Tuesday, July 4, 2017

On This Day : Marriage of Joseph Muir and Susan Nicholas Davey on 4 July 1854

Susan Nicholas Davey is my husband’s great grandaunt. She was born 11 Aug 1834 in St. Agnes in County Cornwall, England to Thomas Davey and Mary Nicholas.[1] She was the second child of fifteen.

The family, which included five brothers and sisters, left England for America in 1851 or 1852. The ship’s list has not been found but the family was enumerated in the 1851 census in Debtford, London,[2] and on 10 October 1853 birth of the youngest son, Frederick Henry Davey was born in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.[3]

Susan was married twice, but the first marriage was to Joseph Muir on 4 July 1854 in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.[4] The marriage occurred at St. Peter’s Church by Rev. Newton Heston. Joseph was also of Reading.
St. Peter's Church, Reading, Pennsylvania

By 1860 the family, including their son, William Muir, was living in Jeffersonville, Clark County, Illinois.[5] Joseph was an engineer. William was five years old.

Joseph died 10 September 1867 in Jeffersonville and is buried at the Walnut Ridge Cemetery.[6]

Susan later remarried Herman H Wellman. After Wellman’s death in 1897, Susan’s whereabouts are unknown. She last appeared in Cincinnati city directories in 1906 as the widow of H.H. Wellman and then there are no more records. She doesn’t appear in Ohio death indexes.

Someday I’d like to find out what happened to her.



[1] Birth of Susan Nicholas Davey, 1834, Thomas Davey Family Bible, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Moore, Wilstch, Keyes & Company, 1859); transcription done by Mary Davey Korn, granddaughter of Thomas Davey.
[2] 1851 England Census, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 May 2012), Kent, Deptford, St. Nicholas parish, page 5-6, household 24, Thomas Davey; PRO HO 107/1585, GSU rol 174822, citing The National Archives of UK, London.
[3] Birth of Frederick Henry Davey, 1853, Thomas Davey Family Bible,
[4] Central United Methodist (Reading, Pennsylvania), Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania., Marriages, p 2, Joseph Muir & Susan Davey, 1854; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 June 2012).
[5] 1860 U.S. census, Clark County, Indiana, pop. sched., Jeffersonville, page 67, family 511, Joseph Muir household; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 248.
[6] Find A Grave, database with images (http://www.findagrave.com), memorial# 64416459, Joseph B. Muir, Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville IN.

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