William Robert Eales

William Eales Born: 14 April 1793, Hurst, Berkshire, England
Parents: Robert Eales and Dinah Eales
Siblings: None
Married: Rachel Sarah Maria Moore, ~1817/1819, England
Children: Mary Ann Eales, 1820 - 20 March 1852
                  Charlotte Eales, 1820 - 25 August 1866
                  William Eales, 4 July 1822 - 15 May 1891
                  Eleanore Eales, 14 August 1824 - 1890
                  Robert Eales, ~1827, Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa
                  Dinah Selina Eales, 25 February 1833 - 22 April 1909
                  Eliza Alice Eales, 6 October 1833 - 6 May 1859
                  (Eliza married Marmaduke Thomas Hulley, son of Richard William Hulley)
                  James Eales, 10 February 1835, Cape Colony, South Africa
                  Elizabeth Rachel Eales, 9 June 1838 - 10 April 1915
                  Margaret Moore Eales, 12 February 1840, Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa
Occupation: Farmer (William was employed as a farmer before 1820)
Died: 22 October 1868 (aged 75 years, 7 months), Queenstown, Cape Colony, South Africa
Buried: Queenstown main cemetery, South Africa

William and Rachel Eales were members of the Willson's Party of 1820 Settlers. They departed aboard the 'La Belle Alliance' from Downs on 12 February 1820, after being icebound in the River Thames for a month. They arrived at Table Bay on 2 May, and Simon's Bay on 5 May, and Algoa Bay, Cape Colony at the end of May 1820.

Queenstown Free Press transcribed by Sunelia Heath:
Tuesday, October 27, 1868 [Should read Friday, October 23, 1868]
DIED, at Queenstown, (Calderwood Street) South Africa, on Thursday, 22nd October, 1868 - Mr. William EALES, aged 75 years and 7 months, - Deceased was one of the British Settlers of 1820. He leaves a large family, and a numerous circle of friends to mourn their loss. - His end was peace.

ANOTHER SETTLER GONE. - Every now and then we are reminded that our forefathers, the founders of this settlement, are fast disappearing from our midst, gathering to a better home. Yesterday evening Mr. W. EALES Breathed his last. Deceased came to this colony with the original Settlers, in 1820, and saw many ups and downs during the early career of the inhabitants of the colony. He settled in Queenstown on its first formation, and has always been recognized a quiet, inoffensive person. Mr. EALES has a large family connection, and was generally respected by every one.

William Eales

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