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1820 Settlers - White's Party

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  • Lieut. Thomas Charles White, SV/PROG (1792 - 1835)
    1820 British Settler Lieut. thomas Charles White 27, was Leader of White's Party of 27 Settlers on the Settler Ship Stentor . Party originated from Nottinghamshire, England. Departed Liverpool, 1...
  • William Singleton, SV/PROG (c.1786 - 1843)
    1820 British Settler William Singleton 33, Husbandman, together with his wife Mary Hardy 40, and their 3 children, were members of White's Party of 27 Settlers on the Settler Ship Stentor . Party o...
  • Mary Hardy, SM/PROG (c.1779 - d.)
    1820 British Settler Mary Hardy 40, together with her husband William Singleton 33, Husbandman, and their 3 children, were members of White's Party of 27 Settlers on the Settler Ship Stentor . Part...
  • John Peter Singleton, b3 (1810 - 1876)
    1820 British Settler John Singleton 9, together with his parents and 2 siblings, were members of White's Party of 27 Settlers on the Settler Ship Stentor . Party originated from Nottinghamshire, En...
  • Charlotte Singleton (1812 - bef.1843)
    1820 British Settler Charlotte Singleton 6, together with her parents and 2 siblings, were members of White's Party of 27 Settlers on the Settler Ship Stentor . Party originated from Nottinghamshir...

White's Party

Main References - The Settler Handbook by MD Nash and 1820

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Party Details

  • Leader Lieut Thomas Charles White
  • Number 27
  • Area Party originated from Nottinghamshire, England
  • Area Allocated to the Party Sharon on the Assegai Bush River
  • 1820 Settler Ship


  • Dates
  • Departure Liverpool, 13 January 1820
  • Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 19 April 1820

(Other parties on this voyage - Griffith, Neave, Richardson, George Smith.)

M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

"No 37 on the Colonial Department list, led by Lieut Thomas Charles White of Arnold, near Nottingham, a half-pay officer late of the 79th Regiment of Foot. This was a proprietary party and White's labourers were all from the neighbourhood of Arnold.

Four men whose names were on White's original list dropped out and were replaced by others, and Joseph Whatton, aged 15, an apprentice whose master refused to release him from his indentures, was replaced by his sister Sarah. Deposits were paid for 12 men, and the party boarded the Stentor at Liverpool. Special permission had to be obtained from the Colonial Department for White to take four sport­ing dogs - two greyhounds and two spaniels - on board, for which their owner had to provide crates, provisions and water for 83 days, the estimated duration of the voyage.

The Stentor sailed from Liverpool on 13 January 1820 and reached Table Bay on 19 April, where her charter terminated and all her passengers were thus disembarked. White's, Neave's and Griffith's parties from the Stentor and Captain Duncan Campbell's party from the Weymouth were located on land purchased by the government at the Zonder End River, approximately 70 miles from Cape Town. However, the party leaders refused to accept the locations that were offered them, and White and Campbell were relocated with the main body of the settlers in Albany. Some of White's labourers had been hired by local far­mers and remained in the western districts, but the rest of the party (White, with Peach, Streets, Smith and Singleton) were shipped to Algoa Bay in the Sir George Osborn. The party was located on the right bank of the Assegai Bush River and its location was named Sharon".

Members of White's Party

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William Bispum 25. Husbandman.

Richard Germaine 50. Gardener and army pensioner.

Richard Noon 18. Framework knitter.


  • Sarah Noon 16,
  • John Noon 6.

John Oswell 33. Husbandman.

Wife Mary 35

John Parr 30. Husbandman.

Wife Ellen 30.

George Peach 20. Framework knitter.

Joseph Pearson 19. Labourer.

William Singleton 33, Husbandman.

Wife Mary Hardy 40.


Samuel Smith 18. Husbandman.

William Streets 21. Husbandman.

Edward Whatton 30. Husbandman.

Wife Jane 38.


  • Sarah Whatton 15,
  • Mary Whatton 13,
  • Elizabeth Whatton 10,
  • Rebecca Whatton 8,
  • William Whatton 5,
  • Edward Whatton 3.

Thomas Charles White 27. Lieut, 79th Regt (half-pay).

On the list of White's settlers removed to Albany, Samuel Smith is shown with a wife, Sarah, aged 19. He was entered on the sailing list as an unmarried man.

Main source for party list

Return of settlers under the direction of Lieut T White (Cape Archives CO 6138/1,105) . No Agent of Transports' Return showing the state of the parties on their arrival at the Cape has been traced for the Stentor.

The 1820 Settler Correspondence- Thomas Charles White

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