Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John DAVEY (c1782-1871)

and Sarah ALFREY (1792-1825)

and Elizabeth BIRCHFIELD (c1793-?)


John Davey and Sarah Alfrey married on 31 March 1811 in Henfield, Sussex.  As a widower Thomas married widow Elizabeth Glazebrook by banns on 24 November 1827 in Shermanbury, Sussex.  As Elizabeth Birchfield she had previously married James Glazebrook by banns on 11 April 1815 in Cowfold, Sussex.  He was a bachelor of Shermanbury and she a spinster of Cowfold.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Sarah was the sister of my 5x Great Grandmother, Ann Alfrey.)

John Davey was born about 1782 in Goudhurst, Kent.  A John Davy was baptised on 5 September 1784 in Goudhurst, the son of William Davy and Susanna.  He died aged 88 years and his death was registered in the second quarter of 1871 in the Steyning registration district.

Sal Alfrey was baptised on 14 March 1792 in Slaugham, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Philip Alfrey (1758-1835) and Mary Botting (c1754-1833).  She was also most probably known as Sarah and in July 1793 she was 18 months old.  Sarah died aged 32 years and was buried on 10 July 1825 in Shermanbury.  The burial register noted she was the wife of John Davey.

Elizabeth Birchfield was born about 1793 in Slaugham.  She died between 1861 and 1871.

James Glazebrook was baptised on 3 August 1792 in Shermanbury and was the son of Thomas Glazebrook and Lydia Fillery.

When the 1841 census was recorded John was said to be a 55 year old labourer, born in Sussex and living in Wineham Lane, Shermanbury.  Also with him was his 45 year old wife Elizabeth and 3 children (Thomas, Jane and Harriet).

The 1851 census recorded John and Elizabeth were living in Wyndham Lane, Shermanbury along with 2 children (George Glazebrook aged 25 and 19 year old Jane).  John was then a 69 year old huckster, born Goudhurst, Kent, whilst Elizabeth was 58 and born in Slaugham.

In 1861, the couple were living in Workhouse Cottage, Shermanbury.  John was said to be a 79 year old agricultural labourer, born in Shermanbury, whilst Elizabeth was 69 and born in Slaugham.  Also with them was casual lodger, 21 year old William Standen an agricultural labourer from Henfield.

By 1871, John was a 91 year old widower and on parish relief.  He was lodging with the family of John Matthews on Blackland Common in Shermanbury.  His place of birth was given as Shermanbury.


John Davey and Sarah Alfrey had 7 known children:

  1. Elizabeth Davey was born on 9 July 1811 and baptised on 4 August 1811 in Henfield.

  2. Mary Davey was baptised on 21 November 1813 in Henfield.

  3. Caroline Davey was baptised on 17 September 1815 in Cowfold.

  4. James Davey was baptised on 26 January 1818 in Shermanbury.

  5. Thomas Davey was baptised on 23 January 1820 in Shermanbury.  He married Mary Ann Roberts in 1842.  (They have their own page.)

  6. Edmund Davey was baptised on 14 April 1822 in Shermanbury.

  7. John Davey was baptised on 18 July 1824 in Shermanbury.


John Davey and Elizabeth Birchfield had 5 known children:

  1. Peter Davey was baptised on 17 May 1828 in Shermanbury.  He may have died aged 63 years and have been buried on 31 March 1892 in Cowfold.  In 1851 he was an unmarried 22 year old farm servant living in the home of William Trusler at Abbyland in Shermanbury.

    Peter married Betsey Cole on 28 November 1860 in Shermanbury.

    When the 1861 census was recorded the couple were living at Wilcocks Farm in Shermanbury.  He was a 33 year old farmer of 11 acres employing 1 man and a boy.  Betsey was 45.  He gave his place of birth as Shermanbury and she as Brixham, Devonshire.  Also with them was 13 year old servant and carter boy, George Lelliott who was born in Shermanbury.  (George was the son of Peter's half sister, Mary Glazebrook.)

  2. David Davey was baptised on 18 October 1829 in Shermanbury.

    David married Ann Brownings on 4 February 1855 in Henfield.

    Ann was born on 14 December 1837 and baptised on 14 January 1838 in Henfield.  She was the daughter of Peter Brownings (1809-1854) and Jemima Tidey (1814-1839).  The baptism register noted her father was a labourer.  She died between 1863 and 1871.

    In 1861 the couple and 3 children (Jane, Harriet and David) were living at the Old Workhouse in Shermanbury.  David was a 31 year old agricultural labourer and Ann was 23.  He gave his place of birth as Shermanbury and she as Henfield.

    When the 1871 census was recorded David was a 39 year old widower and agricultural labourer and lodging with his elder half brother Thomas Davey at ?wood Hill in Bolney, Sussex.  Also with him was his son Peter.

    David and Ann had the following children:

    1. Jane Davey was baptised on 1 April 1855 in Shermanbury.  She was 6 years old in 1861.

    2. Harriet Davey was baptised on 2 August 1857 in Shermanbury and buried there on 26 October 1864.  She was 3 years old in 1861.

    3. David Davey was baptised on 4 November 1860 in Shermanbury.  At the time of the 1861 census he was 7 months old.

    4. Peter Davey was baptised on 4 December 1863 in Shermanbury.  He was 7 years old in 1871.

      Peter married Caroline Attree by banns on 5 September 1885 in Cowfold.  He was a bachelor and labourer from Little North Field, Cowfold and a spinster from Woldingfold, Cowfold.  Their fathers were named as David Davey a labourer and John Attree a gardener.  The witnesses to their marriage were John Attree and Annie Attree.

      Caroline was baptised on 27 November 1859 in Bolney, Sussex and was the daughter of John Attree and Naomi Tidy.  The baptism register noted her father was a labourer from Muttons Corner in Bolney.

      When the 1891 census was recorded the couple 3 children (Ethel C., Thomas and Edward P.) were living at Lattingfold in West Chiltington.  Peter was then a 27 year old agricultural labourer and Caroline was 32.  He gave his place of birth as Shermanbury and she as Bolney.  Also with them was Caroline's sister, Ann Attree who was an unmarried 25 year old cook and domestic servant, born in Cowfold.

      Peter and Caroline had the following children:

      1. Ethel Caroline Davey was born on 20 July 1886 and baptised on 19 September 1886 in Cowfold.  The baptism register noted her father was a carter from Northfields.  She was 4 years old in 1891.

      2. Thomas Davey was born on 2 May 1888 and baptised on 27 May 1888 in Cowfold.  The baptism register noted his father was a carter from Little Northfield.  He was 2 years old in 1891.

      3. Edward P. Davey was born about 1890 in West Grinstead.  He was a year old in 1891.

  3. Samuel Davey was baptised on 10 January 1831 in Shermanbury and buried there on 31 July 1832.

  4. Jane Davey was baptised on 4 March 1832 in Shermanbury.  She was 9 years old in 1841.  In 1851 she was a 19 year old servant.

  5. Harriet Davey was was baptised on 11 October 1835 in Shermanbury.  She was 5 years old in 1841.


James Glazebrook and Elizabeth Birchfield had 3 known children:

  1. Mary Glazebrook was baptised on 13 August 1815 in Shermanbury.  Mary married Peter Lelliott on 30 April 1841 in Shermanbury.

  2. James Glazebrook was baptised on 8 May 1817 in Shermanbury.

  3. George Glazebrook was born about 1826 in Shermanbury.  He was  a 25 year old agricultural labourer in 1851 and living with his mother and step father.



This page was updated on 19 July 2012