1820 Settler Party : Morgan

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Party  Morgan 
Leader  Nathaniel Morgan 
Number in the Party  41 
Area Party originated from  London, England 
Area allocated to the party  Beauty Vale on the Blaauwkrantz River 
1820 Settler Ship  Ocean,    
Surnames in party  Floodgate, Halse, Jinks, Kestell, Ladson, Morgan, Phillips, Poultney, Sadler, Smith, Thomas, Unknown, Weymouth
Other Information  A party of 41 from London led by Surgeon Nathaniel MORGAN sailed in "Ocean". They were located on an arm of the Kowie River.
Settler Handbook Content:   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Deposits were paid for 12 men, but three of them - Robert Allen, Robert Gadson and Joel Tilke - appear to have withdrawn from the party before it sailed.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.


FLOODGATE, Edward 28. Farmer.

HALSE, Thomas Henry 27. Wholesale warehouseman. w Susan 20. c Henry 2, William (died at sea).

JINKS, Joseph 37. Veterinary surgeon. w Sarah 21.

KESTELL, Charles 32. Carpenter and builder. w Grace 28. c John 10, Elizabeth 8, Susannah 5, Charles 1.

MORGAN, Nathanael 27. Asst Surgeon (half-pay). w Mary 22.

PHILLIPS, George 29. Narrow weaver. w Ann 26. c George 3, James 1.

POULTNEY, James 28. Tailor. w Ann 21. c Ann.

SMITH, Martha 13 (servant of Joseph Jinks).

THOMAS, James 26. Carpenter and builder. w Martha 21. c Harriet.

THOMAS, William 29. Carpenter and joiner. w Elizabeth 30. c Elizabeth 6, Rebecca 5, William 3, Jane 1 (died at sea).

Main source for party list

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

from THE SETTLER HANDBOOK by MD Nash page 94 

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