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Mary Davies – My Great Great Great Grandmother

October 5, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand.

I hope to compile the posts published for the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge into a book.

Mary Davies 1788 – 1841

Mary DAVIES, my great great great grandmother was the mother of my great, great grandfather John Taylor. John TAYLOR was born in Wales, and was the ancestor who began the Australian line of our family history.

Mary DAVIES was born in about 1788 at Pembrokeshire, Wales. On 24 June 1804, she married John TAYLOR snr at Slebech, Pembrokeshire.

Transcription of Marriage in the Old Parish Records:
John Taylor of this Parish and Mary Davies of this parish were married in the Church by Banns this twenty forth day of June in the Year One Thousand 8 hundred and four by me Geo W. Cullis, officiating minister.
This marriage was solemnized between us (signed X) John Taylor and (signed X) Mary Davies
In the presence of Sarah Gaites and [?] (possibly) Edward or David Davies. (The entry is very difficult to read.

Mary and John had five children, three boys and two girls.

  • James TAYLOR born 1804
  • Ann TAYLOR born 1806
  • Ann TAYLOR born 1807
  • William TAYLOR born 1811
  • John TAYLOR born 1814

The children were all born at Slebech, which at the time, was a small settlement just outside Haverfordwest. Mary’s husband, John, passed away at Slebech, on 17 October 1819. Their youngest child, my great great grandfather, was five years old at the time of his father’s death.

In 1841 Mary TAYLOR was 53 years old and living at 11 Barn Street, in the Parish of St. Martin, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Her son, John and his wife Martha and their two young sons, John and James were living close by in City Road. She was living with David LLOYD, who is a mystery that I haven’t as yet been able to solve. Mary’s daughter in-law, her son’s wife, is Martha LLOYD. There is every possibility that David is related to Martha, but as yet I haven’t been able to find a connection.

DAVIES Mary Haverfordwest b1786

Mary TAYLOR passed away, on 27 October 1841 at her home in Barn Street. Cause of death given was paralytic fit. Present at her death was Margaret Thomas.

John Taylor and his wife Martha and their two children left Haverfordwest for Australia, in the months after the death of John’s mother, Mary.

“Wales, Pembrokeshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), John Tylor and Mary Davies, 24 Jun 1804, Marriage; from “Parish Records Collection 1538-2005,” database and images, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Slebech, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Welsh Archive Series.

Class: HO107; Piece: 1450; Book: 1; Civil Parish: St Martin; County: Pembrokeshire; Enumeration District: 13; Folio: 8; Page: 8; Line: 3; GSU roll: 464345

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