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John Davis 1825

John Davis was the son of James Davis (ag lab and later parish clerk) and Joan Pocock.
He was baptised in Luxborough on 6th February 1825

He married Maria Richards (youngest of five daughters of John Richards, a shoemaker - sometimes called cordwainer - and Elizabeth formerly Lyddon) on 20th October 1855 in Luxborough.

This couple are our great grandparents

John appears in the 1841 census as a boy, and in the 1851 census as an unmarried ag lab.

In the 1861 census he was with his wife and family, and was working as an iron miner in the mines above the village.

He died of pneumonia on Boxing Day, 26th December 1870, leaving his consumptive wife with five children aged 3 months to 15.

The children of John and Maria Davis of Luxborough

Louisa Jane Davis was baptised in Luxborough on 6th January 1856 (less than 3 months after her parents’ marriage!).  She appears in the 1861 census with her parents, and again in the 1871 census with her widowed mother.  In 1881 she was working in Clifton, Bristol as a housemaid aged 25. She married the carpenter William Coles in Luxborough on 6th October 1883, and they had four children - Ethel, Charles, Fred and Sydney. They lived in Hall Cottage, Luxborough, where Mum and Dad visited Ethel. 

Charles Davis was born in Luxborough in late 1857, and appears in the 1861 census aged 3.
He was in Luxborough written down as a labourer aged 13 in the 1871 census.
he married Lucy Fletcher in Bristol, in June qtr 1878, and in the 1881 census was a builder’s labourer in Clifton with his wife and daughter Louisa.
In the 1891 census the family were at Down Lodge, Stoke Bishop, where Charles was a coachman/groom. Children there were Emily, Alice and Fred.
The last census they appear in was 1901, when Charles was at 28 High St Bristol, still a coachman aged 42. With him were Lucy and children Emily 19, Fred 10, John 8, Mabel 5 and young Charles 1.
Some time in the noughties the family emigrated to the USA where they settled in the small town of Phoenix, NY. Ann & I visited Charles the younger there in 1962.

William Davis was born in Luxborough in the last quarter of 1859, and died there in November 1863. His only census appearance was as a one year old in 1861.

Clara Ann Davis was born in the June quarter of 1862. She was 9 in Luxborough in 1871, a cook aged 19 working in Apsley Park Clifton in 1881, and as a cook aged 37 in Bath in 1901. She was still a cook in 1911, working for an elderly widow Laura Robertson at Lonsdale, Sydney Gardens, Bath. Still unmarried, she now gave her age as 46.
She is the aunt that Mum walked to from Bristol to Bath to visit some time in the 1910’s.

John Davis was born about 1864, appearing in the 1871 census aged 7. He does not appear in any later census, but his death is difficult to determine on account of his very common name.

James Davis, our grandfather, was probably born in 1867, being christened in Luxborough on July 14th that year. His birth does not appear to have been registered. He is 4 in the 1871 census. After his mother’s death in 1875 he went to live with his Uncle and Aunt in Calverton, Bucks. His mother’s sister Emily who had married William Mundy in Wolverton in 1861. This William had lived in Calverton all his life, and was first an ag lab, and for the last 30 years of his life was parish clerk. Emily had been working as a housemaid at Wolverton Vicarage - this is the next parish to Calverton. James was in Calverton for the 1881 and 1891 censuses, in the latter being a tailor aged 23. Where he learned tailoring is not knowm but the most liely place is the small town of Stoney Stratford, which straddles the border between the parishes of Calverton and Wolverton. In the early 1890’s he moved to Bristol and worked for a tailor there. He married Mary Eliza Ford in Bristol Register Office on 27th October 1894.

Emma Jane Davis was born in Luxborough in the late summer of 1870. She was 8 months old in the 1871 census taken on April 1st, but on April 30th she was buried in Luxborough churchyard joining her father and brother William.

Maria Davis worked as a dressmaker, struggling to keep her family fed, but died of consumption (T.B.) on February 8th 1875. The older children were able to find work in Clifton, but James was sent to live with his religeous Uncle and Aunt in Calverton.

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