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Isaac Davey marries Ellenora Goudge

One hundred and thirty six years ago today, on the 4th January 1876, my great great grandfather married Ellen Goudge. The marriage details are as follows;

No.22

Date: January 4th 1876

Name: Isaac William Davey

Age: 24

Status: Bachelor

Profession: Shipwright

Place of residence at time of marriage: St. Helier, Jersey (possibly 14 Lempriere Street – where the old Eagle Tavern once stood)

Place of birth: St. Helier

Father: Isaac William Davey

Rank: Shipwright

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Name: Ellen Goudge (Ellen’s names have been spelt in a variety of ways; Eleonore/Gouge/Goodge)

Age: 21

Status: Spinster

Place of residence at time of marriage: St. Helier, Jersey

Place of birth: Grouville

Father: Henry Goudge

Rank: Mariner

En presence de: A. H. Moon & Mary Frances Davey (Isaac’s brother-in-law and younger sister)

Vicar: Rich? Bellis (hard to decipher)

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Isaac and Ellen are still together 35 years later in the 1911 census at 21 Charles Street, Jersey with Elle’s mother (a widow, aged 81) and grandson, John Philip Bree (aged 25, a baker). In the 1911 census it states that out of the 8 children Isaac and Ellen had together 4 are still alive. This creates a bit of a mystery for me, as I am only aware of 7 of their children: Isaac, James, Elenore, George (my great grandfather), Eva, William and Violet.

I have no images of the couple unlike my french ancestors of the same era who had immigration cards with photos.

If you have any more information on this couple I would love to hear from you!


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Isaac William Davey marries Ann Le Breton

One hundred and sixty one years ago today, on the 27th November 1850 Isaac William Davey married Ann ‘Nancy’ Le Breton in the Parish of St. Helier.

Isaac – age 28 – Bachelor – Shipwright – POB: St. Helier – father: William Davey (a Carter)

Ann – age 24 – Spinster – no job – POB: St. Saviours – father: Philip Le Breton (a Thatcher)

The witnesses to this marriage were Charles Le Breton ( who I think is one of Ann’s 11 siblings) and Maria Payne (connection unknown).

Marriage certificates are a wealth of information, some of which will confirm many details you have already discovered which is always a great feeling. The certificate confirms or informs me for the first time who Isaac’s father is. This then gives me another name one more generation further back!

Other information will only lead to more confusion. In my other records of Ann I have her birth place as St. Clements. (Maybe she lived on the border of the two parishes).

I do not know which church they married in. I do know that St. Simon’s and St. Saviours church were both popular with the Davey family.

In the next year Isaac and Ann are living together in Breton Yard. I have not been able to find this location, although I have found a Breton Lane near the Archives. They have their first child, Isaac William Davey on 30th December 1851.  They are together for another 40 years and have 9 children.

I get the impression they were quite a strong couple. They lived together above the Eagle Tavern with her children and at times their grandchildren too! I am almost sure Ann worked in the Eagle Tavern for quite a while as she was at one time a Tavern Keeper aged 44. I do not know when Ann died or where (these are on my list of things to find out).

In October 1899, nine months before he dies, Isaac writes his last will where he states that he wishes to be ‘interred in Almorah Cemetery’ where his ‘beloved wife now lies’.  Fond words to the very end.

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