nautilus regular transport, arriving in Table Bay on 17 March 1820 and in Algoa Bay on 14 April. By an odd coincidence, the cap­tains of the first two settler transports to reach the Cape both chose brides from among their passengers, Captain Walton of the Nautilus marrying Thomas Pullen's eldest daughter Dorothy, and Captain Milbank of the Chap­man marrying William Reed's elder daughter Eliza.

The party was located near the Kap River and called its location Spanish Reed Place. Thomas Owen (Special Commissioner Hay­ward called him 'this querulous man') refused to draw rations for his people, and his brother W S Owen was appointed director in his place. Thomas Owen left the location early in 1821 and the party dispersed soon afterwards".

Members of Owen's Party

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James Brown 22. Bricklayer.

Henry Church 25. Ropemaker.

Wife Elizabeth 21.

William Cole 22. Goldsmith.

Ann Dyke 36 (with the family of Thomas Pullen).

George Augustus Kolbe 20, Chemist.

Wife Margaret Elizabeth Downing 19.

Thomas Owen 38.

Wife Elizabeth Spencer 35.


William Samuel Owen 40, Farmer.

Wife Judianna Spencer 35.

Children :

Thomas Pullen 43. Farmer.

Wife Dorothy Ann Carter 36.


Francis Stanley 42. Edged-tool maker.

Wife Mary Ann 41.


  • Mary Ann Stanley 15,
  • Francis Stanley 13,
  • Joseph Stanley 11,
  • Nathaniel Stanley 9,
  • John Stanley 2.

William Stanley 20. Edged-tool maker.

Allan William Wall 47. Farmer.

Wife Mary 36.


  • John Wall 13.

William Whiley 31, a smith.

Wife Deborah Storey 31.


Main source for party list

List of settlers under the direction of Thomas Owen (Cape Archives CO 6137/ 1,4); Special Commissioner William Hayward's notes (Cape Archives CO 8543); Memorial of independent settlers aboard the Nautilus (Cape Archives CO 3917). No Agent of Transports' Return has been traced for the Nautilus, showing the state of the parties as they arrived at the Cape, but mention has been found in colonial records of all the men in the London list except William Cole. His name does not appear in the Nautilus memorial or in Special Commissioner Hayward's list of Owen's party, and it is possible that he did not sail.

The 1820 Settler Correspondence - Thomas Owen to
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