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Looking for Charles Holwell DAVEY of Exmouth, Devon UK

Query by Jackie Pooley

Charles Holwell DAVEY was my great great grandfather, born in Devon and a ship's Captain in the merchant marine. He was born around 1831, and died in the early 1870s of yellow fever, while sailing back from Africa. He married Sarah GIBBINS (Gibbons/Gibbings) in 1860, in Exeter, and their son, William Charles Davey took his master's ticket in about 1888, and followed in his father's footsteps. After his death, Sarah married Frederick LEIGH, of Cullompton, Devon, in 1888.

I know nothing about Charles Holwell Davey, and would like information on the name HOLWELL, if anyone has any ideas. It could be more productive than trying to sift through the myriad Daveys in Devon.

My great grandfather, William Charles Davey captained two clipper ships, the Lochee and the Glamis, retired from the sea in the early 1900s and ran the Turf Hotel on the river Exe, near Topsham, with his wife, Edith Emily (JOHNSON) I should like to know more about these ships: my great grandma, Edith sailed with her husband several times, taking some of her 4 children with her each time, and wrote her reminiscences in her later years. She did not die until I was about 15, so I have clear memories of her.

The whole family had strong connections with Littleham, near Exmouth, and many are buried in the churchyard there.

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on 2012-02-28 13:16:09

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by Journal on 2012-03-05 05:12:22

Hello Jackie
I'm a reporter on the Exmouth Journal.
We could run an appeal for information in the paper if you like?
If you could please contact me on 01392 888507, or email [email protected] with the best way people can contact you with information, that would be great.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards
Becca Gliddon
Exmouth Journal chief reporter

by SilverVixen on 2012-03-05 10:31:07

Charles Holwell Davey married Sarah Colwell Hooper 1855 in St Thomas, Devon Q1 5b 113 : He was christened October 16 1831 in Lympstone, Devon; father William a "Labourer" mother Maria : in 1871 Census we have Sarah aged 36 a "Mariners Wife" living at Rill Terrace, Withycombe Ralley, Exmouth, Devon with Maria her daughter aged 8 born in Essex : son William C aged 6 born in Essexand visitor Mary Ann Davey (?, possibly sister or sister in law? ) aged 41 born in Devon

by SilverVixen on 2012-03-05 10:52:49

The name HOLWELL could well be a "maiden Name" of one of the mothers in your family. It was a tradition to pass down the "family name" of the mother to the first son. This has continued in my family as a second name to since the mid 1800's. I will try some research for you

by SilverVixen on 2012-03-05 11:29:52

in 1841 census William and his wife Maria were living at Village, Lympston, Devon : he was aged 40 an Agricultural Labourer ; she was aged 35 : Son Charles aged 9 : Son Thomas aged 4 ; daughter Mary aged 15 : found marriage for William Davey to Maria Bray 20 March 1825 : Lympstone, Devon.

by Jackie Pooley on 2012-03-06 16:01:33

Becca - thank you for the offer of publicity. My sister and I will talk about this and get back to you very soon.

SilverVixen - thank you for all this new information. I'm delighted to have some new leads to follow. Incidentally, it seems Charles Holwell Davey married two Sarahs. We knew he was a widower when he married Sarah Gibbins in 1860, from the wedding certificate, but knew nothing about his first wife. We have always wondered if there were any children, but guess not. I think I may have found the first Sarah's death, in 1859.

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