When he was sixteen, his mother died and by the following year his father had remarried to Mary Payton of nearby Wentworth.
William married Ellen Markerham of Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire and the couple appear on the 1841 Census as "Dewy" (a common variant of the name) at Witchford with their second, third and fourth of their six children.
By the time of the 1851 Census, the couple are alone and living at Witchford Main Street. It is noted that he was too ill to work and was consequently receiving parish relief.
On the 12th August 1854, William was 'violently assaulted' by Mrs Ruth Whetstone. According to the Sessions and Police Intelligence report in The Cambridge Independent Press on 19th August 1854, William was 'aged and infirm', and his son Joseph came to his defence.
Ruth was found guilty as she 'evidently commenced the assault', and was ordered to pay costs of 7 shillings.
Ellen pre-deceased William by 9 years in 1856.
- Circa 1791 in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 23rd October 1791 at St. Martin's Church, Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Ellen Markerham (1791-1856) on 17th November 1812 at St. Andrew's Church, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Thomas Dewey (1813-?) married Elizabeth Tall (18??-?)
- William Dewey (1815-1887) married Mary Tabraham (1816-1866), and later to Isabel Watson (1820-?)
- James Dewey (1817-1896) married Eliza Norton (1825-?)
- Henry Dewey (1820-1879) married Esther Moden (1829-1902)
- Mary Dewey (1822-1883) married John Whetstone (1821-1880)
- Joseph Dewey (1825-1904) married Elizabeth Gray (1835-1916)
Census and Residence
- 1841: 50yrs, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 1851: 60yrs, Main Street, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 1861: 69yrs, Main Street, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 1841-1861: Agricultural Labourer
- February 1865 at Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 19th February 1865 at St. Andrew's Church, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.