The above picture is a cut out from the Temps Passe Section in the local newspaper in Jersey called the Jersey Evening Post or otherwise known as the ‘J.E.P.’ It was this little piece of history from 1916 that started my quest into my family history. Being a ‘Davey’ myself I was curious to find out if I was related to Captain William Davey. I have yet to find out the exact connection. As you can see I cut the piece out of the paper on the 17th January 1991.
THE NAME: DAVEY
Spelling variations: Davie, Davey, Davy
The origins of the name are apperently Celtic. Common in England and Scotland, but particularly common in Wales where I have been told that ‘Davey means ‘friendly’ or ‘darling’‘. I have found no Welsh connection yet.
If you are interested to see the distribution of this name in 1881 then go to the following link: www.nationaltrustnames.org.uk . It appears most often in the towns of Exeter and Truro, England.
I have managed to get back as far as 1821 with my Davey family. When they arrived in Jersey and where from I have yet to find out? This is what I have found out so far…
24 July 1821 – William Davy & Mary de France baptised their son Isaac William. The God parents are William Leto & Catherine de France. Catherine de France is very possibly Mary’s sister. (details from Baptism Book for St. Helier)
MY DAVEY ANCESTORS
John Davey – born circa 1760
William Davy – was born c.1790 in West Coker, Somerset, England. At some point he was working as a Carter. His wife was Mary de France. He died in Jersey. Their children were:
Rachel Mary Davey – 1813
Mary Ann Davey – b.1819
Isaac William Davey – b.1821
(William) George Davey – b.1826
Isaac William Davey (1821) married Ann (Nancy) Le Breton. Their children were:
Isaac William Davey – b.1851
Cpt. William Davey – b.1852 (is this the Captain mentioned in the article above?)
Ann ‘Annie’ Elizabeth Davey – b.1855
Mary Frances Davey – b.1856
Esther Davey – b.1856
Celia Davey – b.1862
Matilda Davey – b.1863
Selina Davey – b.1869
Interesting note: The age gap was so big between the oldest child Isaac to his youngest sibling Selina, that at the age of 18, Isaac is recorded as being her godparent on the baptism records!
Isaac William Davey (1851) married Ellenora Goodge (Eleanore Goudge). Their children were:
Isaac Davey – b.1877
James Davey – b.1879
Elenora Davey – b.1881
George Perchard Davey – b.1885 (my great grandfather)
Violet May Davey – b.1893 (Violet married Willroy Bryant)
George Perchard Davey (1885) married twice. His first wife was Ada Margaret Barette. His second wife was Clara Lozuet (my great grandmother). George and Ada apparently had five children. I have only been able to find out about one of them:
George Davey – b.1911
George and Clara’s child was:
Kenneth George Davey – b.1924 (My grandfather)
Kenneth Davey married Grace Rabet. Their children are:
Susan Davey (my mother)
and 8 other children.