James Dewey

James Dewey was the third of the six children of William Dewey and his wife Ellen Markham of Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.

James worked as an 'Agricultural Bailiff'. By 1861, he is noted as a 'Farmer of 12 acres' at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.

James married Eliza Norton of Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire in 1844, and the couple settled there to have at least eleven children. Sadly their son Charles died when he was just 11 years old, and it appears that their youngest child - Harriet, may also have died aged 13.

James died in 1896, in the Sheffield area of South Yorkshire, England. His grandson, Ernest John Dewey, had moved there by 1901, and so it seems that James may have been visiting or staying with him at the time he died.

It is unclear as to when or where James' wife Eliza died. One hint, does point towards a death in Maelbo, New South Wales, Australia in June 1909, but this remains un-checked. Perhaps she emigrated with one or more of her children?

Life Events


  • circa 1817 in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 23rd November 1817 at St. Andrew's Church, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Eliza Norton (1825-?) on 17th January 1844 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Louisa Dewey (1844-?) married Benjamin Gault (1843-?)
  • Emma Dewey (1846-?)
  • George William Dewey (1848-1919) married Annie Curtis (1851-1931)
  • Charles Henry Dewey (1850-1861)
  • Alfred Edward Dewey (1852-?)
  • Jonathan James Dewey (1854-?) married Clara Stanhope (1854-?)
  • Ellen Ann Dewey (1856-?)
  • Mary Ann Dewey (1859-?)
  • Obediah Dewey (1861-1913) married Elizabeth Murfitt (1869-?)
  • Esther Eliza Dewey (1863-?)
  • Harriet Dewey (1865-1876)

Census and Residence

  • 1841: 20yrs, Church End, Witchford Street, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1851: 30yrs, Chittering Drove, Main Street, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: 43yrs, Chittering Fen, Main Street, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1871: 50yrs, 4 Station Road, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1881: 60yrs, Rosemary Hill, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1891: Not yet located.


  • 1851: Agricultural Bailiff
  • 1861: Farmer of 12 acres
  • 1871-1881: Agricultural Labourer


  • During the December quarter of 1896 in the Sheffield district, South Yorkshire, England.


  • Not yet known.

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