William Davey, my 4x great grandfther died on the 19th November 1832.
I have come across William’s surname spelt in a few different variations:
DAVY is recorded in his own marriage to Mary De France in 1804
DAVIS is recorded in his Will & Testament in 1832
DAVEY is recorded in the marriage certificate of his son Isaac to Ann Le Breton in 1850.
It is the latter spelling which stuck and is still used today with William’s descendants and myself.
Here is William’s timeline as far as I know so far:
1780 – William Davy is born about 1780 in West Coker, Somerset. The exact date is unknown. His father was John Davy, his mother is unknown.
1804 – William, aged 24 marries Mary De France, age 22 and born in Guernsey, daughter of Thomas De France, on 26th December, Boxing Day.
1813 – William’s daughter Rachel Mary is baptised in St. Helier on the 7 August. The family have now moved to Jersey from Guernsey. Was this for work? In the marriage certificate of his daughter Mary Ann to George Le Breton, William’s proffession is recorded as a CARTER. This is a job of low earnings.
1816 – Birth of son William George.
1819 – Birth of daughter – Mary ann
1821 – Birth of son Isaac William on the 24th July. Isaac is my 3x great grandfather.
1832 – A cholera epidemic swept through St. Helier and some of the outlyinf parts of the island. Special centres were established to cope with the level of illness.
1832 – On the 15th November William, aged 52, writes his Will & Testament – “my desire is to be buried at the discretion of Mary De France, my dear wife.”
1832 – On the 19th November, only 4 days after writing his Will & Testament, Willaim dies. UPDATE: He was buried Green Street Cemetery.
Although I do not have firm evidence of where William lived, I can presume that it was in St. Helier where his children were born. It may be that William became one out of the 348 vicitms of cholera in Jersey.
To find out more about the history of cholera in Jersey click on the following link: (http://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/1832_cholera_epidemic)
If you think you are a descendant of William Davey than I would love to hear from you!