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David Waters #52ancestors

December 18, 2020

David WATERS is my great great grandfather, Thomas WATERS’, younger brother. He was next in line to Thomas, and three years younger, in a family of nine children

David was born at Dunton, Bedfordshire, England in 1832. On 13 October 1853, David married Sarah MARSOM at Tottenham Parish Church, Middlesex, England. They had two boys:

  • Alfred Marsom WATERS born 1853 and died in 1855
  • David WATERS born in 1857

Census

The 1851 Census shows that David was spending the night at Market Hill, Biggleswade, which is a short distance from Dunton. Biggleswade was a market town and David’s occupation is given as an apprentice draper and grocer’s assistant. A few years later his occupation was a hawker of drapery.

The 1861 Census shows that David, Sarah and their son David were at the family property, Newtonbury Farm. My opinion is that they were visiting as David’s occupation is given as ‘son’. Other family members who do not usually live at Newtonbury Farm, are also spending the night there.

On 03 May 1865, David WATERS died suddenly in an accident, while working. He was 32 years of age. He was buried at Dunton on 08 May 1865.

Obituary

From “Bedfordshire Mercury, Monday 08 May 1865
SHEFFORD. Fatal Accident – On Wednesday evening, the 3rd inst., about nine o’clock, as Mr. Waters (licensed hawker of drapery), from Codicote, near Biggleswade, was passing through this place, his horse, from some circumstance became unmanageable, and in turning the corner of the street opposite the White Hart Inn upset the cart, throwing Mr. Waters with great violence to the ground. He was taken up and carried into the White Hart, where every attention was paid to him by Mr. Balding and his assistant, and every assistance given by Mr. Bell and the townspeople, but to no avail. he died about half past ten. he did not show the slightest sign of consciousness between the accident and the moment of his death.

Will

Transcription: 18 May. David Waters, Effects £450
Letters of Administration of the Personal estate and effects of David Waters, late of Upper Caldicote in the Parish of Northill, in the county of Bedfordshire, deceased, who died 3 May 1865, at Shefford in the said county, were granted at the Principal Registry to Sarah Waters of Upper Caldicote aforesaid widow the relict of the said Deceased, she having been first sworn.

Ancestry.com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Class: RG 9; Piece: 995; Folio: 125; Page: 16; GSU roll: 542733

Ancestry.com. 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Class: HO107; Piece: 1753; Folio: 553; Page: 3; GSU roll: 87678-87680

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

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