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From: Maura Conry <>
Subject: Re: [DAVIDGE] Richard Davidge - Yarlington
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:17:47 -0600
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How very sweet of you to spend so much time with this answer! My
Davidge/Elliott's said they were Irish. They were very secretive indeed.
I even worked with a professional genealogist who could not crack the
case. She has since passed away, and genealogical search engines are
much improved since then. I'm in an Elliott DNA bank, and am getting a
lot of fairly close matches from Donegal and Northern Ireland. These two
did not want to be located, so we suspect they just ran away together,
or had some kind of secret to hide. If Margaret was a woman of means, it
might of meant that she was a step above Andrew, her gardener.
Margaret's son Edwin Davidge Elliott was offered an inheritance at some
point, but he refused to return to England to get it. It was property
and would have required that he permanently move. He is to have said "if
they didn't want my father, they don't want me."
Merry Christmas, and thanks again for your gracious assistance. I will
followup with some of these leads. I have all of my other family lines
back at least to 1600, but this one eludes me. I'll find it someday.
PS: I'm going to Northern Ireland, Donegal, Tyrone, etc. next Spring and
will see what I can find there. I'll let you know if I find anything at all.
On 12/13/2010 12:57 PM, Nancy Frey wrote:
> Hi Maura,
> We've discussed your DAVIDGE problem before. If they came to the US from Australia, have you been able to find any information from the Australian emigration records that you didn't have before?
> The combination of given names that you recite are very common in both the Somerset& Dorset DAVIDGE families. So far I have the following Margarets:
> Mary DAVIDGE baptised 14 Jul 1723 Horsington, Somerset. Mother Margarett DAVIDGE
> Margaret Grist DAVIDGE registered 4th Qtr 1884 Melksham Vol 5a, Pg 128 (Parents James DAVIDGE& Ann Walford GRIST)
> Margaret Helen Louise DAVIDGE registered 1897 Lyncombe& Widcombe, Somerset. Mother's maiden name SMITH
> Margaret Beatrice DAVIDGE born 1902 Ashmore, Dorset. Parents David DAVIDGE& Matilda CHAPMAN
> A search at the IGI brought up a patron submission that a Margaret DAVIDGE married a Patrick MARTIN 1828 Diocese Of Meath, Leinster Province, Ireland. No source information is available. I'd follow up on this if I were you searching any Irish parish records you can find. You might want to subscribe to the Irish Newspaper Archives (http://www.irishnewsarchive.com/Default/Skins/SEARCH/Client.asp?Skin=SEARCH&enter=true&AppName=2&AW=1292095988331) as there were 321 hits for the surname DAVIDGE.
> I have searched the Irish Family History site and there is no record c. 1802 for any DAVIDGE. There are three in Griffiths Valuation of Ireland, but it is a pay per view site.
> It isn't a very common name in the English DAVIDGE families. The only wealthy branch I have come across is that of Richard DAVIDGE of Dorchester who also had property in Greenwich, Kent and Glastonbury, Somerset. He did not have a Margaret.
> Would it be possible that your Margaret DAVIDGE just assumed the name of the family who she worked for? Do you know where Andrew ELLIOT was born?
> What about passenger records or other records for when they entered the U.S.?
> So many questions, so few answers.
> Nancy Frey
> Newcastle, Ontario, CANADA
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Maura Conry"<>
> Sent: Sunday, December 12, 2010 10:59 AM
> Subject: Re: [DAVIDGE] Richard Davidge - Yarlington
>> In 1847 Mississippi, USA, my Davidge line "sprang into existence."
>> Family names are Edwin, William, Margaret, Mary Elizabeth, and possibly
>> Margaret Davidge, who was thought to be a woman of means, purportedly
>> "eloped" with Andrew Elliott, her gardener. They hinted that they were
>> married in Sydney, NSW Australia, otherwise they were secretive about
>> their pasts. Elopement seems doubtful since they were in their 40's at
>> the time. Possibly they were already married people who just ran away
>> Margaret Davidge's brother, Robert (?) came from England/Ireland to help
>> her after Andrew's death around 1862, but he died in a yellow fever
>> epidemic in Mobile, Alabama. The European family knew where she was.
>> Later her son rejected some inheritance that he would have been required
>> to leave the USA to claim.
>> I wish I had more information. I'm still looking for a Margaret Davidge
>> b 1802at sea? d. in Mississippi, USA around 1863. She would have left
>> the Davidge family (run away, eloped?) before 1847.
>> Maura Conry
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