Elizabeth "Betsey" Davis

Female26 November 1815–

Brief Life History of Elizabeth "Betsey"

When Elizabeth "Betsey" Davis was christened on 26 November 1815, in Stoke Abbott, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, her father, Samuel Davey, was 38 and her mother, Ann 'Phillis' Forsey, was 35. She married John James Shepherd on 20 April 1840, in Netherbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Beaminster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom for about 20 years.

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John James Shepherd
Elizabeth "Betsey" Davis
Marriage: 20 April 1840
John Davis Shephard
Elizabeth Shepherd
James Shepherd
Nancy Shepherd
Elizabeth Shepherd
Nancy 'Annie' Shepherd

Sources (17)

  • Betsy Shephard, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • Betty Shepherd in entry for Nancy Shepherd, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"
  • Elizabeth Shephard in household of James Shephard, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 April 1840Netherbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (6)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (7)


    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

    1854 · The Crimean War

    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

    Name Meaning

    English and Welsh: patronymic meaning ‘Dafydd's (son)’, equivalent to Welsh ap Dafydd, the Welsh form of David . The spelling Davis is more typical in southwestern England northwards as far as Lancashire, where the frequency of the surname largely reflects Welsh migration, but may sometimes represent a native English surname based on Davy (compare Davies ). Davis (including in the sense 2 below) is the eighth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans.

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Compare Davies .

    History: John Davis or Davys (c. 1550–1605) was an English navigator who searched for the Northwest Passage. — By the 18th century there were numerous persons named Davis in America, including the jurist John Davis, born in 1761 in Plymouth, MA, and Henry Davis, a clergyman and college president, who was born in 1771 in East Hampton, NY. — Jefferson Davis, born in 1808 in KY, was president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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