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I found a whole stack of old family photographs. Who are they, where did they come from, where did I come from? This blog tells the story of my family and hopes to answer the age old question: Where did I come from?

1820 Settlers to the Cape - Wakeford

The party embarked in the Chapman transport at Deptford, in company with a small party led by John Carlisle - a last minute arrangement resulting from the reduction in size of Bailie’s party which was to have occupied the whole ship. Patrick Bagley, a veteran soldier and shoemaker, missed the Chapman’s sailing and was permitted to join Willson’s party on La Belle Alliance instead. The Chapman sailed from Gravesend on 3 December 1819, and on 9 December dropped her pilot, as well as several seasick settlers, at the Downs.

Six babies were born at sea, and an epidemic of whooping-cough on board resulted in the deaths of five children under the age of 2 and one 5-year-old boy. The Chapman anchored in Table Bay on 17 March 1820, and was placed under quarantine; however, Sarah Reed was allowed to go on shore to marry the Chapman’s Captain, John Milbank. A printing press belonging to Edward Roberts, Thomas Stringfellow and Robert Godlonton was confiscated by the authorities.

The Chapman was the first of the settler ships to anchor in Algoa Bay on 10 April 1820. William Low, one of Bailie’s servants, did not land with the other settlers but remained on the ship as a sailor. Another servant, Christopher Franz, and Daniel Hockly, WD Cowper and John Leonard were offered employment while at Algoa Bay and permitted to leave the party. The remainder of the party was escorted by the Landdrost of Uitenhage, Colonel Cuyler, to its location at the mouth of the Great Fish River. Sixty-four one-acre lots were measured for a village which was named Cuyler Town (later Cuylerville). Bailie received a separate grant of land (The Hope) as did Simon Biddulph (Birbury).

In the confined quarters of an emigrant ship during their four months at sea, friction had developed among the settlers and Bailie’s authoritarian attitude had created resentment. Soon after locating, permission was given for the party to subdivide into five smaller groups under Bailie, TP Adams, George Anderson, James Ford and Thomas Wakeford.

WAKEFORD, Thomas 34. Gardener. W Mary 36. c Thomas 13.
WAKEFORD, William 12 (in the care of Thomas Wakeford).

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  • 27 November 2009