1820 Settler Party : White

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Party  White 
Leader  Lieut. Thomas White 
Number in the Party  27 
Area Party originated from  Nottinghamshire, England 
Area allocated to the party  Sharon on the Assegai Bush River 
1820 Settler Ship  Stentor,    
Surnames in party  Bispum, Germaine, Hardy, Hopkinson, Noon, Oswell, Parr, Peach, Pearson, Singleton, Smith, Streets, Unknown, Wetton, White
Other Information  A party of 27 from Nottinghamshire led by Lieutenant Thomas WHITE, 25th Regiment, sailed in "Stentor". They were located on the left bank of the Zonder End River. They were shortly moved to a location on the right bank of the Assegai Bush River which was named Sharon.
Settler Handbook Content:   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.


BISPUM, William 25. Husbandman.

GERMAINE, Richard 50. Gardener and army pensioner.

NOON, Richard 18. Framework knitter.

OSWELL, John 33. Husbandman. w Mary 35. c Sarah 16, John 6.

PARR, John 30. Husbandman. w Ellen 30.

PEACH, George 20. Framework knitter.

PEARSON, Joseph 19. Labourer.

SINGLETON, William 33. Husbandman. w Mary 40. c Elizabeth 14, John 9, Charlotte 6.

SMITH, Samuel 18. Husbandman.

STREETS, William 21. Husbandman.

WHATTON, Edward 30. Husbandman. w Jane 38. c Sarah 15, Mary 13, Elizabeth 10, Rebecca 8, William 5,
Edward 3.

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

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.

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.

from THE SETTLER HANDBOOK by MD Nash page 135 

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