JOHN DAVEY (b: 1791 Heavitree, Devon; occ: carpenter; son of John Davy and Agnes Hill ; d: 1874 Devon) He mar: 10 Jan 1828 to MARY ANN JENNINGS (b: 20 May 1808 Clyst, Honiton, Devon - daughter of OLIVER JENNINGS and SARAH MELHUISH who mar: 3 Feb 1807, Clyst, Honiton); she d: 1891 in Devon
1851 Census Residence: Sth Wonford, Exeter, Devon; John Davey 51Y wife mary Ann 43Y John Davey 17Y Mark 10Y Scholar; Luke 8Y, Herman 5Y Mathew 3Y
1861 Census Residence: Ringswell Cotts; Heavitree, Devonshire; John b abt 1799 Heavitree; age 62Y Mar; Carpenter; wife Mary A 53Y b: Clist Honiton; Luke 18Y Ag Lab b: Heavitree; Michael 7Y Scholar b: Heavitree;
1871 Census Heavitree, Devon: Residence Wonford, East Ringford Place, Heavitree; John - Head; Carpenter, age 71Y, Wife; Mary Ann 63Y b: Clist Honiton; Herman Ag Lab son 26Y Heavitree; George Son age 19Y ag lab b 1846 Heavitree; Michael son Ag Lab 17Y Heavitree
Children born at Hevitree,
Devon to JOHN DAVEY and
MARY JENNINGS were:
i. THOMAS DAVEY, (b. 12 Oct 1828).
ii. MARY DAVEY, b. 1830.
iii. SELINA DAVEY, (b. 1831 Heavitree, Devon) mar. 1853 to WILLIAM CLAYDEN at Richmond, Surrey (b. 1828) Their family:
iv. JOHN DAVEY, b. 26 Jun 1832.
v. TOM DAVEY, b. 1836
vi. HERMAN DAVEY (b. 1838, d. 20 Apr 1848)
vii. MARK DAVEY, (b. 1840; d. 1895, Devon.)
viii. LUKE DAVEY, b. 1845; d. 1922, Devon.
ix. MATTHEW DAVEY, b. 1846.
x. GEORGE DAVEY (b. 01 Aug 1851, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, England; Immig: Ship: Hereford; departure date: 17 Apr 1874; arrival date: 14 Jul 1874 Lyttelton; Occ: Carter of Temuka; d. 05 Jun 1939, Temuka; Bur: 7 Jun 1939, Temuka)
Timaru Herald, 2 Aug. 1887: A special meeting of the Temuka Fire Brigade was held on Thursday evening last. In addition to general business certificates of long Service were presented to the following members Lieut. McGentleman 12 years service, Foreman A. W. Surridge 7 years, Branchman A. Clinch 7 years, Fireman 0. Carr 7 years, Fireman W. Weir 7 years, Fireman G. Davey 5 years, Fireman J. Beri 6 years. The certificates (very fine specimens of colour printing representing scenes in the duties and experiences of firemen) were presented by Captain D. Henry, who congratulated the members on the interest they had taken in the brigade.
1889 Timaru Herald, 27 May 1889: "10s. REWARD. LOST: On the 13th inst., a BLACK AND WHITE COLLIE answers to the name of Bob." Anyone returning the same to the undersigned will receive the above Reward. GEORGE DAVEY, Carrier, Temuka"
Timaru Herald, 9 Nov 1893: Magistrate's Court, Temuka, Tuesday, C. A. Wray, Esq R.M., presided. Tho only business was a civil case, Job Brown v. W. L. Duncan, claim £111756 i. Mr Salmond appeared for the plaintiff and Mr White for the defendant. The principal matter of dispute was claim for loss on certain potatoes. It appeared from the evidence thnt plaintiff agreed in June, 1892, to purchase 7 tons of potatoes at 25s per ton to square defendant's indebtedness to him. Plaintiff was to get delivery at any time and find sacks. The potatoes were not delivered until November and were then consigned to Timaru for shipment. The purser of the steamer refused to take delivery as they were in bad condition and subsequently they were sold by Messrs Maslin and Potts for a nominal sum. Plaintiff claimed for loss incurred. For the defence it was alleged that the purchase was a distinct one by Brown and delivery was taken at Temuka. Evidence was given by Mr George Davey, a carrier, and Mr James Guild, that the potatoes were sound when taken from the pit although somewhat grown. Judgment given for plaintiff for £1 10s l0d with costs.
