The Davies family Archive

Tracing Family History: NarrowBoat, Spring 2021

Christopher M Jones

Chris M. Jones studies images from a family collection deposited at the Waterways Archive

Records show the Davies family were boaters for about two generations. The 1911 census reveals that William Henry Davies was aboard William & Samuel Foster’s horseboat Tipton at Brentford (NB Autumn 2020) with his wife Nellie and family. William was aged 29 at the time and the census shows his birthplace as Wheelock on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Cheshire. His wife Nellie, aged 27, was born in Birmingham, as was their son William Thomas in March 1902. Their other four children were born in Staffordshire and Cheshire, indicating the routes they were working at the time. Their son William was married to Eliza Powell at St James Parish Church at Wolverhampton on 28th December 1926. William was indicated as being 22 and his spouse 23; they were residing in Albion Street, Wolverhampton. Her father was boatman William Powell and the family originated in Monmouthshire, north Wales, and had been on the cut a lot longer than the Davies family. William Powell was on the Trent &am…

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