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From: "David" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Joseph Charles Eager may have been at Tavistock 1851
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 19:16:52 -0400
I checked the 1851 census index, and the only Joseph EAGER was this one. He
doesn't seem to be the right one, though his middle initial was C.
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
Amelia EAGER Wife(Head) M 40 F Dressmaker Plym-Dev
John EAGER Son - 8 M Scholar Plym-Dev
Joseph C. EAGER Son - 5 M Scholar Devonport-Dev
Amelia EAGER Daur - 3 F --- Devonport-Dev
Address: 34 Monument St, Stoke Damerel
Census Place: Stoke Damerel Stoke Damerel, Devonshire
PRO Reference: HO/107/1881 Folio: 279 Page: 10 FHL Film: 0221030
David in Pennsylvania
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From: "Nicolas Jouault" <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 4:36 PM
Subject: [DEV] Joseph Charles Eager may have been at Tavistock 1851
> I found a fascinating account of the life of Joseph Charles Eager
> born 28th Dec. 1838? he was born whilst his fathers vessel the "Tigress"
> was entering the English Channel on a voyage from Sierra Leone to London.
> His mother died in 1840 and his father with his vessel in 1851. He was
> raised by an Uncle a retired Naval Lieut. and Aunt in Tavistock, Joseph
> an elder brother who was educated at Greenwich School and joined the Navy.
> Joseph left his Uncle and joined up with some Gypsies and was cared for
> by A German woman.
> At Shoreham, Sussex he was to join the "Blue Eyed Maid"
> of Jersey, Captain Kent, she was unloading a cargo of oysters for the
> London market. Joseph's wage was 5 shillings a week. The "Blue Eyed Maid"
> fished for oysters off Gorey (east coast of Jersey) from 1848 to 1854 it
> was not unusual to see three or four hundred vessels of Gorey involved in
> the oyster trade.
> Joseph was wrecked three times in 9 months, His last wreck was the
"Grace" of Jersey which sunk between Hartland Point and Lundy.
> He Served in WW I at the age of 77. One day they came under fire and a
> nearby worker De Fresne (Du Fresne) of Jersey was killed by a bomb, one
landed at the
> foot of Josephs pole whereupon Joseph picked it up got his cutters and cut
the wire, in doing this he saved the lives of several others.
> Joseph married a Fanny Quenault of Jersey and had children in 1871 he was
living at Havre des Pas, Jersey
> Joseph had a son
> George Philip James Corser Eager, born
> Abt. 1871 in Grouville, Jersey.
> Joseph said he was born in 1838 in the account he gave, yet on the census
it is 1848, either way he could be on a census in 1851 in Tavistock. I would
be interested in finding out who is Uncle and Aunt were also.
> Cheers Nick from Jersey
> Maritime of the Channel Islands
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