GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

This is pre 1820 information mainly taken from actual images of UK parish registers and other primary sources which I have personally researched. Further information about the settlers and their families once they reached the Cape can be found at

Sue Mackay

OSLER, Benjamin - Extra Data


Leader of OSLER's Party


Family Search


Benjamin OSLER married Jane SAWLE on 9 April 1797 in Falmouth, Cornwall


Baptisms for Falmouth, Cornwall, children of Benjamin and Jane OSLER:

Joseph baptised 12 August 1798 (born 12 July)

Benjamin baptised 29 May 1801 (born 5 March)

Jane baptised 22 August 1802 (born 1 August)

Stephen Sawle baptised 24 October 1804 (born 27 September)

Mary Ann baptised 18 June 1806 (born 25 May)

Amelia baptised 26 December 1807 (born 28 November)

Julia baptised 21 March 1810 (born 1 December 1809)

Eliza baptised 21 August 1811 (born 29 July)

Sarah baptised 22 November 1815

Philippa baptised 8 April 1818


Benjamin's correspondence mentions 10 children, but only four are listed in The Settler Handbook, confirmed by the muster roll of HMS Weymouth (ADM37/6145 National Archives, Kew). The Settler Handbook says "Joseph RICHARDS, who according to the sailing list emigrated with a wife and two children, described himself in 1822 as a single man; it is conceivable that 'Sally RICHARDS' on the sailing list was actually Susannah OSLER, and 'Sally' and 'Phillis', aged 3 and 1, her two youngest sisters. It was not uncommon for single women among the emigrants to be listed as 'wives' of unmarried men to avoid paying separate deposits.' There is a Submitted IGI entry for a Susanna OSLER, daughter of Benjamin and Jane, born 15 November 1799 in Falmouth. Julia may have died in infancy.


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