East Lulworth

A  Registered One-Place Study and part of the Dorset OPC Network

The Davis Family


Information courtesy of Selina Draper


George Davis (1808-1870)

& Sophia Tewkesbury (1813-1882)

(Selina’s 3 x Great Grandparents)

George Davis was born on 2 December 1808 and baptised the next day at the Roman Catholic chapel in East Lulworth. Records suggest that he spent his entire life in and around East Lulworth.

Like his Father, George was an Agricultural Labourer. He was also a smuggler. He appears in the Dorchester Prison Registers when he was 18 in 1827 and again when he was 22 in 1831.

In the register he was described as:

On 16 May 1833 George married Sophia Tewkesbury in the presence of George’s brother- in- law Joseph Champ and sister Mary.


According to the 1840’s Tithe Map, George Davis was an occupier of Plot 150; garden.


Children of George & Sophia Davis

George and Sophia had six children, all baptised at the Roman Catholic chapel at East Lulworth:


Baptised 4 May 1834

Baptised 15 November 1835

Francis was Selina’s 2 x Great Grandfather, Click here to read more.

Baptised 16 April 1837. Died 10 months later in 1838.

Baptised 6 April 1838

Baptised 28 April 1839

Baptised 10 September 1840


Sophia Davis, neé Tewkesbury was born 9 May 1813 in West Lulworth and baptised on 16 May 1813. Her parents were John & Mary Tewkesbury. John was a labourer.

George and Sophia were mentioned in Henry Rolls’ journal:

George Davis married Sophia Tuxbury of West Lulworth on 15th May 1833.’

George Davis’ child died on the 15th Feb. 1838, buried on the 20, age 10 months old.’

George Davis went into Bower’s house on 15th April 1836’

‘George Kitcatt came out of Common to Hodgekiss’ house on the 18th Feb. 1840 and George Davis went from Bower’s house to Kitcatt’s house in Common.’

George Davis died on the 14th of March 1870, aged 62 years.’

Suffia Davis died on the 20th February 1882, aged 69 years.’


George and Sophia are buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery at Mount Pleasant, East Lulworth.


The photo below was taken by Selina on a rainy day in July 2012. It is of her Mum and her son; respectively, 2 x Great Granddaughter & 4 x Great Grandson of George & Sophia. The headstone on the far left is that of Ellen Davis, daughter of George & Sophia.



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Plot 150; a Google map comparison suggests this is the Mount Pleasant area of the village.


PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF

GEORGE DAVIS

BORN 2ND DECEMBER 1808

DIED 14TH MARCH 1870

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF

SOPHIA

WIFE OF GEORGE DAVIS

BORN 9TH MAY 1816

DIED 20TH FEBRUARY 1882

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