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To identify Irish ancestor who came to South Africa with 1820 Settlers

We have an ancestor, whose name is Thomas William Stevens. His father could be named Joseph. He emmigrated to south africa as part of the original 1820 settlers. He married an elizabeth buckingham in south africa and went on to have seven children. His dob of birth is listed as 1799 and country of origin is ireland. If anybody could help with any other details it would be of great help as we cannot trace him beyond south africa. We dont even know which ship he came in on.

Many thanks

Tuesday 6th August 2019, 07:39PM

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  • Hi,

    There comes a point in Irish ancestry research where there simply are no more records and that point is usually around the early 1800s. 

    I searched Roots Ireland (subscription site) for a Thomas Stevens born in the years between 1790 and 1810. There are a handful of  results but to be honest, when you are unsure of his father's name there will be no substantial evidence to prove which of these, if any, is your Thomas. The records on Roots Ireland are by no means complete and there have been many records lost over time.

    To be certain of the veracity of any record the very least you would need is definite Father's name and county/parish of origin. 

    Unfortunately I don't think you have much chance of finding anything unless more information becomes available through another source eg. death certificate which may contain more information.


    Wednesday 7th August 2019, 11:44AM