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Subject: Re: [DAVIDGE] Davidge/UK , Canada (Newfoundlant), USA(Lousianna,Mississippi, Texas, Oregon, New York)
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 03:22:26 -0000
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Surnames: BAGG, DAVIDGE, ANDERSON, GUY, STRICKLAND/STICKLAND, MATTHEWS, VATCHER, CAINES/CAINS/CAIN
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Looking for birth location, birthdate, siblings and parents of the John DAVIDGE who emigrated to Newfoundland, Canada and ended up in Burgeo, Newfoundland. He was a fisherman who drowned, along with his eldest son (George, 18/yo) in Apr 1867.
Joseph Small's writings show that John Davidge came to John Matthews as a 'servant', (but not the year or age)and described him as a "jerseyman". This connection holds a high probability of the DAVIDGE and MATTHEWS families had close connections in England. The fact that J. Small described him as a man, not a child, leads me to think he was of working age and old enough to be called a man.
Sarah Jane GUY was 18 years old when she married John DAVIDGE. John DAVIDGE would have worked for Sarah's grandfather, known as "Uncle John" MATTHEWS (to distinguish him from his father, known as "Old Man" MATTHEWS).
It is also very likely that John DAVIDGE travelled from England to NL on a seasonal fishing vessel and that he came from a family who were carpenters and/or fishermen and had building skills.
An Elizabeth DAVIDGE is shown as having been married in Burgeo, NL, but not whether she was related or whether Davidge was maiden name or married name. Can't track her through census records without knowing spouse or siblings. Early NL census records do not list all outports/occupants.
A Thomas DAVIDGE left England at 15 y/o (location unknown), settling first in Mose Ambrose, later Bay du Nord. Descendants in English Bay, Carbonnear and St Johns, NL. Family lore records several visits by the original Thomas' son or grandson to the DAVIDGES in Burgeo, NL.
Above Elizabeth, Thomas may be close relatives of the first John DAVIDGE, but proof is needed.
There are several John DAVIDGE names in England, but we do not know his age at death or birth location. Birth range is 1810 - 1826, most likely 1819 - 1823.
Have complete descendancy records of all descendants of John DAVIDGE m. Sarah Jane GUY, 15 Sept 1848. Also pedigree of Sarah Jane GUY back to her great-grandparents Hugh BAGG m. Jane ?.
Surnames BAGG, GUY, VACHER (later VATCHER), ANDERSON, STICKLAND (later STRICKLAND) have been found in town/village of Bere Regis, England at same time period. (www.curiousfox.com is source given by living descendant of Hugh BAGG). All above names turn up in Burgeo and other outports on south shore of Newfoundland.
Believe that MATTHEWS, DAVIDGE surnames are likely to turn up in close proximity.
These surnames are known to be the eariest settlers of Burgeo, NL, with MATTHEWS and ANDERSON commonly known as the first two.
All surnames above are believed (by author) to have had close ties in England before emigration.
Does anyone know of a John DAVIDGE who emigrated from England before 1840? Illiteracy and lack of records in early Newfoundland settlement are a problem.
It is possible/likely that UK census records that show DAVIDGE surname living in close physical proximity to several of the surnames mentioned.
We are blocked at John DAVIDGE, but hoping that location of siblings or a family where even family lore of a Davidge son, called John, speaks of his leaving to work for a John MATTHEWS in Newfoundland.
MATTHEWS, BAGG, ANDERSON, GUY are known to have been in the Newfoundland area in the last half of the 1700s.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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