Mary Frances Davey – born 1856

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Mary Frances Davey is my 3rd great aunt. I have little information about her. What I do have needs  to be confirmed on my next visit to Jersey.

Here is her timeline:

1856 – Mary was born on the 29th September in St. Helier. The fourth child to Ann Le Breton and Isaac William Davey. I do not know the exact address.

1861 – Mary is five years old and is now living in the very crowded 14 Lempriere Street where the family reside for the next 30 years. She is living with father Isaac W. Davey who is working as a ships carpenter (age 40), her mother Ann (age 35), siblings Isaac W. Davey – scholar (age 9), William – scholar (age 8), Ann E. – scholar (age 7), Ester (age 3).

1871 – Mary is 15 years old. She is a ‘scholar’ and is living with her family at 14 Lempriere St. Her father Isaac, is working as a shipwright and her mother Ann, is now working as a Tavern Keeper. 14 Lempiere Street was known for many years as The Eagle Tavern until it was knocked down and turned into flats a few years ago. Her siblings are still at home. Isaac, a Shipwright, William, a Masons Labourer, Ann, an Apprentice Tailoress, Esther, Cecelia, Mathilda and Selina. That is ten members in all!

1876 –  On the 23rd April Mary married Albert Henry Moon at St. Andrews Church, St. Helier Albert was a master baker for most of his life and together they were to have 10 children between them. (Thank you to Kelly Le Quesne for this updated information 30/09/15) 

1877 – Birth of daughter Mary Elizabeth Moon

1879 – Birth of son Albert William Moon

1881 – Birth of daughter Cecelia Blanche Moon (Cecelia is named after her mother’s sister Cecelia Davey)

1883 – Birth of daughter Lilian Beatrice Moon

1885 – Birth of daughter Levinia Rose Moon

1887 – Birth of daughter Hilda Violet Moon

1888 – Birth of son Reginald James Moon

1891 – Birth of daughter Elsie Ruby Moon. In the 1891 census Mary is living with her large family at 70 New Street.

1893 – Birth of son Henry Harold Moon

1898 – Mary’s mother Ann ‘Nancy’ Le Breton dies aged 71 years old.

1900 – Mary’s father Isaac Willam Davey dies aged 78 years old.

1901 – In the 1901 census Mary is living with her family at 70 New Street.

1911 Mary is the head of household, living at 15 Duhamel Place, which means Albert was either away from home, had left the marriage or had passed away. As she is working as a dressmaker it maybe that Albert has now passed and Mary needs to earn a living.

1929 – Mary aged 72, died at 20 Seale Street. Jersey, Channel Islands.

If you have a Mary Moon (nee Davey) in your tree I would love to hear from you and maybe you could confirm a few facts for me.

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Ann Elizabeth Davey – born 24th June 1854

On this day, the 24th June 1854 my 2nd great grand aunt  Ann Elizabeth Davey was born. She was the 4th out of ten children born to Ann ‘Nancy’ Le Breton and Isaac William Davey. I get great satisfaction in writing about my female ancestors. They can disappear very quickly in history and in the records, especially once they lose their maiden name and become married.

Here is Ann’s timeline from what I know so far:

1854 – On the 24th June, Ann is born in St. Helier, Jersey. the first daughter for Ann Nancy Le Breton and Isaac William Davey.

1854 – On the 3rd September Ann is baptised in the Parish of St. Helier (source:

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1861 – In the 7th April 1861 the Channel Isalnd Census was taken. At the age of 6 Ann is recorded as a ‘scholar.’ She is living at 14 Lempriere Street with her mother, father, older brother’s Isaac and William and younger sisters Mary and Ester.

1871 – Ann is 17 and is working as an Apprentice Tailoress. This could be a tough job in cramped conditions working long hours.

“Dressmaking was an essential service in Victorian Britain, no community could really be without a dressmaker, and those who were trained and skilled had a job for life. “

(Quote from Amanda Wilkinson: D is for Dressmaker –

1881 – Ann is now called Ann E. Blackmore. She has married Henry Blackmore although he is not in the household on the day this Census is taken. Ann, aged 26 is living in Dorset Street (possibly No. 13). She is sister-in-law to the head of the household Jas Blackmore (her husband’s brother), a Seaman. Ann is still working as a Tailoress. Also in the household are Jas’s sister Mary Messervy, a Dressmaker, aged 26. Jas’s other sister Emma Blackmore, aged 18 also a Dressmaker and Maud M. Messervy, aged 3, a niece (probably Mary’s daughter. Interestingly, the neice Maud was born in Sydney, New South Wales!

I wonder why Mary and Maud are back in the island? I wonder why Mary went to Australia, had a daughter there and how did she have enough money to travel back?

I currently can’t find Henry Blackmore’s whereabouts on the day of the census but will update this page should I find out.

1891 – Ann is now lodging at Duhamel Place with her 5 children:  Henry, aged, a scholar/ Ann E., aged 7, a scholar/ Alfred, aged 5/ William, aged 4 and Arthur S. aged 1.  Ann is still working as a Tailoress. The head of household is a William Nudd and his wife Cecelia, aged 39 and a Dressmaker.

In the household are two other lodgers: Mary Whelan, aged 64, a Charwoman and Ellen Whelan, aged 59, a Dressmaker.

Local news:

On the 30th March 1899 the London and South Western steamer, the ‘Stella’ sank on it’s way to Guernsey and Jersey. It hit the rocks off Alderney’s coast and sank within 15 minutes. 86 passengers and 19 crew died. The Wreck of the Stella – Titanic of the Channel Islands Among the drowned was a W. Davey, I have yet to confirm whether or not he is a relation. He was the son of Capt. Davey of the brig ‘Union’. Were any of your ancestors among the dead?1901 – On the 31 march, the Census is taken and Annie is 47 years old,  a ‘widow’ working as a Tailoress of her ‘own account’. She is living with her children: Anne E. (16) – dressmaker, William (12) and Arthur S. (11).

I don’t know anymore beyond this date. I can’t find Ann in the 1911 Census. Although many women were not in the 1911 Census due to ‘suffragette’ tendencies. Did Ann object to have her name in the census? Maybe you can help me?

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