William Dewey

William Dewey was the oldest of the five children of George Dewey, a shepherd from Witcham and his first wife Mary (née Long). He was born in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.

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, he is 'aged and infirm', and his son Joseph came to his defence.

Ruth was found guilty, and ordered to pay costs of 7 shillings.

Ellen predeceased William by nine years in 1856.

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1791 at Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.





February 1865 at Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England. Aged 74 years.

19th February 1865 in St. Andrew's Churchyard, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.