Sophia Hall (now Slater)

Sophia Hall (now Slater) Born: ~1778 (or ~1768), England
                  ("of St James' Parish, London")
Married: Thomas Slater, 19 December 1793, St James parish church, London, England

Children: Sarah Slater, 18 September 1794, South Kensington, London, England
                  Matthew Slater, 1796, London (stayed in England, or migrated to India)
                  Charles Slater, 1799 (or 1797/8), England (Butcher, aged 21 in 1820) (later represented Albany in Cape parliament)
                  Juliana Slater (also known as Julia Ann or Hannah), (aged 17 in 1820), 3 July 1803, London, England
                  Elizabeth Slater, 1806, England (aged 13 in 1820)
                  George Slater, 1808, London (aged 12 in 1820); farmer and member of Cape parliament
                  Henry Twelves Slater, 1809 (or 1811 or 1810), London, England ('aged 9 in 1820')
                  Thomas Slater, 1811, London, England
                  Edward Slater, 1812, England ('aged 7 in 1820')
                  John Francis Slater, December 1816, London, England ('aged 5 in 1820')
Died: 1826, Salem, Albany District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Buried: Salem Methodist Church (under the church)

"Marriage of Thomas Slater and Sophia Hall: No.451
Thomas Slater, Sophia Hall, both of this parish, were married in this church by licence from the Bishop of London this nineteenth day of December in the year 1793 by me John Waring, Curate.
This marriage was solemnized between us. Thomas Slater - Sophia Hall
In the presence of Chris Hall - Elizabeth Slater"

Sophia Slater was said to be 42 years old in 1820. At that time, her husband was a cotton dealer. Their children were listed as Hannah 17, Elizabeth 13, George 12, Henry 9, Edward 7, and John 5. They travelled to South Africa on the Aurora ship as part of Hezekiah Sephton's party, and settled in Salem (near Grahamstown).

Their descendant, Francis Carey Slater (1876 - 1958), was a well-known poet.

1820 Settler, part of Hezekiah Sephton's party in the ship Aurora (344 passengers).
Departed from London on 15 February 1820. Arrived at Simon's Bay 1 May 1820.
Arrived at final destination of Algoa Bay, Cape Colony on 15 May 1820.

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