1894: Geo Davey served for several years on the Temuka School Committee
1911: Residence: Occ: Farmer Main Road, Temuka, Canterbury, New Zealand
Timaru Herald: 1939: Temuka – PIONEER PASSES The death of Mr George Davey at the age of 88 removed one of the foundation settlers of Temuka - one who was widely respected in South Canterbury.
Born on August 1, 1851 at Heavitree, near Exeter, Devonshire, England, Mr Davey arrived at Lyttelton in the sailing ship “Hereford” on July 14 1874, and trans-shipped to the “Beautiful Star” for Timaru. There on the following day with another shipmate and life-long friend Bisdee, of Milford, he came ashore in a surf boat, and after spending a night in the accommodation house at Timaru, they came to Temuka by
The first work that Mr Davey undertook was the planting of the Temuka Domain, a work that was more or less in the form of assistance to Immigrants at the time. On leaving this, he took occupation at Riverslea, then owned by Mr Cox. Mr Davey had vivid memories of the difficulties that faced the pioneers and was wont to tell how he had to struggle across wild country to Riverslea through deep snow. At this stage Temuka was merely a rambling township with a growing sense of civic pride which led to the erection of a brick kiln on the section immediately opposite St Peter’s Anglican Church in King Street. It was from this kiln that Mr Davey carted some of the bricks for the erection of the present Crown Hotel in the town. While engaged in this work Mr Davey built himself a hut near where the Insulators Limited is located, and it was not long before the Government of the day charged him 1 for hut tax. This was never paid as this law was soon repealed. Incidentally it is thought that he was the oldest ratepayer in the Temuka Borough.
Temuka, looking north, New Zealand, by Muir & Moodie studio, maker unknown
As a foundation
member of the Volunteer Fire Brigade, Mr Davey gave yeoman service to the
cause of fire fighting which was then more of a problem than it is today
because of the greater number of wooden buildings. A member of the brigade
for 23 years he retired in 1902 and took up residence as an original
lessee from the Government on a farm at Rautiwiri on the
Mr Davey was
twice married and is survived by four sons – Messrs Arthur Davey; Frank
Davey (Kakahu); Henry G Davey (Opunake) and Charles Davey
Gertrude Frances Stokes (b: 1889 d: 26 Jan 1968 in Temuka)
George and Maria's children:
a Francis James Davey (b: 27 Nov 1886 in Temuka to George DAVEY & Maria Jane FINLAY; Link to war Service WW1 Corporal AWMM; Otago Infantry Regiment; Mar: 28 May 1913 in Pihama to Jane Maria CAMPBELL (b: in Drumlane, Ireland d: 18 Dec 1913 in New Plymouth Hospital)NOK his infant daughter - Miss Jane Davey, c/o G. Davey, Main North Rd., Temuka; Their Daughter:
b Bertha Davey (b: 19 Jul 1888 in Temuka d: 16 Aug 1956 in Temuka Bur: 19 Aug 1956 Temuka Cemetery) Mar: 03 Jun 1912 in Anglican Church, Temuka to Samuel William Trumper (b: 06 Nov 1880 in Geraldine d: 24 Jun 1960 in Temuka Bur: 26 Jun 1960 Temuka Cemetery)
c Percy John Davey (b: 01 Sep 1889 in Temuka; d: 31 Mar 1890 in Temuka)
d Thomas Davey (b: 04 Sep 1890 in Temuka d: 24 Jan 1891 in Temuka Bur: 26 Jan 1891 Temuka Cem)
e Henry George Davey (b: 03 Sep 1891 in Temuka; d: 03 Jun 1985 in Palmerston North (Serviceman WW1 unfit for active service but was fit for Home Service. Link to Timaru Museum Being a carpenter he was placed in the Ordnance Company. After hostilities ceased the Company was kept on at Trentham to make coffins for the influenza victims in the Wellington Area, as the undertakers at that time could not keep up with the demand.) He mar: Oct 1919 in Presbyterian Church, Opunake to Anna Sophia Coffin (b 1895 to parents Sophia Doretia and Alexander Bathurst Coffin; d: 1936 aged 40Y)
Hawera & Normanby Star, 23 Oct
1919 MARRIAGE. DAVEY - COFFIN: At the Presbyterian Church, Opunake,
by the Rev. J. C. Mill, Henry George, second son of Mr and Mrs George
Davey, Temuka, Canterbury, to Anna Sophia, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs
f Charles Davey (b: 04 Dec 1892 in Temuka; d: 1 Dec 1955) Ret. Motor Camp Proprietor; Mar: 1942 to Grace Johnson (b: 5 Apr 1909; d: 1982)