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Richard Edwin & Mary Davey

Heritage Talk

The Branch and the Davey Family

Their Children:

William James & Emily Davey

Elizabeth & Charles Dee II

Ann Maria & Charles Richardson

Edwin Patrick & Annie Davey

Ellen & Alexander Donaldson

Samuel Henry & Ann Davey


Richard Edwin Davey and his wife Mary and their five young children came to Australia in December 1849 to set up a new life in the state of New South Wales. Both Richard and Mary were 30 years old. They had come from the Tiverton - Bampton region of north-east Devon, England.

Their children were William 11 years old, Elizabeth 9 years, Ann Maria 6 years, Edwin 3 and Ellen who was less than one year old.

The Davey family came out as bounty emmigrants from England, sailing from Portsmouth in Devon in the sailing barque Sarah A.E. on a voyage that lasted 105 days. Six adults and six children died on that voyage of cholera.

On embarkation at Port Jackson, all members of the Davey family were of "good bodily health, strength, and probable usefulness", and not having "any complaints, or improper treatment on board the vessel".

They first lived in the lower Hunter River region, most probably at Hinton, where they had their last child Richard Henry Davey. By 1853 they had settled at Stroud. Young Richard Henry spent his early school years at Stroud and was apprenticed to Charles Richardson, the Stroud blacksmith.

My heritage is through the Edwin Patrick and Annie Davey line. When my grandfather, Herbert Davey was 10 years old, his mother Annie died in childbirth. Herbert went to live at The Branch with his uncle Samuel Henry and it was here that he learned the blacksmith's trade.

This website will attempt to piece together many of the descendents of this Davey family, many who still live in the Booral, Stroud, Gloucester, Port Stephens, Great Lakes, Dungog, Newcastle, Lower Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions. Some family members may have settled down in regions far from Richard and Mary's first home and we would like to hear from them.

So if you are descended from Richard Edwin and Mary Davey and would like to contribute details, images and stories of your family and ancestors, we would like to add them to this website.

Follow the links on the left-hand side of this webpage to see the details and stories of members of the Davey and related families.

The first Heritage Talk was given to the Lake Macquarie Family History Group on Saturday 18th August at the Booragul Community Hall. You can navigate through the presentation by using your computer's arrow keys.

Please feel free to contact me at keith@keithdavey.com.au or keithdavey@mac.com.


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This website was created 1st December 2009