In references to this family, I have just found important
discrepancies in Hockley's "The Story of the British Settlers of 1820
in South Africa", Morse-Jones' "Roll of the British Settlers in South
Africa", Nash's "Settlers' Handbook".
Hockley and Morse-Jones both list, as members of Mandy's party:
Miller, William 29.; wife Sophia 26; children: Emma 2, Mary 1
[This William Miller should not be confused with the well-known
William Miller of Sephton's party.]
Nash gives, as members of Mandy's party:
Miller, Thomas, 29; wife Sophia 26; children: Emma 2, Mary 1.
However, C.T. Campbell, in "British South Africa" (London, 1897)
gives, under Mandy's party:
Miller, William, 29; wife Sophia 26; children: Emma 2, Mary 1.
Miller, Thomas, 29; wife Mary Ann 25; children: Sarah 7, Thomas
4, Sophia 2, and Mary Ann 1.
I then checked the "Opgaaf Roll" of 1822, as recently transcribed
by the Canadian researcher, Prof Alan Brunger of Trent University,
Thomas Miller of Mandy's party, wife Mary Ann Miller, two male
children under 16, two female children under 20.
The Grahamstown Journal, 27 Feb 1902, reports the death, in
Queenstown, of Thomas Miller (jnr):
"Yesterday afternoon there was laid to rest in the cemetery in
Queenstown one of the last, if not the last of the 1820 Settlers. In
that year the late Mr Thomas Miller came to this country with his
parents, then only six years of age......."
The article goes on to say that his house had been burnt down
three times during the frontier wars and it is interesting to see that
in Morse-Jones' "Albany Chronicle", part 4, p.23, 9 Sept 1851:
"Thomas Miller's house on Langholm had been burned". Of
course, Morse-Jones could have been referring to the Thomas
Miller who arrived after 1820 and who was an older child of the
William Miller of Sephton's party.
Only yesterday, I told a client that I could not find any evidence of a
child named Thomas Miller in the lists of 1820 settlers! It just goes
to show, yet again, that secondary sources data is not always
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