Henry James Dewsbury
(1850-1940)

Henry James Dewsbury was the eleventh of the twelve children of Robert Dewsbury and his wife Lydia Low (formerly Lydia Badcock), of Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

Henry started work as a labourer in agriculture, until his father's death, afterwhich he appears to have taken on his father's mill on the Barway riverbank.

In 1881, Henry is noted as a 'corn miller', a 'miller' in 1891, and 'Water Miller and Ferryman' by 1901. Henry takes on a pub by 1905, but by 1911, he is noted as a 'reed cutter/drainage labourer'.

Henry (seated, second from left) with wife Mahala (seated, third from left), surrounded by their surving children at his 50th wedding anniversary in September 1925. Photo: John Kent/Julie Claydon.
Above: Henry (seated, second from left) with wife Mahala (seated, third from left), surrounded by their surving children at his 50th wedding anniversary in September 1925. Photo: John Kent/Julie Claydon.

In 1925, Henry and Mahala celebrated their 50th year of marriage, with the moment captured in the photograph above. It shows all of their children, aside from three - Mahala (who died in infancy), and sons Alfred and Arthur who were killed in the First World War.

Life Events

Born

  • 1850 at Stretham, Cambridgeshire, England.

Married

  • Mahalah Randall (1855-1948) on 29th September 1875 at St. Andrew's Church, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.

Children

Census and Residence

  • 1851: 1yr, Thetford Shore Mill, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: 11yrs, Thetford Mill, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1871: 21yrs, Harrow Mere Mill, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1881: 31yrs, Barway Mill, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1891: 41yrs, Thetford Mill, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1901: 51yrs, Barway, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1911: 61yrs, Ivy Cottage, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

Employment

  • 1861: Agricultural Labourer
  • 1881: Corn Miller
  • 1891: Miller
  • 1901: Water Miller and Ferryman
  • 1905-1908: Publican at The Three Horseshoes (Public House) at Little Thetford
  • 1911: Reed Cutter/Drainage Labourer

Death

  • 31st August 1940 in Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

Burial

  • Not yet known.

Parents

  • Robert Dewsbury (1812-1881)
  • Lydia Low (1808-1886)

Grandparents

  • James Dewsbury (c.1780-18??)
  • Lucretia Hazelwood (c.1795-1880)
  • Not yet known.
  • Not yet known.

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